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muso.greg
Posted 2015-09-21 6:52 AM (#515396)
Subject: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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2015 seems to have been my Year Of Ovation Guitars. I have been lurking for over 12 months while I have been looking to find a UK11 to buy. Earlier this year I saw Damon's SBB 1984 Collectors Edition - it was calling me I am not much of an acoustic player, but I had to have it. And so it is

About a month ago I was following Nancy's thread on her UK11 and she kindly pointed out that there was one for sale on Reverb and it was on special. It's now mine, and I got to play it for the first time today. Fantastic! I have a new favourite guitar as of now! What a great instrument



My job has taken me to Malaysia this year so I went out amp shopping over the weekend and ended up with a Vox AC30C2 - I can't wait to try them both out at a gig. My first opportunity to crank it to gig volume will be Oct 17th.

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BanjoJ
Posted 2015-09-21 7:27 AM (#515397 - in reply to #515396)
Subject: RE: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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Well done Greg! Very nice.

I bet the October gig will be fun with your new toy.
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ProfessorBB
Posted 2015-09-21 9:30 AM (#515399 - in reply to #515396)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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Hope you enjoy the Vox. I used an AC30CCX with the blue alnicos for a while, but found it just too darn heavy to lug around, and 30 watts of class A output is very loud, too loud in fact for most indoor gigs in my opinion. It weighed over 70 pounds. I did love the Vox sound on the vintage channel, so I sold it and bought an AC15 hand wired Ltd edition in the finished wood cabinet. It sets in the practice bandroom and I use it for the electric signal chain. It is just too nice to lug around on stages. I wish we played more outdoor gigs where these big class A amps could be put to better use. And congrats on the UKII. There are only so many to go around. I love mine
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Damon67
Posted 2015-09-21 5:51 PM (#515417 - in reply to #515396)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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The best electric guitar... ever

Congrats
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muso.greg
Posted 2015-09-22 8:09 AM (#515430 - in reply to #515396)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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Damon, I am inclined to agree. I have built few guitars to my personal preferences - I was thinking it couldn't get better than that! I picked the UK11 up out of the case and immediately felt like I had been playing it for years. Wow! I haven't played it at stage volume yet, but I can't wait... yeah!

the AC30... heavy! I wish it had wheels like my Mesa Boogie. They are both around the same weight but the AC30 is actually a little bigger. yeah! Heavy!
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Damon67
Posted 2015-09-22 11:46 AM (#515437 - in reply to #515396)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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My UKII has driven two full Marshall 100w stacks on stage. Never had a problem. Meatier than anything else out there. The pickups are delicious.

Neal played his in arenas... https://youtu.be/b_1befIpgFM

And this one always makes me homesick... https://youtu.be/a8QST42rf8c

 



Edited by Damon67 2015-09-22 11:56 AM
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Nancy
Posted 2015-09-23 2:01 PM (#515462 - in reply to #515437)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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CONGRATULATIONS Greg on your UKII !!!!

I am SO happy that it went to a good home!! I had been watching that one like a Hawk, but the one on eBay was "calling" to me. I am so glad that you got this one, and it went to such a Great Home! They sure are Amazing Guitars!!!

Damon is a BAAAAAAD influence on us, but Sooooooo Gooood!!!
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muso.greg
Posted 2015-09-23 5:29 PM (#515466 - in reply to #515462)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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naellis58 - 2015-09-24 5:01 AM

Damon is a BAAAAAAD influence on us, but Sooooooo Gooood!!!


that's what my wife thinks too lol!
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muso.greg
Posted 2015-10-20 6:25 AM (#516398 - in reply to #515466)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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I felt the need to comment now that I have done a couple of gigs with this guitar - this is the most enjoyable guitar I have ever played It sounds full and chimey with the single coils and it really rocks out on the humbuckers. But best of all, it just feels really good to play. It doesn't get in the way, if that makes sense. Very happy to the point I would buy another one "just because".



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Damon67
Posted 2015-10-20 12:55 PM (#516422 - in reply to #515396)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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Like I said above.... BEST. EVER.

I have 2, why not? If I find myself a white one in good shape i'll have 3!

 

 



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jay
Posted 2015-10-20 9:28 PM (#516461 - in reply to #516422)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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Damon, the blonde is a beautiful guitar.

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Damon67
Posted 2015-10-20 10:30 PM (#516462 - in reply to #516461)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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jay - 2015-10-20 7:28 PM

Damon, the blonde is a beautiful guitar.

It's a Beal creation. Still a UKII but with a thin veneer of birch on the top, an Adamas core actually, and there's binding the body.

Technically, all UKIIs are Beal creations I s'pose



Edited by Damon67 2015-10-20 10:32 PM
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ProfessorBB
Posted 2015-10-21 8:59 AM (#516474 - in reply to #516461)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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jay - 2015-10-20 9:28 PM

Damon, the blonde is a beautiful guitar.

+1.  Damon's blonde model may be the prettiest UKII ever.

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Nancy
Posted 2015-10-23 1:43 PM (#516562 - in reply to #516474)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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ProfessorBB - 2015-10-21 8:59 AM

jay - 2015-10-20 9:28 PM

Damon, the blonde is a beautiful guitar.

+1.  Damon's blonde model may be the prettiest UKII ever.



+1, I totally agree Professor! I have a serious crush on that wood topped UKII! STUNNING!
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2015-10-23 4:41 PM (#516576 - in reply to #515396)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars


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That may have been the first UKII I ever saw when Miles brought it to one of our gatherings. I probably didn't know they weren't all made like that.
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red_baron
Posted 2015-11-09 1:24 PM (#518421 - in reply to #515396)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars


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Coming in late to this, but I have to say that Damon's blonde UKII is completely stunning. Maybe the nicest-looking Ovation electric guitar I've ever seen, and that is really saying something. Love the all-natural look, and the way it seems like a perfect hybrid of the classic Ovation acoustic and electric "looks". Nicely done.
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2015-11-09 2:32 PM (#518429 - in reply to #515396)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars


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I'm sure Beal agrees. If not, he can tell us where to find a better guitar. I just wish I could find the original knobs.
Incidentally, mine's "Miss November" in this year's calendar.
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Beal
Posted 2015-11-18 5:26 PM (#518677 - in reply to #515396)
Subject: Re: The Year Of Ovation Guitars



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The only wood top ever
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