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Ovation 1771 LX Standard Balladeer Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Ovation 1771 LX Standard Balladeer Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a solid A-grade spruce top braced with a new scalloped X pattern for fuller, more...Click To Read More About This Product

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Ovation's original flagship upgraded with a package of killer new features.

The Ovation 1771 LX Standard Balladeer Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a solid A-grade spruce top braced with a new scalloped X pattern for fuller, more wide-open sound. The rosewood fingerboard now adorns a lightweight, gloss-finished, 5-piece advanced neck with dual-action truss rod to control both bow and warp, plus graphite neck stabilizers over the joint and a dual-clamp heel block. The original 1968 Ovation pickup has been re-created and is powered by a new version of the warm vintage OP24 preamp, the OP Pro. The Lyrachord GS bowl is 33% lighter than previous backs.

FEATURES
  • Solid A-grade spruce top
  • Scalloped X bracing pattern
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Lightweight 5-piece advanced neck
  • Dual-action truss rod
  • Graphite neck stabilizers over the joint
  • Dual-clamp heel block
  • Original 1968 Ovation pickup
  • OP Pro preamp
  • 33% lighter Lyrachord GS bowl
  • Chrome tuners
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4.9

(based on 23 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very nice

This is the second Ovation I've owned. I had an original back in the 70's, I sold it for some weed and regretted it ever since. Anyway back to the guitar. I've...Read complete review

This is the second Ovation I've owned. I had an original back in the 70's, I sold it for some weed and regretted it ever since. Anyway back to the guitar. I've been looking for a good quality, durable acoustic/electric guitar for my road gigs. I own a Martin D-40 and it was getting to beat up traveling around like that. I looked at a mess of acoustics before I went back to Ovation. I plugged one in and fell in love with their product again. At the time I wasn't really hip on the module they have installed after reading some unfavorable comments about it. Yes it can be difficult at first. You just have to take your time pulling it out and especially shoving it back into place. DON'T FORCE IT!! The onboard tuner kind of put me off at first also. But actually that is a brilliant idea. It it so nice not having to hook up a tuner when you change strings or look down at a pedal board to tune when your on a gig. If you are considering an Ovation, these guitars are a love/hate relationship. You definitley can't play one these rascals sitting in the Lazy boy and they are not very friendly with beer bellies. But if you want a nice sounding acoustic/electric guitar that will stand up road abuse, these can't be any better. The Folks at Kaman/Ovation have really made a name for themselves over the years. Good job Guys and Gals.

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i think that Ovation guitars are some of the most overrated acoustic-electrics on the market. When i recieved mine, the binding had many imperfections, the neck was significantly lifted from the body, and...Read complete review

i think that Ovation guitars are some of the most overrated acoustic-electrics on the market. When i recieved mine, the binding had many imperfections, the neck was significantly lifted from the body, and the elctric sound was very unimpressive. However, the guitar was extremely comfortable and the finish was beautiful(natural). For the price the guitar is not that bad, but after playing other models that were more expensive, i noticed taht i wasn't too fond of the better guitars either. I recomend holding out and purchasing a Taylor, i am getting the 312-CE. That guitar is truly amazing and about twice the price.

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5.0

I can't stop playing this guitar

By JC from SD

from San Diego

I have a US strat, US tele, Les Paul, and SG and I would rather play my 1771 than any of the aformentioned guitars, and I'm not really that into acoustic guitars. Go figure? I love the action is great, and the sound can compeat with any jumbo. This guitar makes you want to play it. The electric part of of the guitar is OK and the tuner is a little challenged, but I bought this guitar for it's sound as an acoustic, and in that area it rules. This guitar is tough to beat in the under $1000 group. What can I say, I love this friggin guitar and as soon as I finish writing this, I'm going to go play ----- Maaaaan!So go get you one.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Instrument

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have had my ovation for about 2 years it plays and sounds amazing I play in a country gospel band I recommend the use of good grade of medium sized strings. I would highly recommend this instrument to anyone.

 
5.0

You will never regret purchasing this guitar!!

By CrowderFan

from Carlinville, IL

I bought this guitar about a year ago, and I have played it almost every day since. Once you pick it up, you will never want to put it down. The only change I made from the factory settings was to remove one of the bridge spacers. The action is incredibly low which makes playing bar chords a breeze. This guitar has a great sound unplugged and even better when played through my Fender Acoustasonic amp. I use light weight acoustic strings and still get great full sound, nothing tinny. The built in tuner is awesome! I can tune my guitar with ease even when i'm standing next to our bass player's amp and he is jamming. I do not find it necessary to play this guitar with a strap while sitting down. If you hold the guitar so the top is vertical, you won't have any problems. If you are more comfortable with the top tilted so you can see the fretboard better, you may need a strap as the bowl back will have a tendancy to slide on your leg. This is a minor issue considering all of the other positives associated with this instrument. You can't go wrong with the 1771!

 
5.0

GO BUY ONE!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this guitar on February 16th, 2006! This is the best guitar I've purchased so far. I'm a performer and am in the studio often. This guitar, paired up with the Strawberry Blonde acoustic amp is the best sound in the world. Relieve some of your every day stress and treat youself to a beauty!!!Brandon

 
5.0

I have an old version

By Mert54

from San Francisco

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I have this guitar from 1979, but they were much better quality back then. I love this guitar, but you have to play one before buying because they are so weird. Good to use a strap also. Great guitars worth trying.

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By J Chase

from New York, NY

I just bought this guitar yesterday and once I picked it up at the store, I knew this was the guitar for me. Its sound is so rich and textured and when i play a chord and put my ear next to the soundhole the resonance is just incredible! I haven't heard it plugged in but thats something I'll be looking forward to as soon as I can go back home and use my amp. Great guitar so far!

 
5.0

Very nice

By Mike K.

from Dayton Ohio

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This is the second Ovation I've owned. I had an original back in the 70's, I sold it for some weed and regretted it ever since. Anyway back to the guitar. I've been looking for a good quality, durable acoustic/electric guitar for my road gigs. I own a Martin D-40 and it was getting to beat up traveling around like that. I looked at a mess of acoustics before I went back to Ovation. I plugged one in and fell in love with their product again. At the time I wasn't really hip on the module they have installed after reading some unfavorable comments about it. Yes it can be difficult at first. You just have to take your time pulling it out and especially shoving it back into place. DON'T FORCE IT!! The onboard tuner kind of put me off at first also. But actually that is a brilliant idea. It it so nice not having to hook up a tuner when you change strings or look down at a pedal board to tune when your on a gig. If you are considering an Ovation, these guitars are a love/hate relationship. You definitley can't play one these rascals sitting in the Lazy boy and they are not very friendly with beer bellies. But if you want a nice sounding acoustic/electric guitar that will stand up road abuse, these can't be any better. The Folks at Kaman/Ovation have really made a name for themselves over the years. Good job Guys and Gals.

 
5.0

Review

By Me-tDrO6

from Boston

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I have been playing for 25 years. Yes I'm old but not 40 yet. I have owned easily over 300 guitars in my life. I have over 60 now. These Balladeer LXs are GREAT!!!! I got mine as a gift from my girlfriend and at first I was like "gee thanks.....an Ovation." but after playing it I fell in love. It had been years since my last Ovation back in the 80's. Since then I have owned upper line Martins, Taylors, Guilds, Takamines and a few other assorted acoustics as well as many many electrics. This LX ROCKS!!!!! Great acoustic sound. Plays like a Les Paul. I am sold. I used to be an acoustic snob thinking nothing else is as good as my D28 or 712CE but I have been proven wrong. Don't scoff Ovation. There are still some suprises left up Mr Kaman's sleeve.

 
5.0

BUY THIS GUITAR!

By emcd

from eugene, or

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i bought this same kind of guitar 4 years ago and i love it! i can't even imagine what it must be like now. it has a really good unique wood feel to it. it sounds great with or without an amp. i've used it for gigs and i don't think i'd be able to live without this guitar.

 
5.0

Looks and plays great

By Much Improved Guitar Player

from Midwest

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Bought this guitar 6 months ago and very pleased with purchase. Found the round back hard to get used to but the sound is nothing short of spectacular with or without amp. Actually like to play it without amp as not big electric guitar fan. Had neck adjusted (lowered the action) and now plays like my son's electric guitar and there is no buzzing of strings. Electronic tuner is handy but this guitar just stays in tune so rarely needed. Almost bought the Martin DCX1E but compared the two in the store, this guitar sounds as good and looks so much better. Ovation has excellent name but perhaps not as good as Martin. I think you're better off buying upscale version from well known manufacturer (Ovation) than a cheap version of the most recognized manufacturer (Martin). Pay for performance not the name. Anyway, I am very comfortable recommending this guitat, you'll be glad you bought it.

 
5.0

Ovation quality

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Very nice . This is a high quality USA made Ovation. I got the Cherry Cherryburst and it's beautiful. It plays good and I was very pleased with it from the moment I took it out of the box. Is it the best guitar ever made? Maybe not, but it is a great axe for the price.

 
5.0

Ovation - Pure Pleasure

By Billy-Cpgcu

from Chicago, IL

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You will be surprised at the rich sound that comes from this Ovation. I own it and parked my Takamine that I played with for years. This guitar will turn heads and is great being played soft or hard. Works best with light strings in my opinion. On board tuner is awesome. Ovation took all the stops out with this one.

 
5.0

Ovation LX 1771

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I wish the neck was a little thinner and that they would offer it in a shallow bowl then it would be perfect. It's still a great guitar.

 
5.0

First thought....REALLY Impressed!

I have only been playing for a little over 4 years now. I have been playing keyboards going on 20 years so when I bought my first guitar, I wanted a true, non-forgiving instrument(like an acoustic guitar as an example). Anyways, my first guitar was a Ibanez acoustic electric, plus I bought a SKB case for it. Bottom line, I spent around, including tax, close to $450 for the set. If I knew for this price I could have gotten what I now have, I do not believe I would have quit playing for over 4 months because it was too hard! This Ovation is a DREAM! It's so light, the action is quite low and it plays much like my Strat. I first thought this was kind of a joke because of the black "plastic" back. Remember, this was from a guy who lugged around a heavy, boxy traditional and thought this was the only way it should be. The ovation sound is absolutely beautiful. This is a definate must buy!! One last selling point.....I happen to own a lot of music stuff, a room full of drums, bass, amps, keyboards, mixers, monitors, etc., etc....(you get the point). Anyways, when I bought this, I thought my wife was going to give me guff for getting it(as she ususally does). Well, much to my surprise she told me she wanted me to keep it and wish I bought it sooner! Now that's a testimonial!

 
5.0

Great guitar value

By Strung Out

from Schenectady, NY

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This is most affordable of the all-USA made Ovation guitars; it?s a real nice guitar for the money. As an acoustic it may not have the depth of tone of my Martin D28 or my Gibson SJ20 never-the-less, it?s a great sounding guitar for the price. For those wanting the fullest acoustic tone, Ovation recommends one of their deep bowled guitars such as the Custom Legend 1719 which costs $400-$600 more. As an electric, I?ve found I can use the on-board equalizer to get some wonderful sounds out of this instrument. I?m playing it through the Vox amp I use for my Strat- I have had occasional problems with feed back. I suggest anyone planning to use the 1771LX primarily as an electric guitar consider a good acoustic amp with anti-feedback circuitry. I?ll eventually go that route myself. Ovation guitars have always struck me as being extremely playable and this guitar is no exception. I find the guitar easy to hold- no strap necessary. The action is good although some players might want to lower it a bit- a process Ovation has made very easy, no tools or specialized knowledge of guitar repair necessary. The construction and finish on the guitar are beautiful. Anyone looking for a very versatile guitar should give the 1771LX some very serious thought.

 
5.0

Got mine yesterday!

By A nobody

from Natchez, MS

First thoughts.The Cherry Cherryburst finish is beautiful. I see no flaws in the fitment. Even considering the added weight of the electronics,this guitar is still pretty light.I had no previous experience with the OP Pro but had no problems getting started without reading the instructions. The guitar was shipped with the strings loosened a bit. Once tuned, it sounds balanced and projects very well. I did not have an acoustic amplifier handy to test out the sound when plugged in.The action is set nice and low, and I find it nearly as easy to fret as my Les Paul. I hear no fret buzz up or down the scale. Whomever performed the setup got it "spot on."My best friend came by to check it out and he was also impressed. We jammed a bit with with both of us swapping the 1771 and the Les Paul and they just sound great together. The bowl makes the Ovation quite loud and I would compare the volume with a jumbo.This guitar should last many years and will most likely be around and enjoyed by others long after I am gone. I recommend it highly.Everyone's fingers should be as sore as mine are this morning. It feels great!

 
3.0

Review

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

i think that Ovation guitars are some of the most overrated acoustic-electrics on the market. When i recieved mine, the binding had many imperfections, the neck was significantly lifted from the body, and the elctric sound was very unimpressive. However, the guitar was extremely comfortable and the finish was beautiful(natural). For the price the guitar is not that bad, but after playing other models that were more expensive, i noticed taht i wasn't too fond of the better guitars either. I recomend holding out and purchasing a Taylor, i am getting the 312-CE. That guitar is truly amazing and about twice the price.

 
5.0

My favorite

By Trickmonkey7-9eur7

from Marietta, Ga

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This is the favorite guitar of my collection. It is the absolute best guitar I have played when plugged in. It doesn't sound the best unplugged but I don't play like that a lot. If you are looking for a great "plugged in" guitar, this is it.

 
5.0

The guitar I'll be buried with!

By OvationJoe

from Charlotte, NC

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After years of wanting an Ovation, I finally decided to give this one a try thanks to the LX upgrade and a great price. This guitar is a workhorse. The oustanding Ovation sound plugged in and the unplugged sound is just fine. It may not seem that great unplugged when you play it, but have someone else play it and stand in front of them. The projection is excellent and the guitar shines in all respects. The OP-PRO electronics are great, as is the built in tuner and the shape option. Mine is black and the fit and finish are all excellent. This is one oustanding guitar at any price.

 
4.0

Decent Guitar

By R-J-Y

from NJ

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This is a solid guitar with really nice tone for the money. The bridge height is easily adjusted so you can set the action how you like it. The op-pro sounds great through an amp. The only down side to the op-pro is the tuner seems to be a little wacky some times. The reason I rated the fit and finish a little low was beacuse I had to return two guitars before I got one that didn't have a finish problem. I don't know if that was just bad luck or if Ovation needs to put a little more effort into qulity control. Either way definitely a guitar worth considering.

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