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Celebrating one of America's most original troubadours.
The Ovation Glen Campbell 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a precise recreation of Campbell's gorgeous 12-string with a AA solid Sitka spruce top, VT12 bracing, deluxe ebony fingerboard with dots and diamonds inlay, a walnut bridge, and deep fiberglass cloth body. The original patented pickup produces the exact brilliant tone of the original.
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Ovation is a seriously dedicated manufacturer of world-class guitars. When they offered this 40th anniversary model 12-String, which is based on the original Ovation Legend, I just had to get one. Though it was back ordered for 2 months it was worth the wait. This is an extremely beautiful guitar. The fit and finish are perfect. As with any new guitar, I had to tune it up and let it "settle in" for an hour or so. After playing it for about an hour it had acclimated itself and plays really well. The volume and projection are wonderful. There is not a 12-String that can match the presence of it, and I own a Martin D12-28 as well. So I know what I'm talking about. I realize that slotted pegheads make re-stringing a bit more difficult; however, I'll deal with it just fine. This guitar has all the premium materials -- the woods and the Schaller tuning machines, etc. I really don't think you could ever find a better 12-String than this in the entire world. I'm glad I have it and I'm going to greatly enjoy playing it. As always, this company makes it possible to get such a guitar at much less than the suggested retail price. It was shipped to me in 1 day. Now that's lightning fast service.
I bought my Glen Campbell Ovation 12 string new about 1980, 27 years ago. I play it near daily, over my Gibson Dove, ES-355, and Ovation 1860 6-string. It's almost always in tune when I take it out of the case. That is great because nothing sounds worse than a 12 string slightly out of tune. The tone is outstanding and full. Straight acoustic or amplified, I always get comments about it when playing a job. Strumming, picking, bar chords - it's all easy and makes it versatile. Stringing is easy - I change them every four to six weeks. I like the compactness of the head stock and have no trouble with strings biting into it (they are close). The battery inside the body is a minor inconvenience, but I just change it once a year when I am changing strings. I don't care for the stacked volume and tone control, but it was a good thing when I bought it. There's just been many better designs in subsequent years. And I would like the body attached at the 14th fret instead of the 12th fret. But then it may not sound the same. Overall, a great 12 string. I love it.
This guitar is my "dream" instrument. My 60th birthday present from a very thoughtful and generous wife.Either you love Ovations or hate them. If you love them, read on ... the Ovation 40th Anniversary Glen Campbell replica, made in Connecticut, USA, has the wonderful tone for which Ovation guitars are famous. Without an amp, it has plenty of power and projection; amplified it can only be described as "Sweet." "Glen" has the famous "jangle" of a GREAT 12 string. Sounds like a whole band is playing and not just one instrument. I have tried equivalent Taylors and Gibsons. To my ears. I like the Ovation sound the best. I also love the feel of an Ovation guitar, but you DO need a strap to hold them.Since this is a replica of a guitar made 40 years ago, it features a replica of the original pickup and preamp. The controls are a volume knob and a single tone ring (dial to high or low, or in between). That's it. Nothing fancy. I would rather it at least had an on board tuner as do the other current Ovation models. Ovation is now supplying their guitars with coated D'Addario strings; very similar to Elixir strings. GREAT!One major complaint is the location of the battery. As in the original, the battery compartment is inside and ONLY accessible through the sound hole! Another major complaint is the location of the volume/tone controls such that they are easily moved by a strap on the guitar. My third major complaint is the way the headstock is slotted and how the strings run into it. Several of the strings rub the wood in the center of the headstock. I see no way to avoid this. Sooner or later, with multiple string changes, this WILL damage the headstock. A "normal" sign of wear and age for this model? I accepted these "defects" in order to own a piece of history. BUT, these are my reasons for a "7" under features and value.