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clrules
Posted 2018-10-19 12:44 PM (#545567)
Subject: Adamas 1885 12 string


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Location: Birmingham, AL
I am looking at an 1885 12 string. It has the super shallow bowl according to the web post. I can't review before buying but can return. I only have deep bowl Ovations (no Adamas) and am wondering about the unplugged sound and how bright is the sound compared to the deep bowl. I probably will play this guitar plugged in 80% of the time so may not matter. Price wise I can get it for about 1000 USD. Is that a good price? I can't find much info about these guitars and maybe someone on here can help.

Thanks in advance for any comments.
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Old Man Arthur
Posted 2018-10-19 2:08 PM (#545568 - in reply to #545567)
Subject: Re: Adamas 1885 12 string



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Location: Keepin' It Weird in Portland, OR
I have a 1881 Adamas 6-string. It is pretty loud and bright unplugged.
Yes, it would be "brighter" than a deep bowl because a deep bowl has more bass.

If the guitar is in good condition, any Adamas is worth a thousand bucks.
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clrules
Posted 2018-10-19 2:45 PM (#545569 - in reply to #545568)
Subject: Re: Adamas 1885 12 string


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Location: Birmingham, AL
Thanks! Might just have to pounce on this!
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clrules
Posted 2018-10-19 3:13 PM (#545570 - in reply to #545567)
Subject: Re: Adamas 1885 12 string


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On the way! Couldn't help myself.
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2wheeldrummer
Posted 2018-10-19 5:09 PM (#545573 - in reply to #545570)
Subject: Re: Adamas 1885 12 string



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Location: moline,illinois
clrules - 2018-10-19 3:13 PM

On the way! Couldn't help myself.


Congrats!!! good find those are sweet 12 strings,not as powerful as a deep bowl but great tone and the SSBs are super comfortable to play,sounds like you got it for a good price,if your not happy with I'll buy it off ya
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DetlefMichel
Posted 2018-10-20 6:57 AM (#545579 - in reply to #545567)
Subject: Re: Adamas 1885 12 string



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Posts: 597

Location: Muenster/Germany
I have a 1688 and a 1685 and I must say that I love both. The ssb has a surprisingly full acoustic tone with enough basses (not to compare with the 12 string legend) to play like a "normal" guitar, maybe the best of all Ovation ssb guitars. The 1885 is the only 12 string guitar that I play with concert pitch because it´s very easy to play, I choose it mostly for fingerpicking styles, but it can be very, very "funky" also! I only find it strange to hold when I play standing because the guitar tends to slip backward a bit. I changed the original tuning machines with schaller M6 mini with wood knobs because they are lighter and you can have them with shorter axles for a better string angle on the nut.
1000 $ ? This excellent guitar is worth every penny.
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clrules
Posted 2018-10-20 10:41 AM (#545582 - in reply to #545567)
Subject: Re: Adamas 1885 12 string


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Location: Birmingham, AL
I wound up closer to 1100 including shipping. I should get it late next week. The pictures look good but we'll see once I can get my hands on it. I have a Custom Legend 12 1658 that is the hands down best 12 string I have ever heard especially amped. It is getting old and the neck angle is getting pretty bad. It was my late brother's guitar so I wanted to get something else to play and only use the 1658 for special occasions. Hopefully this will work and am encouraged by all the positive comments.

One last thing. I assume this is an Adamas II because of the simple bridge and Ovation neck? I haven't been able to find out much about this particular model. I'm a spec junkie so that's why I'm asking.
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2wheeldrummer
Posted 2018-10-20 3:31 PM (#545585 - in reply to #545567)
Subject: Re: Adamas 1885 12 string



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Location: moline,illinois
if its an 1885 that's an Adamas II,traditional 5 piece maple walnut neck and walnut bridge, it has the unidirectional carbon-fiber top mounted in the suspension ring which is the key to the Adamas sound/sustain IMHO,even with shipping thats a great deal those can be hard to find,anything else you wanted to know about it,post pics when she arrives so we can see your new baby!!!
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clrules
Posted 2018-10-20 4:01 PM (#545586 - in reply to #545567)
Subject: Re: Adamas 1885 12 string


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Location: Birmingham, AL
Thanks and I will!
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clrules
Posted 2018-10-22 10:10 AM (#545598 - in reply to #545567)
Subject: Re: Adamas 1885 12 string


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Location: Birmingham, AL
Would this be the best place to post pictures?
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d'ovation
Posted 2018-10-22 11:53 AM (#545601 - in reply to #545598)
Subject: Re: Adamas 1885 12 string


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Location: Canada

clrules - 2018-10-22 10:10 AM Would this be the best place to post pictures?

Oh yes please pictures, soundsamples and videos bring them on.

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