Elite TX series offers a small line of stealthy acoustic-electrics, made to challenge and push the boundaries of sonic expression. The series currently features four models, three six-stringers and one eight-stringer (a rare occurrence in the steel-string acoustic guitar realm). Elite TX 8-String Mid Depth 1788TX-5 comes in with a single-cut Lyrachord body w/mid-depth bowl and an AA-grade spruce soundboard. It is the only Elite TX model with 8 strings (despite the fact, it still has a 25-1/4" scale). Black (with matte/satin finish, black hardware, black headstock overlay) is the only available color option. Other notable features include a hard rock maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard (ABS binding, 1-11/16" nut, 10" radius), rosewood bridge, Ovation electronics, and die-cast tuners.
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This is a great guitar for the most part. great because it is unique and looks the part. It is however let down by the OP Pro preamp module (https://www.thomannmusic.com/ovation_oppro_preamp.htm) which has a kindergarten tuner and hard to set eq sliders. Would have expected much better on that score but having said that it produces great plugged in tones. Unplugged she is quite loud with sufficient projection for performance. The guitar is large and heavy and one has to be very careful not to hit the headstock on things as you move about. It is an awkward guitar in that respect but that has a lot to do with familiarity and I am sure it will be less of a problem as time goes by. For live performance plugged in using all 8 strings she is an absolute monster. I tune DDDADGBD for Neil Young's Ohio and it is just killer with the additional base and drone notes. It is a guitar to experiment with as far as tunings, nothing is set in stone here. That is why you buy it, for the extended tonal experience and experimentation. The finish is very functional as it is a textured flat black so no fingermarks and it is tough as nails. The tuners are lockers and are varied ratios for the string guages, great feature. The guitar I received was the 3rd to arrive at the store. The first 2 were literally unplayable as they arrived. The third was playable with none of the string buzz issues of the first 2. I removed shims to further trim the string action and now she is as near perfect as it can get. The rear cover plate is a tad fiddly, I have owned several Ovations and never had a problem getting the cover back on. This one takes some accurate locating of the inner metal plate. The neck and fretwork are bang on. The guitar comes caseless so you will need a hard case. I found a latrge bulged top dreadnaught case that worked for $100 so they are out there if you want to avoid the Ovation case cost. Strings. To get used to the 2 bass and 6 regular guitar set up I strung DR neons in place of the EADGBE to help in getting used to the instrument. It works well this way and lets you get used to the considerable difference in neck width. There are only 100 out there so it is a good investment as well as a great instrument.
Ovation Elite TX 8-String Mid Depth 1788TX-5 3.75 out of 5 based on 1 ratings
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