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Ovation InstrumentsDivision of Kaman Music CorporationP.O. Box 507Bloomfield, CT 06002-0507Ovation guitars are playedby countless musiciansaround the world including:Melissa EtheridgeAl DiMeolaKaki KingGodsmackNikki SixxHawthorn HeightsDavey JohnstoneKittieCyndi LauperSteve LukatherYngwie MalmsteenZiggy MarleyDave MustaineVince NeilPreston ReedDaize ShayneAaron TippinUb40Bernie WilliamsOvation InstrumentsDivision of Kaman Music Corporation37 Greenwoods Rd., New Hartford, CT 06057PlaceStampHereOvationGuitars.comPrinted in U.S.A.990157-M 11/06OvationUse & CareReference Guide

The Ovation TraditionDuring its 40 years as a guitar manufacturer, Ovation hasrepeatedly proven that outstanding instruments result whentradition and experience meet with new ideas and state-of-the-arttechnology. Guitarists from all over the world have embracedthe instruments produced by Ovation's guitar factory in NewHartford, Connecticut. The reason: Ovation's innovative roundback design along with the unique mix of modern compositesand carefully selected tone woods that result in superbperformance characteristics and outstanding timbre!Using the latest materials and technology are only partof the success of Ovation. A well-trained staff of guitarcraftspeople with hundreds of years of combined experiencebuilt your guitar, largely by hand, supported by a modernmanufacturing process and computer-assisted machinery.As a result of our use of the latest technology coupled withan old-world passion for guitar building, over one millionguitarists worldwide, like you, have chosen Ovation to helpthem achieve their "signature sound."Basic CareThe Case for a CaseWe strongly recommend the purchase and use of an Ovationmolded guitar case. Specially designed to accommodatethe unique shape of Ovation guitars, it offers the bestpossible protection against damage. The inside of thecase is plush-lined and form-fitted to hold the guitar snuglyand securely. An inside case pocket allows storage ofstrings and small accessories. The guitar is held firmly inthe case by a pad in the lid which presses lightly againstthe top of the guitar when the lid is closed. Please notethat this pad can sometimes absorb polish from the guitar,leaving a dull area on it. This area can easily be restoredwith the application of a quality guitar polish. Any markson the bowl where it has been in contact with the lining ofthe case can be removed in the same way.2Keep It CleanLike all fine instruments, Ovation RoundbackTM guitars requireperiodic care and maintenance. Your instrument will performbest if it is kept clean. A routine cleaning of the instrument usinga clean lint-free cloth and a light coat of a quality guitar polishwill keep your Roundback looking and performing at its peak.Gold-plated parts in particular, should be wiped cleanafter each use to prevent discoloration from acids createdon your skin.The Right EnvironmentAlways store your instrument at room temperature, avoidingtemperature and humidity extremes. The delicatetone woods used in your guitar are significantlyaffected by these parameters. A neck warp or topcrack can render any fine guitar unplayable. You may wishto purchase a humidity control device that can be carried inyour case to compensate for any changes in environmentalconditions. Check with your Ovation dealer for availability.A Tension ConventionKeep your instrument tuned to concert pitch under normalplaying and storage situations. If the instrument is to be storedfor a long period of time, reduce the string tension slightly;one or two turns of each tuning machine will be adequate.Gettin' to the GigThere are a few simple precautions that you can take whiletransporting your Ovation guitar that will minimize the chancesof damage. When transporting in a car, always keep the caseon the floor so that it will not move around inside the vehiclein case of a sudden stop. Also, avoid storing the guitar in thetrunk of a car, where it will be exposed to extremes of heatand cold. Always avoid freezing temperatures, as this canresult in the top finish cracking.When travelling by air, always loosen the strings slightly beforechecking the guitar as baggage. The airlines will not be liablefor instruments damaged as a result of their being tuned tofull concert pitch.3

The Anatomy of Ovation GuitarsThe Ovation Family of GuitarsBefore we get into the use and care of your specific instrument,let's get acquainted with some basic terminology associatedwith Ovation guitars and theirconstruction. Although yourguitar may look different, thebasic vocabulary andfeatures still apply:Ovation builds a wide range of products appropriate forvirtually any application. Each model has a feature set andconfiguration that will allow a player to choose an instrumentthat compliments his or her playing style, in addition to makinga positive statement about their personal style!Adamas Ultra-Lightweight Carbon fiber top Lightweight Lyrachord GS body Super stable ANS - Advanced Neck System Hand shaped low-profile neck OP Pro or VIP-5 preamp system Ovation's Original Patented Pickup Hand made in New Hartford, CT, USAHeadstockTuning MachineNutFretFret Marker InlayBindingNeck/FingerboardStrap buttonEpauletSound holePreampSaddle/PickupBridgeBowl (Back and Sides)Sound board (Top)PurflingCustom Legend & Custom Elite AAA Grade Sitka Spruce Sound board Hand-Inlaid Abalone Top Purfling Five-Piece Mahogany/Maple Neck Bound Ebony Fingerboard Abalone Fingerboard Inlays 24K Gold Tuners w/Pearloid Buttons Tusq Nut and Compensating Saddle 1-11/16" Nut Width (12-String -1 7/8") Ovation Hi-Output PickupLegend & Elite AA Grade Solid Sitka Spruce Top Five Piece Mahogany/Maple Neck 25 1/4" Scale Length Ebony Fingerboard Engraved Gold Tuners Ovation High Output pickup Made in New Hartford, CT45

Standard Balladeer & Standard Elite Solid Sitka Spruce Sound board Five Piece Mahogany/Maple Neck Rosewood Fingerboard Pinless bridge for easy string changes Chrome Hardware 25 1/4" Scale Length Made in New Hartford, CT, USABalladeer Special & Elite Special Solid Sitka Spruce top Two-Piece Mahogany neck withwiping oil finish Rosewood fingerboard Chrome tuners OP-30 preamp Ovation Slimline pickupElite T Series Solid Sitka Spruce top Single epaulet design Two-piece Maple neck Ebony fingerboard Black chrome tuners OP 30 or OP Pro preamp Ovation Slimline or High Output pickupArtist LX & Folklore LX OP Pro preamp Ovation Original Patented Pickup ANS Advanced Neck System Slotted Peghead Lightweight Lyrachord GS body Solid Sitka Spruce Top Scalloped Bracing6Classic LX OP Pro preamp Ovation Original Patented Pickup ANS Advanced Neck System Lightweight Lyrachord GS body Solid Sitka Cedar Top Scalloped Bracing 1 7/8" Nut WidthBass/Mandocello/Mandolin Solid Spruce Top (B778) Ebony Fretboard 34" Scale Length Cutaway Body Solid Spruce Top (MC868) Ebony Fretboard Ovation High-output Pickup OP-Pro preamp Solid Spruce Top (MM68) Ebony Fretboard OP-24 Preamp Mando-Quintad Bracing40th Anniversary Models Solid Sitka sprucesound board Hand-madefiberglass clothRoundback body Ebony fingerboard Walnut pinless bridge Schaller tuners Ovation FET preamp Ovation's Original Patented Pickup7

Collector's Models (2007 Shown) Solid Bear Claw Spruce top w/Vintage Natural Finish LX Scalloped Bracing Lyrachord GS Deep Contour Body Inlaid Spaulted Maple Epaulet 5-Piece Mahogany/Maple Neck Advanced Neck System with 2-WayAdjustment Rod Ebony fingerboard w/Flamed Maple Inlays Ovation Original Patented Pickup Ovation VIP-5 Virtual Imaging PreampBuilt-in ElectronicsThe Ovation Pickup SystemOvation is the pioneer in the development of the "acousticelectric" guitar. Key to the development of amplified acousticguitars was the patented Ovation piezo (pronounced pE-A'-zO)pickup. Six piezo-crystal elements located under the speciallydesigned, intonation-corrected saddle, respond to the pressurechanges caused by the vibrating strings and the top. Thesechanges generate a robust electric signal that is amplified andenhanced by user-controlled preamp packages.The original design of this pickup is still used in most Ovationguitars, resulting in that classic, rich Ovation sound. However,for those players who desire a more traditional look for theirinstruments, the Ovation Thin Line piezo saddle pickup, basedon the original Ovation design, is available on certain modelsand provides similar performance with looks that will please.Ovation Built-in PreampsOvation is proud to offer one of the widest ranges of cuttingedge guitar electronics available from any manufacturer.All Ovation preamps offer killer specs and features that willtake your playing to the next level. At Ovation, we keep the8electronics interface simple and easy-to-use with featuresthat continue to set the trends in guitar electronics.All of our electronics packages feature preamps that allowthe user control of key elements of the guitar's electricaloutput that provide the most useful and expressive amplifiedsound possible. Most of our preamps feature volume control,equalization, as well as a built-in tuner. Other features suchas notch filters to prevent feedback, shaping filters for thatclassic Ovation sound, and built in effects like exciters andlimiters are available on certain models. Our latest offeringsinclude remarkably user-friendly digital preamps that deliverthe most realistic acoustic sounds available.Ovations feature professional output interface options likelow-impedance, balanced XLR outputs that allow connectionsto extend hundreds of feet without signal degradation as wellas the conventional 1/4" guitar connection. Some models arephantom powerable for optimum performance without everchanging batteries. See your Ovation dealer to learn more.There are no user-seviceable parts in the pickup or preampsystem. Though unlikely, if you do experience a problem,please contact Ovation Customer Service for help.All Ovation guitars come with a separate user guide for the preampsystem installed in your model. Please refer to these guides fordetailed information about preamp use and battery replacement.For an overview of Ovation's preamp offering see below. VIP-5Built-in TunerVirtual Image Processor3-Band EQPickup/Image Blend Built-in Tuner Compressor/Limiter Fundamental FrequencyExciter 3-Band EQOP-Pro/Studio9

Built-in Tuner3-Band EQEQ Pre-emphasisPhantom PowerableOP-Pro OP-50 Built-in LED Tuner3-Band EQ w/mid shiftEQ DefeatEQ Pre-emphasisTunable Notch Filter totame feedbackBuilt-in LED Tuner4-Band EQEQ Pre-emphasisEQ Defeat SwitchTunable Notch Filter totame feedbackOP-40 OP-30Built-in LED Tuner3-Band EQ w/mid shiftEQ Pre-emphasisEQ Defeat switchMaintaining Your OvationYour Ovation instrument ships from the factory with all setupparameters adjusted to exacting tolerances and ready to play.As with any fine instrument made from wood, environmentalconditions like heat, cold, and humidity will cause dimensionalchanges that can affect setup and playability. Ovations are builtto allow easy readjustment of key parameters that allow youto keep your instrument easy to play and sounding great.10StringsOne of the easiest things you can do to keep your Ovationsounding terrific is to replace your strings often. If you feelthat your instrument sounds muted, does not sustain well,or is difficult to tune, it may be time to change your strings.Your Ovation steel-string guitar comes equipped withAdamas Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge acoustic strings. Werecommend your continued use of these strings because oftheir high quality, consistency, and tone. For the same reasons,nylon string players should use Adamas Century Classic4444 strings for optimal performance. Bass, mandolin, andmandocello strings will be discussed later in this manual.For those of you new to guitar ownership, what follows isa short pictorial primer on the correct way to string yourOvation. Remove the old strings by loosening the tension ofeach string until it's pretty slack. Then cut each string nearthe bridge with a string cutter or diagonal-cut pliers. Carefullyremove the short, ball end pieces from the bridge avoidingscratching the finish. Unwind the remaining string segmentsfrom the machine pegs and discard.Insert the new strings into theholes in the rear of the bridgeas illustrated in fig. 1. Thestring order from left to right isE6 (low E as shown), A5, D4,G3, B2, and finally, E1.Fig. 1Pull the strings through thebridge until the ball end ofthe string is snugly fit intothe groove on the rear of thesaddle as shown in fig. 2.Once you have brought thestrings through the bridgeand over the saddle, theyare routed over the nut andattached to the tuning pegsand brought to pitch.Fig. 211

Fig. 3 displays the properstring attachment and pegrotation that will increasestring tension (raise pitch).Be mindful of this scheme asyou bring the strings throughthe holes in each tuning pegas you attach and begin towind each string.D4G3The preferred method ofB2attachment of the string on theA5tuning peg is demonstrated infigs. 4-7. Using the D stringE1as an example, first slide theE6string through the peg hole inFig. 3the direction indicated in fig. 4.Leave an inch or so of slack onthe string to allow winding. Next, bring the end of the stringaround and under the segment of the string coming from thebridge forming a loopFig. 4 as shown in fig. 5. Pullit under so that the loopwedges snugly underthe string. Then turnthe tuning machine towind the string aroundthe peg as depictedin fig. 6. When thestring is brought to thecorrect pitch, cut offthe excess string withFig. 5 a pair of diagonal cutpliers or a string cutteras depicted in fig.7. Perform the samesequence of steps foreach string.can be minimizedby tightly pinchingand pulling firmly oneach string to helpstretch them to theirfinal length beforeattempting to tunethe guitar.Fig. 6The precedingFig. 7illustrated exampleof string attachmentwas shown with asolid headstock andstandard machinepegs. For a guitar witha slotted headstock,the principle is thesame although the string winding is rotated 90 degrees.Please refer to fig. 8 to see the resulting difference.Nylon/gut string guitars require a different method ofattachment at the saddle. Nylon strings attachment to thesaddle is shown in fig 9. Essentially, the string is insertedfrom the fretboard side of the bridge and a looped aroundthe string once or twice to form a knot that is held togetherby its own tension.Fig. 8Fig. 9When tuning a guitarwith new strings, please note that fresh strings will stretchsomewhat, causing them to slowly lower their pitch. This effect1213

Freq.A5220 d 293.66 G110 D 146.83 gFreq. 4196Freq.B 246.94 E 329.64B 246.94 E 329.64B 246.94 E 329.6421616-121818-6Freq.110 D 146.83 G1963923Ovation Standard Tunings &682.41aAFreq.1Freq.String Set15Recommended String SetsE164.8282.41String# / Frequency:Standard 6 StringeEModel12 String1818-62205300-4AD 293.6641.2C 120.82 F 174.61 A9898D 73.42 GG55N/A N/A E8080Ball-endN/A39239273.42D 293.66 GD 293.66 GD240240N/AE 164.82 AN/A N/A E 164.82 ABassN/A9090Ball-endLong NeckN/A22022014D 146.83 AD 146.83 A"Standard action" for all Ovation steel string guitars is 3/32" atthe bass E string and 2/32" at the treble E string (measured asthe distance between the bottom of the string and the top ofthe 12th fret). This action is normally achieved with 1-3 shimsbeneath the saddle. These settings were chosen to suit the196196Checking and Adjusting the SaddleThe Ovation bridges found on our Roundback guitars aredesigned to take full advantage of the unique constructionof our instruments. The contoured design transmits stringvibrations more efficiently than most other designs.C 130.82 GN/A N/A C 130.82 GAdjustments OverviewAll Ovation instruments, undergo numerous inspections toensure that every instrument will play to the highest standardspossible. Due to environmental conditions that may affect thedimensional stability of the woods used in Ovation guitars,adjustments are sometimes necessary. The primary factor inmaintaining your guitar's playability is keeping the neck andsaddle specifications within factory tolerances. See below toacquaint yourself with the necessary procedures.N/ASetup and AdjustmentN/ATo help under stand how to tune your guitar, please refer tothe chart on page 15. Please note that the order of stringsproceeds from numbers 6 to 1 as one would strum in adownward motion. For the double-stringed instruments likethe 12-String and mandolins, the same order applies althoughthere are two strings in each numbered position. The lowercase letters indicate the smaller gauge string in the pair.MandolinTuning your guitar is the first step to a satisfying playingexperience. To make tuning easy, most Ovation electronicpackages include a built-in tuner. Consult your electronicsowner’s manual to learn about using your tuner.MandocelloTo assure the longest possible life from your strings, besure to wipe down each string with a clean cloth after eachplaying. This will help to remove organic oils and acids thatare deposited on the strings during playing that react withthe metals used in manufacturing.

requirements of a broad range of players. If you need toadjust the action, use the following procedure:1.2.3.Loosen or remove thestrings.Lift and rotate thesaddle carefully out ofthe bridge slot. This isa delicate operation,particularly if you havean acoustic-electricmodel. Be certain notto pull or force the wiringbeneath the saddle.For lower than standardaction, remove the shimbeneath the saddle.Removing one shim willlower the action by 1/64"at the 12th fret.Depending on your playing style, an extremely low actionsetting may contribute to fret buzz. When occurring becauseof low action, this is not considered to be a defect in theinstrument. If you are in doubt about the action setting ofyour Roundback, consult your Ovation Dealer.The saddle carries the string load to the top of your guitar.As the top and its supporting brace structure flexes with theenvironment, the saddle may settle into a position differentthan when set in the factory's controlled environment.Sometimes the movement of the saddle can change theaction setup. In this case, adjust the saddle height withthe shims as described above. Please note however, thatthe factory-recommended maximum distance from the16bottom of the strings to the top of the bridge is 6/32" whilethe minimum distance is 2/32". The standard factory actions,in 64ths of an inch measured from the top of the 12th fret tothe bottom of the string:Measured at: Bass/TrebMinimumAcoustic & 87NominalClassicAcoustic BassMandolinMandocello98Maximum ximum65Minimum65Nominal76Maximum87Checking and Adjusting the NeckThe neck is certainly one of the most environmentally dynamicelements in a guitar. While every effort is taken to select onlythe best materials and finishes, shrinkage or expansion dueto environmental conditions is inevitable. These dimensionalvariations, in addition the forces created by string tension,can cause the neck to bend.Two common conditions can arise when dimensional changesoccur within the neck assembly, or if string gauges arechanged. These are called warp and bow. Fig. 10, a viewsighting down the neck from the tuning machines, depictsa warped condition where the headstock is bending towardthe strings. Fig. 10a is a side view of this condition.17

Fig. 10Fig. 10aFigs. 11 and 11a show the complementary condition calledbowing where the headstock bends away from the strings.Fig. 11Fig. 11aTo check for warp or bow in the neck, perform the followingprocedure as described in the following text and illustratedin fig. 12: the 6th string, E, between the nut and first fretwhile holding the string against the fingerboard at the13th fret.Check the clearance betwee

guitars, resulting in that classic, rich Ovation sound. However, for those players who desire a more traditional look for their instruments, the Ovation Thin Line piezo saddle pickup, based on the original Ovation design, is available on certain models and provides similar performance with looks that will please. Ovation Built-in Preamps