Ovation Elite AX Contour Back - Black Gloss

Acoustic-electric Guitar with AA Spruce Top, Lyrachord Body, Mahogany/Maple Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and Onboard Electronics - Black
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You'll love this Great-playing Ovation!

Ovation's Elite AX single-cutaway acoustic-electric guitar gives you legendary Ovation tone both onstage and unplugged. Ovation's distinctive contoured Lyrachord body is matched with a high-quality solid AA spruce top. Appointments include elegant pearl dot and diamond inlays, as well as classy inlaid epaulets rosette. The onboard OP Pro Studio preamp and Ovation OCP-1K pickup system give you total control over your amplified tone, so you know you can take the stage with confidence when you're holding the Elite AX.

Ovation Elite AX Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • 6-string Acoustic/Electric
  • Color: Black
  • OP-Pro preamp
  • Body Type: Contour
  • Top: AA Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Bracing: Scalloped LX
  • Scale Length: 25 1/4"
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Fret Inlay: Pearl dots/diamonds
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Rosette: Inlaid Epaulets - exotic hardwoods
  • Pickup system: OP Pro Studio preamp with OCP-1K pickup
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
Acoustic tone for the stage and beyond with Ovation's Elite AX!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape AX Contour Cutaway
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Black
Finish Gloss
Top Wood AA Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Lyrachord
Body Bracing Scalloped LX
Binding White
Neck Wood 5-piece mahogany/maple
Neck Shape Ovation
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Diamond and Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.25"
Tuning Machines Sealed
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut Width 1.6875"
Electronics OP-Pro Studio
Strings D'Addario EXP16 (.012-.053) Phosphor Bronze
Case Included Yes
Manufacturer Part Number 2078AX-5

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Dream Acustic

This is a great guitar. It has beautiful, rich tone and the fit and finish are outstanding. This is the guitar I've always dreamed of owning and I got it at a fantastic price. Thanks Sweetwater!!!

Absolutely Wonderful Playing Experience

This 2078AX-5 Elite exceeds my expectations. I had read the reviews regarding its ease of playability and great tone along with Ovations history so i decided to purchase this one. My usual go to acoustic is my Taylor Mini which has a slightly warmer tone than the 2078AX-5 but i find the 2078AX-5 playability better and its tone is fist class in its own right. Really shines through my Fishman. As the other reviewer wrote, it does indeed play like silk. Its new contour back doesn't slide off the knee either which is a big plus when sitting and playing/practicing. onboard electronics are worth noting too. plugged into my Fishman this guitar really sings any story wanting to be told. onboard EQ has a myriad of adjustments with drive & gain knobs an expressor slide and three EQ sildes to shape the tone. This 2078AX-5 came with D'Addario exp16(.012-.053) phosphor bronze (i think), though the manual states to use Adamas strings 1818 or 1919. My mini Taylor uses ernie ball Earthwood rock-n-blues 10-52. i'll experiment a bit with strings and see where that fun takes me with the 2078AX-5. another special thanks to Zach Garrison, super sales guy. many thanks to the folks, DG & JMB, in the 55-point eval team. right out of the box, the 2078AX-5 played just fine. Sweetwater also packed the guitar good too. there were two "tear scars" on the outside shipping box, but zero damage inside. great professionalism. another keeper from Sweetwater.

Fantastic Guitar

Let me begin by saying I own Martin, Taylor and Breedlove acoustic electrics as well as 2 Gibson Les Pauls and an American Deluxe Tele and an American Deluxe Strat. The 2078 Elite is just a magnificent playing guitar with first class sound plugged or unplugged. It has the best action of any acoustic guitar I have ever played. The neck and playability rivals any of my electrics, it plays like silk. Visually it is a work of art and the on board electronics are far superior to my Martin or my Taylor which, incidentally, cost me more than double what I paid for the Ovation. I have a home recording studio and I can't wait to use this in the studio, the built in EQ and limiter shouold make it the creme of the crop to use in the studio and I will use a couple of mics and run direct to the board because the acoustic sound of this guitar takes a back seat to no one. A special thanks to my sales engineer, Delvin Wolf, and to Sweetwater for the stellar service they provide.
Music background: 30+ Years rock, blues
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Ovation, Ovation 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Ovation Acoustic / Electric Guitars