Ovation Applause AE44 Elite Acoustic Electric Guitar
The Applause Elite AE44 acoustic electric guitar replicates all the functional design features, styling, and playability of the Ovation Elite at a fraction of the cost. The classic Elite Mid-Depth round-back Lyrachord body provides a solid structural base for the soundboard and neck, and focuses the sound for amazing tonal clarity and projection to the dual sound hole arrangements on the soundboard. The Lyrachord molded body is matt black, and the soundboard come with your choice of a Natural Gloss, Black, or Ruby Red finish.
The Applause AE44 has a fast playing neck much like that of an electric guitar, with a low string action height and a comfortable neck profile. The neck is nato wood with a smooth satin finish, and black binding along each side of the rosewood fingerboard. The scale length is 25.25 inches (642 mm) with a 1.6875 inch (42.8 mm) nut width, and a 10 inch (254 mm) fretboard radius.
The sound of AE44 comes from a premium quality laminated spruce top, with quarter sawn spruce braces. The bracing pattern used on the AE44 is the Ovation Scalloped X-Brace design, voices the soundboard with a full and balanced tonal range. The dual sound hole design features hardwood inlaid epaulettes with a total of sixteen sound holes specifically sized and located to bring out the full tone of the guitar. The soundboard also anchors the rosewood bridge, of the standard Ovation pinless design; and carries an Ovation under saddle pickup. The pickup feeds string vibrations to the Ovation OP-4BT preamp with built-in tuner.
The Ovation OP-4BT preamp features a master volume control, 3-band EQ with +/-12 dB control over the bass, midrange, and treble frequencies, and a battery status light. The built-in chromatic tuner is easy to use and allows accurate tuning for standard, open, and altered tunings.
The AE44 comes in three top colors.
AE44-4 Natural Gloss
AE44-RR Ruby Red
The AE44 is strung with D’Addario EXP11 (.012-.053) coated 80/20 bronze guitar strings, for longer string life and good tone.