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ScottM
Posted 2007-12-27 11:37 AM (#68571)
Subject: "New" Elite Std with non- working electric


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Posts: 8

Location: Montana
Hello again, well I found an O to my liking. It has some cosmetic issues (wicked finish cracks around bridge, chippped ear on head) but has a nice action and sounds good acoustically, and I like it, except I can get no sound when plugged in.

At first I could not get the battery light to come on even with a fresh battery. So I opened the rear hatch because I could hear something rattling around inside and found that the cable from the battery to the pre-amp was unplugged, easy fix there and now the battery light comes on. I also noticed that a "cable clamp"? that was originally glued to the underside of the top had come unglued and was flopping around. Then I checked the jack for continuity with a multimeter and there appear to be no problems there. And that's as about as far as I felt comfortable going.

So any advice? Should I pull the cover off the pre-amp and look for loose wires there too? Or, is it time to visit the local Ovation dealer for a repair estimate? Is it possible to buy new replacement electronics? I've not been able to find Ovation parts on the web.

Thanks for your help!
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cliff
Posted 2007-12-27 11:39 AM (#68572 - in reply to #68571)
Subject: Re: "New" Elite Std with non- working electric


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Posts: 14836

Location: NJ
Check the jack . . .
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PEZ
Posted 2007-12-27 12:31 PM (#68573 - in reply to #68571)
Subject: Re: "New" Elite Std with non- working electric



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Posts: 3103

Location: Nashville TN.
call John Budney or Kim Keller
860-379-7575 ext 120 or 125
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Mitchrx
Posted 2007-12-27 12:49 PM (#68574 - in reply to #68571)
Subject: Re: "New" Elite Std with non- working electric


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Posts: 1071

Location: Carle Place, NY
Originally posted by cliff:
Check the jack . . .
and all of the wires from the pre-amp to the jack
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muzza
Posted 2007-12-27 5:11 PM (#68575 - in reply to #68571)
Subject: Re: "New" Elite Std with non- working electric



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Posts: 3736

Location: Sunshine State, Australia
You shouldn't need to send it to the mothership to get the electrics sorted out. Find yourself a reputable electronics guru in your own area. You don't even need a luthier for stuff like that, unless, of course, the electrics are 'toast'.

As the guitar doesn't sound very "new" from your description, it won't be covered by warranty anyway.
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Trader Jim
Posted 2007-12-27 5:25 PM (#68576 - in reply to #68571)
Subject: Re: "New" Elite Std with non- working electric


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Posts: 7307

Location: South of most, North of few
Originally posted by PEZ:
call John Budney or Kim Keller
860-379-7575 ext 120 or 125
Good luck with that....
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Capo Guy
Posted 2007-12-27 7:33 PM (#68577 - in reply to #68571)
Subject: Re: "New" Elite Std with non- working electric



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Posts: 4394

Location: East Tennessee
Isn't the factory closed until January 3rd?

Hey Jim do you want to go back and play the 10K guitar? :D
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ScottM
Posted 2007-12-29 1:29 PM (#68578 - in reply to #68571)
Subject: Re: "New" Elite Std with non- working electric


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Posts: 8

Location: Montana
Thanks for the responses, the problem is solved. It turns out that there should have been 3 wires connected to the output jack, whereas mine only had 2. The third wire was broken off/cut so short that I could not tell that it was missing. The local O shop diagnosed and promptly fixed.
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2007-12-29 1:32 PM (#68579 - in reply to #68571)
Subject: Re: "New" Elite Std with non- working electric


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Posts: 12655

Location: Boise, Idaho
Good thing you had a local O shop that knew what to do. I had a wire broken at the output jack on a used Applause I bought. Got it cheap because the electronics didn't work, fixed it and then never plugged it in again.
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Old Man Arthur
Posted 2007-12-29 2:56 PM (#68580 - in reply to #68571)
Subject: Re: "New" Elite Std with non- working electric



Joined:
September 2006
Posts: 10417

Location: Keepin' It Weird in Portland, OR
a LOCAL Ovation shop? What's that?

A few of my local shops sell them, I wouldn't trust them to fix them!
And I'm sure they snicker when they sell one.

One day they will see the Light!

(Probably as soon as they are branded "Ovation by Fender" :eek:
Then they will be Lusting for "Antique Ovations" and "Pre-Fender Celebrity's" :p )
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