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moody, p.i.
Posted 2005-11-01 5:30 PM (#272230)
Subject: How many 1537's built


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I posted this question in another thread, but I'm really kind of curious. How many 1537's were built in the first year of production, 1983? We can't go by serial numbers because they were all mixed in with other US built Ovations.

Anybody have any thoughts on this? Bill?
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Standingovation
Posted 2005-11-02 5:17 AM (#272231 - in reply to #272230)
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They were pretty crappy guitars, so they phased them out quickly. Right?
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Jeff W.
Posted 2005-11-02 7:01 AM (#272232 - in reply to #272230)
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i'd guess somewhere between 3000-4000.
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moody, p.i.
Posted 2005-11-02 7:54 AM (#272233 - in reply to #272230)
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Jeff, why 3000-4000?
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Jeff W.
Posted 2005-11-02 8:11 AM (#272234 - in reply to #272230)
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Well, this is guess work. Let's say that Ovation was turning out 8000-10000 guitars a year, in three or four standard models. The 1537 was a true production run but, it was a new line and only made for two years or so. Based on the assmption that the Elite represented, at best, 1/4 of the guitars produced over two years, I get 3000-4000. Total guess.

(I also don't want it to be any more than that :D )
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Standingovation
Posted 2005-11-02 8:43 AM (#272235 - in reply to #272230)
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Jeff, I think you're high (excuse the pun). What I mean is, just think of all the '83-'84 Ovations you see on ebay and what small percentage of them are 1537's. Yes the number is small because people don't want to part with them. But it's also small because there aren't too many of them. I bet the number is more like 1500. Just a guess.

Dave
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Jeff W.
Posted 2005-11-02 9:10 AM (#272236 - in reply to #272230)
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Dave,
I could easily go for that number. I just figured that Ovation (not Adamas) wouldn't tool up to make a production guitar of only 1500 units. I was fiquring about 1500 per year of production.
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moody, p.i.
Posted 2005-11-02 9:12 AM (#272237 - in reply to #272230)
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According to the book, cwkII said that in 1985, Ovation built 6,000 guitars in Hartford. Now the 1537's were built in Moosup before being moved to Hartford in 85 (I think). I would doubt if more than 100 were built that first year. It was a brand new product, essentially hand built at the Adamas facility......

But I think I've been given a lead on how to find out. Won't happen today, but I'll let you know.....
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Jeff W.
Posted 2005-11-02 9:41 AM (#272238 - in reply to #272230)
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Right....manufactured at the Adamas facility. I'll revise, 500-700 a year.
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Slipkid
Posted 2005-11-02 9:45 AM (#272239 - in reply to #272230)
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Latest episode of MOODY, P.I.
They wanted me to put a number on a guitar for them. Not my usual can of worms but hey, my expenses are covered for the day. And they did'nt care who I had to muscle or step over to do the job. I just might get a little excercise today.
A lead??? You can call it that if you want to be generous. But in this part of town, ain't no such word. You gotta take what you can get and I had to squeeze Larry daLip pretty hard just to get that much.
But I gotta deal with a tough blonde right now so it won't be today...I'll let them know.
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Beal
Posted 2005-11-02 9:46 AM (#272240 - in reply to #272230)
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300ish but let's see what the PI comes up with from the sourse.
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Jeff W.
Posted 2005-11-02 9:50 AM (#272241 - in reply to #272230)
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....I pretty much suck at this game....
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stephent28
Posted 2005-11-02 10:51 AM (#272242 - in reply to #272230)
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Ahhh come on Jeff....you're getting closer each time. How bout guessing somewhere around 300! :rolleyes:
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Jeff W.
Posted 2005-11-02 11:14 AM (#272243 - in reply to #272230)
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300.
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Standingovation
Posted 2005-11-02 11:36 AM (#272244 - in reply to #272230)
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Rule of thumb, OFC members (excluding Bill) own 10-15% of any really cool model Ovation. 1537, slotheads, U681, FD14. You do the math. Dave
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moody, p.i.
Posted 2005-11-02 11:54 AM (#272245 - in reply to #272230)
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By that math, we're looking at 120-180 1537's. Interesting estimater. Tomorrow morning, I'm going to the source and we'll see what the number really looks like.....
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Jeff
Posted 2005-11-02 11:58 AM (#272246 - in reply to #272230)
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Interesting thread, but I gotta ask a question, and I'm not being critical, mind you, just curious.

What is it that drives us to want to know (or, better said, HAVE to know) things like how many units of our beloved guitar were made? I mean, if we already know we love the guitar and have bonded with it because it's a great guitar, what difference does it make how many were produced? Will we love it more if we discover that only a few hundred or so were made? Or conversely, will we suddenly love it less if we find out that ours is only one of several thousand? Why do we find it so necessary to know this stuff?

I do this too, so like I said, I'm not criticizing anyone else, just wondering why we "guitar nuts" get so caught up in this kind of minutia that makes our hair hurt if we think about it too much.
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stonebobbo
Posted 2005-11-02 12:00 PM (#272247 - in reply to #272230)
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We have no life.
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moody, p.i.
Posted 2005-11-02 12:13 PM (#272248 - in reply to #272230)
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Inquiring minds want to know......

I donno. Just a curiousity to know about the guitar and the circumstances around it's development and manufacturing.
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Standingovation
Posted 2005-11-02 12:21 PM (#272249 - in reply to #272230)
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Hasn't everyone wondered at one point or another just how many pubic hairs they had?
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Jeff W.
Posted 2005-11-02 12:26 PM (#272250 - in reply to #272230)
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Jeff W.
Posted 2005-11-02 12:29 PM (#272251 - in reply to #272230)
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....unshaved.
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Standingovation
Posted 2005-11-02 12:30 PM (#272252 - in reply to #272230)
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AL - LOCK THIS THREAD... NOW !!!
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cliff
Posted 2005-11-02 12:31 PM (#272253 - in reply to #272230)
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". . Hasn't everyone wondered at one point or another just how many pubic hairs they had? . ."


Y'mean, . . just my OWN??
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moody, p.i.
Posted 2005-11-02 12:36 PM (#272254 - in reply to #272230)
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