It's made overseas to the same fundamental specs as the more costly US made model, although slightly dressed-down. They make excellent beater instruments owing to their nearly (!
) indestructible design, but they are full-fledged performance instruments in their own right.
My first Ovation is a Matrix acoustic sunburst, one of the firs US made, sporting an aluminum neck.
I bought it in 1979 from Tom Lee Piano in Hong Kong, during the summer sales, for a hundred bucks including the original brown case.
Hi all - Looking for alittle input from the mando brotherhood.
In mid/late 2012, US distributed Japanese-built guitars switched to the year designation that guitars distributed in Japan use.
Collings MT2 Mandolin Weber F-Style Yellowstone Deluxe Mandolin Eastman MD615 Mandolin Sturgill A-Style Mandolin Ovation MCS148 Mandolin Big Muddy M-11M Mandola Allen Hopkins Gibsn: '54 F5 3pt F2 A-N Custm K1 m'cello Natl Triolian Dobro mando Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back H-O mandolinetto Stradolin Vega banjolin Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello Flatiron 3K OM They're great for beater instruments, especially when plugged in as they're very resistant to feedback. You'll probably like your Eastman more, but they are tough.
Many touring musicians use them because of the aforementioned feedback issues, plus when touring, they do take that beating and are very reliable in terms of sound quality, not fussy at all. Hi Bob, As you may know, the MCS148 is the 'Celebrity' version of Ovation's MM-68.
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