Review: Ovation's 1627VL-4GC Glen Campbell provides outstanding tone and playability at a relatively affordable price

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Like millions of other guitarists, I remember seeing an Ovation guitar for the very first time on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, a primetime variety show hosted by Campbell that originally aired during the late Sixties and early Seventies. Ovation guitars appeared in Campbell’s hands during every show whether he was strumming chords while singing ballads or shredding on a classic country instrumental or bluegrass standard. 

Although his Ovation acoustic guitar had an unusual-looking curved fiberglass back, he sure made it sound good, which inspired me to try out an Ovation the next time I visited a music store that sold them.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.