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Posted By: catspaw49
12-Nov-01 - 09:33 PM
Thread Name: Graphite guitars - what do ya'll think?
Subject: RE: Graphite guitars - what do ya'll think?
Let me help you out here a bit BOB....The Applause is the budget line of Ovation and neither Ovation nor Applause is graphite. Only on the top line Ovation "Adamas" is any graphite used and that is in the top only.

The roundback portion of Ovation Guitars is amde from a plastic polymer they call "Lyrachord" which is similar to the material used in helicopter blades. Charlie Kaman who owns and started Ovation was a guitar player in the aerospace business.....helicopters to a large degree....and applied some of that thinking to the guitars. The plastic vibrated with a specific resonance, but acoustically it was his and his engineer's opinion that the round back would have better projection and the plastic, greater strength. Ovation wasn't built because of the material, but rather the shape.

Some time in the mid 80's Ovation went through some changes, adding in lines and increasing models, and doing a lot of things to compete in the market which they saw as becoming increasingly geared to acoustic guitars with elctronic pick-ups. They were right of course, but the guitars changed during this period and anyone who played older Ovations could tell the difference.

So for everyone (and there are legions) who hate Ovation, I would say they never played older Ovations or, like yourself, found the basic roundback deign didn't fit their body. Make no mistake though, they still do one helluva' business because their electronics are good and the damn things are tough as nails. They may not be popular on the folk circuit, but they more than hold their own as road axes with a lot of the pop people and "acoustic rockers."

As an acoustic, they are pretty poor nowadays......but before you trash them completely, play an old one. Ovation had a distinctive sound, but it certainly wasn't a "bad" sound. It's a classic case of business and the market dictating the product. Too bad really..........