Ovation brings its Ultra electro acoustic guitar series back for 2023

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Ovation has revived its Ultra series of electro-acoustic guitars with a non-cutaway model with a mid-depth bowl back. The new Ultra is designed as a singer-songwriter guitar to bring the instrument closer to the musician's body and features a new preamp and pickup design for the stage.

The K-21CT preamp features a two-band bass and treble tone control and chromatic tuner. The  OCP-2000 pickup features improved materials and output volume; Ovation says there's a more precise placement of the piezo element and increased glass content for the string saddles, "which reduce wear and grants a better vibration transmission to the piezo elements". 

"This gain in volume allows the preamplifier to be driven lower, which in turn reduces the noise level and enables a crystal-clear sound image," claims the company. Judge for yourselves in the short demos below with the electro sound.


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All the new Ultra guitars are equipped with a thermo-treated and FSC-certified sustainable A-grade German spruce top.

The thermal treatment simulates 15 years of ageing to promise a more mature response that's less susceptible to the negative effects of humidity change.

The bowl back is made from Lyrachord – a type of fibreglass optimised for its acoustic resonance. 

The new Ultra models will ship with a 20mm padded soft case and finishes include Yukon Spray, Vampira Red, Silver Shadow, Dusk Til Dawn and Pitch Black, 

The Ultra series models are priced at £723 each. More info at Gewa Music.

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.