Ovation 8 string!

Discussion in 'Jazz, Acoustic, Classical & Fingerstyle' started by Hollowway, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. Hollowway

    Hollowway Extended Ranger

    Messages:
    13,869
    Likes Received:
    6,387
    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2008
    Location:
    California
    I’d like to get one, but I already have an 8 string Agile Renaissance that is being neglected, so.... I want one, but I think it’s just because I like those ovation sound holes.
     
    Konfyouzd likes this.
  2. Suho

    Suho Guitar Guardian Contributor

    Messages:
    1,308
    Likes Received:
    46
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2007
    Location:
    Albany, NY
    Actually, although Sweetwater doesn't list a scale length, when I Google that model it also suss scale is 25.25 so I am not sure what he was talking about. Nor can I find mention of the Ratio tuners. Ovation 's FB page says these are not going to be around long. Too bad the video in the OP doesn't actually demo what it sounds like.
     
  3. Damon67

    Damon67 SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    268
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2018
    I have one right in front of me, what do you want to know? The scale length is 27", strings are .009 - .074, it has Ratio tuners, and these also have the contour bowl (not a round back). Sweetwater bought the rest of them along with all the rest of the exotic wood 6 and 12 string models at a ridiculously low price. Luckily, we sold all the ones we had before this happened.

    I do have 2 demos available. One has a slight scratch, the other a ding on the bowl. $500 and whatever shipping is to you.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. trem licking

    trem licking SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    692
    Likes Received:
    345
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2013
    Location:
    MI
    Do you happen to know if these are solid tops or laminates? How big of string can you fit through the bridge?
     
  5. Suho

    Suho Guitar Guardian Contributor

    Messages:
    1,308
    Likes Received:
    46
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2007
    Location:
    Albany, NY
    I'm so tempted, but I don't currently have an 8 and I want an electric before an acoustic.
     
  6. bostjan

    bostjan MicroMetal Contributor

    Messages:
    15,530
    Likes Received:
    3,789
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2005
    Location:
    St. Johnsbury, VT USA
    27" and no rounded back? Those addressed my only two complaints with these. I guess I should have been paying more attention.
     
    Hollowway and Konfyouzd like this.
  7. Konfyouzd

    Konfyouzd has left the building

    Messages:
    23,475
    Likes Received:
    2,082
    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2009
    My Renaissance has no electronics... If yours is one of the first run I just made an excuse for both of us. :yesway: :lol:

    I kinda want an 8 string ovation just because I never thought it would happen... I also use my electric 8 for clean stuff more than heavy stuff when I actually use the 8th string...

    Ovations also always had a kind of "electric guitar in an acoustics body" feel to them that I kind of liked over most other acoustics.
     
    Hollowway likes this.
  8. Hollowway

    Hollowway Extended Ranger

    Messages:
    13,869
    Likes Received:
    6,387
    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2008
    Location:
    California
    Yeah, the “electric in an acoustic” body is why I want to get one. And yeah, my Renaissance is from Run 1 also, so that is indeed a good excuse!
     
    Konfyouzd likes this.
  9. jwguitar

    jwguitar SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    51
    Likes Received:
    55
    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2018
    I would play that for sure. To be honest as a jazz guitarist (I usually play solo gigs in the style of Joe Pass), I would love to have an 8 string (see video below). It actually makes for sense in a way than a 6 string because you basically have almost the entire range of a piano underneath your fingers. I suspect it might be a little awkward at first to play but if you practice Im sure the transition isn't too bad. I certainly think it could help improve my playing.

     
  10. jwguitar

    jwguitar SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    51
    Likes Received:
    55
    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2018
    See I think 25.5 is a perfect length. Its not too long or too short. I would tune the middle strings in standard and then use the bottom string as a low A to play the lower ocatave the walking bassline and either tune the top string to B to play the upper register notes.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.