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Ovation Deacon Electric

Yes yes yes…it’s been two years since I posted a blog.  As they say, life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.  But I’ve been working aplenty, so here are some of the more interesting cases that I’ve come across.

This here is a fairly rare Ovation Deacon electric guitar, brought to me in January.  Ovation made a limited number of electric models, and they were all a bit quirky.

Space-age polymers, ya'll.

Space-age polymers, ya’ll.

In addition to the “non-traditional” body style, they featured some of the earliest versions of electric onboard preamps that you can find.  This girl here has an 18-volt preamp that has a sound all its own.

 

Do not touch, smell, or look at Happy Fun Ball.

Do not touch, smell, or look at Happy Fun Ball.

 

She has a personalized piece of tape in one of the pickup cavities.

I've never met this Esther person before, and you can't prove a damn thing otherwise.

I’ve never met this Esther person before, and you can’t prove a damn thing otherwise.

She also has a crack on the back of the headstock.

A crack like this, you woulda thought it was a Gibson.

A crack like this, you woulda thought it was a Gibson.

The owner wants to sell this one off to thin his herd a bit, so he asked me to stabilize the crack and try to make it invisible.  This is fairly standard practice, and there’s nothing wrong with it, provided you inform any prospective buyers.  A crack this small should not affect the playability or the stability of the neck.

Nothing fancy about this repair…some super-hot cyanoacrylate shot into the crack, then some creative clamping to put a teeny bit of back pressure  on the crack.  Then some filling with black CA glue, some light scraping and polishing, and the repair is still visible under a bright flash but is looking much better.

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~ by badmin on October 20, 2014.

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