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'78 John Lennon $550

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Posted 2017-10-31 11:47 PM (#537974)
Subject: '78 John Lennon $550

October 2017
Posts: 8

Here's the Craigslist post with pix:

Ovation 1651-7 Legend Limited "John Lennon" Acoustic/Electric Guitar (1978). Stereo, Nutmeg, Hardshell Case

This is a real-deal Ovation 1651 Legend Limited from 1978. (These are listed as a 1979-1984 model, but the S/N dates it to mid-'78, so it must be one of the earliest ones.) This is widely known as the "John Lennon Model," and is the original per the cover of "Acoustic" (2004) not the 2005 reissue with his name on the truss rod cover. It has Ovation's coveted "A" bracing on the soundboard, and once you play it, you know that's a good thing. As a ~40-year-old guitar, it has settled in wonderfully. It plays clean and easy, with a strong, mellow tone. The ebony fretboard shows no wear, the frets are level, the action is smooth and light, and there is no fret buzz. The nutmeg-finished sitka spruce top has aged wonderfully, and is 100% intact. I recently had a professional set-up done by the best luthier in town, using Paul Mangan 11-52 strings. He also went through the electrics, and they are 100%. (Volume, tone, mono & stereo jacks). There are minor flaws, typical of a 40-year-old instrument, but nothing egregious: one pick scratch, one lacquer chip on binding, one laquer crack on the neck, one ding on headstock. The original hardshell case shows normal wear and tear, but the latches work well, and there's no structural damage.

1651 review:
John Lennon "Acoustic"
2005 reissue:

S/N 155439 (Mid-1978)
5-13/16 Deep bowl
Nut width: 1-11/16"
25-1/4" scale
Sitka Spruce AAA soundboard w Nutmeg finish
Ovation A bracing
Ebony fretboard (Ivory binding & Pearl inlay)
Walnut bridge
Tuning machines: Deluxe 24k gold plated
Strap knobs
Piezoelectric stereo pickups work perfectly: Volume & tone control, mono & stereo output
Ovation Molded Hardshell case #9110 msrp $110
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Posted 2017-12-13 6:51 PM (#538336 - in reply to #537974)
Subject: Re: '78 John Lennon $550

September 2014
Posts: 13


I am assuming this is sold?


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