A beautiful Ovation Adamas 1598 USA 12 string electro acoustic guitar. Anyone who knows their guitars will know just how top quality this instrument is. For those that don't, the Adamas range are the best quality hand made guitars that Ovation have ever made. Each is loveingly hand-crafted by Ovation in their USA factory. Each guitar has to meet exacting standards in order to 'qualify' as an Adamas. In short, they just don't come any better than this. The fact that this is a 12 string Adamas makes it even more unusual and valuable. Melissa Etheridge collaborated with Ovation to develop a signature model of the 1598. This guitar was produced earlier than the signature models, making this guitar circa 2007. The fact that this guitar precedes the signature model is a good thing because this has the better electronics suite fitted. The guitar has a unidirectional SMT carbon fibre/graphite composite top. These tops are very lightweight, exceptionally strong and much more resonant than the more traditional spruce tops. Hence these guitars are impervious to temperature and humid changes, which can have a profound effect on the tone of the instrument. In other words, the sound of this Adamas is way more consistent than any other traditional made acoustic guitar. The guitar has a mid-depth cutaway body, with a very comfortable 5 piece mahogany/maple neck, with ebony fretboard, with fourteen frets to the body, and 22 frets in total. The guitar has the traditional hand cut and inlayed exotic wood epaulets and multiple sound holes. The OP-50 electronics include a chromatic tuner pre-shape EQ in/out, notch filter, notch in/out, bass, mid and treble EQ sliders, and a volume button. The guitar has a Lo Z LXR balanced line out, as well as the standard jack line out. The top appears jet black when viewed head on, but appears black, dark grey and heavily grained when viewed from a shallow oblique angle. The guitar has all of the original gold Ovation tuners, which are all fully functioning and in excellent condition. The guitar is in truly superb condition. Easily a collectors instrument. There are no dings, dents or scratches anywhere. if i had to be really, really picky i would say that there could be a very slight bit of lacquer wear just below the playing position. However, it's not noticeable and hence i'm unable to photograph it. You have to hold the guitar at a certain angle in very bright light and really look for it to see anything. It may just be a natural variation in the carbon fibre. But i mention it for completeness. A very, very, close inspection of the headstock reveals two tiny, tiny marks, which again may well be the natural grain of the wood. But again, i mention them for complete honesty. They are barely noticeable. A few of the machine heads show very, very slight wear to the finish. Please see photos. I've just got the guitar back from my luthier. He fitted new genuine Adamas phosphor bronze strings, set the action, checked the neck, polished the frets, etc. a full professional setup. The action is super low for an acoustic guitar. There is no fret wear on the guitar at all. Basically i bought this from a guitar collector, who barely used it. I was intending to really play it, because i always wanted an Adamas. But, a combination of ill health and an apparent lack of enthusiasm for playing the acoustic guitar has resulted in my rarely taking it out of the case. I guess i've added about 2 hours play time to it. Needless to say, it's a complete waste. Hence my deciding to sell it. Now for the most important bit. The sound. This is by far and away the best sounding 12 string acoustic guitar i have ever heard. It's simply stunning, as you would expect for a top of the range acoustic guitar. I've only played it amplified once, because i was too busy enjoying the natural unamplified tone. But, it sounds fantastic amplified. Have a look on You Tube at comparison reviews between this guitar and a high end Martin - guess which guitar has the better sound? Yes that's correct, the Adamas, both acoustically and amplified. I will also be listing a 6 string Adamas within the next fortnight, which is just a nice as this one. Feel free to contact me for details. I highly recommend interested parties inspect the guitar before committing to buy it. I'd rather the buyer sees and hears the guitar for themselves before they commit to buy it. Please note: time wasters will not be endured. If you can't afford the sale price then please don't bother contacting me. And don't bother asking to view unless you are genuinely interested in buying this guitar. Please no silly offers, or ridiculous messages concerning the price. You will be ignored. Any questions please ask. Happy bidding!!
PLEASE NOTE. I'D PREFER PAYMENT UPON COLLECTION BY DIRECT BANK TRANSFER. I WILL NOT ACCEPT CASH PAYMENTS. I WILL ACCEPT PAYPAL BY NEGOTIATION. I WILL NOT POST THIS INSTRUMENT, GIVEN IT'S RARITY AND VALUE. HOWEVER, IF THE BUYER WANTS TO ARRANGE SHIPPING AFTER IT'S PAID FOR THEN THATS FINE WITH ME. HOWEVER, I ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE SHOULD THE GUITAR BE DAMAGED DURING TRANSIT. BIDDERS WHO WANT THE GUITAR SHIPPED SHOULD CONTACT ME PRIOR TO BIDDING SO THAT I CAN PROVIDE DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT OF THE PACKAGE.
I AM PREPARED TO MEET THE BUYER AT A SUITABLE LOCATION TO HELP WITH LONG DISTANCE TRAVEL AS LONG AS THE BUYER PAYS MY FUEL COSTS, AND PAYS A DEPOSIT ON THE GUITAR PRIOR TO MEETING.
THERE WILL BE NO RETURNS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. I'VE HAD THE GUITAR FULLY INSPECTED/SET UP, ETC. SO EVERYTHING IS EXACTLY AS IT SHOULD BE. SO IT IS BOUGHT AS SEEN TRIED AND TESTED.

Listed7 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
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Brand
Model
  • Adamas 1598
Finish
  • Black
Categories
Year
  • 2007
Made In
  • United States

Mike's

Chorley, United Kingdom
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