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I own an ovation and I love it. That said, I had to play a bunch of them before I found one that i liked.
I bought mine a long time ago, but when I was searching I did not like the celebrity series. All of the ones that I played at guitar center (the celebrities) sounded sub par. It wasn't till i sat down with one that was not celebrity (USA made) at a different guitar store that i actually wanted it.
I own 3 Ovations, my first was a 1994 Celebrity Deluxe CC257. A very nice guitar. Super Shallow body, Spruce laminated top, Rosewood fretboard, MIK. A good guitar and plays very well.
A mid bowl will give you better projection, but will take some getting used to if you sit to play. Plugged in... Hmmmmm, Nice!
For $400, you can find an excellent used one on ebay or the OvationFanClub.com. Get an older USA made model: Balladeer, Elite, or Legend. Many new lower end models that were made in the USA are now being made overseas.
My other two: 2007 Elite 1868T (my favorite)
1995 Balladeer 1751 12-string (from ebay for $163)
Joe... "Some say that having a dark side will lead to no good... I certainly hope so."Gibson: '11 Les Paul Studio 60s DeluxeFender: '69 Mustang Competition; '91 Stratocaster Plus; '11 Telecaster StandardOvation: '06 Elite-T 1868T; '79 Glen Campbell Artist 1627; '95 Balladeer 1751-12PRS: '07 CE22; '03 Santana SE; '12 Tremonti SEMartin: '12 GPCPA4 RWBradley: '77 Les Paul Custom