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Old 02-08-2012, 12:17 AM   #1
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Ovation solid body

I have an Ovation celebrity gc-3-5 and i have never heard of it.. It was my dads when he was my age and he got it around the 80's.. idk if it was a prototype or what but if its not worth much im thinking about taking her to the bare bone and custom painting it and whatnot. Anybody heard of it? its an H-S-S with a floyd rose setup
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:23 AM   #2
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I've never seen a Celebrity that's solid body. Can you post pics?

EDIT: Actually, does it look like this?

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Old 02-08-2012, 12:31 AM   #3
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Ovations are mid-range guitars, pretty good overall. If it's in good condition I would definitely hang on to it. If you have no plans to sell it, go for the custom paint! I wasn't able to find any details on prices, etc, so I would guess they're pretty rare. I would hang on to this guitar just to have something fun like that.
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:54 AM   #4
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yeah they sell for anywhere around $200 - $800 on ebay, depending on condition. Hold on to it, it's a finely made instrument, very under rated in it's time.
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:34 AM   #5
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You might also want to look out for one of these:

http://www.ovationgallery.com/pagesolidgp.htm
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:09 AM   #6
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Make a post at the The Ovation Fan Club. The Owner of the site is especially knowledgeable in solid body ovations... and there are more than a few.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:49 PM   #7
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These are the classic Ovation solid bodies: This is a "Deacon", most of them traded under the name, "Breadwinner", which is the same basic shape. This image is a particularly nice example.
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:47 PM   #8
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Whats with the inlays?
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Whats with the inlays?

Diamonds and dots are a standard on higher end Ovations.
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Always liked the unique look of the Deacon...don't know how they'd feel around my neck, though.
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:03 PM   #11
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Always liked the unique look of the Deacon...don't know how they'd feel around my neck, though.
The Ovation "Breadwinner" was a hybrid experiment merging style and ergonomics. So the answer is, "I suspect it would be really comfy". The high body extension over the fretboard seems like it would settle in under your arm like a good semi hollow body. While the cutaway goes clear up to the 24th fret!

Eastman guitars did a remake on these: But it doesn't live up to the detailing in the "Deacon". Until recently, these were available in black and left handed white. If I didn't suck so bad on the electric and wasn't left handed, I'd probably have a closet full of the originals. Yeah, I'm that old..... Plus, Ovation treats special orders in a fairly cavalier way. At one point I think they had a 40% (!!!) premium on a left hand order. angry
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:00 PM   #12
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Joshua Homme owns a few of these -
They were high end in the early - mid 80s - built to compete with LPs and the like, although apparently the price meant that they were out of the target market. Only 400 or so were made.
Eastwood builds replicas now.
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The Ovation "Breadwinner" was a hybrid experiment merging style and ergonomics. So the answer is, "I suspect it would be really comfy". The high body extension over the fretboard seems like it would settle in under your arm like a good semi hollow body. While the cutaway goes clear up to the 24th fret!

Eastman guitars did a remake on these: But it doesn't live up to the detailing in the "Deacon". Until recently, these were available in black and left handed white. If I didn't suck so bad on the electric and wasn't left handed, I'd probably have a closet full of the originals. Yeah, I'm that old..... Plus, Ovation treats special orders in a fairly cavalier way. At one point I think they had a 40% (!!!) premium on a left hand order. angry

BTW- did you know the Deacon was available as a 12?
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:30 AM   #14
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I've never seen a Celebrity that's solid body. Can you post pics?

EDIT: Actually, does it look like this?



Yes as a matter of fact its exactly like that except for completely black.. I may have misused the word solidbody :P is that yours? And if i can find my camera yes lol. The way that looks is how I was gnna paint this one, just with more designs overtop of the white
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:37 AM   #15
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Any idea what the switch under the tone nob there does? sometimes i feel like it makes slight sound changes but not really :P Im thinking maybe the wiring for it is bad
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:43 AM   #16
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Also what is written after the "Celebrity" on the head of that guitar? Thats the only real difference i can see besides the color
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:05 AM   #17
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Sadly, that's not my guitar. That's just one of the few pictures of it I could find. You were correct in calling this a "solidbody" - I was just confused because Ovation makes acoustics called Celebrities as well. The headstock says "by Ovation" after "Celebrity". I don't know what the switch does, but if I had to guess it would probably be for coil splitting the bridge humbucker and the wiring is just messed up since it doesn't change anything when you flip it.

Wish I could tell you more, but I honestly can't find anything else.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:45 PM   #18
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where did you find that picture? Haha Ive searched all over and havnt been able to find anything on it. Man.. Im nervous about sanding it down if its rare lol.. Well ill see..
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:01 PM   #19
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OK I finally found that picture, and on closer examiniation i dont think that one has the floating tremelo.. the bridge on mine is different. I continued searching for the location of the picture and whatnot andfound that the model was gtx something or other. Mine is gc-3-5, puzzling me even more.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:47 PM   #20
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Sorry to bump an older thread, but this site was the only information I could find on the guitar. My aunt just passed away and she owned one of these, she barely ever used it and it is in really good codition. My grandpa wants to sell it and I have no idea what the value is besides the 200-800 post. It is all black. Could anyone help me out with value.

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