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dm661
Posted 2022-03-14 11:20 AM (#557165)
Subject: Mystery Elite


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Hello!

I just bought my first Ovation after having fallen in love many many years ago via Alex Lifeson and his use of them. Whether the classical he used for Broon's Bane or from the video of Mystic Rhythms, I knew someday I'd have to have one. So, fast forward a few decades and here we are.

The thing is, this guitar I bought (pics here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/NMKM5o2syY5Dv1336) is somewhat of a mystery to many that have looked at it. Is it Korean made? Is it a one-off USA made? There's no serial, no sticker inside. The story behind it is that it was used about 5 years ago in a photo shoot. The photographer somehow walked away with it (perhaps as form of payment) and one other Elite. The other one is clearly Korean made as it says so on the back of the headstock but this one is very different. No markings and several custom-like details. 

Hoping to see if the experts in this forum can help answer the question. I was also told that John Budney, who is retired now from Ovation, may be able to shed some light as he built many one-offs at the time. If someone knows how to get a hold of him that would be amazing.

Thanks!

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Old Man Arthur
Posted 2022-03-14 2:21 PM (#557167 - in reply to #557165)
Subject: Re: Mystery Elite



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Location: Keepin' It Weird in Portland, OR
Only a few members can respond in this section.
Therefore I have "upgraded" your membership.
You may now post in other sections where you may get more responses.
I recommend posting your question in "General Posting".
Good Luck in your quest.
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dm661
Posted 2022-03-14 2:46 PM (#557168 - in reply to #557167)
Subject: Re: Mystery Elite


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Old Man Arthur - 2022-03-14 12:21 PM

Only a few members can respond in this section.
Therefore I have "upgraded" your membership.
You may now post in other sections where you may get more responses.
I recommend posting your question in "General Posting".
Good Luck in your quest.


Thank you. I'll repost same in another section.
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