Monday, November 8, 2010

#200 Ovation guitars

Worship leaders want to strum. To do this they need an acoustic guitar, but they're hard to mic without getting a lot of god-awful feedback. The solution? An Ovation, the tinny-sounding, plastic-backed guitar that needs to be plugged in to sound only halfway crappy.

Ovations have a signature tone that lends itself to the new country genre as well as contemporary Christian music. Ovations often have barbed wire or patriotic lore etched on them and a cutaway for bitchin' solos. Very Nashville. Now the worship leader can play campfire-style praise songs in the capacious worship arena, feedback-free. Problem solved!


Ian "Buzzsaw" Barnes said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I once went into a church and saw a double necked Ovation being softly shredded by a Hawaiin man with flowing white hair. Probably the only time an Ovation has been even close to badass!

Stephanie H. said...

I can't believe there aren't more comments on this post! So funny and so true! A Worship Leader at my Mom's previous church had one with a broken neck that was held together by a rod with clamps.

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

Ovations, guitars invented so that you need velcro to keep them in a playable position.

Michael said...

Ovation? Now that I haven't seen so often. Usually, Taylors are the crack-with-six-strings craved by today's worship elite! As a Seattle guitar tech, perhaps I'm jaded from being able to correctly assume someone has a Taylor every time I walk into a Church building.

Lord, we need more Gibsons and Martins in worship. I'm tired of hearing about how the leader's guitar "sparkles" and "shines". Give me some girth, some punch, some oomph! How suggestive? How true.

But you're right; Ovations do sound terrible.

nateyomatey said...

this is even worse in europe. everyone, and i mean, everyone associated with worship music has one. although... there was this one teenaged girl who had a high-end Takamine. that's an improvement :D

Anonymous said...

Even though they sound like crap, Ovations must be good because they were designed by a helicopter engineer and use the same wood he uses for his helicopter rotors. (Look it up in wikipedia if you don't believe me.)

Unknown said...

Melissa Etheridge uses Ovation guitars as well. The radio station I worked at long ago had an autographed Ovation in the PD's office. I wonder if worship leaders would like them as much if they knew that a >gasp< LESBIAN uses them…!

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