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Not bad Feb 19, 2010
This is a neat little guitar. It sounds pretty good for reduced size. The scale turns out to be 24.75(my favorite) instead of the 23.625 in the specs. It sounds great plugged into a PA or Stereo. Much easier to carry around or travel with than a standard acoustic. Quality is pretty good. My first one was cracked, but they sent me a new one. The second one had some loose hardware I had to tighten. Other than that, no major issues. I think their quality control could be a bit better, but this is the budget line. If you want a little better quality and hardware, spend about 60%(min.) more to step up to the Ovation line.
When It's Good, I'ts Very Good Oct 03, 2012
First of all, it needs to said that there are two different versions of Ovation's Applause AE-13 pictured in the ad images, but only one that is actually available. The difference is that one version of the guitar shown, is described with a white maple neck & headstock,& active electronics (battery powered pre-amp), & a 3-band equalizer... but the other version (& the one that is actually delivered), has a red maple neck with passive electronics (no pre-amp), which have only a gain & tone control.
Secondly, Applause's Quality Control is not consistent... it's hit or miss.
The first AE-13 I received in the mail was substandard... the frets were not properly set, the 4th string buzzed at the 7th fret, , the fretboard was too porous, and the electronics simply did not work... and the guitar had on overall "unfinished" look & feel to it. However, Amazon arranged a speedy exchange & I received a new guitar in a few days.
This guitar is a precious little gem! The grain on the fretboard is tight, the red maple neck is simply gorgeous, the frets and bindings are tightly placed, it is extremely playable for a player with smaller hands like me, & the electronics on this guitar sound especially beautiful. It has a very warm, clear, and present tone... and the notes sound especially sweet in the upper registers. And it has the look and feel of a guitar crafted with love and attentiveness.
I have owned over 30 other guitars, 3 of them Ovations (proper). But this guitar has turned out to be my all time favorite. I bought this guitar on a lark, just to have something to toodle around on as I thought music was no longer truly relevant to my life. But in the few weeks I've owned this, I've already begun composing & recording again, & making some of the best music I ever have. It is indeed a very inspiring little guitar.
When they get it right, the AE-13 is an amazing little guitar. But Applause seems to have an overall problem with consistency.
0 of 2 found the following review helpful:
A decent entry level 12-string - High Action Jan 05, 2012
By Jamie M. Albert
For the average price I see this now sold at, this is a nice, sturdy, entry level 12-string for someone wishing to delve into 12-string playing or just own a 12-string for certain songs or certain recordings. Its biggest con in that after the 5 or 6th fret, the action becomes very high. This is especially problematic with a 12 string, when you already have the issue of pressing down on double the amount of strings that you normally would.
It has a nice, full resonating sound. It sounds best with light gauge or medium light gauge strings. It really does have a nice balanced/well-rounded sound - not too toney or tinny but not to low or bassy.
I owned an older year model of this same guitar (it was the Applause AE-13, just the original issue) approximately 14-16 years ago, and enjoyed this guitar while I owned it. The only reason I got rid of it was because it was no longer practical for me to own it on top of the other guitars I had at the time, although somedays I regret it still!
As I said, for the average price, this is a great guitar to own and have handy. I wouldn't at all call this a low-end 12-string, but rather somewhere slightly above a budget/student or entry level 12 string.