Ovation Elite Plus Celebrity - Figured Koa

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Figured Koa Top, Lyrachord Back and Sides, Nato Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and OP-4BT Preamp with Built-in Tuner - Natural
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Ovation's Innovative Lyrachord Body with Figured Koa Top

The Ovation Celebrity Elite Plus CE44P-FKOA acoustic-electric guitar takes Ovation's innovative Lyrachord body and adds a beautiful figured koa 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 Plus CE44P-FKOA is ready to rock!

Ovation Celebrity Elite Plus CE44P-FKOA 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 Plus CE44P-FKOA 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 Plus CE44P-FKOA 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 Plus CE44P-FKOA Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Acoustic-electric guitar with innovative Lyrachord body
  • Beautiful figured koa top for crisp, 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 Plus CE44P-FKOA!

Why Buy Your Guitar from Sweetwater?

See how Sweetwater goes to great lengths to give you the best online guitar buying experience. From our online Guitar Gallery that allows you to select the exact instrument you want to receive, to our in-house guitar techs and our 55-point Evaluation process, we take the guesswork out of buying your next guitar online.

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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 Natural
Top Wood Figured Koa
Back & Sides Wood Lyrachord
Body Bracing Quartersawn Scalloped X
Binding Black
Neck Wood Nato
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 10" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Abalone
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.25"
Tuning Machines Gold Die-Cast
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut Width 1.69"
Electronics OP-4BT with Ovation Slimline Pickup
Strings D'Addario EXP11 Coated 80/20 Bronze Light, (.012-.053)
Manufacturer Part Number CE44P-FKOA

Customer Reviews

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Bright and accurate

I was looking for a guitar that could be used in a wide range of weather and temperatures to lead group singing with. This is a great choice! It's accurate throughout the fretboard, has a bright and loud tone that works nicely when unplugged with groups or plugged in.
Music background: guitar/keys

Ovation Celebrity Elite Plus

Having bought my first Ovation in the early 80's I thought it was time for a new one. I couldn't be happier with this purchase. Sweetwater was fantastic shipping quickly and more than secure in their shipping and packing. The set up on it was very nice. The only thing I did was change to Elixir Poly Web Strings (sorry I didn't discover those years ago). I'm normally a Martin guy when it comes acoustics but when I want a different animal plugged in I adore this Ovation. I named her Vanessa Rose and she's found a home. Thanks Sweetwater!

Ovation celebrity Elite, Koa

This is the most beautiful guitar I have ever seen and the sound produced is phenomenal. It truly is a joy to play and own. The buying experience I received from Brad Thomsen made the whole process easy and truely satisfying. The quality of both the product and customer service was the best I have ever experienced. I will shop nowhere else from this point on.

Ovation Celebrity Elite Plus CE44P - FKOA

I could not be more please with this guitar and have had many admirers so I feel lucky to own it. A case was not available at the time of purchase but the folks at Sweetwater packaged it in ways that show long term experience. She arrived safe and was perfect right out of the boxes with extra bubble wrap. The set up was perhaps the best of any guitar I have ever purchased. Frets were perfect and so was the action. It is a joy to play this instrument. The tone is everything I thought it would be and more. Many of us hesitate to buy on line but the professionals at Sweetwater deserve your trust. I have the same guitar rep. as my nephew and I didn't even know he was a client of Sweetwater. How nice of them to keep us together with the same rep. I will definitely buy again knowing that if anything goes wrong these folks will make it right. All the same for the Marshall AS50D I just purchased. Followup has been excellent and they have quickly responded to my questions regarding the Marshall AS50D.


Thanks to Mike Godlove and the 55 point inspection team, this guitar arrived ready to play out of the box.This is no ordinary budget guitar. Although the price is in the lower range and it is made out of country, it is nothing short of spectacular in terms of articulation, depth and just plain sparkle.Each note unplugged rings loud and true; a little less than deep in the low end, but that is no surprise from a midbowl Ovation. Plugged in, it is readily apparent that the individual strings have their own piezo crystals, making note articulation phenomenal. For fun, I ran it with a slight boost and through a Carr Skylark and came across with a definite archtop vibe.With a Fishman Acoustic amp, there is all of the tweaking necessary to make this a stand out in any room, but I think I like just playing it unplugged and alone, best.My wife reminded me of dinner two hours after unboxing and starting to play this and I didn't show the least bit of fatigue from this slick and rapid play neck.The finish is gorgeous, the frets are well dressed and all joints show no signs of glue or any of the other typical out of country manufacturing concerns. It is well made and a standout for the price. I have played many well over a thousand dollars that don't play this well.Do switch out the strings for Martin Silk and Steel, you will not be disappointed.That said, it is not for everybody, as no doubt, some will miss the deep bottom end or dry woodsy sound of a large soundhole.Thanks Sweetwater for great service-you really delivered.
Music background: musician at large
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Ovation, Ovation 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Ovation Acoustic / Electric Guitars