What's the deal with Ovation guitars?

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WHY DO THEY HAVE THE FUNNY WEIRD ROUND BACK?

srs question

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 1 June 2012 19:09 (ten years ago) link

WHY DOES ANYONE PLAY THEM?

equally srs

goole, Friday, 1 June 2012 19:10 (ten years ago) link

http://www.ovationguitars.com/whyovation/the_shape

shit_ebooks (am0n), Friday, 1 June 2012 19:10 (ten years ago) link

Simply put, a roundback Ovation connects you to the music.

shit_ebooks (am0n), Friday, 1 June 2012 19:11 (ten years ago) link

literally had to take a deep breath and sigh reading that

goole, Friday, 1 June 2012 19:12 (ten years ago) link

how i simply put it to an extent

shit_ebooks (am0n), Friday, 1 June 2012 19:13 (ten years ago) link

although i think i have a dim memory of jjj telling i'm a snob about these things?

goole, Friday, 1 June 2012 19:13 (ten years ago) link

The back and sides of a traditional flatback guitar form sharp, perpendicular edges that can dig into your ribs and make it difficult to find a relaxed playing position.

a problem that has vexed weary axe-men since the moorish oudists of ancient spain

goole, Friday, 1 June 2012 19:15 (ten years ago) link

Q: What's the difference between an Ovation guitar and a bed Pan ?
A: Strings.

shit_ebooks (am0n), Friday, 1 June 2012 19:24 (ten years ago) link

^^ via harmony-central ;)

shit_ebooks (am0n), Friday, 1 June 2012 19:25 (ten years ago) link

these guitars sound like a shiny new aluminum can tastes

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Friday, 1 June 2012 19:29 (ten years ago) link

robert fripp was way into ovations, standard issue for league of crafty guitarists

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D57fYwyhajk

terrible sounding things tho I did use one extensively in the early 90s cause bandmate was an ex-guitar crafter. in typical ilx-hivemind fashion I was just talking about this project on another thread and posting samples and now I'm weirded out.

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, 1 June 2012 19:44 (ten years ago) link

Fripp recommended that students adopt the Ovation 1867 Legend steel-string guitar, which had a shallow body.[6][2][7] "Fripp liked the way the Ovation 1867 fitted against his body, which made it possible for him to assume the right-arm picking position he had developed using electric guitars over the years; on deeper-bodied guitars, the Frippian arm position is impossible without uncomfortable contortions", according to Tamm.[6] While the 1867 Legend is no longer manufactured, it influenced the design of the Guitar Craft Pro Model of Guitar Craft Guitars, which has been endorsed by Fripp.[7] Besides the Ovation 1867 Legend, other Ovation shallow-body guitars are widely used in Guitar Craft and recommended for use in related performing groups, such as the Guitar Circle of Europe.

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, 1 June 2012 19:45 (ten years ago) link

hah goole i promise you that i never harassed you for any dislike of ovation acoustics because i think they are kind of awful

I want L'interieur chicken, not Hausu chicken (jjjusten), Friday, 1 June 2012 19:57 (ten years ago) link

lol i could have sworn you were like 'well in x year they made y model that was kinda ok'

goole, Friday, 1 June 2012 20:00 (ten years ago) link

they oddly enough made one or 2 weirdo electrics that were huge failures that are now collectible as hell. maybe i was talking about those?

I want L'interieur chicken, not Hausu chicken (jjjusten), Friday, 1 June 2012 20:03 (ten years ago) link

fuck, was supposed to be the ovation breadwinner. weird guitar

call all destroyer, Friday, 1 June 2012 20:05 (ten years ago) link

in the wild these generally seem to be the purview of guys with ponytails and sandals

has anything good ever come of them

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, 1 June 2012 20:05 (ten years ago) link

ha i was about to be sexist and say it was jewel-alikes

goole, Friday, 1 June 2012 20:08 (ten years ago) link

well i guess the ponytail and sandals are constants

goole, Friday, 1 June 2012 20:08 (ten years ago) link

they come packaged with directions to the nearest coffee house open mic iirc

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, 1 June 2012 20:09 (ten years ago) link

Always associate the Breadwinner with this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-6slSDNGcg

You can do it Sun Myung Moon (NickB), Friday, 1 June 2012 20:10 (ten years ago) link

thanks for the heads up on the Crafty Guitarists thing.. sounds very cool! will be trying out their New Standard Tuning tonight

diamonddave85, Friday, 1 June 2012 20:14 (ten years ago) link

make sure your ponytail and sandals are near at hand

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, 1 June 2012 20:18 (ten years ago) link

lol

coincidentally i found an old pair of birkenstocks while cleaning my closet the other weekend. perfect timing

diamonddave85, Friday, 1 June 2012 20:24 (ten years ago) link

were they next to your old ponytail?

that is a weird thing to bring up over lean cuisine (DJP), Friday, 1 June 2012 20:25 (ten years ago) link

nah, but i did find some very old acid which seems appropriate considering: The tuning is (from low to high): CGDAEG, and can be remembered by the mnemonic "California Guitarists Drop Acid Every Gig"

diamonddave85, Friday, 1 June 2012 20:37 (ten years ago) link

early 90s ovation abuse, a possibly instructive example

http://soundcloud.com/prader-willie/dies-irae

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, 1 June 2012 20:46 (ten years ago) link

sad true story - we had a dude special order the eastwood breadwinner reissue and then bail, so if anyone wants to see one in the MPLS/STPL, its hanging on my goddamn guitar wall

I want L'interieur chicken, not Hausu chicken (jjjusten), Friday, 1 June 2012 20:49 (ten years ago) link

you don't sound bitter at all

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, 1 June 2012 20:50 (ten years ago) link

I seem to recall that Joe Strummer would harass Ovations players into giving them up - saying some sort of double-entendre like "you have to have some wood behind your sound"

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 1 June 2012 20:51 (ten years ago) link

^ when you're not playing you can use it to open enormous bottles of beer

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, 1 June 2012 20:54 (ten years ago) link

i will begrudgingly admit that it is a pretty comfortable guitar and it sounds good but

I want L'interieur chicken, not Hausu chicken (jjjusten), Friday, 1 June 2012 20:55 (ten years ago) link

my first reaction upon seeing that is if you painted it red and blue, it would be a Super Mario Guitar

that is a weird thing to bring up over lean cuisine (DJP), Friday, 1 June 2012 20:57 (ten years ago) link

it's a shame ergonomic rock never took off

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, 1 June 2012 21:06 (ten years ago) link

nine years pass...

"What if we developed an acoustic guitar that could reproduce the tinny sound of an amplified acoustic guitar, but without amplification?" God I hate these.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 28 November 2021 20:40 (seven months ago) link

In every college dorm ever

calstars, Sunday, 28 November 2021 21:07 (seven months ago) link


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