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bartidge
Posted 2015-12-31 3:38 PM (#519928)
Subject: Eclipse Specs & Pick-up Info


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Does anyone know where I could find detailed specs on the Ovation Eclipse?

I just picked one up and it has a style of pick-ups a bit different than the earlier models ( think it's ~1972)

The baronaudio site shows these specs (but one of the forum mods said he thinks the specs are wrong for the p/u's on my 1972):

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Eclipse
Series Storm
Model K1235
Years Produced 1971-1973
Highest MSRP $219.50
Colors Black
Pickups Dual Humbuckers Chrome-Plated DeArmond,Patented adjustible tri-mount
Electronics Passive
Controls 2 Volume, 2 Tone
Switching 3-Position Pickup Selector Switch
Output Mono
Body Arched Top Sitka Spruce w/Maple back and sides
Neck Hardrock Maple (replaceable)
Scale Length 24.5
Radius
Neck Width
at Nut Nylon 1 11/16"
Machine Keys Chrome Schaller
Frets 21
Fretboard Brasilian Rosewood
Inlays Mother Of Pearl Dots
Bridge/
Tailpiece Chrome Adjustable Bridge w/removable cover and Chrome Stop-Tail
Length 39"
Lower-Bout
Width 16 1/8"
Depth
Weight
Notes:
Bodies made in Germany, Necks and assembly in the USA. Bodies were Thunderhead bodies with Tornado Electronics finished with Bowl Paint.

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Mine has blade pick-ups that are split and off-set (two blades per pickup).

The same as shown in the 1972 ovation catalog page:



Anyone have make/model/info on these pickups??

They sound great. Just got the guitar yesterday and tuned her up and plugged her in... WOW!

Thx.





Edited by bartidge 2015-12-31 3:42 PM
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2015-12-31 4:18 PM (#519929 - in reply to #519928)
Subject: Re: Eclipse Specs & Pick-up Info


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The "forum mod" who said he thinks the Baron Audio site is wrong is Miles Baron, the author of the site. You might have missed his subtle admission that he made a mistake. It sounds to me like he was telling you that you have the correct original pickups. Getting the specs for those guitars is really difficult. You might see if you can find anything on the Ovation Tribute site.
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bartidge
Posted 2015-12-31 4:24 PM (#519930 - in reply to #519929)
Subject: Re: Eclipse Specs & Pick-up Info


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Mark in Boise - 2015-12-31 5:18 PM

The "forum mod" who said he thinks the Baron Audio site is wrong is Miles Baron, the author of the site. You might have missed his subtle admission that he made a mistake. It sounds to me like he was telling you that you have the correct original pickups. Getting the specs for those guitars is really difficult. You might see if you can find anything on the Ovation Tribute site.


Noob get whooshed!

LOL.

I see now what you mean... but I read it as he had the wrong p/u specs on his eclipse page and suggested i ask in the general forums.
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Damon67
Posted 2015-12-31 4:51 PM (#519932 - in reply to #519928)
Subject: Re: Eclipse Specs & Pick-up Info



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Location: Jet City
Hi there bart,

The Eclipse came out in various forms. My understanding is they were made with whatever parts were available. I had heard from somewhere that many of the bodies were painted black to cover finish imperfections too.

As for the pickups, the ones shown in your image were the ones the Tornado originally. The single rail ones were on some of the later models.

I have a '67 with the older pickups, but recently installed brand new (old stock) pickups and wiring harness. The new ones are the single poles. For what it's worth, I like the newer ones a bit better.

If you talk to Al Pepiak at Lost Art Vintage, I bet he can find a way to procure you the same new old stock.
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bartidge
Posted 2016-01-01 4:34 PM (#519944 - in reply to #519928)
Subject: Re: Eclipse Specs & Pick-up Info


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Damon-

Yeah, I have seen pictures of tornados with what look like the same pickups as mine...

Here' a photo of mine:



My SN is: H 078 (which makes it a 1970-73 I believe - a later model)

Tough to know what they did when with these guitars... I've also read that the hardware was all Schaller on Eclipses, but this one has Kluson Deluxe tuners and they look stock (exact drill holes at least.)

Really happy with it. only a couple minor dings and very minor fretwear... sounds great through my ampeg reverberocket amp!



Edited by bartidge 2016-01-01 4:36 PM
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Mr. Ovation
Posted 2016-01-01 6:21 PM (#519946 - in reply to #519928)
Subject: RE: Eclipse Specs & Pick-up Info


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Location: The Great Pacific Northwest
Welcome to the wonder that is the world of Ovation electrics.

I am working on a Thunderhead right now that has what I believe are Ovation branded tuners with split shafts. I have NEVER seen split-shaft tuners on any of the early Ovations. However, the buttons look like Schaller, but they also have center mounting screws. By the way, if anyone has a set of these, let me know, I need them in Gold but don't have to be split shaft.

But back on topic.. Ovation used mostly Schaller as time went on, but Kluson tuners earlier and I have seen Grovers and more recently Ping.




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bartidge
Posted 2016-01-01 7:15 PM (#519948 - in reply to #519946)
Subject: RE: Eclipse Specs & Pick-up Info


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Hey Mr. O-

What do the tuners look like?

The Kluson Deluxes on mine are split shaft (and also chrome)... Maybe they are Kluson's??

Here's what mine look like:



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Mark in Boise
Posted 2016-01-01 8:46 PM (#519949 - in reply to #519928)
Subject: Re: Eclipse Specs & Pick-up Info


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Those sure look like Klusons. The picture isn't clear enough, but I bet if you used a magnifying glass you could read "Kluson" on the back.
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bartidge
Posted 2016-01-01 9:41 PM (#519950 - in reply to #519949)
Subject: Re: Eclipse Specs & Pick-up Info


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Mark in Boise - 2016-01-01 9:46 PM

Those sure look like Klusons. The picture isn't clear enough, but I bet if you used a magnifying glass you could read "Kluson" on the back.


Yeah they are.

They say "Kluson Deluxe" vertically on the back etched.
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2016-01-01 10:42 PM (#519951 - in reply to #519928)
Subject: Re: Eclipse Specs & Pick-up Info


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Same thing it says on my K1111 Reissue.
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