Ovation Celebrity Elite CE44 6 String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 90+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$470
Ovation Celebrity Elite CE44 Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The bowl shaped body of the Celebrity Elite CE44 is made from Ovation's proprietary Lyrachord and has a solid spruce top.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Mid-Depth Bowl Cutaway
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Body: Lyrachord - a proprietary material comprising interwoven layers of glass filament and bonding resin
  • Finish: Gloss Black
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 10"
  • Number of Frets: 20 to 23 on high E
  • Scale Length: 25.25"
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43 mm)
  • Electronics: Ovation OP-4BT preamp with three-band EQ, volume/gain control, onboard tuner and low-battery light and Ovation Slim line pickup.

Pros

The build quality, action and intonation came up in positive reviews several times. Playability was also rated highly. Many of the guitarists giving it positive reviews said they also owned Taylors and Martins.

Cons

I only found one person who criticized the sound who called it "plasticey" but that same person went on to rate it very highly saying he knew what it sounded like before buying it.

Overall

The Ovation Celebrity Elite CE44 was once part of our best acoustic electric guitars list, but it has since been superseded by another.

Click here to see our updated list of The Best Acoustic Electric Guitars.

Another Meta-Review from Mason Hoberg

Ovation guitars are interesting instruments. They abandon convention, and as such have been met with mixed results.

The guitars are generally topped with spruce, and feature bowled bodies made from a combination of glass and a proprietary resin.

Specifications:

  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Body: Lyrachord - a proprietary material comprising interwoven layers of glass filament and bonding resin
  • Finish: Gloss Black
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 10"
  • Number of Frets: 20 accessible, 24 on high E
  • Scale Length: 25.25"
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43 mm)
  • Electronics: Ovation OP-4BT preamp with three-band EQ, volume/gain control, onboard tuner and low-battery light and Ovation Slim line pickup

Unplugged, Ovations have a very bright and present tone. This makes the guitars perfect for playing in an ensemble because they’re excellent for cutting through a mix. Though to be fair, they lack depth when compared to a traditional acoustic guitar. There are subtleties in the tone of this guitar that are hard to describe. It’s never going to sound like a traditional acoustic guitar, but at the same time it’s not going to sound any worse.

While the unplugged tone is polarizing, there are few musicians who have any concerns with the instruments amplified tone. Ovation has always been regarded as a quality performance guitar, and their plugged in tone has been a selling point since the brand’s inception.

However, Ovation’s do have a tendency to not hold up well over the years. The reason for this is that the wood top and the body tend to contract at different rates, which can cause the instruments top to crack. So long as you humidify the instrument you shouldn’t run into this problem, though the possibility does exist.