Ovation 8 string!

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  1. Hollowway

    Hollowway Extended Ranger

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    Duuuuudes! Did you guys see this? I talked with one of the reps over email, and here are the specs. Below is a youtube video from NAMM, as well.

    1788TX-5 – 8 String Black $1099.00, Mid Depth
    • Body
    • Bracing: Quarter sawn Scalloped "X"
    • Back: Lyrachord┬« Mid Depth Cutaway
    • Top Finish: Matte Black Enamel
    • Laser Cut Multi- Soundholes
    • Body Top: Solid Spruce
    • Body Binding: Black
    • Neck
    • Fingerboard: Deluxe Grade Ebony
    • Fingerboard Radius: 10" (254 mm)
    • Neck: Hard Rock Maple
    • Neck Finish: Natural Satin
    • Frets: 17-23 (high E) fully accessible frets
    • Position Inlays: None
    • Scale: 25 1/4 (641 mm)
    • Nut Material: ABS, 2.14” (54.4mm)
    • Electronics
    • Electronics: OP-Pro Preamp
    • Pickup: Ovation OCP-1K Pickup
    • Hardware
    • Bridge: Ebony
    • Tuners: Die-Cast Sealed Tuners
    • Machines: Graph Tech Ratio Tuners
    • Hardware Finish: Black
    • Strings: D’Addario 8 String Set (.009-.074 Gauges)

     
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  2. StevenC

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    That's really cool! But 25.25" scale is a bit worrying. I suppose the only answer is to try one out.
     
  3. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire tinkerer/aspiring builder/8 string hoarder

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    cool idea but I've never gelled with ovation guitars. Tried a ton of them over the years and they just don't do it for me. glad that the 8 string acoustic market is expanding though.
     
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    This. Very interested though!
     
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    no 7 acoustic stringer?
     
  6. Hollowway

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    Yeah the 25.5 isn't awesome, but if you'd bet me that ovation would release a high end 8 this year, I'd have said you were smoking the wacky tobacky.
     
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    Never got along with their guitars, felt weird playing standing up with the round back. But goddamn they've always sounded so good. I would love to try this, tune it up just a hair.
     
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    Yeah, they're definitely weird playing standing up. They always want to float up so it's like you're playing a lap steel. But the fronts look sooooo cool with the non traditional sound holes.
     
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    Malkav Washing your dishes.

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    As an Ovation owner (2778AX-5) and fan of ergs this makes me moist :3

    Bummer on the scale, especially seeing as they do a 27" baritone, so they already have the template for the fret locations :D

    My one has the deep contour bowl and I experience no issues standing, though I do prefer to have a strap on when I sit.

    I know most people bitch cause they don't sound traditional etc but I honestly prefer the way they sound, and to me they have a more expressive dynamic range than traditional acoustics anyway, and their pickup system is so good, so them doing an 8 is definitely cool, though I'd be more inclined for a 7 :3
     
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    This thing looks ballin' for open tunings.

    Also, it's hilarious. :lol:
     
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    Maybe the rusty cooley tuning? i cant find another reason for the 25.5" scale
     
  12. Winspear

    Winspear Tom Winspear Vendor

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    :agreed: I'd recommend uptuning honestly, even if it were 27" it still takes a monster gauge to get to the usual kind of acoustic tension (49-54 E) required for lack of noise and solid projection with an F# (anything up to 95). I probably wouldn't want to drop E without a 100. But that's just me maybe :)
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