Ovation Applause Balladeer AB24 - 6 String Acoustic-Electric Guitar (Discontinued)


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Ovation Applause Balladeer AB24


The major point of difference between Ovation and most other guitar manufacturers is their use of Lyrachord instead of wood for the body of their guitars - the bodies are also shaped like a bowl.

Lyrachord is a proprietary material created by Ovation which uses glass fibers and resin a bit like fiberglass but with properties that seem to work quite well tonally as a replacement for wood.

When analyzing the AB24's ratings we consistently found reports that it plays well and is well built.

If you want a budget acoustic-electric that you don't have to worry about, can throw on the lounge or take camping, then this is a great option.


  • Body Shape: Standard Ovation
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Body: Lyrachord - a proprietary material comprising interwoven layers of glass filament and bonding resin
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 10" (254mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25 1/4" (641mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43mm)
  • Electronics: Ovation OP-4BT pickup/preamp system with built-in tuner
Although this has been discontinued, you can see other options in our guide to The Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars.