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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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Celebrity Elite Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • 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 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Stays in tune (7)
  • Consistent (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

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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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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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

      About Me Experienced

      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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Guitar!!

        By Shaggy

        from Salisbury, NC

        About Me Experienced

        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.

          (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!

          (4 of 7 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.

          (7 of 9 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

          See all my reviews

          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 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Finally got one in playable condition

            By SecretAgentMan

            from Orange,CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            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.

            (4 of 4 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.

              (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Well balanced guitar

              By gvbrown

              from Traverse City, MI

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              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.

              (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

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