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Ovation S771 Balladeer Special Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Ovation S771 Balladeer Special Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a mid-depth cutaway and plays as pretty as it looks with a solid A-grade spruce top, ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A mellow meeting of tone, playability, and looks.

The Ovation S771 Balladeer Special Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a mid-depth cutaway and plays as pretty as it looks with a solid A-grade spruce top, A-bracing, rosewood fingerboard, hand-inlaid rosette, walnut bridge, and chrome tuners. The Thinline pickup runs through an OP-30 preamp for precise tone shaping. Includes Ovation hardshell case.

  • Mid-depth cutaway
  • Solid A-grade spruce top
  • A-bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Hand-inlaid rosette
  • Walnut bridge
  • Chrome tuners
  • Thinline pickup
  • OP-30 preamp for precise tone shaping
  • Hardshell case included

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I love this guitar

By Mike-Na.XH

from Maryland

I love this guitar, the preamp is very good and I wouldn't say you need anything more. An internal tuner is like the coolest thing in the world and the best of all is the smooth playing neck. It feels great to play. I also like the deeper back panel instead of the slimmer one on the 1861 standard. The one downside is that it doesn't have the mother of pearl fret dots on the actual frets themself. That would have been a plus!


Great Value


from Chicago IL

I have had this guitar for over ten years now and still love it. I have tried various acoustics over the years and have still not found one that I like better. I have tried even high end Martins and found the combination of playability and tone to be better with the s771. It sounds great plugged in or unplugged. It is a little awkward to play seated if you don't use a strap but as long as you use a strap the rounded back really doesn't cause a problem.

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Excellent Purchase

By Penny Richens

from Wyoming

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My Balladeer Special, Olga, and I have been together for 11 years now. She sounded amazing when I bought her, and has only become better with age. If you can find one of these to buy, I highly recommend it.

At first I was turned off by the looks of this guitar, you either love or hate the Ovation style, but after playing every other gutiar in the store it was the one I kept coming back to. For the price, it just couldn't be beat. It turned out to be an ugly duckling that really grew on me. I can't imagine having anything else as my "daily driver."


Great Acoustic Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar sounds beautiful. The tone is spot on and it plays well. I have not used the electric side of this much; however, the few times I did use it, it worked well and sounded very warm as I played through my Marshall AVT. The equalizer worked well but I didn't buy it to use with my amp, but that is a plus. I bought this to just leave around my room and pick up at a moments notice to play and just kill some time. I also use it to practice new riffs etc. My Ovation stays in tune well and I don't need to mess with the tuning very much except when just breaking in new strings. Since it's out of the case most of them time even the temperature fluctuations don't affect the tuning much if at all. I use Ernie Ball strings and they last quite a while and sound great, they are also much cheaper then the G'Adario's Ovation recommends. This has been my tried and true, dependable, great, guitar.



By Burt-uqr4h

from Colunbia, SC

The ovation has a cut away and electronics, yet it still has the sweetest tone of any high costing guitar


Great Guitar!

By Ryan Nanca

from Sacramento, CA

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My dad and I were going to go with the Ovation Celebrity at first, but after playing with this guitar, it's definitely worth the extra cash. The preamp and tuner are great. It has a deeper bowl than its lower-end counterparts, making it sing a lot better. The action is pretty low and is great for anyone, whether or not you're a beginner or an artist. Great guitar!


Standing Ovation, please.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The down and dirty on the Ovation Balladeer S771 Special. I bought this during a clearance sale, so the price was absolutely right (under $500). USA made-Ovation's least expensive. The guitar is simple and straigth forward. I like the clean, plain look. Plays well, although the stock D'Adarios were a little heavy for me so I changed them. Great sound-more bottom end than the shallower 1861 model. To really hear the sound have another person play it for you as you sit in front of the guitar. That sound sold me. Just right. Back of neck takes some getting used to-just stained, no finish so it feels like wood. Should smooth nicely though with playing time or you could wax. Have not used through amp so I can't comment on electronics. If you want a plain, simple, clean, great sounding acoustic that's hard to put down, this is your axe. You could spend more, but why? Enjoy the guitar.


Stand up for Ovation

By Tracy Franklin

from Steele, MO

I've been playing for 30 years. I now play more gospil than anything and this is the best guitar I have ever owned.You can't beat the price and the sound is heavenly.I would recommend also buying a acoustic electric amp.Whether this guitar is plugged in or not it's top of the line sound and everyone that has seen or played it has wanted one. My comments are get one while you can cause this guitar ought to be selling for $2,000.00 or more. This site is deffinately a friend to me and I will continue to buy from them as long as I'm needing music. Thanks alot.



By D.Jones

from Wedowee, Al.

Wow... This baby is worth the price and then some. Only 2 problems I have had since buying it are as follows.....1) Can't figure out what took me so long to get this jewel. ...2) Wife misses the time we used to spend together... If this falls into your price range, do yourself a favor and give it a ride. I bet if you do, you'll own one too.


It has everything a guitar player could want

By HomerSimpson

from Skiatook, OK

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This guitar has the best value of any guitar I've played in it's price range. Mine came with an OP-30 pre-amp which has a built in tuner, and easy to replace battery which makes life so easy. It sounds great unplugged, but plugged in it sounds like butter.


This guitar does exactly what I want

By Low E First Fret

from Bealeton, VA

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I walked into a Guitar dealer and said "I need an acoustic electric cutaway with a built-in tuner", and from a few different models this is the one I picked. I have only owned it a few months, and it is not my most-played guitar, but I am very happy with it. The reason I have it is for leads (cutaway), and alternate tunings/slides (built-in tuner). The round back provides a heck of a sound that really sings, but does take some getting used to when playing sitting or standing. I am always willing to pay a little extra for American Made acoutics, quality is unmatched. If you can, spend a little time playing this guitar at your local guitar dealer, it sort of sells itself. Have fun.


Ovation S771 Will Do What You Want

By DiGiTaL^DoG

from Waretown, NJ

The well balanced tones were what set this guitar apart from others I tried, and I tried a lot of them. When I first bought it, I was a beginner and have since progressed. I decided I wanted one to grow into and it has been that and more.I do wish it had dots on the front of the neck so others can see where I am playing and that the bridge was made of a harder material (it grooves easily if you're not careful when restringing).The built in tuner of the OP30 is reasonably accurate. Without plugging it into an amp, the battery will last about a year (Duracell) with daily use of the tuner.The Kamen Truss bar is sensitive! I like extra light strings, which use less tension. I needed a little bit more bow to allow for the lower tension in order to rid myself of a fret buzz.The rounded back can slide but it is durable! When my 150 lb. Labrador's tail smacked it into a desk from my leg and nothing happened to it, I smiled.I've had it now for over two years. The top has darkened some nicely, really showing the bright contrasts in the tight grain of the Sitka Spruce top.


S771 the best by far!

By Bronxbomber

from Lewiston, NY

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I have been researching Ovation guitars for a while. After a few months of playing Ovations I picked the S771. For the money- you will not believe the sound both unplugged and plugged-in.I originally bought the special Cedar version of the S771 from Guitar Center. The tone and look is amazing. In fact I love it so much I ended up buying a Spruce top version too! If you go for the spruce top, check out the Autumn Burst- it's pretty and sounds fabulous!!! I've played higher end Balladeers and by far, the S771 wins -handsdown.


Ovation Balladeer S771

By Craig-mdGXS

from Belleville, Michigan

The S771 Balladeer is a Plain Jane in looks, but boy can she sing!!! Superb sound both plugged and unplugged. The action is low with no string buzz, making chording a dream, and jumping from an electric to the acoustic super easy. Cutaway makes playing up to the 19th fret easy. The neck is solid and feels nice. My only complaint is its 1-11/16" nut width. Having fat fingers, I occasionally deaden strings when chording notes on the 1st fret, but for the average person, this will not be a problem.

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