Ovation Applause Elite AE44II Acoustic-Electric Guitar


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Ovation Applause Elite AE44II

Gearank Recommended

The first appeared on our recommended list for Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $300 in August 2018.

In April 2020 it moved to the Under $500 list after a price increase.

It finally came off the recommended list in February 2021 when it was out-ranked by higher rated models.


One look at its distinct bowl-back body, and you already know that the Ovation Applause Elite AE44II is not your average wooden guitar.

This distinct back is crafted from Lyrachord, the same material which is said to be used in helicopter blades. This results in a lightweight instrument that's not as fragile as wood.

Still it does come with a solid spruce top and other wooden components, so it doesn't sound or look too out of the ordinary.

Finally, the guitar comes equipped with an undersaddle piezo and preamp system, which features a 3-band EQ and built-in tuner.

If you're looking for an affordable acoustic-electric guitar with good functionality and increased reliability, then this is for you.


  • Body Shape: Bowl-Back Mid-Depth Cutaway
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Body: Ovation Lyrachord
  • Finish: Black / Ruby Red / Natural / Vintage Varnish
  • Bridge: Ovangkol
  • Neck: Nato / Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 10"
  • Number of Frets: 17 (Up to 22 High E-String)
  • Scale Length: 25.25"
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16"
  • Electronics: Ovation CE304T Undersaddle Piezo Pickup and Preamp
Unfortunately this is no longer available in stores but you can see our current recommendations in our guide to The Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars.


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