Best Ovation in My Stable
I own three Ovations: a CE44-5 Celebrity, a CC49S Deep Contour and the Elite 1778TX 5GSM. I also own a Martin DRS1 and two Taylor GS Minis (Mahogany and Koa). I love them all for their unique qualities, but I would have to say the Ovation 1778TX is the best all around guitar I own, both in playability and sound. Its tone is perfectly balanced with each string adding to an incredible chorus of sound, making it an excellent choice for strummers and finger pickers alike. Adding to the great sound is a great neck with its 10" radius fretboard, low action and smooth back. It's the poor man's McPherson as far as I'm concerned. The 1778TX is a Professional and Performance level instrument IMHO. It is the guitar I would recommend to anyone who can only afford one guitar. Buy it! You will not be disappointed. PS. The Spalted Maple Epaulet is gorgeous against the stark glossy black sound board.