Ovation Elite Celebrity Super Shallow - Trans Black

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Spruce Top, Lyrachord Back and Sides, Nato Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and OP-4BT Electronics - Trans Black
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First-rate Sound and Powerful Plugged-in Performance

The Ovation Celebrity Elite Super Shallow CE48-T5 acoustic-electric guitar is packed with Ovation's legendary plugged-in performance, along with first-rate sound, style, and value. Ovation's classic multi-soundhole design and quartersawn scalloped X-bracing combine to imbue your playing with clear highs, focused lows, and balanced response, along with phenomenal volume and projection. A Slimline pickup and OP-4BT preamp system provide plenty of useful features, such as a 3-band EQ and Volume/Gain control for tone-shaping, and an onboard tuner and low battery light. The Ovation Celebrity Elite Super Shallow CE48-T5 acoustic-electric guitar makes an excellent onstage companion.

Ovation Celebrity Elite CE48-T5 Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • The history of Ovation
  • Super Shallow body shape yields incredible playing comfort
  • Onboard OP-4BT preamp delivers superb onstage performance
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."

Super Shallow body shape yields incredible playing comfort

The Ovation Celebrity Elite CE48-T5's Super Shallow body design is incredibly comfortable to play, but it offers full-bodied tone and a powerful projection that belies its thinner profile. Originally suggested to Ovation by country music legend Glen Campbell, the Super Shallow body style has since become the preferred body style of King Crimson's Robert Fripp, as it enables him to employ his electric guitar picking position while playing an acoustic instrument.

Onboard OP-4BT preamp delivers superb onstage performance

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 CE48-T5 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 CE48-T5 Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Acoustic-electric guitar with solid spruce top and attractive transparent finish
  • Classic multi-soundhole design creates clear highs, focused lows, and balanced response
  • Super Shallow body shape provides incredible playing comfort
  • Quartersawn scalloped X-bracing yields phenomenal volume and projection
  • Slimline pickup and OP-4BT preamp system deliver powerful onstage performance
  • 3-band EQ and Volume/Gain control supply tone-shaping options
The Ovation Celebrity Elite CE48-T5 acoustic-electric guitar is a powerful performer!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Super Shallow
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Transparent Black
Top Wood Solid Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Lyrachord
Body Bracing Quartersawn Scalloped X
Binding Ivory White
Neck Wood Nato
Radius 10"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Microdots
Number of Frets 20 (24 for high E-string)
Scale Length 25.25"
Tuning Machines Die-cast sealed
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material ABS
Nut Width 1.6875"
Electronics OP-4BT preamp with slim line pickup
Strings Adamas 1818E Light Acoustic (.012-.053)
Manufacturer Part Number CE48-T5

Customer Reviews

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Ovation did it again, right out of the box set up perfect. The tuner makes it easy an quick and the set up was great with no problems. The price was to low for the primary working guitar, I've got taylor, Martin and ovation, and the ovation is the daily unitary for me.
Music background: 49 years classic rock and contemporary Christian

Great Guitar!

I'm very pleased with this guitar!Its a lovely instrument with a very nice sound. Plugged in is where of course, the guitar really shines. The preamp, combined with the amp, provide a wide range of tones.The neck is the most comfortable I have played. I could play for hours on end and never get tired.Special thanks to Jason Koons and Brett Moore for their guidance and assistance with my purchase and to the Sweetwater team for setting up my guitar so nicely.I highly recommend this guitar! Give it a try and see if its right for you.
Music background: Hobbyist

Exceeds Expectatons

I rarely get to say this about anything but I am glad that I can this time: this guitar is even better than I expected. What I expected was something comfortable and versatile to use on stage. It is all of that, so expectations were filled there. It sounds good; this is my third Ovation so I wasn't surprised by that. I was surprised by the comfortable neck --- definitely an improvement over some older models from the company. That it looks nice goes without saying (but I said it anyway).I certainly didn't expect it to become my songwriting guitar, but here it is, sitting next to my desk, ready at hand. Between the shallow body and the impervious back, it is perfect to hold while sitting in an office chair! :) I looked at this guitar quite some time (and others, of course) before pulling the trigger. It's a good thing that I finally did, as I may well perform with it for, well, the rest of my life.

Great guitar for the money

I've owned a few Ovations to date. Love the playability of these guitars. Very comfortable, especially the Super Shallow bowl. Nice tone (plugged in and straight out) and action. Finish was excellent as well. The electronics on this guitar are adequate and work well. But if you're reading this review you already know that you're not getting the 'Best electronics package' that Ovation offers. I own a couple of those units and the electronics on this guitar don't leave me wanted so.....A special shout out for the Sales team and Guitar techs at Sweetwater. They made sure that this guitar was set up exactly how I wanted it set up. Nice job indeed. I was hesitant to buy another guitar online due to a recent bad experience with another 'top tier' supplier who shall not be named here. They made sure that I was taken care of from start to finish. I would definitely recommend these guys. When purchasing talk to your salesmen, tell them what you want, and you'll get it.

I received a dud

On the 6-month of owning, first live show, the Ovation Celebrity CE48-T5 neck failed and cracked at the the glue joint. Upon inspection, there was very little glue to begin with. My 17-year old shallow-bodied celebrity feels better constructed than this, very depressing.
Music background: semi pro underground DIY musician
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Ovation, Ovation 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Ovation Acoustic / Electric Guitars