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Ovation Balladeer 6751 Acoustic-Electric 12-String

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A top best-value model, fine-tuned over 3 decades! This Balladeer starts with a solid Sitka spruce soundboard on a mid-depth roundback body. A 2-piec...Click To Read More About This Product

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A top best-value model, fine-tuned over 3 decades!

A top best-value model, fine-tuned over 3 decades! This Balladeer starts with a solid Sitka spruce soundboard on a mid-depth roundback body. A 2-piece mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, walnut bridge, and chrome tuners complete the package. It's fitted with a Thinline under-the-saddle pickup and an OP-30 preamp for trouble-free amplification. Hardshell case included.

  • Solid Sitka spruce soundboard on a mid-depth roundback body
  • 2-piece mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Walnut bridge
  • Chrome tuners
  • Thinline under-the-saddle pickup
  • OP-30 preamp
  • Hardshell case included

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Near perfect fit!

By Moki

from Oakley, CA

I walked in planning to buy a Taylor, Guild, or Martin, but couldn't find one in an electric/acoustic at the store that day. The Ovation caught my eye and ear immediately. Sounded GREAT plugged-in (how I usually play at church), felt VERY comfortable and easy, and I loved the built-in tuner/EQ (I've never seen one with a tuner before). The unplugged sound was full and bright, but sounded a bit "manufactured" (not sure how to explain) when compared to the acoustic only Taylor (x55 series) I originally wanted...maybe due to the rounded/plastic body/back...which, BTW, I've never liked the look of. However, once it was at my house, I was very pleased with the sound. Total price was less than the Taylor I originally wanted. It didn't come with the Ovation hard/molded case originally, but the salesman and I made a nice deal by the end of the day.


The 12-string acoustic in its price-range

By Lord Christopher

from Budapest, Hungary

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This guitar captures the full sound of a 12-string, and I am now too spoiled to play 6-strings. This guitar has a built-in tuner which makes tuning take less than a minute. The guitar is very comforatble to hold and has a wonderful mahogany neck. This guitar plays well when amplified on my Laney amp. When I play this guitar, It has a cool ringing note under the strumming which sounds awesome. It's not too pricy... considering its great tone. I find no real faults.


You just can't go wrong with Ovation!

By scooby666

from Boston, MA

I've owned a few acoustic/electric guitars over the years, but was never satisfied with the sound quality or ease of playability in guitars under $999.Bing a big fan of The Cure and Rush, I noted both Alex Lifeson & Robert Smith use this guitar in both studio and live settings regularly. I saved up some cash and I went to my local music shop to give one a try.Within minutes I fell in love with this guitar. The 6751 Balladeer is by far is the best guitar for under $999 I've ever played. The neck, body, and overall feel are top notch. It is smooth, sexy, and is solid as a rock. Most significantly to me, the action is incredible and as easy to play as my top-of-the-line Stratocaster. I've got CTS (carpel tunnel syndrome) and I can play this guitar for hours without suffering any pain whatsoever. The longer you play it, the harder it is to stop!Oh... and the sound quality! This guitar sounds astounding plugged or unplugged. The built-in EQ and preamp allow you produce oodles of diverse sounds. It feels like 10 acoustic guitars all rolled up in one!My only criticism is that it lacks a built-in tuner as other guitars in this price range normally feature. Other than this minor gripe, there?s really nothing I can complain about! The guitar stays in tune under the most intense abuse. I'll never need to buy another 12-string guitar!Do yourself a favor and buy one... you won't regret it!


Great build and features, slightly clumsy feel.

By Derek Mok

from New York, NY

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PROS:- built-in chromatic tuner! Ovation's new pre-amp unit is a real winner. If you've ever played 12-string, you know tuning is a chore. The built-in tuner makes it far more appealing, and the pre-amp also comes with mid-scoop preset, battery check, and a responsive EQ.- my Balladeer 12 has an awesome finish, something called "cherry cherry". Fantastic.- The neck's finish is very smooth, the headstock is sturdy, and the top has great wood grain. Responsive tuning machines.CONS:- the strings are spaced out too wide, especially the space between the octave strings and normal strings. Not easy to play arpeggiated lines with a pick -- my old Yamaha 12-string was more friendly.- The large bowlback means this thing is very, very hard to play standing up. Larger body means better acoustic sound, but in this case, it's a steep price to pay, especially since Ovations are primarily stage instruments.- The chromatic tuner doesn't have a manual on/off. After you activate it, it times itself off after about a minute...and not before. It's a pain in a neck in a live situation; after you tune up, you'll have to wait for the tuner to shut off, since it disables the pre-amp.- slight piezo sound to this guitar, even when played acoustically -- the curse of fibreglass bowlbacks.



By Seabee Dude

from Port Hueneme, CA

I bought mine two months a go and since then didn't have bad comments. Already owned a Taylor guitar, but I always wanted a nice 12-string for a change. This one caught my eye right away. I compared it with other 3 brands but this one is a lot better. I recomment this to other 12-string fanatic.


Ovation 12 string

By Unbelievable guitar

from San Jose, CA

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I own two Taylors, a USA Strat, and a Steinberger. I picked up this guitar on a whim. I am not a gigging musician, but I have played for 16 years.I have always wanted a 12 string, but the Taylors, Martins, and Guilds seemed too pricey. I played this guitar and was blown away, I picked it up immediately, great value.The body's bowl shape takes getting used to, but I rarely play standing up, so it wasn't an issue. Sitting down, it fits in your lap very well. The way the bridge is strung is awesome and makes for easy restringing. No pegs to worry about losing while camping. The neck is great for a 12 string. Finish is perfect, and very playable. It is obviously wider than a 6 string, but doesn't feel cumbersom. Access to the upper frets are fantastic. The headstock is slightly bigger than a 6 string, but that is obvious.Now for the electronics. I mostly play this acoustically but have plugged it in on occasion. It has a great acoustic sound, and the amplified sound is very true to the acoustic sound. It is such a great idea to have the onboard Tuner. When you turn the tuner on, it stays on for about a minute, enough time to tune all 12 strings. This is an awesome feature so you don't forget to turn it off when you are sitting at the campfire.Overall a great guitar, great sound, easy to play, and a very solid value.


there is no other

By Surefirespider

from Mount Joy Pa.

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I received my ovation about two months ago. Never played an ovation before this one. The neck feels smooth and sturdy in your hand. And the whole guitar feels and looks like a fine tuned peice of equipment. as soon as i started to play it there was no turning back. the sound projects like no other, plugged or unplugged! there's no mistake that the quality Ovation has, makes the difference in the sound . Let's just say Ovation has done their homework.

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