Pickup on a 1990 Collectors Series....
Skin-job
Posted 2021-11-03 7:56 AM (#556366)
Subject: Pickup on a 1990 Collectors Series....


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Hello from London.

I've had a really interesting time reading through all the forums. There's a wealth of information here....

I have a question.

recently acquired an Ovation 1990 Collectors edition. Beautiful Birds Eye maple top. Gorgeous guitar.

It had a replacement bone saddle fitted which sounds great. Purely acoustic, no piezo.

I would like to reinstate the pickup/preamp. It's the original OP 24 preamp which I'm assured is working.

I tried the original saddle/piezo unit in but it's way too tall for the action I like.

I fully realize the neck needs resetting, but that isn't an option at the moment, so I'd like a compromise for the time being.

Is it possible to safely remove the plastic saddle from the piezo's metal base so I can work on it?

I haven't tried so far, for fear of damaging it.

Grateful for any help, thank you.

Karl
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Old Man Arthur
Posted 2021-11-03 8:10 PM (#556368 - in reply to #556366)
Subject: Re: Pickup on a 1990 Collectors Series....



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Yes... You can remove the saddle from the "frame".
You could pick up some information from This Thread.
It covers a lot of topics. But you can see how the saddle comes-off.
Let the adventure begin.
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Skin-job
Posted 2021-11-04 5:21 AM (#556374 - in reply to #556366)
Subject: Re: Pickup on a 1990 Collectors Series....


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Thank you very much for the reply and the advice.
Since posting the original question, I've found 'low profile' Ovation pickup/saddle units at 'My Dusty Guitar' and have ordered one to see if it'll be suitable.
Dusty says the overall height is 8.5mm which is easily 2mm less than the standard pickup/saddle fitted.
So, hopefully this will work and keep the old girl playable until I can afford to get the neck reset.
Many thanks for the help.

Edited by Skin-job 2021-11-04 5:22 AM
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arumako
Posted 2021-11-04 6:02 PM (#556380 - in reply to #556366)
Subject: Re: Pickup on a 1990 Collectors Series....



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Nice! I've purchased a battery cover from My Dusty Guitar. I think the owner is an OFC member. Just wanted to chime in to say if the 1990 Collector's has a bolt-on neck (I've never owned one, but maybe one of the other members could chime in). A complete neck reset may not be necessary. I've adjusted the neck angle on several bolt-on Os and it's really not that complicated at all. Assuming you've removed all the shims under the existing saddle...

1. Prep some 100 grit sandpaper by taping clear scotch tape to the back and cut into small half inch strips.
2. Open the manhole cover on the guitar
3. Loosen and remove the neck bolt (the fret board extension is glued to the top so it shouldn't move at all
4. With the bowl of the guitar facing toward you and the neck facing upward; gently (and I mean gently) push the heel of the neck away from you so that the neck joint opens up just enough to allow a strip of the taped sandpaper to slide between the bowl and the neck's heel joint.
5. Insert the sandpaper face-up (rough side facing the heel) into the left side of the heel (again be gentle, too much pressure and the fret board could crack. Pull the sandpaper out gently and slowly as to not allow any tear-out (of the sand paper). Repeat anywhere between 5 to 10 times. Make sure to count the number of sandpaper strokes applied and repeat the same number of strokes for (6.) and (7.).
6. Repeat (5.) above on the right side.
7. Repeat (5.) on the bottom of the heel
8. Check neck angle
9. Repeat (5.) ~ (8.) above until desired angle is achieved.

Haven't seen the extent of your guitars condition, but since a saddle height difference of 2mm is going to help as noted in your post above, the 1990C's neck angle may not be that far-off. Good-luck!
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Skin-job
Posted 2021-11-06 7:59 AM (#556397 - in reply to #556366)
Subject: Re: Pickup on a 1990 Collectors Series....


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Thank you very much for the advice, much appreciated

Karl

Edited by Skin-job 2021-11-06 8:00 AM
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