Ovation Elite Celebrity - Sunburst

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Spruce Top, Lyrachord Back and Sides, Nato Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and OP-4BT Preamp with Built-in Tuner - 2-Tone Sunburst
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Ovation's Innovative Lyrachord Body with Solid Spruce Top

The Ovation Celebrity Elite CE44-1 acoustic-electric guitar combines Ovation's innovative Lyrachord body with a solid spruce top, for sweet tone with gorgeous looks to match. The Lyrachord body is a durable, lightweight alternative to wood backs and has a smooth interior surface, specifically designed to enhance the reflections inside your instrument. The Mid-Depth Cutaway body is a favorite Ovation body style at Sweetwater, as it strikes a balance between Ovation's thinnest and thickest body styles. And with the built-in OP-4BT electronics, the Ovation Celebrity Elite CE44-1 is ready to rock!

Ovation Celebrity Elite CE44-1 Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • The history of Ovation
  • Mid-depth body balances sonic projection and playing comfort
  • Onboard OP-4BT preamp
The history of Ovation

In 1964 Charlie Kaman set out to revolutionize the acoustic guitar by compiling a group of aerospace engineers to create something guitar players had never seen or heard before. They discovered that the flat backs of modern day acoustics actually hindered the balance and projection of the guitar. And so, the roundback designs found on Ovation guitars were born. As Charlie himself put it, "in helicopters, the engineers spend all their time trying to figure out how to remove vibration. To build a guitar, you spend your time trying to figure out how to put vibration in."

Mid-depth body balances sonic projection and playing comfort

Ovation guitars possess one of the more intriguing acoustic-electric guitar designs you'll find at Sweetwater. This Celebrity Elite CE44-1 sports Ovation's mid-depth body style which helps enhance projection and tonal richness while being extremely comfortable to play, even for smaller players.

Onboard OP-4BT preamp

Ovation wrote the book on live acoustic guitar. They were the first company to introduce pickups and preamplifiers in the acoustic guitar, essentially inventing a new instrument. The Ovation Celebrity Elite CE44-1 is equipped with an OP-4BT preamp that has +/- 12dB control over the bass, midrange, and treble frequencies. In addition, the onboard tuner makes it easy to stay in tune. Ask any guitarist here at Sweetwater - the OP-4BT gives you the tonal control you need onstage.

Ovation Celebrity Elite CE44-1 Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Acoustic-electric guitar with innovative Lyrachord body
  • Gorgeous solid spruce top for full, well-balanced tone
  • Mid-depth bowl body with cutaway enhances projection while still being comfortable to play
  • Onboard OP-4BT electronics with built-in tuner so you always sound your best
  • Rosewood fretboard plays fast and smooth
  • 3-band EQ helps you fine-tune your sound for any stage setting
You're ready to perform with the Ovation Celebrity Elite CE44-1!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Mid-Depth Cutaway
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color 2-Color Sunburst
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Solid Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Lyrachord
Body Bracing Quartersawn Scalloped X
Binding Black
Neck Wood Nato
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 10" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.25"
Tuning Machines Chrome Die-Cast
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut Width 1.6875"
Electronics OP-4BT with Ovation Slimline Pickup
Strings D'Addario EXP11 Coated 80/20 Bronze Light, (.012-.053)
Manufacturer Part Number CE44-1

Customer Reviews

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Ovation Celebrity Elite

The Ovation Celebrity Elite, is a wonderful Acoustic guitar! It was delivered in two days, the Fedex guy was more excited about it than I was! From the minute I opened the box to the time I started playing, the instrument, looked and felt great. The preamp and the tuner are exceptional. I would recommend this little baby to anyone!

Great Value/Playability

I purchased the CE 44 Reverse Blueburst when it was available in Dec 2015 at a Sweetwater price lower than this. Mine has all the features as this 2-tone Sunburst. My setup was perfect(Sweetwater Techs are fantastic). Intonation and finish on the guitar are perfect. Neck is very nice, I've small hands and I'm able to move around the neck easily. No sharp fret ends was a nice surprise. All I did was change the strings to D'Addairo Phosphor Bronze(been using them on other acoustic/electrics). Used the same guage. They bring the guitar to life. When plugged in the tone is very natural after you fiddle with controls on the amp and guitar.Very good value for the $. Don't pass this up. Call my sales Rep Joel Helton ext1360 and he'll help you out.
Music background: Over 49 yrs experience playing with bands. Play bass, electric guitar . Now play for pleasure

Comparable to Made in USA I had

This is certainly better than expected. I previously owned a Made In USA Celebrity. I must say this guitar is flawless and is at least as good. Not much else to say. It's great!

ovation CE44-1

Just received my CE44-1and I must say that I was not disappointed. Surprised actually! I had a little trouble with shipping, but that was all on UPS(use FedEx). My sales tech(Mark Chapman) was really helpful and knew his stuff! This guitar sounds great, is really easy to play and doesn't cramp up your hand like some of the thicker necks. Great acoustic sound and boom plugged in. Great guitar for this price! I would recommend this guitar to students for the ease of playing and the built in tuner. Thank you Sweetwater gang!
Music background: back porch picker

Everything I needed

Although Ovation guitars are lauded for their live performance qualities, I purchased this specifically to use miked up in a studio environment. I listened to Sweetwater's clips online, and went to local shops to hear how this sounded in person. I decided to go with Ovation's standard Spruce top for a well-rounded tone, rather than the different tonal options presented by the slightly pricier models with different top woods.The tone is incredibly balanced - much more so than a good many standard dreadnaught or cutaway guitars. With a small diaphragm condenser aimed roughly where the body meets the neck, stereo-tracked strumming is superbly even, without excessive highs or lows. You don't get the 'boom' of a standard acoustic if you don't want it, (you can aim a mic at the sound holes for a little of that) but in dense mixes, it's the midrange that counts. And this delivers midrange in spades.The midrange projection is great, and helps improve signal to noise ratios by letting you ease back a little on the preamp gain. It's easy to play, with a faster, thinner neck than your standard acoustic. Single-note and articulated passages project just as easily as strummed chords. It allows you to take off a lot of the usual EQ or compression you'd need to tame an acoustic in certain mixes. However, it does sound very even when squashed in stereo by the likes of an LA-2A.I look forward to testing this one out with my U47 and ELAM251 clones, to see how it adapts to various song styles. With a change to a large diaphragm mic and a tweak to the placement, it should easily handle warmer solo styles. But in general, I think this is a great buy that I wouldn't hesitate to take out for just about any mix.
Music background: Professional Audio Engineer
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Ovation, Ovation 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Ovation Acoustic / Electric Guitars