View Full Version : New guitar with built in MP3 recorder...
10-29-2008, 11:30 AM
From Ovation guitars [now owned by Fender] an iDea whose time has come. A guitar with a built in MP3 player/recorder. It can be used to record ideas, guitar lessons, backup tracks...
Sounds pretty interesting.
WHat do y'all think?
Have you seen one yet?
At round $600 it might make it... what do you think... hit or miss?
10-29-2008, 12:21 PM
I just read the article, I haven't actually heard an Ovation that sounded all that good but Melissa Etheridge plays them and she's one of the best out there and I do enjoy her sound - at least the first three albums worth. It doesn't immediately jump out at me but I'm not a songwriter and I'm usually near my education materials with my guitar. I don't think of my guitar as a mobile device to begin with on account of the cost of them and my desire to not have anything bad happen to them. Great find, great new stuff out there. The Preamp is available for preorder. http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/3/6/6/571366.jpg
10-29-2008, 02:09 PM
Here is a link to the manual
The ovation site has a bunch of lessons and jam tracks you can download as well http://www.ovationidea.com/index.php?module=htmlpages&func=display&pid=9
They mention this as a learning tool but it's really like having a looper as well built in so you can record whole rhythm tracks on the fly and jam over them or make and load backing tracks for an entire set worth of rhythm material and have a fantastic one man band tool. I think it's an idea that will do well and continue to evolve.
10-29-2008, 03:48 PM
I just read the article, I haven't actually heard an Ovation that sounded all that good but Melissa Etheridge plays them and she's one of the best out there and I do enjoy her sound - at least the first three albums worth.
Bon Jovi used them for much of their earlier acoustic stuff. Ritchie used the double neck (6/12 string) on Wanted Dead Or Alive.
10-29-2008, 04:00 PM
Glenn Campbell used them, I think he even has a model named after him. I wanted an ovation real bad and ended up getting a balladere(sp?) model. I soon grew to hate it. The neck warped and started to seperate from the body and the thing never stayed on your lap. Most annoying guitar I ever played sitting down. I gotta fess....it did sound pretty good. I sold to a friend for $50.00. He took it to Florida and played out on the boardwalk at Daytona for change with it.
10-29-2008, 04:31 PM
Looks like an interesting and useful idea. I hope it works well.
Re the Ovation guitars... I too wanted one like Glen Campbell had... today I probably feel different about them.
I think IMHO the Ovations were good for their day in that they were the 1st 'acoustic' to have decent pickup and electronics in them so they could be amplified easily and not tie a performer to a mic.
Since that time many good acoustic pick up systems have become available and we are also in the golden age of acoustic guitars. The combination provides acoustic musicians with great guitars that sound good even when amplified.
I think due to that the Ovations have lost much of their popularity.
Another issue with them was that the composite body did not shrink or expand like the wood tops did, therefore there were problems of
1. Cracking when the top expanded but the body didn't
2. Heavy finished applied to the top to avoid problem #1
The other problem that *I* have with them is the roundness of the back goes the wrong way for my belly configuration... It would fit me better if the back sloped into the body. :)
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