Hey Guys, new community member here, and I just saw this thread...
I asked my wife for an iDeafor Christmas, cause the prices look like they've really dropped. I can't wait to start fooling around with it. I'd like to do a little "One Man Band" thing for campfires and get togethers...record some rhythm tracks to play through some portable speakers from the headphone jack and sing and lead over it. Its gonna be fun!
I'm hopeful the quality is at least somewhat near my Elite 6768. I've had that thing for about 18 years now and it looks and sounds fantastic. I've dropped it down flights of stairs, neglected it's care for years in college, and treated it poorly at times, but the thing is still a beauty.
Any thoughts on how well your iDea's are holding up?
Wow, what a Christmas gift! Welcome tot he group! We will be interested in what you think and how well "it" performs for you when you get it! Please come on back and tell us all about it, and pictures wouldn't hurt either! Edward
Got my Ovation iDea from the wifey and son for Christmas, and I have to say I really like it so far! Although it doesn't have the sound or projection of my Elite (it is a Celebrity model after all and not a deep body), it plays beautifully right out of the box, and I didn't have to set it up at all, tuned her up and started playing. Hasn't gone out of tune since.
I was a little scared due to it being manufactured in China, but aside from some overspray around the sound holes, it looks and feels pretty solid. Looking forward to getting some time to lay down a few rythym tracks shortly...Did a quick and dirty track of U2's "All I Want is You" (my wife and I's song) and played a second guitar part and sang over it for everyone on XMAS day, and the playback quality is quite good! Everyone thought it sounded really cool.
In a very strange freak coincidence, my sister-in-law got my brother the exact same black iDea for Christmas, but his had a big finish crack on it right below the neck. I told him it sounded like it went from a hot room to a cold airplane cargo bay, and to send it back for a replacement. The vendor agreed with this assessment and has sent him a new one...we plan on having a "Battle of the iDeas" at the next family gathering to see who has the best chops -- I'm fairly comfortable in saying, however, that I will win by a comfortable margin since he really hasn't played much in about 10 years. ;)
Late to the party here . . .
But I love my iDea. Action is great, plays like a dream. And the ability to record some "scratch" stuff works out well too - there's many times I'm a noodling around, get this idea and working a bit on it. In the past, I've done that and when I was finished, I'd think back a week or so later and say "what was that groove I had?..." Now with the iDea, I hit record, noodle away and then download it to the computer so I can revisit another day when I'm feeling the creative urge.