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mikesurfer
10-23-2009, 04:55 PM
Everyone who says the Ovations suck ARE WRONG!!! I'm sick of the :spam:. :bowdown: Ovation rules! :bowdown: If your getting one make sure to put on Aquila strings- they definitely make the sound quality at least 50x better.

Big_e
10-23-2009, 05:15 PM
Pics or it didn't happen! :D

cornfedgroove
10-23-2009, 05:56 PM
typically the only people that say ovation sucks are people with the simple preference of a traditional instrument and sound vs the roundback innovation and the variance of sound. Its not that they say Ovation doesnt make quality instruments...they say that Ovation sucks, because its a "change" in tradition that they do not prefer.

I am not an ovation hater, nor am I an ovation fan...I am pretty indifferent. They make good stuff, but not necessarily my style.

Sambient
10-23-2009, 05:58 PM
So, which model do you have?

uke552
10-23-2009, 06:16 PM
I have to admit...they look pretty cool...And the sound is pretty good too (I have heard one live)...no complaints here.

DeG
10-23-2009, 07:10 PM
Just for the record, I never said they suck. :)

cornfedgroove
10-23-2009, 07:20 PM
Just for the record, I never said they suck. :)

Just for the record, I have...but I overstate things for dramatic effect:)

Duddles
10-23-2009, 07:39 PM
Just for the record, I have...but I overstate things for dramatic effect:)

I have as well... but that is probably just because they are very ugly.

experimentjon
10-23-2009, 08:43 PM
I have as well... but that is probably just because they are very ugly.

Okay, not going to lie, they look pretty scary bad in pictures. But the instrument is actually pretty attractive in person. And yes, Aquilas help a TON to make the sound better...waaay better than the stock strings, and considerably better than Hilos. I wouldn't go as far to say that they're better than ukes in the $700+ range, but yes, the Applause ukes are pretty good if you're willing to go non-traditional.

ricdoug
10-23-2009, 09:03 PM
Everyone who says the Ovations suck ARE WRONG!!!

That's a fact, Mike. I perform several times weekly with an Ovation Ap0plause UAE20 acoustic/electric soprano. I've been offered good money for my old stained black one and refused. It takes over a year to break one in till it "opens up" and I'm still breaking in my second one. They suck when new and tinny sounding. That's why many negate them, but once they're broken in everybody wants them. Neither of mine are for sale! Ric

experimentjon
10-23-2009, 09:15 PM
O_o. You need to break them in?! Maybe I need to leave mine in front of the amp more. (Artificial breaking in.)

ricdoug
10-23-2009, 09:31 PM
You have to play them regularly, Jon. Ric

SuperSecretBETA
10-23-2009, 09:34 PM
The intonation on my UA10 is way off (very flat). I treat it like a beat-up now.

Ahnko Honu
10-23-2009, 11:13 PM
Make sure you plug them in they sound 10 x better amp'd. ;)

experimentjon
10-23-2009, 11:14 PM
You have to play them regularly, Jon. Ric

I really should. Either that or I should take the 9V battery out. I don't think I've played it in like a month or two now. The thing is that I bought the Ovation when I wanted an active pickup for effects and amplification and it served that purpose very well. But recently, I got a Fishman Matrix installed in my Kanilea. So the Ovation has been sadly neglected in the corner with my similarly untouched (and very overrated) martin backpacker guitar for a while now. I'll bring it out and play it for sure, this weekend. :)

SuperSecretBETA
10-29-2009, 07:55 PM
Another complaint I have with the UA10 (and likely other soprano models) is that they're way too heavy, especially at the neck.

:wallbash:

micromue
10-29-2009, 09:44 PM
Ugly and overpriced and they donŽt even sound adequate straight from the box? So, where is the point? IŽll never get it. :(

Old Bird
10-30-2009, 09:31 AM
It's only my first, but I like the sound on my applause. What I don't like is the curved back is difficult to hold while standing. it tends to slide down even on my beer belly.

scottie
10-30-2009, 01:29 PM
I never liked Ovation guitars because they don't sound like what I like, which is wooden guitars. Many people like them. I'm not many people. Al DiMeola has been seen in public with them, but then again, he's an elegant gypsy so I guess he's entitled.

If you like one buy it. . . I won't insult you. . . even if you. . . . . :biglaugh:

RonS
10-30-2009, 02:00 PM
I have an Applause Uke and I think it's great!

For the record, I own Martin and Ovation guitars (plus a few other brands) and I have a problem deciding which one I like better.

ukecantdothat
10-30-2009, 03:24 PM
I never liked Ovation guitars because they don't sound like what I like, which is wooden guitars. Many people like them. I'm not many people. Al DiMeola has been seen in public with them, but then again, he's an elegant gypsy so I guess he's entitled.

If you like one buy it. . . I won't insult you. . . even if you. . . . . :biglaugh:
Yes, even Al DiMeola... The black signature model. Personally I always liked the looks and sound of the Ovations, ever since I was a kid and saw them on the Glen Campbell show, but I never played one I liked. It's all so subjective. Maybe that rounded back just felt odd, always slipped off my leg. Now Al DiMeola on a uke. That, I want to hear. Hey, Al dog! Pick one up! Let's hear what you got!!!

scottie
10-30-2009, 03:59 PM
Y'know, it's all good, I just can't resist sometimes. . . :D

ChamorroDT
10-30-2009, 04:07 PM
I personally don't see anything wrong with'em...sure they sound different acoustic-wise but I think once you plug it into an amp it flows smoothly.