In early 2009, Ovation broke new ground with the worldwide introduction of the iDea – the world’s first acoustic guitar with built-in recordability. Now, 2010 brings new choices for players looking to tap into iDea technology. The Celebrity CC24Si-5 comes equipped with an iDea preamp and also features a solid spruce top, lightweight bracing, and Ovation’s own Slimline pickup with six individual sensors – one for each string. Available in Gloss Black finish. Retail: $829
Ovation’s iDea is the first and only guitar of its kind, featuring a built-in MP3 recorder/player. A digital recorder is part of the on-board Ovation preamp. A simple and direct recording control makes it easy to record entire songs or fragments, even vocals and commentary. The iDea is also a learning tool, with audio lessons pre-installed in the memory.
Downloading files from a computer or the internet is easy via USB. Files in the iDea can be moved, renamed, deleted and rearranged right on the computer desktop. Mixes from recording software, rhythm tracks, even songs the player wants to learn can be downloaded and played either through the guitar output or headphones. Several “Jam Tracks” are also pre-installed in the instrument, and others are available online.