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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-03-04 7:20 PM (#522703 - in reply to #522678)
Subject: Re: 1990 L717 Cream-White



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Mark in Boise - 2016-03-04 11:28 AM

BTW, nice job on the Cat Stevens tabs.

Thanks a lot! It's my pet project. Cat Stevens is the reason I picked up the guitar in the first place never to let go off it.

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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-03-04 7:37 PM (#522704 - in reply to #522696)
Subject: Re: 1990 L717 Cream-White



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red-twins - 2016-03-04 5:24 PM

Leonhard, I finally got the difference!

Interesting to me that the spare part is not straight... same with the two I ordered last year...

Tried to work a bit on it and it broke easily. Well, it is stiff plastic....But I assume I could use the two halves.

I have not tried so far, since the old saddle still works but I wonder whether they would fit to the pickup....

Without looking it up didn't you wrote that the former  owner has put the saddle into six pieces. If correct, You could take a Right hand version and put them together  the way you want it.

Maybe that is what the preowner did...

But if available a new one seems to be the best idea.

Yes, when I received the L717 the saddle had been sliced into individual pieces and through them other strings (1st and 2nd) than the default ones (1st and 6th) were compensated instead. The saddle pieces were also all evenly filed down a tad. I'm pretty sure it's the original lefty saddle of the guitar that was messed with, not a righty saddle cut up and turned around, which, admittedly, would work rather well though. After returning the saddle pieces to their rightful place on the shaft, action and intonation became perfect.

Were I to use a proper replacement saddle, I'd have to remove one shim, is my guess, in order to compensate for the added string height due to not using a somewhat filed down saddle piece anymore.



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red-twins
Posted 2016-03-05 12:26 AM (#522712 - in reply to #521875)
Subject: Re: 1990 L717 Cream-White



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Tell us when they arrive. Would be interesting how long it takes in these days.
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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-04-21 1:42 PM (#524720 - in reply to #521875)
Subject: Re: 1990 L717 Cream-White



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In terms of getting the lefty saddle, I finally got news from Ovation's European distributor, GEWA, who in turn checked the situation with Ovation USA.

The lefty saddle piece itself can't be ordered individually but only with the entire pickup system (item no. OV730.291 6/12-STG LEFT HAND OCP PICPICKUP). Delivery time for the import of the item would be around 3-4 months.

Since my original saddle piece is structurally sound with perfect intonation (only that it was cut into individual chunks and rounded off), it's too much of a hassle to get it replaced given the news. However, I got all the other replacement parts I needed already via the local retailer (like volume knob), so I'm content with the situation as is.

Once the new Adamas strings arrive (I opted for Mediums this time around), I will put up a few sound samples, since I'm of the belief I have the best-sounding Ovation on Mother Earth both acoustically and electrically!

Edited by leonardmccoy 2016-04-21 1:47 PM
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DetlefMichel
Posted 2016-04-28 11:53 AM (#524931 - in reply to #521875)
Subject: Re: 1990 L717 Cream-White



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My favourite Ovations are the sunburst but this one is a real temptation.
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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-05-12 4:11 PM (#525198 - in reply to #524931)
Subject: Re: 1990 L717 Cream-White



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The 1/4" input jack of my L717 is rattling ever so slightly whenever I hit a certain frequency (high G). Something seems to be loose inside that thing.

Does anybody know what replacement part I would have to get to completely replace the output jack of my L717 with?
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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-05-25 3:02 PM (#525531 - in reply to #525198)
Subject: Re: 1990 L717 Cream-White



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I have had the output jack completely replaced by my luthier. No more rattling when playing 12th fret harmonics! :D
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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-10-17 7:22 AM (#529337 - in reply to #521875)
Subject: Re: 1990 L717 Cream-White



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The top of my L717 is domed (by, say, 0.1 inch) in the regions where the bridge is located at. While I've heard that a domed top isn't necessarily a bad thing and not uncommon even with other brands (and I figure the A bracing is more susceptible to this than X bracing), I'm nonetheless worried that the bridge that's screwed to the top will sooner or later rip this beautifully aged soundboard apart.

At which point should I justifiably be worried? Am I just a scaredy cat?!
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