I find the Ovation guitars to be extraordinary in some ways. They are always different, always innovative, always putting something new on the table. Such brands deserve respect as they are trying their best to offer something that has never been seen before, and this is huge in the guitar industry where we still worship 80 year old models. The newest Applause Balladeer by Ovation (AB24-4) is an impressive guitar that matches the style of the brand in a perfect way. If you like experimenting and you want something new and funky read on, you will find this review interesting.
Body and Neck
The Applause comes with the essential components that make the Ovation Balladeer such a great guitar. The mid-depth cutaway body comes made out of composite materials with a gloss finish and the popular Applause chevron pattern rosette. The nato neck with satin finish hosts a rosewood fretboard with 20 frets, while the full length of the scale stops at 25.25″. The rosewood bridge features a synthetic bone saddle; the same material is used for the 1.68″ long nut. The headstock is clean, stylish and just looks great with the chrome die cast tuners. The Applause AB24-4 by Ovation comes with OP-4BT pickup and with a good preamp system that includes a built in tuner. The electronics give you full control over the performance of the git.
The sound that comes out of this guitar is consistent and very well balanced thanks to the laminated spruce top. Every note will make this instrument sound like it is alive. The neck is very fast and it is very easy to play on. It is very hard for me to find another acoustic electric guitar in the same price range that is capable of reproducing the sound of the AB24-4. The Applause series is known for great quality output, and frankly the AB24-4 is superior to most of its brothers and sisters.
It does not matter if you plan to use this beauty as acoustic or electric; there is no weak side to this guitar. The Applause AB24-4 offers a beautiful design, ultra-light weight and super sound. I find it unbelievable that this gem comes for a price under the $250 mark. If you buy it and if it gets stolen I guarantee you, that you will be ready to pay twice the amount to get it back. With some minor upgrades for better bridge and strings you will have your new favorite acoustic electric guitar.