Ovation Applause Elite AE44II Acoustic-Electric Guitar


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Ovation Applause Elite AE44II

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Our rating of 93/100 is based on analysis of 200+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

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.


  • 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
  • Neck Profile: Not Specified
  • 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


Reviewers have mostly good things to say about the Ovation Applause Elite AE44II. Most of which are happy with its overall value and playability. It also helps that the guitar is pleasant to look at. Even Premiere Guitar's Shawn Hammond is impressed with its "super-solid build and setup", concluding that this guitar is a fantastic deal.


There are a few users who comment on minor aesthetic issues, but they still like the instrument overall. There are some who report that bass response is a bit lacking, but this is to be expected given its bowl-back mid-depth profile. Speaking of bowl-back, there are a few who feel that it may take some time to get used to its distinct body shape.


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

Unfortunately this is no longer available in stores but you can see our current recommendations in our guide to The Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $500.

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He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.