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.