Favorite or best sounding ovation?
RedemptionSongs
Posted 2019-06-22 5:37 PM (#549262)
Subject: Favorite or best sounding ovation?


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What would it be for you? I've tried plenty over the years and a couple of my favorite sounding ovations is the deep bowl custom legend lx I have and surprisingly a mid bowl Elite T I've played, to me it had a great sound although it was kind of ugly in my opinion.. Although I do love many of the vintage ovation legends I have tried over the years and they have a good punchy loud sound to them as well, but there's one that I've played (I believe a 1717, not 100%) that was a complete relic no joke, finish chipped off half of it and glue all over it where they glued the bridge back at home recklessly but it sure sounded beautiful.. I always wanted to try the Koa collectors edition and the 1537 but haven't had the chance yet, but opinions?
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Standingovation
Posted 2019-06-23 5:59 AM (#549265 - in reply to #549262)
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If you use the SEARCH button you will find many posts on this topic. Like they say, ask 10 people and you'll get 11 different answers. Here's just one example ...

http://www.ovationfanclub.com/megabbs/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=37...
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MWoody
Posted 2019-06-23 11:23 AM (#549266 - in reply to #549262)
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Whichever one you are holding.
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Old Man Arthur
Posted 2019-06-23 6:10 PM (#549271 - in reply to #549262)
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My standard answer was "Textured Top Elite T"

But I have played so many O's and A's that I cannot use that blanket statement anymore.

I've got a great sounding, 40 year-old 1657.
My GCS771 with a killer cedar top.
I have an old beater 1111 with a 3-plank top that is awesome.

So I am gonna have to go with MWoody on this one...
Whichever one you are holding.
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DetlefMichel
Posted 2019-06-24 11:39 AM (#549274 - in reply to #549262)
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I also had very many Ovations. And also I discussed this quite often.
Surely it is very subjective if you prefer the one or the other guitar. But Ovation is not only a guitar, it´s a concept. Don´t be shy and use any material and any construction that will match the idea of a unique guitar.
In former discussions I favourited the Adamas 1687 cannon.
But IMHO there is one Ovation guitar which combines all the Ovation IDEAS to a state of close-to-perfection:The rare, too rare Adamas 1187-247.
-The lightest and deepest bowl for maximum acoustic power
-Adamas carbon fibre top
- The use of offset-soundholes and the lightest possible fan-bracing, (much lighter than on the 1687)
-Event the headstock was made thinner and lighter than on the 1687, slotted head for better string angle.
-Perfect intonation and balance and ideal size of frets .
This guitar really is unique, not comparable with any other (high grade!) guitars, it represents a class of it´s own.
All the other Ovation guitars may be fine, but they are just the road leading to this one.

Maybe Ovation should have built more than 100 of these...
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2wheeldrummer
Posted 2019-06-24 6:04 PM (#549276 - in reply to #549274)
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DetlefMichel - 2019-06-24 11:39 AM


But IMHO there is one Ovation guitar which combines all the Ovation IDEAS to a state of close-to-perfection:The rare, too rare Adamas 1187-247.

This guitar really is unique, not comparable with any other (high grade!) guitars, it represents a class of it´s own.
All the other Ovation guitars may be fine, but they are just the road leading to this one.

Maybe Ovation should have built more than 100 of these...


+1 Detlef

I have read only 89 were made so it is particularly precious due to rarity as well as amazing sound





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alpep
Posted 2019-06-24 6:05 PM (#549277 - in reply to #549262)
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2008 adamas collector's
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RedemptionSongs
Posted 2019-06-25 1:14 AM (#549280 - in reply to #549262)
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The only adamas I had a chance to play was one with some problems, at a local guitar center it was a 1681, I liked it though.. I've seen YouTube reviews of the 1187 and I know you can't go off of that but it does leave a "wow that sounds great" impression from it.
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Beal
Posted 2019-06-25 7:46 PM (#549286 - in reply to #549262)
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what flavor ice cream do you really want?? It's kinda like that.
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Love O Fair
Posted 2019-06-26 1:23 PM (#549287 - in reply to #549262)
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What a grab-bag question. Really, it all.. ALL.. depends on the moment at hand. With bourbon and bong in front of a fire in the fishing cabin it's definitely the ol' 1127 that proudly has years-old motorcycle bug splats on it that will never come completely off. With pencil and paper in the studio, it's definitely a 1619 CL that's humming out that classic, unmistakable Ovation trademark sound. With stage and a rockin' crowd, who wouldn't be proud the flash a Viper? When busking on the street, it's definitely.. well.. ask Arthur. If guitar is a language, then Ovation is but one dialect of it. An awesome one. Proud to know you all.
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elginacres
Posted 2019-06-26 3:33 PM (#549292 - in reply to #549262)
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I find the one Matt Smith is playing sounds the best.
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TAFKAR
Posted 2019-06-26 9:23 PM (#549299 - in reply to #549277)
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alpep - 2019-06-25 9:05 AM 2008 adamas collector's

 

If there's a house fire, that's the one I'll grab first.

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DetlefMichel
Posted 2019-06-27 8:39 AM (#549300 - in reply to #549286)
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Beal - 2019-06-26 2:46 AM

what flavor ice cream do you really want?? It's kinda like that.


If this would be an ice cream forum we would really love to talk about our favourite ice cream. What is wrong about gloryfying -repeatedly- our beloved guitars? I believe that´s part of the reason why we have (lots of) them.
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DetlefMichel
Posted 2019-06-27 10:48 AM (#549302 - in reply to #549262)
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BTW redemption song was played on a 1687:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJHgMD1S0bg
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MWoody
Posted 2019-06-27 2:42 PM (#549306 - in reply to #549262)
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So let me take a twist on the question and throw this one at y'all;

If you are at an Ovation Gathering and you want to obtain true reference points and completely screw up your financial planning and relationship goals then you must play these:


- 1537

- 1687 (or most any older Adamas textured top or two)

- Folklore (especially one played by a Frenchmen)

- 2007C

- An A braced Custom Legend

- 1987C

- Baritone anything

- 1778T

- A Shiny Bowl Three Plank with a square label

- Anything that Standingovation has hung on to...
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moody, p.i.
Posted 2019-06-27 11:13 PM (#549308 - in reply to #549262)
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I might change the order of that list a little bit, but it's a solid list.....
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DetlefMichel
Posted 2019-06-28 3:16 AM (#549310 - in reply to #549308)
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moody, p.i. - 2019-06-28 6:13 AM

I might change the order of that list a little bit, but it's a solid list.....


I agree.
And add 1658 or 1688 12 string
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elginacres
Posted 2019-06-28 12:01 PM (#549312 - in reply to #549262)
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Taking another twist - and looking at the bottom end of the financial spectrum - play a Slotted Headstock Academy, best 50.00 dollar guitar ever made!
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alpep
Posted 2019-06-28 12:51 PM (#549313 - in reply to #549262)
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i wanna try the kit kat flavored ice cream by dreyers
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Waskel
Posted 2019-06-28 2:55 PM (#549315 - in reply to #549313)
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alpep - 2019-06-28 10:51 AM

i wanna try the kit kat flavored ice cream by dreyers


+10
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Oddball
Posted 2019-06-29 3:00 PM (#549333 - in reply to #549262)
Subject: Re: Favorite or best sounding ovation?


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Never had the opportunity to play or own an Adamas. Someday...
I'm also in an area where not a lot of interest in Ovations, so all except one of my guitars have been bought off eBay with no chance to play them first.
Best sounding Ovation I ever played - acoustically - had was a pewter-colored 1778T. Plus I always got a nice whiff of wood every time I started playing from those side holes. I didn't particularly like the color, so like a dummy I sold it and bought a black one of the same model. It sounded dead. Sold it and found a red one. Not dead but not like the pewter original. Sold that and got another black one. Also Hmmm/so-so. By now kicking myself black and blue for selling the pewter. There was also a special run side-hole textured Ovation with an epaulet - there was a run of 10 or 12 originally done for Guitar Center I think, and I got one of those. It sounded good but I don't like that modified cutaway deep bowl or whatever you call it. So sold it, too.
Anyway, sold the second black T and currently playing a 1869 CL, which sounds nice but not at all that nice, rich tone of that original 1778T. May try to find another one one of these days.
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nerdydave
Posted 2019-06-29 10:47 PM (#549338 - in reply to #549262)
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What would a pewter colored guitar look like??
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standing
Posted 2019-06-30 10:48 AM (#549342 - in reply to #549262)
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