Ovation Applause Balladeer AB24 - 6 String Acoustic-Electric Guitar (Discontinued)
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.
- 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
- Neck Profile: Not specified
- 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
'Great guitar for the money' or words to that effect are very common in customer reviews about the Applause Balladeer AB24. This guitar also received numerous compliments for the build quality and robustness.
There were no consistently reported negatives in customer reviews - just a very small number of complaints about shipping issues from some online retailers..
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.
Although this was one of the guitars we recommended until August 2017, there are now more highly rated options available in our guide to The Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars.