I've been bitten by the new small digital camera bug, particularly their ability to take extreme close-ups. I've learned to see in detail the whole new world of guitar interiors as if I was in there looking around with a bright flashlight. I've photographed every guitar into which I can fit the little camera. As would be expected, Martin 's are flawless, not a sign of glue or rough wood anywhere. I use that information to compare interior workmanship with the current crop of made in China Martin copies. Not as clean, but getting very close. Today I photographed the interior of the best sounding 35 year old Ovation acoustic I have owned. Wow, what a mess! Outside the finish is flawless and it could pass for a new guitar. But inside it reminds me of my trip through Carlsbad caverns and the Abe Lincoln log cabin. The bracing is rougher than a cob and I see big glue drips hanging from every glued piece of wood. Probably the worse mess I have ever seen inside a guitar. Looks like the glue was applied with a caulk gun. Of course back then maybe nobody ever looked inside. And it certainly doesn't hurt the sound. but Gawd how ugly.
Anyone else been brave enough to look inside their old or new Ovations? And what did you see?
Well. Maybe not now!
Just toured your photos. I have decided to never look inside!
Wow, now I don't want to see inside my 1978 Ovation Custom Balladeer! I would rather not know! Edward
If I didn't know better, I'd swear that you took pictures of the inside of my Windaroo...but I don't think the Windaroo has any wood at all... ;-)
Here are a few more photos:
Yikes! Man, what a mess!
I'm happy to say however that both my Elite 6768 and Adamas Millennium are completely spotless inside. Pehaps they figured they needed a bit more quality control since you can clearly see the entire insides of the sound hole epaulet-style guitars due to the removable access panel on the back of the bowl.