Ovation CS257 Celebrity Deluxe Acoustic Review :: Ovation Acoustic Electric Guitar

features the same unique Ovation Quintad bracing pattern featured on the more expensive Elite models

Ovation CS257 Celebrity Deluxe Cutaway

Ovation CS257 Celebrity Deluxe is a 6 String Acoustic Electric Guitar. Using the same unique Ovation Quintad bracing pattern featured on the more expensive Elite models, here’s an entry-level acoustic/electric. Ovation CS257 Celebrity Deluxe has a very bright mid and high range sound. The body type is Super Shallow Cutaway that gives the player easier access to the higher frets. Ovation’s unique Quintad bracing pattern allows maximum top vibration while maintaining stability. When plugged in, guitar comes alive, with a variety of different options to shape sound according to preference. By creating Ovation CS257 Celebrity Deluxe, multi-soundhole technology is made affordable! Multiple soundholes in the upper bout allow for more efficient bracing and tone contouring. Wood and finish are flawless, and the gold tuning hardware allow for relatively smooth and easy tuning. This guitar is well made and plays easily with the factory set “fast” action. It has an active Preamp and gets a great sound out of its electronics. Includes a preshape circuit that lifts the bass and treble and reduces frequencies below 40Hz. Ovation CS257 Celebrity Deluxe must consideration for electric players.


  • a very bright mid and high range sound;
  • deep bright and crisp acoustic-electric sound;
  • this is a small guitar, with a shallow design;
  • is a very effective “campfire guitar”, but it really shines when it’s amplified;
  • the shallow body and the neck make it easy to transition from electric to acoustic electric sound;
  • the tuner is accurate and quick to use;
  • it has good balanced sound;
  • is priced well and is a versatile guitar.


  • this guitar is fairly uncomfortable to sit and play, it’s fine to use with a strap;
  • this guitar sounds just fine, but compared to a full sized all wood acoustic guitar, it sounds a little flat;
  • some owners complained that super-shallow bowl on back restrict deep vibrations of a full sized, all wood acoustic;
  • slight vibration from preamp fitting loosly into body of guitar;
  • a few some complained the pickup system inside fell into the guitar after few months;
  • most people complained that Ovation does not warranty the electronics on any of their guitars.
Features + Technical Specs
PickupsThinline Under-Saddle
Machine HeadsGold
Scale25 1/4
Nut Width1 11/16
InlaysDots & Diamonds
Body StyleS/Shallow Cutaway
TopSpruce or Figured Maple
RosetteMulti Soundhole 5-Piece Epaulet
ControlsOP 30
FinishesCherry Burst, Natural, Plum Burst, Rubyburst, Ruby Redburst, Black, Green, Transparent blue

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