I just won this lovely guitar in an online contest. As an old Ovation hand from the early seventies, I wasn't expecting a lot from this new iteration of the Applause Elite line — but I was taken aback by the build quality, playability, and sound. Also by the finish, which is gorgeous.
If I had a place for this instrument in my life, I'd keep it. Condition is flawless.
Here's the corporate scoop:
The Applause Elite Series Acoustic-Electric features all the essentials of the classic Ovation Elite sound and style, with a loud and focused voice, supreme playability and remarkable value that make it ideal for beginning and intermediate players.
Premium features include a laminated spruce top with Elite-style multi-soundholes for clearly articulate tone, and a mid-depth Roundback Lyrachord body for greater volume and projection, excellent balance and supreme durability. The guitar also features fast, comfortable action and an easy-playing neck profile, and an Ovation CE304T pickup/preamp system with 3-band EQ and built-in tuner for superior amplified tone and performance.
Shape: Mid-Depth Cutaway
Bracing: Quarter sawn Scalloped "X"
Back: Ovation® Lyrachord® Contour Cutaway
Top Finish: Vintage Varnish (Gloss)
Epaulet: Multi-Sound Holes Bass Side only
Body Top: Spruce
Body Binding: Ivory
Fingerboard Radius: 10" (254 mm)
Neck: Nato Mahogany
Neck Finish: Satin Natural
Frets: 20 fully accessible frets (23 frets for high E string)
Position Inlays: Pearloid Dots
Scale: 25 1/4 (641MM)
Nut Material: ABS, 1 11/16" (43mm)
Electronics: Applause by Ovation CE304T with three band EQ and built in tuner
Pickup: Ovation under the saddle piezo
Tuners: Die-Cast Sealed Tuners
Machines: Ovation Tuners
Hardware Finish: Black Chrome
Case: None. Ships in original shipping carton
Model:Applause® Elite® AE44II-VV