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    Awesome value in a big-voiced 12-string with stage-proven electronics!

    The Ovation CC245 12-string guitar is an amazing bargain. When you consider some of the brand's best signature performance features and quality materials are included, you may struggle with disbelief. The spruce top is accented by an inlaid abalone rosette, rosewood fretboard with abalone micro dots, abalone trim and a walnut bridge. A comfortable, mid-depth cutaway bowl pushes out balanced tone and the OP-4BT preamp provides easy on stage control. Ovation's Slimline pickup further enhances string-to-string balance.

    The OP-4BT preamp offers ±12dB control over the bass, midrange, and treble frequencies for great tonal flexibility. It's on-board tuner is easy to use and helps you stay perfectly in-tune, even when using open or non-standard tunings.

    The Celebrity CC245 acoustic electric guitar is dressed to impress…as well as play like a guitar costing twice as much. Like all Celebrity models, CC Series instruments are designed and engineered by Ovation's USA development team.

    OP-4BT

    The OP-4BT preamp offers +/-12dB control over the bass, midrange, and treble frequencies for great tonal flexibility. It's on-board tuner is easy to use and helps you stay perfectly in-tune, even when using open or non-standard tunings.

    Features

    • 12-String Acoustic/Electric
    • Body Type: Mid-Depth Cutaway
    • Top: Spruce
    • Bracing: Modified X
    • Scale Length: 25-1/4"
    • Scale:
    • Fretboard: Rosewood
    • Fret Inlay: Abalone Micro Dots
    • Bridge: Walnut
    • Rosette: Inlaid Abalone
    • Pickup: Ovation Slimline
    • Nutwidth: 1-7/8"

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    OvationCelebrity CC245 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
     
    4.1

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    Ovation Rocks!

    This guitar is definately a 12 string that is playable for just about any genre or gig that may come along plugged or unplugged it really shines. I plugged this into my Fishman Performer...Read complete review

    This guitar is definately a 12 string that is playable for just about any genre or gig that may come along plugged or unplugged it really shines. I plugged this into my Fishman Performer and, I could not believe how powerful and full sounding this instrument is. I left the EQ flat and, had the volume knob set about 3/4 with the volume setting on the Fishman barely 1/3 open very pleasing and, great sound. I'm used to regular flatop dreadnaught guitars and, the roundback takes a little getting used to but, I can guarantee that when you plug this instrument into an amp you'll forget all about the difference between the regular body and, the rounback guitar.
    I highly recommend this guitar to anybody in the market for a Great 12 string at a midrange price. I got a super deal from MF but even at regular retail it's a Great deal for a midrange acoustic electric 12 string.

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    Excellent Guitar for Price

    Clearly, I am very happy with this guitar. The price, product quality, and more importantly the sound are all great. I think this unit will hold up well to general amateaur playing,...Read complete review

    Clearly, I am very happy with this guitar. The price, product quality, and more importantly the sound are all great. I think this unit will hold up well to general amateaur playing, including taking it to gigs and jam sessions, and I would not hesitate buying it again.
    I am tickled pink by the features that this guitar has. Let's start with the inclusion of a tuner on a guitar of this quality and price. since this is the first 12 string I've ever owned the tuner is an excellent addition and makes getting the guitar playing almost immediately. An interesting note, is that the tuner turns itself off after a few seconds of inactivity, and this was a welcome feature. Add to this a three band equalizer and gain control to make this an excellent feature enhanced guitar. about the only negative I could add is that I would like to have seen the tuner on the other side of the battery compartment; or maybe just swap their positions. The reason I suggest this is that with a rounded back I tend to sit with the wider part of the body type further under my arm, which in turn means that working the farthest tuner heads and looking at the relatively small display is not always comfortable. Even with that, I'm still so happy with the overall quality and features but I would never consider not buying this guitar because of the single item.

    The fret board, guitar top, and inlay are all exceptional. The grain of the wood and the guitar top is beautiful and the finish is well above what I would expect of a guitar in this price range. More importantly, the headstock and overall finish should be considered a top feature for this guitar.
    as you can tell, I was very pleased by the overall quality of this guitar. Of course, the proof of the value is in how playable guitar is and how it sounds. In this case, the sound is superb and fits perfectly with the type of music I enjoy playing. Songs like "Eight Miles High," "Free Falling" and many others sound so much better on a 12 string. The projection of the guitar is great for both practice and small room playing. I took the instrument to a jam session at a local bookstore the 2nd night I had it. I had no problem being heard, and I had several people in the audience comment about how beautiful the guitar sounds. Frankly, this guitar makes me sound a lot better than I really am, and a big part of that is the surprisingly high quality of an instrument made in China. I'm not a China-basher, by any stretch of the imagination, but this is the ONLY instrument I own from there. Fortunately, I was familiar with Ovation and knew their quality, so I didn't hesitate buying the instrument. The quality has rewarded me well.

    A couple items worth mentioning when it comese to quality. first, the feel of the overall guitar is very solid and everything fits together well. There are no unusual gaps or joints that look out of place. As noted, the paint and finish work is exceptional, and I would put the quality of his work against instruments made in some of the top factories around the world. I don't take instrument quality lightly, either, since I also own two very nice Taylor guitars. My preference, of course, would have been for Taylor 12 string but at one third the price this little Ovation fit well within my budget.
    I do not think you can find another 12 string in this price range that has as many features and is of higher quality. Some may prefer another manufacturer, but when that is like saying you like Chevy more than Ford. The true test of the value is in the quality of the two similar priced units, and in this instance the quality-value of the Ovation is exceptional. The only way to top this guitar, in my mind, is to step up to the Ovation Elite or Adama models; however, you'd also be doubling or tripling the price of this unit, so there's not really an apple to apple comparison here.

    With that said, the only other guitar I might consider is actually $140 more, and that is the Martin D12X1. If you can afford the more expensive unit then it might be worth considering. Other guitars tha are of similar price to the Martin include a Takamine and Ibanez (which is about half-way between the Ovation and Martin on the price scale). I'm not a Takamine fan, so it never really got considered too strongly.

    Obviously, with the more expensive guitars you may get something that is more recognizable in name (Martin), but I don't think it will necessarily be as good of quality or sound any better. The sound of this Ovation is spot on with a nice bright tone offset by excellent response all along the fretboard. That is what makes this such an excellent value guitar.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ovation Rocks!

    Pros

    • Excellent sound
    • Great neck
    • Great playability
    • Top Notch Electronics

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Versatile For Any Use

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity CC245 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is definately a 12 string that is playable for just about any genre or gig that may come along plugged or unplugged it really shines. I plugged this into my Fishman Performer and, I could not believe how powerful and full sounding this instrument is. I left the EQ flat and, had the volume knob set about 3/4 with the volume setting on the Fishman barely 1/3 open very pleasing and, great sound. I'm used to regular flatop dreadnaught guitars and, the roundback takes a little getting used to but, I can guarantee that when you plug this instrument into an amp you'll forget all about the difference between the regular body and, the rounback guitar.
    I highly recommend this guitar to anybody in the market for a Great 12 string at a midrange price. I got a super deal from MF but even at regular retail it's a Great deal for a midrange acoustic electric 12 string.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sweet sound

    By flyboy63

    from Spearfish, SD

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity CC245 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I had owned an Ovation 12-string in the 70's, and I just couldn't pass up this one! I'm not at all disappointed. I love the sound, the action and the tuner! A pleasure to play.

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    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Excellent Guitar for Price

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity CC245 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Clearly, I am very happy with this guitar. The price, product quality, and more importantly the sound are all great. I think this unit will hold up well to general amateaur playing, including taking it to gigs and jam sessions, and I would not hesitate buying it again.
    I am tickled pink by the features that this guitar has. Let's start with the inclusion of a tuner on a guitar of this quality and price. since this is the first 12 string I've ever owned the tuner is an excellent addition and makes getting the guitar playing almost immediately. An interesting note, is that the tuner turns itself off after a few seconds of inactivity, and this was a welcome feature. Add to this a three band equalizer and gain control to make this an excellent feature enhanced guitar. about the only negative I could add is that I would like to have seen the tuner on the other side of the battery compartment; or maybe just swap their positions. The reason I suggest this is that with a rounded back I tend to sit with the wider part of the body type further under my arm, which in turn means that working the farthest tuner heads and looking at the relatively small display is not always comfortable. Even with that, I'm still so happy with the overall quality and features but I would never consider not buying this guitar because of the single item.

    The fret board, guitar top, and inlay are all exceptional. The grain of the wood and the guitar top is beautiful and the finish is well above what I would expect of a guitar in this price range. More importantly, the headstock and overall finish should be considered a top feature for this guitar.
    as you can tell, I was very pleased by the overall quality of this guitar. Of course, the proof of the value is in how playable guitar is and how it sounds. In this case, the sound is superb and fits perfectly with the type of music I enjoy playing. Songs like "Eight Miles High," "Free Falling" and many others sound so much better on a 12 string. The projection of the guitar is great for both practice and small room playing. I took the instrument to a jam session at a local bookstore the 2nd night I had it. I had no problem being heard, and I had several people in the audience comment about how beautiful the guitar sounds. Frankly, this guitar makes me sound a lot better than I really am, and a big part of that is the surprisingly high quality of an instrument made in China. I'm not a China-basher, by any stretch of the imagination, but this is the ONLY instrument I own from there. Fortunately, I was familiar with Ovation and knew their quality, so I didn't hesitate buying the instrument. The quality has rewarded me well.

    A couple items worth mentioning when it comese to quality. first, the feel of the overall guitar is very solid and everything fits together well. There are no unusual gaps or joints that look out of place. As noted, the paint and finish work is exceptional, and I would put the quality of his work against instruments made in some of the top factories around the world. I don't take instrument quality lightly, either, since I also own two very nice Taylor guitars. My preference, of course, would have been for Taylor 12 string but at one third the price this little Ovation fit well within my budget.
    I do not think you can find another 12 string in this price range that has as many features and is of higher quality. Some may prefer another manufacturer, but when that is like saying you like Chevy more than Ford. The true test of the value is in the quality of the two similar priced units, and in this instance the quality-value of the Ovation is exceptional. The only way to top this guitar, in my mind, is to step up to the Ovation Elite or Adama models; however, you'd also be doubling or tripling the price of this unit, so there's not really an apple to apple comparison here.

    With that said, the only other guitar I might consider is actually $140 more, and that is the Martin D12X1. If you can afford the more expensive unit then it might be worth considering. Other guitars tha are of similar price to the Martin include a Takamine and Ibanez (which is about half-way between the Ovation and Martin on the price scale). I'm not a Takamine fan, so it never really got considered too strongly.

    Obviously, with the more expensive guitars you may get something that is more recognizable in name (Martin), but I don't think it will necessarily be as good of quality or sound any better. The sound of this Ovation is spot on with a nice bright tone offset by excellent response all along the fretboard. That is what makes this such an excellent value guitar.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Axe

    By Robert Hanna

    from Florida

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity CC245 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Great sound, great electronics....I love the tuner....you need it on a 12 string !!! The battery holder and ease to change it great for the stage. Built for performers.
    This is an awesome guitar. Sounds great through a pa or a guitar amp. Plays well. Looks great !!! I am amazed at the price. Tuner is awesome....battery design is great for the stage
    Great electronics......battery ease of change.....build for the stage
    So far, built to last.......Again, I can't believe the price.....

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    (2 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Mabye

    By Ovationseeker14

    from new york city, ny

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity CC245 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have heard really good reviews but i have also heard bad reviews and some of it is about musicians friend shipping when i get mine in a week or so i hpe it will be in one peice. I have also heard really good reviews about the tone i just hope its a good guitar for me.

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    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GOOD BANG FOR THE BUCK

    By Bill Buxton

    from Arizona

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity CC245 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have many different ovation guitars it has always been my favorite - Really like the built in tuning system , I've found it to be very accurate on mine when I use it the finished key is great - I would never reccomend this guitar to a beginner, it is by far made for an advanced musician - Tuning this guitar in a lower key is almost a must unless you want it destroyed with high tension warps & scars - the answer is easy, use a good quality capo - instructions would be nice if they were enclosed - set-up & action setting is required, it took me over a year before mine would stay in tune after 2 or 3 songs -- Used it for recording on many occasions -- You basically can't find a better guitar in this catagory & right now is the best time to buy one , they will be going up in cost greatly - :)

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Cheap Chinese Crap

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity CC245 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar online after having played it in a guitar store locally. I received the guitar and was very, very happy (at first!) The onboard tuner is nice and easy to use. There are no instructions in the manual on how to use it, but I just took it out of the box and figured it out in a few seconds. It has a decent acoustic tone, but sounds much better when plugged into an acoustic amp or a PA. It is a beautiful guitar to look at as well. Everyone who has seen it loves it and most guitar players think it cost much more than what I payed for it. My main problem is that the neck of the guitar has come completely unglued from the body after two months. It happened yesterday, and I'm dealing with an Ovation authorized repair facility to have the neck reset. I hope thay can do it because I really like this guitar. I had an Ovation when I was in the Army and took it to the field and on deployments with me all the time. I viewed it as an indestructible guitar which this one clearly is not. If this situation gets resolved I may have better things to say, but right now after two months I have no guitar due to shoddy craftsmanship. You've really got to watch these guitars from China.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Typical Inexpensive 12 String

    By GHawk-HAR3O

    from Florida

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity CC245 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar after playing it a few minutes on an acoustic amp and the sound was very nice plugged in, not unplugged. And after looking at the price tag with a reduction you couldn?t NOT take it home. As many others have said in their reviews this guitar doesn?t stay in tune. The onboard tuner works for this but very often. The materials are less quality due to the price point which may contribute to the problems I?ve encountered. After a year or so now, the strings have lifted gradually to where the upper frets are unusable. The truss rod made very little difference after adjusting it with quite a bit of turning. So my point is that this is common from my experience with 12 strings. It?s hard to find any quality guitar where the neck is subjected to about 400lbs of pull and not bend in this price range. So if you play advanced chords or capo you may be disappointed with this guitar.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great 12-String

    By Tricky

    from Sparks, NV

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity CC245 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I played this at the music store, before even looking at the price tag. After noodling on it for a bit, I looked at the price. I thought it had to be a mistake! This guitar feels like a $1000 Ovation. Sound is excellent unplugged. Plugged in... hold on to your socks! On-board tuner is very good. This is my second Ovation 12-String and I do love it.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Review

    By Marvin-the-Martin

    from Oracle, AZ

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity CC245 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    We actually own a CS245 (a discontinued model) which has the multiple sound hole set up instead of the standard single center sound hole. The sound of this guitar unplugged is a little bit different than the CC245. They both sound good, plenty of volume and enough punch to cut through other instruments and voices. The CC245 has more of a standard acoustic tone, unplugged, while the CS245 has an almost banjo or resonator guitar like tone. These are not the easiest 12 strings I have ever played, but they aren't the hardest either. The neck is fairly wide and even with extra light strings it takes a strong hand to finger some of the harder chords. As far as staying in tune my CS245 with Martin SP (studio performance) extra light strings keeps near perfect tune even with some pretty aggressive strumming. This guitar happens to be an early model and has different electronics than the newer models, but still sounds awesome plugged in! We own one other Ovation, a CK057 6 string A/E, and it too is an excellent instrument and sounds good unplugged and awesome when played through our Fender Acoustasonic amp.

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