My guitar collection - Acoustics


This model manufactured by Ovation has a history of being produced off and on. Based on the Legend model, it has a Lyrachord S/Shallow (short for super shallow) cutaway bowl, an AA grade solid cedar top with Classic bracing and oak-leaf inlaid rosette. The neck has a 5-piece mahogany/maple construction with an ebony fingerboard and a 26 ³⁄₁₆” scale length. The nut width is 2”. The machines are gold-plated Schallers with pearloid buttons. The High-Output Ovation under-saddle piezo pickup is amplified by an OP-X preamp powered by a 9V battery. The finish on the top is glossy, whereas the finish on the neck is satin. This model is discontinued but here is a 2006 snapshot on with information on this model although it incorrectly, at least for this guitar, lists the fingerboard wood as walnut.


Ovation Classic 1863-4C

The story behind this guitar


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On his ‘Secret Story’ DVD, Pat Metheny is seen playing this model so I was familiar with the existence of it. Where to get one is a different story. But if you ever come across a Classic, what a difference a truss rod cover can make! During one of the green-tag sales at Guitar Center, my wife spotted this guitar for a mere $500. The reason? Somebody apparently had adjusted the truss rod and in the process the cover was misplaced. Spending another 10 bucks to get a replacement from Ovation and voila! Right now, this guitar is the only one permanently out of its case, ready for use in our living room. Since its volume is not all too loud, due to the super shallow bowl and being strung with nylon strings, I can play it about any time of the day, or night for that matter!

The story behind this guitar



D’Addario EJ45 Pro-Arté Nylon Normal Tension (28-43)