Was lucky enough to pick up my first Adamas this weekend, a Millennium 2000 in near-mint condition.
Now I know what I've been missing, what a nice sound! And it plays oh so nice. can't wait to get it plugged in as well.
Here's a photo of my new sweetheart (I'll try to post some better images once I get around to it):
Thanks Edward! Had to do some fast talking to get the Wifey's OK, but even she was suitably impressed with this guitar, ans says its nicer than she thought it would be. It has a small ding in the top edge, and some excess glue around the lower epaulet (looks like someone tried a home repair on it), but other than that it is a ten. The sound compared to my Elite 6768 is above and beyond, which is surprising given that the Elite is a deep bowl. Can't wait to make my buddies jealous at our weekly jam tomorrow night!
Wow that is GORGEOUS! Congratulations, Mark ... I am freaking over here because I just noticed that MY Adamas Millennium does not appear to have the textured finish on the headstock ... I'm wondering if I got ripped off, or if you have a special edition, or what the heck I have. I can tell you that I paid top price for mine .. hmmm... Maybe 'cause mine's a "CB" whatever that is. I like the headstock on yours better. I have to investigate this!
Anyway, congrats. She's a beauty! Mine sounds wonderful too, and I love that wider neck.
Ooops. I take back my last post. I looked at mine in a brighter light; it's just like yours, including the headstock. This is one of my most VERY Favorite Adamaii. And only 75 made! I think these a 'keepers'!
Just attended a show featuring Noel Nash and Danny O'Flaherty--Irishmen. Danny plays an Adamas I 12 string (See Angels in the Twilight on Youtube) Anyway I have been looking for a 12 string guitar, and hearing that one prompted me to look at the Ovations again, but I cannot afford an Adamas. Any recommendations on the Ovation 12 strings under $2000? New or used. (I own and still play a 1973 Balladeer) I was looking at the Standard Elite
6 String. I have not kept up with Ovation in the last few years. I will take a look at the link you sent.
Is there a quality guide other than the price on Ovations? How do Balladeers, Applause and Celebrity models compre in general. (The Adamas 12 strings all appear to be $2800 or higher....outta my range for now)
I like the look and concept of the models with the soundholes in upper and or lower front of the bout, but dont know how they sound compared to other models
Thanks again for the tip. I have visited Jupiter/Tequesta are a few years ago. nice area
Here's a direct link:
and some pics I couldn't post yesterday:
Stay away from the Applause (AA) and Celebrity (CC) lines, they are Chinese made and the quality is a far cry from the USA made Ovations. Also, anything with AX or TX in the model number also means they are made in Asia. When Fender bought them out a few years ago they shipped all normal production models to Asia, so only the "LX" models, Adamas', and custom orders are made in the USA right now.
You can't go wrong with any used USA Ovation 12 string in my opinion, be it a Balladeer, Legend, Custom Legend, Elite, etc., as long as its in good shape. You should be able to find a nice one for under $600 - 700 I would think. I have always loved the Elites. I bought my Standard Elite 6768 deep bowl 6-string new in 1993, and it has been my constant companion ever since. It has not always been treated as well as it deserved, but the thing is still rock solid, straight as an arrow, looks like brand new, and sounds amazing. One of the best purchases I ever made (even if it was a lot of money to an 18 year old at the time - paid $1000). The Elite 12s I'm sure are just as good, as long as they're USA models.
That being said, I don't think there is anything that compares to the sound of an Adamas. My friend asked me when I first got my Millennium "How does that thing sound like its in stereo when its not even plugged in?" :) If your budget is $2000, I wouldn't give up on an Adamas. They can sometimes be had used for less than that, and they are even more bullet proof than the other Ovation models due to the Carbon Fiber top, so condition is rarely an issue. If you like, I can ask a question on an Ovation community site I belong to. A few of the guys there have amazing collections (including the former owner and founder's son) and are always wheeling and dealing. One of the guys is the biggest Adamas reseller in the world, and might be able to point you in the right direction. Everyone that posts comments after buying from him raves about his used Adamas'. Let me know and I'll be glad to ask around...
I have a positively GORGEOUS Adamas 12 String I will sell you for a very fair price if you're interested. I never play her, and she is drop dead perfect; best action on a 12 string I've ever played or handled. I own a slew of Adamas and USA made Ovations (love 'em ALL!), but I just don't play the 12'er, and it deserves to be played. It is a stunning guitar in every way. Contact me via personal message if you're still interested, and maybe we can do a deal. Let me know if you'd like to see some pics.