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Mid-depth body with a solid top, updated bracing and stage-ready electronics.

The Celebrity Elite Series is your first step into the world of Ovation' classic multi-soundhole instrument design, with first-rate sound, style, features and value.

The Celebrity Elite CE44-1 guitar has the classic mid-depth Lyrachord cutaway body with a solid spruce top featuring the Elite multi-soundhole design, which provides clear highs and focused, balanced bass response. For the top' quartersawn scalloped œX bracing, Ovation viewed earlier bracing patterns extensively and arrived at a remarkable new design that borrows from the past and is voiced for the present, with natural tone and optimal response and power. Together, body, top and soundholes create the classic Ovation Elitesound, resonating with full projection, remarkable note clarity and balance, and nuanced tonal complexity.

The top also has elegant multi-wood epaulets, black binding and a beautiful two-color sunburst gloss finish. Other premium features include an effortlessly playable satin-finish neck, 10-radius rosewood fretboard with 20 fully accessible frets (24 frets for high E string) and pearloid inlays, and a rosewood bridge. For great live sound, the CE44-1 features an Ovation Slimline pickup and OP-4BT preamp system with three-band EQ, volume/gain control, onboard tuner and low-battery light.

FEATURES
  • Mid-depth body with solid spruce top
  • Updated Quartersawn Scalloped X bracing
  • Nato neck with rosewood fingerboard and satin finish
  • Ovation Slimline pickup and OP-4BT preamp
  • Case sold separately

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Series: Celebrity Elite
  • Body Style: Mid-Depth Cutaway
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Back: Lyrachord Mid-Depth Bowl
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 25-1/4" (641mm)
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Hardware: Chrome Ovation
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP11 Coated 80/20 Bronze, Light, (.012-.053)
  • Nut (Material/Width): ABS, 1-11/16" (43mm)
  • Bracing: Quartersawn Scalloped X
  • Fingerboard Radius: 10" (254mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20 fully accessible; 24 on High E String
  • Top Finish: 2-Tone Sunburst Gloss
  • Special Electronics: OP-4BT with Ovation Slimline Pickup
  • Body Binding: Black
  • Position Inlays: Pearloid
  • Epaulet: Multi-Wood
  • Neck Binding: Black
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OvationCelebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Good audio (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Stays in tune (11)
  • Consistent (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Jamming (10)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally got one in playable condition

I think all hecho en China models have a hump in the fretboard beginning around the 12th fret, which causes the B & E strings to sound brittle and tinny, if they don't...Read complete review

I think all hecho en China models have a hump in the fretboard beginning around the 12th fret, which causes the B & E strings to sound brittle and tinny, if they don't outright buzz. A guitar tech friend calls this hump "ovation-itis". That's why they set them up med/high at the factory, which is hardly playable. This one was a surprise ! The action was almost low enough to be fun and required only a fret dressing, levelling on the 12th and above frets, and action adjust. It needs a little more, but it's fun to play now.

This is the 4th celeb elite I've ordered, and 2nd one I've kept. The first, a supershallow bowl, required popping the frets off above the 10th and fretboard plained before re-fretting. The cost was almost as much as I paid for the guitar, cha-ching, lesson learned. Once you get the kinks out, these guitars are great for almost anything. The mid-deep bowl has much better lows and overall projection than the supershallows.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I spoke too soon, would not buy another one

Couldn't lower action on B & E strings without fret topping at a pro guitar shop. Cha-ching ! You know how much that costs. Still has a slight fret ring which causes thin...Read complete review

Couldn't lower action on B & E strings without fret topping at a pro guitar shop. Cha-ching ! You know how much that costs. Still has a slight fret ring which causes thin notes. Now convinced all celeb elites have a hump between the 10th & 14th fret, but only on the treble side. You can top / level the frets, but if it's bad enough, you have to pop them and re-plane the fretboard too. Mo money ! Also, the necks are getting fatter, what's up in the China factory ? This will be my last Ovation, the quality control is not there.

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(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Finally got one in playable condition

By SecretAgentMan

from Orange, CA

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Nice balance between highs and lows.

Cons

  • Poor fretboard construction from China factory

Best Uses

  • all acoustic/elect uses, Ovation pickups good

Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I think all hecho en China models have a hump in the fretboard beginning around the 12th fret, which causes the B & E strings to sound brittle and tinny, if they don't outright buzz. A guitar tech friend calls this hump "ovation-itis". That's why they set them up med/high at the factory, which is hardly playable. This one was a surprise ! The action was almost low enough to be fun and required only a fret dressing, levelling on the 12th and above frets, and action adjust. It needs a little more, but it's fun to play now.

This is the 4th celeb elite I've ordered, and 2nd one I've kept. The first, a supershallow bowl, required popping the frets off above the 10th and fretboard plained before re-fretting. The cost was almost as much as I paid for the guitar, cha-ching, lesson learned. Once you get the kinks out, these guitars are great for almost anything. The mid-deep bowl has much better lows and overall projection than the supershallows.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I spoke too soon, would not buy another one

By SecretAgentMan

from Orange, CA

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • great electronics for plugging straight into PA

Cons

  • fretboard hump at body joint
  • Not Consistent
  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Couldn't lower action on B & E strings without fret topping at a pro guitar shop. Cha-ching ! You know how much that costs. Still has a slight fret ring which causes thin notes. Now convinced all celeb elites have a hump between the 10th & 14th fret, but only on the treble side. You can top / level the frets, but if it's bad enough, you have to pop them and re-plane the fretboard too. Mo money ! Also, the necks are getting fatter, what's up in the China factory ? This will be my last Ovation, the quality control is not there.

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Well balanced guitar

    By gvbrown

    from Traverse City, MI

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Accurate Intonation
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Stays In Tune
    • Well Balanced Tone

    Cons

    • Tuner Feels Cheap

    Best Uses

    • Fingerstyle
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Great acoustic electric guitar for this price range. Well balanced tones from low to high. Works well with or without an amplifier.

    It doesn't have the rolling lows like my dreadnoughts, however, you wouldn't expect that from an instrument of this design.

    The intonation of the instrument was the first thing that really impressed me, which was dead on, all the way up the neck. Acceptably lower action than a regular acoustic (probably adjusted), with no fret buzz.

    The neck itself is slightly narrower than I'm used to, however, it is very fun to play, and easy to adapt to. I use lighter gauge strings on this, which seems to be preferable, as opposed to medium strings, which I use on other instruments.

    It is a beautiful instrument with a striking, unique design.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sweet Six-String

    By ModusArtsGroup

    from Vermont

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    Pros

    • Beautiful
    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have always loved these guitars. Years ago I knew someone who had one and I was super-jealous and never forgot how much I admired and desired it. This is the best acoustic I have ever owned. It is in my hands every spare moment I have during the day and I keep it on a stand when I can see it and just gaze at it as I fall asleep. Get one!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful instrument

    By Trix

    from Ft. Myers, Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Built-in tuner
    • Consistent
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune
    • Well Built

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues
      • With Friends

      Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      An absolutely wonderful guitar. I have always settled for second-best (LTD instead of ESP, Applause instead of Ovation, etc.) but this time I decided to go for the gold and I'm very glad I did. It has a beautiful sound, a smooth, professional feel, and amazing playability. Even with songs I have perfected, I find that I play this Ovation smoother and cleaner than with my Fender or Ibanez acoustics.

      (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love This Guitar !

      By Rick B.

      from Binghamton , NY

      About Me Novice

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

      • Requires Constant Tuning

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I am basically a novice guitar player . Although I have been playing for over 40 years I never could get the hang of reading frets and playing lead. I play a pretty good rythym guitar but usually just put on an album and practice to it. Mostly Bruce Springsteen but I like the eagles , John Mellancamp and all that kind of music. I am a 70s nut and will play a lot of that music. I especially like the challenge of Journey and Led Zeppelin.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Guitar!!

      By Shaggy

      from Winston Salem NC

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Church Bands
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        The sound that resonates from this guitar is unbelievable. I own 4 other acoustic/electrics, and this by far takes the cake. I picked one up when i was around 11 or 12 and never forgot the sound and feel of this guitar. I can now get rid of my other A/E guitars becasue this one is all I play, once you pick this up you will not want to set it down.

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Piece

        By Josh

        from Turkey

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Smooth Classic Music

        Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        A beautiful sounding guitar and very fun to play.

        (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        OVATION

        By Jeff

        from Every Witch by Jeff Friedman on you tube

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Nice guitar!

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar for the money

        By rich

        from new york

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Great instrument for the money

           
          5.0

          Excellent guitar for its price range

          By Wm. Hooper

          from Asheville, NC

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Action is well adjusted
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              I love this guitar! Of all the guitars I have, this one, for the money, is the overall winner, for sound, looks, and ease of playing. And that comparison includes a Martin and a Taylor.

               
              5.0

              Awesome Guitar! Great Sound!

              By TiinMan

              from NWNM

              About Me Novice

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                Love the design and sound! I wanted this guitar for quite a while now, and finally got it. I originally ordered an Applause guitar that looked very similar to this Ovation design, but they discontinued it. So, I was waiting, and when I came upon the open boxed Ovation model, I ordered it immediately.

                 
                5.0

                Pretty sweet

                By Mick

                from Lady''s Island, SC

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  Have had a shallow bowl for a while. Like it a lot, but mid range it was just that. Kinda shallow. Not this one. Lots of full bodied sound through out the scales. And it looks great too.

                   
                  5.0

                  What a great guitar.

                  By Dave "Feldman"

                  from Southington, CT

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    I bought this ovation guitar when it was Musician's Friend stupid deal of the day. I bought as a backup to my Taylor .414ce. Actually enjoy gigging with this guitar more than my Taylor. I think it sounds better and played electronically and the neck is more comfortable. It stays into and well and I've gotten more compliments on the tone of this guitar .
                    Highly recommended.

                     
                    5.0

                    Great buy

                    By mgisparky

                    from chicago

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Feel
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      Really great buy when it went on crazy deal of day sale.

                       
                      4.0

                      A Happy Buyr

                      By Doc

                      from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        The sound is quite bright and the volume is certainly there. This is what I was looking for as an alternative to my more mellow acoustic. The build quality is impressive but the tuner on my first purchase failed after several days. Musicians Friend was great about the return.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Guitar

                        By Dean

                        from Arkansas

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Stays In Tune

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                            This is a very beautiful guitar in Ruby Red. The sound is rich and loud. i will put on lighter gauge strings and I am very happy with the sound. i also have Martins and Takamine acoustics and I like the sound from this one just as much.

                             
                            5.0

                            My first acoustic in years, great choice

                            By NeMo

                            from NJ

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fun To Play
                            • Good Feel
                            • Rich Sound
                            • Stays In Tune

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Jamming
                              • Recording
                              • School Bands

                              Comments about Ovation Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                              Looking at the pictures online I did not expect the body to be as shiny as it was when I got it. It actually looks better in person than it does in pictures.

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