Tom Morello’s Applause AA-31

Tom got this guitar around the time he was heading off the college circa 1986 and used it with the band “Lock Up” and in the early days of the RATM.

Applause vs Ovation

The Applause brand is owned by Ovation Guitars. In the 1970s, Ovation introduced the Applause line as a more affordable alternative to their high-end guitars. While Applause guitars were designed to be more budget-friendly, they still featured many of the same innovations and technologies that made Ovation guitars famous, such as the rounded back design and high-quality materials.

The Applause AA-31 featured fiberglass back and sides that were meant to provide durability and resistance to changes in temperature and humidity, while the spruce top was intended to deliver a balanced and bright sound. The shallow bowl body shape also made the guitar more comfortable to play for extended periods of time.


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