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Apr 13th, 2019 08:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Based on what I found in my searches it is a "Legend" seems they had a few variations of the Legend model. Found it on CL for $200 and after 40 years without an Ovation I am happy I bought it.

Plays very easily and the neck profile is just perfect for me. I had a Patriot back in the day and always kinda wanted to get my hands on another "O". It has some nice clear boom to it and the piezo sounds great, based on the finish it looks like they used laqcuer on these US made Ovations.

Anyway, this brings me back to my Yoot!

Model 1617

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Apr 13th, 2019 08:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

WOW, you got a deal. With the case!

Ovations are fine guitars; they sound great and play easily like an electric.

I had a Balladeer for a few years. I let it go because it only worked well on a strap. Resting in the lap, it tended to slip away.

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Apr 13th, 2019 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like that a lot. Suddenly I have GAS for an Ovation.

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Apr 13th, 2019 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

This guitar plays and sounds wonderful. It has all the feel and characteristics I remember.

It has had a crack repair at the seem on top that was well done, all seems to be solid and the bridge aint going nowhere, Really impressed with the bridge saddle and the piezo.

Also this fretboard is ebony.

(This message was last edited by Therealfrogman at 05:04 PM, Apr 13th, 2019)

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Apr 13th, 2019 03:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here is a pic I found of the model I had when I was 19 years old. Loved it!

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Apr 14th, 2019 02:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've got an old 1615-1 Ovation Pathfinder 12 string. Had it since 1973. It's got some marginal electronics in it but other than only having a volume knob to control it and no EQ it sounds cool. Great neck and good finish. Been through hell and back. I just pulled it off the wall where it has been hanging for a year and it's still in tune from the last time I touched it. It sounds a bit like you'd expect . Not a woody sound but it has sparkle and that 12 string jangle.
The sound in your head from a long time ago. Many a wedding ceremony I played in with this guitar!

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Apr 15th, 2019 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

1970's Balladeer Model No. 1111-4 S/N 000261

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what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Apr 15th, 2019 11:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Too many problems with belly-to-bowl wobble, I had to sell my Glen Campbell model years ago!


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Apr 15th, 2019 01:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've never owned an Ovation, but an acquaintance had one a few years ago. He let me play it and it played and sounded great.

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I remember our resident guitar expert who played nothing but Martins upon seeing my 12 string Ovation... He played it and said it played nice but it sure ain’t no country guitar! He was a friends dad and we laughed. I told him it was ok I didn’t play a lot of country anyway. He got a kick out of that. A lot of years ago.

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Apr 16th, 2019 09:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's Nancy Wilson and friends, showing us [Darth Vader voice here] Tha POWA...of the Ovation guitaa!

Nancy was no slouch. She could bring the rock and roll.

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