Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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Ovation's award-winning multi-soundhole technology is now incorporated into the Applause AE148. Its full, balanced sound is pumped out through the calibrated spruce top and fine-tuned bracing. The Lyr... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Ovation's award-winning multi-soundhole technology is now incorporated into the Applause AE148. Its full, balanced sound is pumped out through the calibrated spruce top and fine-tuned bracing. The Lyrachord body allows for the back of the guitar to be free of reinforcements that can inhibit sound projection. A slim contoured neck allows for fast and effortless playing that suits any style from finger picking to power chords.

Ovation's Slimline pickup captures true acoustic tone and delivers a powerful signal with plenty of headroom to combat feedback in high-volume conditions. The OP-4B active preamp has a gain knob; a battery LED; plus independent bass, mid, and treble EQ sliders.

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Features
  • Name: Applause
  • Model: AE148
  • Type: 6-string acoustic/electric
  • Top: laminated spruce
  • Bracing: modified Quintad
  • Body: super-shallow depth cutaway
  • Epaulets: multi-piece exotic hardwoods
  • Neck: 3-piece Nato with 2-way truss rod
  • Neck finish: satin
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • Fingerboard: rosewood w/ dot inlays
  • Scale length: 25"
  • Bridge: walnut
  • Machines: chrome
  • Pickup: ovation Slimline pickup
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OvationApplause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 81 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Applause AE148

I received this guitar for christmas and i am very impressed so far. it is very easy easy to play and the shallow cutaway body is very acomodating to any posture you like to...Read complete review

I received this guitar for christmas and i am very impressed so far. it is very easy easy to play and the shallow cutaway body is very acomodating to any posture you like to play with. The only downfall to the guitar that i see is the electronics ( they dont come out of the body like ovation guitars with the little eject button but they are set into the guitar body which led to the subracted star). The single cutaway body gives you full acess to the higher frets on the neck. the guitar sounds amazing for its relativly low price and i would definatly reccomend buying this APPLAUSE AE148 for those of you who may be confused:applause to ovation is like epiphone to gibson. also the natural color is not the one shown on the website it is NATURAL wood color not a ruby red with black faded edges.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You MUST pack guitars better

Ordered the same guitar three times. First came without a face plate on the equalizer and for some reason it was staining my trousers. After exchange authorization was received, I waited for the...Read complete review

Ordered the same guitar three times. First came without a face plate on the equalizer and for some reason it was staining my trousers. After exchange authorization was received, I waited for the second guitar so I could send back the first. It came poorly packed -- a little guitar in a big box full of packing paper, but no guitar box. It was broken in transit. Sent it back immediately, explaining the mishap to the customer service agent who helped me. I specifically asked that the next guitar be packed in a guitar box encased in a larger box, stuffed with packing paper. Another guitar was sent, packed the same way as the second, with the same result. Sent that back too. I have given up. I'll keep the first guitar and wear jeans I don't care about when I play it. Hey, at least you folks had Ovation send me a face-plate for the equalizer.

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4.0

Great Guitar after set-up and new string

By RayMack

from Texas

Pros

  • Looks great
  • Sounds wonderful

Cons

  • Minor Refinish Flaws
  • Poor Set-Up
  • Strings A Bit Heavy

Best Uses

    Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Great looking guitar that after a set-up and lighter strings sound great and plays great. I am a newer player but own several guitars, this is the first one I've ever owned that required a set-up, but f0rty d0llars later strings were lowered and neck adjusted it sounds and plays great. I thought the strings were too heavy and replaced them with Ernie Ball Earthwood Rock and Blues, Now it is a dream to play!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    1.0

    You MUST pack guitars better

    By JazzyIslander

    from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Responded quickly

    Cons

    • Came Damaged -- Twice
    • Item Poorly Packed
    • Poor Listening Skills
    • Poor quality control

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Ordered the same guitar three times. First came without a face plate on the equalizer and for some reason it was staining my trousers. After exchange authorization was received, I waited for the second guitar so I could send back the first. It came poorly packed -- a little guitar in a big box full of packing paper, but no guitar box. It was broken in transit. Sent it back immediately, explaining the mishap to the customer service agent who helped me. I specifically asked that the next guitar be packed in a guitar box encased in a larger box, stuffed with packing paper. Another guitar was sent, packed the same way as the second, with the same result. Sent that back too. I have given up. I'll keep the first guitar and wear jeans I don't care about when I play it. Hey, at least you folks had Ovation send me a face-plate for the equalizer.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Surprising codition

      By Jim

      from Savannah, GA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fingerstyle
      • Practice
      • Strumming
      • TRAVELING

      Cons

      • Holding

      Best Uses

      • Anything

      Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Second of these I bought. I gave the first to my granddaughter to learn on. Plays very well. Not too loud, but plugged it, it screams. Great guitar! The body shape makes it a bit hard to rest in your lap, so I recommend using a strap when seated, then no problem.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Outstanding value

      By Donald Filbert

      from Atlanta GA

      Pros

      • Inexpensive Value Sound

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Acoustic
      • Beginning
      • Electric

      Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I am a guitar player and bought this on sale as a Christmas gift for my niece who is just learning. It exceeded my expectations greatly. It sounds as good as my more expensive Ovation; has very good action (plays like an electric); is light and thin - but has a loud and bold acoustic sound; and has a great electric tone with fantastic volume and tone controls. I researched 5 leading acoustics in this price range - and am very happy with this purchase decision.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      pleasantly surprised!

      By Gail

      from Woodland, AL

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Great guitar. Big sound. Husband loves it! customer service was great and shipment was fast. Will definitely use you again. Thanks for taking the stress out of online ordering. :)

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      wow, what a deal

      By kayakfool

      from lake city, fl

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Multable Uses

          Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          for the money this guitar is unbeatable

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Affordable gig gear? Yes please.

          By Sky

          from Vancouver, Canada

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • BEAUTIFUL
          • Shapely
          • Solid

          Cons

          • still looking

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Not quite sure why they sell this for so cheap. If I played it in a store I would expect the tag to say 500-ish. I'm assuming it's because the plastic back of the body (which is absolutely solid and doesn't sound plastic) doesn't cost nearly as much as finished wood.

            It's loud sounding for such a shallow body due to the placement of the body holes being so near the top so it shoots the sound up higher than a normal guitar with one hole in the middle. VERY smart design.

            Typical Ovation feel, very solid guitar. 21 full frets 23 partials (those partials aren't going to sound nice on this guitar) Actually, above 17 doesn't really sound crisp.

            Overall the action is a little high, which is counter intuitive to the thin fret board, but it only took a minute to get used to. You can really slap this thing around and it sounds good. You can plan with some character.

            Obviously out of the box you'll want to stretch your strings and I think these are D'arrios (or however you spell em') and I don't really like this much twang but you can of course put on whatever you want. What I'm saying is she seems to be holding tune very well and sounds very nice with your favourite set of strings on her.

            Switching the strings is a simple process as it's all done outside the shell.

            Overall, very beautiful unisex guitar that I would argue could be used in any setting (gig, jam, living room)

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sounds like an Ovation

            By Cousin Joe of aequus1

            from Branson, MO

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • BATTERY
            • price
            • Sound

            Cons

            • Poor Acoustic Tone
            • Weak output

            Best Uses

            • Lead Playing
            • Mults
            • Overdubbing

            Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            While bait and switched from a catalog, this guitar provides the exact Ovation piezo p/u sound I was looking for to fill out tracks. Acoustic tone is not very rich or loud as expected, but the pre-amp provides that snappy, mid-range enhanced sound that will cut through any mix, especially over jangly and woody acoustic guitars. Had to remove some under saddle shims which then made this extremely playable. The shallow, round back slips and slides while seated but is very comfortable standing. Does what you'd expect...what more do you want?

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful to look at and nice to play

            By Train

            from Brighton,MI

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Beautiful Looks
            • Feels Like An Electric
            • Lovely design
            • Sounds Great

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Jamming with friends

            Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            lowered the action first thing, very easy to do, now it plays much better.
            What a great looking guitar, fits your body like an electric.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Gorgeous Guitar...

            By StratPlayerDave1

            from Phoenix, AZ

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Beautiful sound
            • Great price
            • Nice Finish

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ovation Applause Series AE148 Super Shallow Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I have a few Ovations, from vintage to high end. For the price, this is a great guitar. It compares to some of my high end Ovations in sound and playability. The sound hole accents are really cool but I think they should be varnished. They are stained bare wood and microfiber clothes don't work well on bare wood. The neck needed a little adjustment when I took it out of the box and the action was set pretty high. Taking the shims out of the bridge didn't help much, had to sand the saddle down a bit to bring it down to my liking. But it's still a nice guitar for the money. I suggest a beginner take it to a shop and get it set up properly to keep from getting frustrated while learning to play.

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                • No

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