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Re: Lindsey and John with Ovation guitars and the last of the McGuires dies......
Ken, what are they made of, fiberglass? With a wood top?
Thanks, Terry! For those who aren't familiar with the design, Ovations, because of their bowl design, project most of their sound forward toward an audience. The downside is that the player unless they move their head out a bit over the edge of the guitar's soundboard, will not hear what the audience hears. Also, the newer deep-bowl and mid-bowl designs are contoured and stay put much better than the original "roundback" design.
Nice Stable!! Re: Ovation guitars. In the early 70's I thought Ovations were "Cool"..mostly because Jim Croce played one. I got a good deal on an Ovation Baladeer. Possibly from the first year of production. I gigged with it for a long time (did a lot of bars back then). Because I got it cheap and it was sort of indestructible that worked for me. One night at a jam, a let a friend play it , (something I RARELY do). I stood in the back and listened, the guitar had a really nice well balanced tone, better than I thought from listening to it as the player. In those days I had a 65 Gibson J 45 (still do) a shiny NEW Martin D 41, and the Ovation (still do). I tried every trick in the book to get the Martin to play to my liking, two times back to the factory as well as having it tweaked by a very talented tech. I found myself saying, I wish that Martin would play as nice as the Ovation. (huh?) After lotsa years I finally let the D41 go, got a good price for it, hopefully the new owner had very long fingers and liked a guitar that sounded like a piano. My two newer Martins (D 17, full gloss and an OM16CE Koa) play and sound like a dream. Different strokes etc.
I used Ovations for years when playing out. They're not everyone's cup of tea, but I Love 'Em! I just bought a new (Ovation) Adamas I 2087-8. The Glen Campbell model Ovations in the video don't sound that good because they're being played off-axis and nowhere near the single mic. You'll notice Lindsey's guitar starts to sound better when he occasionally gets it a bit closer to the mic. Here is a current list of the guitars in my stable:
Martin HD-28 Sunburst
Adamas I 2087GT-8
Huss & Dalton TD-R
Larrivee C-03R TE Tommy Emmanuel
Larrivee D-40M Legacy
Ovation Elite Plus
Yamaha LL-TA TransAcoustic
Republic Duolian/Schatten NR-2
My newest kids: Adamas I 2087-8 Reverse Blue Burst and Martin HD-28 Sunburst
What's the world comin to ?????????????