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Actually Ovation only uses Lyrachord for the backs/bowls of their guitars. The normal lines of guitars have either spruce or cedar tops or for the very bottom end plywood. The top end composites like the Adamas line, have tops of entirely carbon fiber, or a combination of spruce and carbon fiber. I own several Ovations, and even have one with a plywood top, which sounds surprisingly good, because the pylwood is very thin and appears to b3 just 3 plys, almost a sandwich of veneers,
it took a good magnifying glass to see the plys.

The lyrachord is a type or fiberglass material that has been tweaked to have certain acoustical properties, Depending on the year of manufacturer it may also contain micro glass spheres.

Contrary to some comments composite material does not project a “plastic sound” as I expected but a neutral sound …neither woody or plastic.
I have a Adamas graphite mid-bowl cutaway and find the Rainsong cutaway mid-bowl comparable in sound quality, although the Rainsong has the smoothest neck I have ever encountered and maybe lightest acoustic electric.
As with all guitars the the dreads have a fuller louder sound and better base response, although if you get and Adamas with the single multi-hole and pull the electronics you get a sound comparable to a high quality full-depth and bodied dread with the advantage of better uppermost fret access.
The Rainsong with the abalone around the soundhole is a pretty guitar, although the Adamas I feel as a whole are even more attractive and sell used for around the same price.

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