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A Group for Fans of Ovation & Adamas Round Back Acoustic Guitars

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Ovation Nylon 6773 LX 12 Replies

I am really surprised at how little there is 'out there' about the Ovation nylon string guitar model 6773 LX.Why IS that?  Both the OvationTribute page (ovationtribute.com) and the OFC forums state…Continue

Started by Willa. Last reply by John Williamson Jun 14.

Fender is closing the New Hartford Ovation facility 3 Replies

This is making the rounds today:"FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION TO CLOSE NEW HARTFORD, CONN. FACILITY; OVATION® TO CEASE U.S. PRODUCTION Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is…Continue

Started by Paul Walters. Last reply by Joe Allen May 7.

New (to me) Ovation Pinnacle Deluxe 1 Reply

I have owned several roundbacked guitars over the years (started with an Applause back in the 1980's). A Pinnacle Deluxe came up for sale on the local CraigsList last night.  I contacted the seller,…Continue

Started by Paul Walters. Last reply by Edward Sparks Jun 10, 2013.

Camp Guitar: Yamaha APX500 <vs.> Ovation Applause Baladeer (AE128) 12 Replies

Player's Rule:  You never have too many guitars.Corollary 1:   You never have enough space for your guitars. Corollary 2:   There's always a situation, application, or new tuning that pops up to…Continue

Started by Bob Edwards. Last reply by Bob Edwards Mar 14, 2013.

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Comment by Mark Bedard on September 23, 2011 at 6:20am

Hey, if its free, its for me! That's awesome!

 

Just an FYI, the guy I bought the Millennium from had a sick collection of Os and As, a few are even custom, one-off Adamas Parlor guitars. He said to look out for damaged or broken Adamas'. He said you would be surprised at how cheap it is to have the "Mothership" (Ovation Factory, New Hartford, CT) fix a broken neck or cracked top. He mentioned picking a few of his up for only a few hundred dollars due to significant damage or problems, and then spending like $400 - $500 for the factory to fix them up like new. Sometimes they'll even just throw in a new neck or preamp what not if they have matching new old stock laying around. So for under $1000 you can get a basically brand new $3500 Adamas.

 

Wish I had known this a few years ago. My buddy looked at an original Adamas II that had a broken neck, the guy wanted like $300 or something, but he was scared off cause he figured it would cost a ton to have repaired properly. Those are highly collectible now, and it would be worth quite a bit after having the factory recondition it...

Comment by FloridaGull on September 22, 2011 at 12:05pm
Ah, but my recent purchase of a Giannini Craviola 12-string has resulted in the same predicament! But the Craviola will be a most appreciated Christmas gift - and early, too! Christmas in September...
Did you read the story of the Windaroo below? No investment (except strings)...I already had the glue...
Comment by Mark Bedard on September 22, 2011 at 11:51am

Well at least you have the joy of knowing the investment in the Windaroo does not mean the contractual elimination of all Bday and XMas gifts for the foreseeable future! The wife drives a hard bargain...

Comment by FloridaGull on September 16, 2011 at 12:38pm

So, that's what my "Windaroo" is supposed to look like?  Those overseas copycats! ;-)

Beautiful guitar!

Comment by Mark Bedard on September 16, 2011 at 8:51am

Finally took a few pics of the Adamas Mellennium I picked up about a month ago. My first Adamas, and I'm in love...

 

 

 

 

Comment by FloridaGull on August 19, 2011 at 9:54pm
I believe that this "highly skilled" manufacturer will put whatever name you'd like on the headstock. I forgot to mention the frets - they sort of exist, to an extent...
Comment by Edward Sparks on August 19, 2011 at 12:40pm

FloridaGull,

Never heard of them myself, but kudos to you for 1.) rescuing it and 2.) for recycling yourself to a playable instrument!  Edward

Comment by FloridaGull on August 15, 2011 at 10:02am

I recently rescued a "Windaroo" - blatant Ovation copy - from the garbage.  You can see this Chinese "gem" at http://www.ursupplier.com - search on GP-38. Plywood top (hopefully!) and plastic bowl back 1.75" nut - but the electronics work!  Neck was separated/broken/cracked from body, but fingerboard held everything together. Looked like someone took a whack at someone with it. Also, bridge was lifting away from the top. Who'd have thought?

So, I glued the neck back in, Krazy glued the bridge so it wouldn't lift anymore, noticed that the fingerboard was just that - flat as a board (no radius), like a classical - and the bridge lift left the guitar with an action that was almost precisely the same as my Cordoba C5 classical!  So I stripped the steel strings, put on D'Addario Folk Nylons (80/20 wrapped basses, clear trebles), and it works!  Action just like a classical.  Decent tone - and I had fun putting it back together!

Now, has anyone ever heard of one of these "instruments"?  Is it worth anything at all?

 

Comment by Edward Sparks on July 18, 2011 at 11:55am
Ken, that's great, please post some details and photos!  Edward
Comment by Ken Rogers on July 16, 2011 at 2:50pm
Okay, I finally took the plunge and picked up an Ovation.  Still trying to get used to holding it!  I think we'll get along okay, though...
 

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