Ovation's Applause AE-128 is a shallow bowl, single cutaway acoustic/electric guitar with Ovation's top notch OP4B pre-amp and transducer pick up. The warm acoustic guitar tones are combined with the pre-amp electronics to create the signature Ovation sound. Ovation's shallow bowl single cut-away acoustic body is much thinner than other acoustic/electric guitars. For guitar players looking for a smaller body the AE-128's light weight and comfortable single cutaway are perfect. The thinner shallow bowl also reduces feedback during live performances, while the Ovation OP4B pre amp is great for recording. Case not included. Why the round back? When Charlie Kaman set about to build a better guitar 35 years ago, he had no preconceived notions about instrument design. After much analysis and experimentation, a parabolic "bowl" shape proved to give the best projection, volume and tone. Ovation gained its fame with its round back and today makes roundbacks in 3 body sizes - super shallow, mid-depth, and deep. Whichever one you choose, you'll get clear projection and rich, full tone. A guitar with technology No other maker has applied Ovation's level of technology to instrument design. Using extremely sophisticated equipment and Kaman's aerospace research resources, they've been able to determine precisely which specifications affect which part of the guitar's tonal spectrum. Pioneers of the plug Nowadays, purely acoustic guitars are a rarity on stage.