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The Ovation Elite 1778 TX Acoustic-Electric Guitar boasts a mid-depth bowl, and an AA solid spruce top. Other appointments include scalloped X-bracing, a rosewood fretboard and bridge, black Ovation t... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Ovation Elite 1778 TX Acoustic-Electric Guitar boasts a mid-depth bowl, and an AA solid spruce top. Other appointments include scalloped X-bracing, a rosewood fretboard and bridge, black Ovation tuning machines, and a bass side rosette with multiple soundholes. The acoustic-electric guitar's onboard Ovation OCP-1K pickup delivers classic Ovation guitar tone for a great plugged-in experience.

Features
  • 6-String Acoustic-Electric
  • Body Type: Mid-Depth Bowl
  • Top: AA Solid Spruce
  • Bracing: Scalloped X
  • Scale Length: 25-1/4"
  • Fretboard: Rosewood with Black Satin
  • Fret Inlay: None
  • Bridge: Rosewood with Black Stain
  • Rosette: Multi-Soundhole Bass Side
  • Pickup: Ovation OCP-1K
  • Nutwidth: 1-11/16"
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OvationElite 1778 TX Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 15 reviews)

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5.0

Best Musical Investment I've Ever Made

By Sketch

from Raleigh, NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ovation Elite 1778 TX Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I walked past this guitar a number of times because of its flashy look. Then I hear someone else strumming a guitar, turn around, and Lo! it's this Ovation.
    Incredible sound. The low- and high-range are both solid, but the mid-range is where the punch is. It is so rich! I like to play rhythm, so I'm demanding on my mid-range

    Couldn't be happier with my purchase. They say you play much more when you have an instrument that you appreciate: absolutely true. I easily play twice as much because every time I sit down I'm impressed with the tone of this guitar.

    Whether or not you like the aesthetic style is up to you, but don't pass it up just because it looks unorthodox. Now this guitar is a conversation piece with every other guitarist I play with. Everyone that strums it comes out impressed.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a great guitar!

    By Ovation Man_63

    from Pittsburgh, PA.

    Pros

    • Sleek look
    • Sound
    • Superb action
    • Very comfortable neck

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Live performance

    Comments about Ovation Elite 1778 TX Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I've owned a 12 string Ovation for 35 years and it still sounds and looks great. I wanted a 6 string for many years and recently decided to buy the 1778-TX. What a great guitar! The reviews were very good and it was everything I hoped for and more. I played out with it for the first time last night and received many, many compliments on it's great sound and sleek look. I am proud to be an Ovation man and own this guitar.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    That classic Ovation sound

    By Jamoof

    from Western Massachusetts

    Pros

    • Beautiful to look at
    • classic sound
    • Cutaway Neck
    • Plug In
    • Right price

    Cons

    • Built In Tuner Flat

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ovation Elite 1778 TX Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I have an older Guild, two Martins, a nylon La Patrie. Thus, I have a wide range of sound covered. I've always admired the Ovation sound, and now I've added that to the repetoire. Photo is of "my family" on Hercules rack from MF. None of my other guitars are plug-ins, thus, I'm set to go. Sounds great (better!) unplugged. I'm not so sure about the built-in tuner... it doesn't agree with my ear; no big deal. I patiently waited for a 25% off deal from MF and got this git at a super deal. Very happy happy happy. I have to go play now.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very nice and durable guitar.

      By Sherry

      from Birmingham, AL

      Comments about Ovation Elite 1778 TX Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I waited to do my review so that it would be and honest eavauation of the guitar. I purchased the guitar about 2 years ago from Guitar Center, ( great folks), and have been playing it reguraly ever since. It's very durable and dependable, all the components and hardware are very high quality, and the instrument sounds wonderful. I use it mostly plugged but have miked it with great results. I really do love this guitar and would buy it all over again. I've been an active musician since the early 70's so I have played and owned a lot of differant guitars. I have a few keepers and the 1778 is definitely one.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I've always hated Ovations!

      By Pug

      from NY

      Pros

      • Durable coating
      • Great sound
      • Well Made

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ovation Elite 1778 TX Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          As the title says, I've always hated Ovations. The Addamas line is good. But for the price I was never a fan until I played this guitar. I bought a cheep Applause solely for the pickup. I then decided to get a new guitar instead. When I walked into the shop I played this guitar (elite T 1778TX) just for the hell of it. I didn't think I'd fall in love. This guitar is everything you want in an acoustic electric. Sound, great! Style, great! Built in pickup, pre amp and tuner, Awesome! And the finish they put on this is the same as the back material, so don't worry about the occasional drink being spilt on it. And thanks to the mid depth bowl, it fits in a regular guitar case.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect

          By Phillip Andreani

          from Saint Paul, Minnesota

          Comments about Ovation Elite 1778 TX Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I recently purchased the natural version of this guitar and I am completely blown away. This guitar is probably the best bang for your buck. The guitar sounds incredible unplugged or plugged in. The body shape with the mid-depth back and multiple sound holes gives this guitar a nice open, bassy tone. The playability is insane. It is an easy switch from electric to this guitar. The shape of the body fits very comfortably whether you're strapped in or sitting down. I have always been a huge fan of Ovation guitars and this guitar is as good as any higher priced Ovation. I highly recommend this guitar.

          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What A Versatile Guitar!!!

          By Michael Kahut

          from Portland, Oregon

          Comments about Ovation Elite 1778 TX Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Most of my playing is unplugged but I wanted the flexibility of electric as well. Knowing that a thin body makes for a pretty thin acoustic sound, I shied away from the Ovation super shallow designs and was leery of the mid-depth bowls as well. Then, a friend brought over his Ovation with a mid-depth bowl, a Balladeer 1771. I was astonished by the rich and well defined tone of the guitar, from the punch of the bass to the bell-like clarity of the highs. I played it and my perceptions of Ovation changed in that instant. Having spent some time with my Elite TX series Ovation, all I can say is you can't get a better guitar for the price. Sure, you can spend thousands of dollars on a single guitar but the value for the money this instrument brings is beyond any other out there. This guitar is solid, easy to play once it is set up to your liking, has a great visual appeal (one of my friends said, after seeing it, "Darth Vader called. He wants his guitar back.") and won't suffer the usual scuffs, scratches, dings and finish crazing other guitars seem susceptible to. So do yourself a favor and try one of these guitars out. You will be pleasantly surprised. Just be prepared for having a difficult time leaving without it in hand.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very nice Guitar

          By Aubieone

          from Birmingham, AL

          Comments about Ovation Elite 1778 TX Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This is a very well made instrument. I have been playing since the early 70's. I could buy a more expensive guitar but this one won my heart as soon as I played it. It has a good unplugged sound and the plugged sound is incredible. It's really a gigging mans guitar.

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Glad I got one!

          By TaosMax

          from Taos, New Mexico

          Comments about Ovation Elite 1778 TX Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This is my second Ovation A/E. The first was a Celebrity CC057 Narrow Body. I have been an active musician for 20+ years now, playing gigs once or twice a month. This guitar has a voice like a dreadnaught, straight up. Played unplugged, it's loud and strong across the spectrum from low to high tones. Plugged in, the electronics really shine. The tuner is a nice feature, and the battery is super easy to change, due to the great design of the electronics panel. I like the flat finish on the spruce top. I hear people complain about how it's not flashy. I don't care one whit what a guitar LOOKS like...it's what it SOUNDS like and PLAYS like that matter to me. And this guitar satisfies me 100%. I actually like the understated finish on the top. The strap lock buttons are a fantastic addition. All in all, this guitar plays like a dream and sounds excellent. I tweaked the set-up a bit to suit my playing style, but that is to be expected from any new guitar. I have never been disappointed by this guitar, and I don't think you will either.

          (8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Closer to American ones-good buy!

          By Jimmypagejunior-4BJ1a

          from Syracuse, NY

          Comments about Ovation Elite 1778 TX Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          THIS IS NOT MADE IN AMERICA- IT IS MADE IN KOREA. That said, it's a good acoustic- way better than a lot of the meteocre stuff ovation has been putting out the last 8 years or so. The wood top feels like plastic lyrachord with the textured black paint (guy at music store tried to tell me it was all-lyrachord body-that was funny! Just feel the braces inside-duh!). An all-lyrachord body WOULD be cool- MAKE ONE, OVATION??? But that would be pricey, I suspect. Anyway, I like the blacked-out look and basic feel of the top, though I may sand it smooth and refinish it because I think the thick undercoating paint dampens the top's tone and resonance. Also, there are no sound holes below the strings- only above. This, along with the multi-piece maple/rosewood neck, allow a decent compromise between build quality/sound/affordability. Setup: the action on mine is really high, but any good acoustic needs to be individually set up by the player. The old ovation bridge had a plastic shim under it which I removed. The truss rod needed a fair amount of adjustment, but the neck came in straight after nearly 3/4 of a turn. The nut slots at the headstock were very high, such that playing any fretted notes or chords at the first 3 frets caused intonation problems. I bought a professional set of nut files and took the time/care to file these lower, using my '98 ovation that was done by a pro luthier years ago as a guide. I recommend a pro luthier for this type of work for most players, unless you have the tools and KNOW what you are doing. In my case, it came out perfect. The action is now medium-low with no buzz and perfect intonation. I would still like to have my luthier shave the braces inside this guitar and voice it a little, and I may have him drill the lower sound holes out, too. However, this guitar is a bargain, considering it has no flaws- it just needs a little set up. A lot of guitars these days, especially the overly-dried firewood coming from china, are junk from the getgo. If you have a good seasoned piece of wood, you can end up with a great instrument. My '98 ovation sounds better the older it gets, and though this one will never be as magical as that one, it may age quite well I suspect. For any recreational player, this aint bad out of the box. Oh- case not included! Get a case for it. Electronics: tuner works okay. I am leery about the mechanical connection in the module's compartment, but it sounds good so far. one more nice bonus- comes with dunlop straplok buttons already on it!

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