Oscar Schmidt OG10CE Acoustic Electric Guitar (Discontinued)
While dreadnought is still the most popular shape, there are other shapes that provide a slightly different tone and comfort. One such shape is the concert size, with its narrower "waist" that makes it a bit more comfortable to sit on your lap, and a subtly warmer sound.
This is the particular shape that the OG10CE comes in, and is made by Oscar Schmidt, a sub-brand of Washburn.
It features an all-laminate body (spruce top and catalpa for the sides and back), and comes with a built-in active MET-10 preamp system with built-in tuner.
It's designed for live performance and has a built-in preamp so you can plug it directly into a PA system or acoustic guitar amp - of course you can use it as a regular acoustic guitar as well.
With additional features such as the WT92 preamp system and the cutaway design which makes it easy to reach the high frets, the OG10CE represents fair value.
It has a low action which means that the strings are a little closer to the fretboard than on most acoustics - this makes it a bit easier to press the strings down which can be beneficial to beginners.
- Body Shape: Concert with Cutaway
- Top: Spruce
- Body: Catalpa back & sides
- Finish: Transparent Green
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Neck Profile: Not Specified
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: Not Specified
- Number of Frets: 20
- Scale Length: Not Specified
- Nut Width: Not Specified
- Electronics: MET-10 Preamp Tuner/System
- Pickup Type: Active
Good aesthetics seem to be the most common reason why many users get interested with the Oscar Schmidt OG10CE, a testament to its overall build quality, which is quite impressive given its price. Acoustic sound quality also gets a lot of positive comments, even from guitar instructors.
There are some reports of fret buzz and minor action related inconsistencies, all of which are workable. There are also a few users who feel that the plugged-in sound lacked a bit of bottom end, but since it has built-in EQ, it can be adjusted. One potentially negative aspect of the OG10CE is that its thin body leads to it emphasizing the treble a bit more than standard sized acoustics, so if you want a warmer sounding instrument then get one of the others on our recommended list, otherwise if you're looking for an acoustic which you can also plug into an amp then this will be the best value option for you.
The Oscar Schmidt OG10CE is a good looking yet affordable concert size acoustic electric guitar that's easy to recommend, however there are more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Cheap Acoustic-Electric Guitars.