Ovation MCS148 Acoustic Electric Mandolin, Ruby Redburst
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1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Awesome puggled in, not the best for just acoustic Oct 19, 2012
It's pretty, well built, and plugged in it sounds great. Mine came with a really nice case when I bought it on Amazon. However, maybe it's the plastic back, but the sound just isn't as whole or warm, and I so much prefer my old mandolin for playing acoutic (a fender a-style mando). Still, I play shows, and this is so much better than any pickup I ever had for my other mandolin.
2 of 3 found the following review helpful:
good sounding, solidly built mandolin Jul 18, 2011
By K. Nguyen
This is another mandolin in my possession. I had chances to ("own" and) play 6 other mandolins (2 still in my possessions not counting this Ovation). Out of the 7 that I have played, the Ovation MCA-148 is the best to my taste
1) it is very solidly built, sounds more like guitar, clean sound, weights about 3 times as heavy as my Fender FM-53SB (acoustic only, I added a pickup myself, sounds great thru an amp) or my Fender FM-52E (acoustic/electric). The later two sounds truly mandolins (of course because they are).
2) string spacing is more like my acoustic guitar, not too narrow as other mandolins
I got this second hand, like new, so the action is high for my style. Luckily the bridge height can be adjusted by removing shim(s) under the saddly (quite easy procedure). However, the nut action has to be done by a luthier. Once done, it's a pleasure to play this mandolin.
3) the built-in pickup and preamp is similar to what typical acoustic/electric guitar has, very clean.
4) the top does not seem like solid pruce, however, it looks very thick and very solid compared to all other mandos I tried.
I would say the Ovation MCS-148 is a very small size acoustic/electric guitar with 4 double strings to be tuned like a mandolin AND I really like that.
If you never play mandolin and like to learn, this is the one. You won't have to buy another one.
Honestly, if you love the bluegrass sound, then this one is definitely the wrong one to get.
Update after 3 months owning this mandolin: this mandolin is not easily setup for proper intonation when first bought it (note: all new mandolins have to be setup), I had to bring it to a luthier to do the setup. I can setup traditional mandolins (A style, F- style) but not this one because of its fixed bridge.
0 of 1 found the following review helpful:
cannot wait to plug it in Jan 13, 2012
By Kent W. thompson
The picture showed up purple on my computer screen, but the mandolin showed up beautiful, sounds great, and although I will do some tweeking it was already set up rather nicely. Plays great, feels great in my hands, and I am happy I spent the extra few buck to get the Ovation instead of the Applause I was considering.