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Ovation Ovation Elite TX A/E D-Scale Mid-Depth Textured Black 

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Ovation Elite TX A/E D-Scale Mid-Depth

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(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


I would like to give it 2.5 stars....


  • Great Finish Quality
  • Solid built
  • Very nice looking


  • Dead Sounding
  • Difficult To Play Fast
  • Neck To Narrow
  • Neck Too Heavy
  • No bass
  • Overall Sound Is Poor
  • Sounds cheap

Best Uses

  • Playing at home
  • Song writing

Comments about Ovation Elite TX A/E D-Scale Mid-Depth:

For Reference, I normally play 1947 Martin D-28; 1 1977 Martin D-28 and a Rainsong as a "daily player". In addition, I have 2 other Martins, a Taylor Baby and numerous electrics. I also used to play an ovation extensively that belong to my daughter. I am very use to the "synthetic material" sound.

I bought this knowing "Ovation Sound" well -- which to my ears is little if any bass. The lack of bass is not a good combination with a guitar that is to be tuned lower. I went with this because of many audio samples and many glowing reviews but I am very disappointed with the sound.

I plan to put Baritone strings on this. When I purchased this guitar, Demiitri from Muscian's Friend told me it would fit the thicker Baritone strings without having to file the nut. But I am concerned that if this guitar can't reproduce the low D, it is not going to be able to reproduce a low C.

The separation between the strings is surprising too close to play chords without causing dead strings. I would say I have small to average diameter fingers, yet the stings on this guitar are too close to play -- I have never experienced this on any guitar I have before including a Taylor Baby Travel Guitar. It makes this guitar very difficult to play.

If you try playing it loud, the sound gets worse. No idea why, but this is not a guitar to do anything other than strum lightly. In addition, if you try playing loud, the low frequency strings do not get louder but the higher frequency strings do get louder. There is also a fair amount of string buzz if you strum even slightly hard. In fairness, I have not had a set-up done yet on this guitar but I sure don't want the action taken higher than it is to get rid of the string buzz!

The neck is way too heavy for this guitar. Normally an Ovation keeps slipping down on your lap. With this guitar, it slips down on your lap AND you have to fight to keep the neck from dropping.

It is a solid, well built guitar that will last a long time, but does that matter if I don't like the sound? I may end up selling this and it will be the first of about 20 new guitars that I have sold.

Summary: Poor sound; difficult to play without deadening the strings; string buzz; sound gets worse if you play hard; poorly balanced. If this cost much less, I would have given it 3 stars, but at the price of this guitar it should sound like more than a kids toy!

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


I love this guitar

By Charles Spencer

from Billerica, Massachusetts

Comments about Ovation Elite TX A/E D-Scale Mid-Depth:

If you're like me and have a vocal range a bit bellow that of your favorite artists, this guitar might be exactly what you want. If you want to keep the same chord voicings, capo-ing up to the 4th or 5th fret makes the instrument half of your performance sound a bit tinny as you've pretty much lost the low end. That's fine for a ukelele solo but since you're trying to cover a song and sound close to the original, eh not so much. This guitar lets you drop back at least a whole tone without losing brightness and without getting loose dull fluttery strings. I recommend stringing up with the heaviest strings you can find however, in order to keep the tension and the brightness up. I use a GHS 14-60 set and am able to drop mine back a full third, almost dipping down to baritone territory. The pickup sounds extradinarily natural without any extra processing. I like the fact that it's very easy to adjust the action at the bridge because it comes with a set of shims that you can remove or stack. Honestly I've never been a huge fan of the Ovation tone as it it seems to be lacking the high-highs and the low-lows that make a good accoustic sound really alive but this guitar provides what no other can: a lowered tuning with a scale, tension, and string size that is comfortable on the hand and for a reasonable price.

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