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RedemptionSongs
Posted 2019-06-22 5:37 PM (#549262)
Subject: Favorite or best sounding ovation?


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What would it be for you? I've tried plenty over the years and a couple of my favorite sounding ovations is the deep bowl custom legend lx I have and surprisingly a mid bowl Elite T I've played, to me it had a great sound although it was kind of ugly in my opinion.. Although I do love many of the vintage ovation legends I have tried over the years and they have a good punchy loud sound to them as well, but there's one that I've played (I believe a 1717, not 100%) that was a complete relic no joke, finish chipped off half of it and glue all over it where they glued the bridge back at home recklessly but it sure sounded beautiful.. I always wanted to try the Koa collectors edition and the 1537 but haven't had the chance yet, but opinions?
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Standingovation
Posted 2019-06-23 5:59 AM (#549265 - in reply to #549262)
Subject: Re: Favorite or best sounding ovation?



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If you use the SEARCH button you will find many posts on this topic. Like they say, ask 10 people and you'll get 11 different answers. Here's just one example ...

http://www.ovationfanclub.com/megabbs/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=37...
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MWoody
Posted 2019-06-23 11:23 AM (#549266 - in reply to #549262)
Subject: Re: Favorite or best sounding ovation?



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Whichever one you are holding.
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Old Man Arthur
Posted 2019-06-23 6:10 PM (#549271 - in reply to #549262)
Subject: Re: Favorite or best sounding ovation?



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My standard answer was "Textured Top Elite T"

But I have played so many O's and A's that I cannot use that blanket statement anymore.

I've got a great sounding, 40 year-old 1657.
My GCS771 with a killer cedar top.
I have an old beater 1111 with a 3-plank top that is awesome.

So I am gonna have to go with MWoody on this one...
Whichever one you are holding.
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DetlefMichel
Posted 2019-06-24 11:39 AM (#549274 - in reply to #549262)
Subject: Re: Favorite or best sounding ovation?



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I also had very many Ovations. And also I discussed this quite often.
Surely it is very subjective if you prefer the one or the other guitar. But Ovation is not only a guitar, it´s a concept. Don´t be shy and use any material and any construction that will match the idea of a unique guitar.
In former discussions I favourited the Adamas 1687 cannon.
But IMHO there is one Ovation guitar which combines all the Ovation IDEAS to a state of close-to-perfection:The rare, too rare Adamas 1187-247.
-The lightest and deepest bowl for maximum acoustic power
-Adamas carbon fibre top
- The use of offset-soundholes and the lightest possible fan-bracing, (much lighter than on the 1687)
-Event the headstock was made thinner and lighter than on the 1687, slotted head for better string angle.
-Perfect intonation and balance and ideal size of frets .
This guitar really is unique, not comparable with any other (high grade!) guitars, it represents a class of it´s own.
All the other Ovation guitars may be fine, but they are just the road leading to this one.

Maybe Ovation should have built more than 100 of these...
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2wheeldrummer
Posted 2019-06-24 6:04 PM (#549276 - in reply to #549274)
Subject: Re: Favorite or best sounding ovation?



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DetlefMichel - 2019-06-24 11:39 AM


But IMHO there is one Ovation guitar which combines all the Ovation IDEAS to a state of close-to-perfection:The rare, too rare Adamas 1187-247.

This guitar really is unique, not comparable with any other (high grade!) guitars, it represents a class of it´s own.
All the other Ovation guitars may be fine, but they are just the road leading to this one.

Maybe Ovation should have built more than 100 of these...


+1 Detlef

I have read only 89 were made so it is particularly precious due to rarity as well as amazing sound





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alpep
Posted 2019-06-24 6:05 PM (#549277 - in reply to #549262)
Subject: Re: Favorite or best sounding ovation?


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2008 adamas collector's
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RedemptionSongs
Posted 2019-06-25 1:14 AM (#549280 - in reply to #549262)
Subject: Re: Favorite or best sounding ovation?


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The only adamas I had a chance to play was one with some problems, at a local guitar center it was a 1681, I liked it though.. I've seen YouTube reviews of the 1187 and I know you can't go off of that but it does leave a "wow that sounds great" impression from it.
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