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ProfessorBB
Posted 2012-02-09 9:33 AM (#449708)
Subject: Ovation electrics



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Love them, have 11 including several customs ordered through Al, and primarily rotate the EA68 and VXT with my custom 1187 SSB when playing with the band. I have numerous other electrics, but always come back to these. Don't have much esle to say here, but needed to get a post into this forum.
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Damon67
Posted 2012-02-09 9:57 AM (#449718 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics



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I think I'm in the minority on this site. My first Ovation was a solidbody UKII. It was more than 20 years later before I had roundback acoustic. I've owned many including the UltraGP, Deacon, Preacher, etc. but currently I'm at a Tornado, Viper, VXT, and 2 UKIIs (one wood topped).

I have a Magnum IV too... Do those belong here?
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MWoody
Posted 2012-02-09 10:23 AM (#449721 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics



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And how often have you heard someone say "Ovation made Solidbodies"?
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2012-02-09 12:22 PM (#449744 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics


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Location: Boise, Idaho
I still remember a conversation I had with some rocker back in the 70's. I said I liked Ovations and he said he didn't like the shape. I assumed he meant the round back, but realized later that he was referring to the Breadwinner shape that he probably saw on the Partridge family. I never realized Ovation made solid bodies back then.
Guitar lessons are helping me find some love for my 2 Ultra GSs and my recent Viper. The Professor's Viper III is really a work of art, especially compared to my beater, but mine is red and I like it.
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Mr. Ovation
Posted 2012-02-09 5:00 PM (#449791 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics


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I guess I was lucky growing up in CT. My first guitar was an S&H Greenstamp job my parents got me, but wanted to play electric so I talked them into a Teisco Del Ray at Sears. My senior year in high school I picked up my Ovation Medallion acoustic. At that time it was to me "a cheaper version of the Adamas that Ovation made" but I had my eye on a Viper so when I joined the Navy, after boot camp, that was my first electric guitar. After that I never really considered Ovation to lean one way or the other. They made great Acoustic and Electric guitars. What I didn't realize was how many different electric guitars were made... and that story is on my collection site. I thought it was the Viper and Breadwinner and that was it. But to me, Ovation made guitars, Acoustic, and electric.
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ProfessorBB
Posted 2012-02-09 5:40 PM (#449796 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics



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I owned Ovation acoustics for 33 years before I discovered (from this site) that Ovation also made (or had made) electrics. As a general rule, players who visit my bandroom are dumbstruck by the solid body and Storm models on hand. Like me, they had absolutely no idea these models were produced by the "roundback" company. Then we'll play some USA Fenders and the Les Paul Standard, then switch over to the Viper III, UKii, and finally the VXT. Most visitors are blown away at the build quality and tone from these models. It really seems to remain our secret here.
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Tim in Tidewater
Posted 2012-02-09 7:02 PM (#449801 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics



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I'll happily keep playing my hardbody GP & GS-3, best of both worlds!
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Nick B.
Posted 2012-02-09 9:05 PM (#449815 - in reply to #449796)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics



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boltonb - 2012-02-09 5:40 PM

I owned Ovation acoustics for 33 years before I discovered (from this site) that Ovation also made (or had made) electrics.


Same here.
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scooterboy
Posted 2012-02-10 3:17 PM (#449886 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics


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Love my O-lectrics:

Pristine Black Breadwinner (early one with those funky pickups)

Koa-faced Viper MWoody Special
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elginacres
Posted 2012-02-12 4:59 PM (#450068 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics


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Location: Colorado
Love my new stunning EA-63
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Mr. Ovation
Posted 2012-02-12 5:07 PM (#450070 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics


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I never really warmed up to the "new" EA Vipers. I realize that technically they are a solid-body or rather "semi hollow" and I guess the difference between that and chambered is semantics, I think their goal is to have an acoustic sound so why not just play an acoustic. I can see it in high volume situations as a logical choice, but not for much else. I have owned the 6-string, 12-string and Nylon-string slot-head versions and all were fantastic players. My favorite was the "classical" nylon-string, but ultimately I never did more than play them to show them off.
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ProfessorBB
Posted 2012-02-13 10:56 AM (#450182 - in reply to #450070)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics



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mileskb - 2012-02-12 5:07 PMI realize that technically they are a solid-body or rather "semi hollow" and I guess the difference between that and chambered is semantics, I think their goal is to have an acoustic sound so why not just play an acoustic.
Based on my experience, the tonal difference is in the increased sustain of the Vipers.
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kitmann
Posted 2012-02-16 8:02 AM (#450389 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics



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I have a UKll, Preacher and Viper. I love these guitars. After I pay off a guitar from a friend, I'm going to be getting and Eclipse. Love these ladies, and the multitude of sounds and can achieve with these three guitars is awesome
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kitmann
Posted 2012-02-16 5:25 PM (#450435 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: RE: Ovation electrics



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My Ladies 

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PEZ
Posted 2012-02-17 1:09 PM (#450487 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics



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Location: Nashville TN.
I have a UKII a tornado and vxt-s........
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rhythm s pace
Posted 2012-04-22 12:51 AM (#453525 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics


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I've been playing an old Breadwinner that someone peeled most of the paint off, lost some of the hardware along the way. It still has the original 12 pole pup's and bridge. When i got it, it was in pieces, neck was missing frets, and the ones that remained looked like someone took a grinder to them. So i removed the frets, filled in the slots with walnut, carefully trimmed and buffed...now i have an exotic sounding fretless. Hard to do chords, but glissando licks are a blast. Takes some ear to hand co-ordination to play in tune- that's where the visual lines from the walnut help out. A one trick pony for sure. But NOW i'm waiting on delivery of a Woody-fied Uber Deacon with Viper pup's and piezo saddles...that will be versatile! Can't wait! Also had a red Preacher some years back that i let slip away.
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hettyblack
Posted 2012-07-28 3:51 PM (#457070 - in reply to #450435)
Subject: RE: Ovation electrics


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great photo! if you looked at my VIPER you would see a mirror even down to the pick tucked in the strings
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roggli
Posted 2013-08-06 4:32 PM (#473856 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: RE: Ovation electrics


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What is this ? A thread ?

Nothing in this thread is relevant to this forum............

I have a lot of acoustic and solid bodies Ovations, but that has nothing to do with this forum, here we ask other owners of their experience and knowledge of one specially problem or problems and advice overall........

I don´t Think we are so interested of how many guitars you have, not in this thread, anyway.........
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roggli
Posted 2013-08-06 4:33 PM (#473857 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: RE: Ovation electrics


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roggli
Posted 2013-08-07 3:26 AM (#473873 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics


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OK, sorry.................. now I´m with. ( - :
(I had changed thread, evidently)

Nice guitars !
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Captain Lovehandles
Posted 2013-08-07 6:32 AM (#473875 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics



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I was probably 14 or 15 when I fell in love with the looks of the Deacon body. My brother had an Ovation solid body catalog he'd picked up somewhere. 30 years later I was watching the Bob Marley documentary "Rebel Music" with my son and there was a breadwinner in the band. That started it all over again. I looked around on the web and found Samova, who just happened to have one for sale...
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2013-08-07 10:23 AM (#473879 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics


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I never liked the shape of the Deacon or Breadwinner. I don't know why, since I always liked the unique roundback and Ovation headstock. They didnn't interest me and I never even tried a Breadwinner until I saw one on Guitar Center's website and it happened to be local. I was in there looking for other stuff and tried it out. Very nice feel and sound. So I left for two weeks on vacation and thought about it the whole time. I think it was actually a Deacon. Red. Decided to buy it when I got back, event though I had just bougt a UK2. It was gone.
On the other hand, my UK2 has become my favorite solidbody by far. Way too many sounds for my meager abilities and more volume than my Viper or Ultra GSs. I don't know if the bar pickups really sound better for bending strings or if it's just in my head, but they are cool, even though the plastic surrounds around them are a bit too big.
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numbfingers
Posted 2013-08-10 5:36 PM (#473941 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics


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I looked at that GC Deacon several times. When I went back to the site to buy it, it was gone. Probably a good thing since I really didn't need it- a duplicate of one I've had since the 70s.
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2013-08-14 11:18 AM (#474001 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics


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Numbfingers, you should have told me to buy it for you and I would have played it for awhile until it was time to deliver it and then kept it for myself. I used to be a regular customer or at least a lurker at the local GC and the managers knew me as the "Ovation Guy". They gave me some good deals, probably because they knew they wouldn't have to sell me on the product and they could sell Taylors to the other guys. Now I don't know anyone in there and, when I pay a rare visit I hardly ever see anything that interests me.
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Damon67
Posted 2013-08-14 11:31 AM (#474002 - in reply to #449708)
Subject: Re: Ovation electrics



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I never minded the shape, I'm not a fan of the sound of a Breadwinner/Deacon. It's really hard to like anything else when you start out on a UKII, so I traded my Deacon to Miles for....

 



Edited by Damon67 2013-08-14 11:32 AM
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