Posted 2020-02-06 7:21 AM (#551151) Subject: My Ovation Balladeer needs some work
Joined: May 2019 Posts: 3
I bought this new and have played it for a long time.
This is a MIK Balladeer 4861 and the serial is 397xxx.
The main issue is the electronics, it has the FET3 preamp and has developed a slightly distorted sound. I'd like to upgrade the electronics to a modern onboard preamp, like fishman, but I'm not sure if there's a replacement option with the same size/screwholes a the FET3.
The second issue is the bridge/pickup is chewed up and should be replaced.
The nut seems fine.
I don't see any cracks in the top where the bridge is pulling it up, but there's a slight bulge.
Would anyone know of a preamp to fit this guitar?
Is there an option for a bridge/pickup other than the $100+ replacement from ovation.com?
Posted 2020-02-13 8:58 AM (#551217 - in reply to #551151) Subject: RE: My Ovation Balladeer needs some work
Joined: June 2012 Posts: 2165
Location: Lake Forest, CA
WRT to the chewed up bridge saddle, you can swap out the saddle with a new one. This can be either the standard Ovation saddle or you could also replace it with the compensated saddle I sell on Shapeways.