The Ovation Standard Elite 6868 AX is a 6-string acoustic-electric guitar with a super shallow cutaway body and an AA solid spruce top. The 6868 AX features scalloped X-bracing, a rosewood fretboard a... Click To Read More About This Product
The Ovation Standard Elite 6868 AX is a 6-string acoustic-electric guitar with a super shallow cutaway body and an AA solid spruce top. The 6868 AX features scalloped X-bracing, a rosewood fretboard and bridge, chrome tuning machines, and an exotic hardwood rosette. The guitar's Ovation OCP-1K pickup delivers classic Ovation acoustic-electric tone.
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Just got this in for Christmas. I was attracted to this for several reasons - I wanted to match the cosmetics of her Applause mando & uke in black.I was looking for a carry around beater because she refuses to take her USA Legend 6 & 12 strings out of the house except for indoor shows. I wanted something she could carry down to the music shop and even to campfires.I also wanted something with different tone than her two Legends which have amazing tone approaching harp but don't do stuff like Floyd real justice.What did I get?FIRST OFF YOU NEED TO KNOW - OURS CAME WITH AN OVATION ZERO GRAVITY CASE! Which I almost ordered with this, because MF doesn't tell you what the hardshell is in this package (their usual skimpy info) EXCELLENT CARRY CASE & GORGEOUS!SECOND OFF YOU NEED TO KNOW - COSMETICALLY THIS THING IS RIDICULOUS! I was trying to match her little Applauses, and it does that from stage, but up close it makes them look like dogmeat with its inlaid soundhole leafs and black on wood headstock identical to her USA Legends. Also everyone who has looked at this against her Legends cannot tell that it isn't a USA. I CAN'T TELL. I could easiy have pawned this off as USA on her and everyone else, but then she would carry it either.THIRD OFF YOU NEED TO KNOW - THE TONE JUST BLOWS ME AWAY. It is so incredibly deep & heavy & does Floyd justice on Wish You Were Here. The low end is absolutely clear, and I know my mud - there ain't none. All this is pure acoustic. I'm scratching my head trying to figure out how they get that depth and low end out of a shallow bowl!And plugged in to the Peavey Ecoustic or my big Acoustasonic it doen't lose a thing. The pickup is amazingly accurate. The sustain on this thing I can only describe as maple cap Les Paul.FOURTH OFF YOU NEED TO KNOW - THE BOTTOM DUNLOP STRAPLOCK BUTTON SCREWED IN JUST FINE (A LITTLE TIGHT) BUT THE NECK BUTTON IS HELD ON BY SOME FUNKY LITTLE FINE THREAD BOLT THAT SCREWS INTO A PLASTIC INSET ON THE BODY, NOT THE BODY ITSELF? I just torqued the Dunlop screw into the inset, obviously cutting new threads. The dinky bolt head would not fit into the Dunlop button. It's solid, but I sure didn't like modifying a brand new guitar.LONG STORY SHORT - I WANTED A CARRY AROUND BEATER, BUT INSTEAD I GOT AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND ESSENTIAL STAGE GUITAR. I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS KOREAN. IF YOU TOLD ME JAPANESE I MIGHT BEIEVE THAT, BUT I THINK THIS THING IS USA AND THEY ARE PUTTING KOREAN STICKERS ON IT AND SHORT SELLING IT TO KEEP THEIR MANUFACTURING LEVELS UP!
Ovation's current top-of-the-line in the super shallow body, this guitar is extremely comfortable to play--not much larger than a Les Paul, and considerably lighter. The cutaway permits easy access all the way up the asymmetric fret board, which offers just shy of two octaves on the first string. While lacking some of the fullness and booming projection of the deeper body styles, the super-shallow body offers more than adequate volume, about that of a typical OO auditorium-size guitar. Like most Ovations, the action is stiffer than, say, a Martin or Takamine, inviting an aggressive technique. Stepping up from less expensive models, the inlays are inlaid prior to drilling and varnishing, for an effect that's striking against back and downright beautiful in the New England Burst. The hard case is more of a hybrid; it provides the padding and structure of the previous Ovation hard cases with a gig-bag exterior featuring padded backpack straps and three large (if low profile) exterior pockets, that are perfect for fairly flat accessories like cables, strings, straps, etc.. The preamp/tuner came supplied with an eco-friendly 9V which was, unfortunately, DOA, which I suppose might have been disappointing had I expected a battery to be included. Overall, it's an attractive, comfortable guitar, and a great instrument for an electric player looking to add some acoustic flavor to their repertoire.