Ovation iDea Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The world's first acoustic guitar with a built-in mp3 recorder. Play and record whatever ideas you have instantly!
Never lose another iDea again. The iDea Acoustic Electric guitar is the perfect practice guitar for writers and beginners. Boasting the ability to both Record and Play mp3 files, you can use this guitar to record and save musical inspiration at any moment or jam along to files saved into the guitar to aid in learning songs. Learn Songs at your own speed, iDea's built in preamp features a pitch-stable speed adjustment allowing you to slow down the mp3 files without changing the key.

Play or Record MP3 files
Uploading and downloading MP3 files to your computer is a breeze. The iDea features an on-board USB connection so you can connect to your computer and store recorded files or recall files for practicing Licks from your favorite artists.

Using the 1/8 inch stereo input jack on your guitar you can connect a CD, mp3 or other stereo (or mono) source directly to the iDea making it perfect for players without a computer. Use this input to record and store your favorite backing tracks or other play-along material. Connect any line-level player or mixer and record your tracks into the straight into iDea's memory using this convenient AUX input.

Features
Stereo Headphone Output

USB Connector

Display Window

Master Volume Control

Bass, Midrange and Treble EQ

Preamp Release Latch (to access battery on preamp rear)

Built-in Microphone

Built-in Tuner

Play/Stop, Repeat/Loop & Record Controls

Navigational Joystick (Menu Navigation Control)

Preamp Mounting Receptacle read more

The Ovation iDea contains analog circuits in its preamp that activate by inserting stereo headphones into the headphone jack or by connecting the guitar to an amp or PA with a 1/4 inch instrument cable.
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Body: Mid-Depth Cutaway

Top: Spruce

Top Finish: Satin Platinum

Bracing: Modified X

Sound Holes: iDea Elliptical

Neck: Eastern Mahogany

Neck Finish: Satin Platinum

Peghead Finish: Gloss Black

Fingerboard: Dark Rosewood

Nut Width: 1-11/16 inches (17.5 mm)

String Pitch at Nut: 1-3/8 inches (9.5 mm)

Pitch at Bridge: 2-1/8 inches (54 mm)

Fingerboard inlays: 12th fret i

Fingerboard Binding: Black

Scale Length: 25 inches (635 mm)

Bridge: Dark Rosewood

Tuners: Black Ovation

Preamp: Ovation iDea OPi-1

Pickup: Ovation Original; Black Saddles
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 877-KAMANMUSIC
(16 ratings)
Submitted May 23, 2010 by a customer from yahoo.com
"More than a novel...idea. A worthy addition and a great tool!"
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Overall I would prefer a bit different of a look to the guitar as I said, but again it grows on me. A worthy addition and the price of admission is justified by the wealth of features and the value of the those features.

Sound
The sound is comparable to other Ovations of the Celebrity type. Has a nice acoustic volume with some depth. Worth the money for the most part. I compared it to a much more expensive ovation as well and while a little more subdued the iDea still sounded full and I actually thought the more expensive Ovation was a bit too bright. Plugged in it sounds about the same provided you have a nice amp of course.

Features
The preamp is like a very minimalist studio really with it's tuner and Microphone and controls to scroll through all the settings. It's nothing I would call essential but great for another tool to utilize and of course as good as any ovation preamp at achieving sonic quality. My only quarrel is the lack of memory expansion. 100 minutes isn't bad when you consider that you can transfer right to you computer by USB, but it would be more professional to have an SD card slot or the like.

Ease of Use
I was slightly worried about the back, it had been years since I had really played an ovation or ovation style guitar and I was well pleased with the ease of which I was able to play it. It felt comfortable and sleek for the most part. The neck didn't feel the read more same as the celebrity I compared it too but it felt just as playable. Almost like an electric really. It's pretty easy to coax good sounds out of it. As far as the pre-amp goes there is much it can do that would take some time to utilize though. For the most part that time would be well rewarded.

Quality
Guitar feels solid and roadworthy really. The finish didn't seem perfect but there were no real problems that were really noticeable. I read reviews of people reporting flaws but I think it stands up to scrutiny pretty well. Looses a point for the Laminated top depending on the price you pay. plugged in it doesn't make much difference and sounds great. Unplugged it may hurt the volume a bit along with the high gloss finish. Still, I found the sound to be more than adequate and in face I am pleased with it. So that is all that matters.

Value
Depends on where you buy it. I have seen that the price is dropping a bit and for that it is more than worth it. Considering the price of an iDea preamp alone the added cost of the housing is fairly reasonable. Plus it would be a great tool for which to hone ones skills regardless of whether they saw it as more than that.

The Wow Factor
7.5 really. I am not sold on the offset holes. The platinum finish though is nice up close, has a sleek, futuristic shine to it. The black is more subdued and sort of blends the holes in. Not sure which I want really. Overall it's a bit rough but I could learn to like it a lot. A minimalist modern design at best, a bit odd and, but unique at worst.

Musical Background:
Active Musician

Musical Style:
Classic Rock, Alt Rock, Folk, Indie
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