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Offline Paul Marossy

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« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2007, 08:41:59 PM »
The standard Ovations sound good to me. But, every Ovation I have seen here in Las Vegas had a crack down the middle of the soundboard. I never liked the wood soundboard on the plastic body because it seems to me that having two dissimilar materials used together like that doesn't work - one contracts and expands and the other one doesn't. Other than that, I think it sounds good.

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« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2007, 10:50:00 PM »
I would also caution against buying it until the GC exclusive has passed. Until then, you will be paying full retail as there is no open market check and balance. I am sure that the ones they show in the videos have been set up within an inch of their lives. I would not be surprised if these come out priced at over $1500 with no discounts available.

Hey, did you see that the FTC is FINALLY investigating price fixing (read: MAP pricing) in the Music Industry? It's about time. I will be posting the article from the Music Trades magazines in a new thread for everyone to read.

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« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2007, 11:26:15 PM »
Ovation definetly needs some help in their neck of the woods. I wouldn't ever compare the VXT to a Fly, but it is definetly a big improvement in Ovations offerings. The hybrid guitar in general is getting alot more attention these days - especially when Taylor introduced the T5. I think that's goodnews for Parker, since we are a player in the high-end of that market. After playing a hybrid for 2 years now, I could never see myself going back to a plank with mag pups only. [:D]

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« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2007, 07:46:23 AM »
I think this is a great example of how far ahead Parkers were 10-15 years ago.  Just now, the rest of the market is catching on to the electro/acoustic hybrid idea- Taylor and Michael Kelly are the two that spring to mind the fastest.  Sure, other manufacturers have been incorporating piezo p/u's into existing electrics, but only recently have they started designing guitars as hybrids from the ground up, like Parker's been doing for more than a decade.

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« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2007, 04:19:33 PM »
The Ovation VXT Guitar is now available at your favorite Guitar Center store and online at MusiciansFriend.com!!! For just $1599 [:(!][V][:(][xx(]

Talk about overpriced...
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« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2007, 04:22:55 PM »
Yeah but it ain't a Parker.

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« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2007, 04:30:11 PM »
For $1599, I'd rather buy a Fender VG Strat for a few dollars more than an Ovation VXT! OR... retrofit an Epiphone Les Paul Ultra or the PRS SE Semi-Hollow body with Graphtech's Ghost System or the Roland GK-KIT-GT3 and buy a Roland VG-88 V-Guitar System and your still way ahead.
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« Reply #22 on: May 01, 2007, 05:14:13 PM »
Rolly just wait til I get the Parker saddle to Javier for testing. Then we can put Ghost systems in our Parkers.

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« Reply #23 on: May 01, 2007, 07:54:49 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by simonlock

Rolly just wait til I get the Parker saddle to Javier for testing. Then we can put Ghost systems in our Parkers.

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Wow! That would be awesome! [:p] You'd be a hero! [8D]
 

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« Reply #24 on: May 01, 2007, 08:32:13 PM »
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Wow! That would be awesome! [:p] You'd be a hero! [8D]



That's the idea [;)]

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« Reply #25 on: May 01, 2007, 11:32:32 PM »
Whoa, I just took a guess on the price...

Not bad.

Bob

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« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2007, 01:12:31 AM »
quote:
Originally posted by uburoibob

Whoa, I just took a guess on the price...

Not bad.

Bob

I assume that it's your guess on the price that is not bad and I agree. You did guess quite accurately.

The guitar is "BAD" in some way but really, really bad in pricing. If it were priced at around $699 or maybe even $799, then I'd say it's a "BAD" guitar. Right now, I'd say it's just plain bad.

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« Reply #27 on: October 26, 2007, 10:07:35 PM »
I think there a few misconceptions about the VXT.
First its a hand made in the USA guitar with a list price of $2495.00
$1599.00 is a good price on the instrument.
No, that is not expensive considering the grade of wood used, and the fact that body is one piece carved and chambered.
Its a set in neck with an extremely tight joint. The body and neck are bound.
The barrowed heavily from Jol Dantzig USA Hamer in the design of the body.
Hamer USA is made in the same New Hartford CT factory.
Hamer USA are boutique instruments and retail for $3,000 to $15,000.00
The acoustic sound is not simply a Fishman Power Bridge. It starts there.
Its uses Ovation propriety VIP system. It takes the signal and gives you the sound of Deep Bowl
Ovation acoustic amplified with a condesnser mic. It does sound like a real acoustic guitar.
The electric side gives you Seymour Duncan 59's so you have ist rate humbuckers.
This does something the VG Strat can't do which blend the acoustic and electric
and send one signal to the acoustic amp or PA and another to electric amp.
VG strat has a machine made body and bolt on necks. Much cheaper to build
and mass produce. While it does do more things battery life is 2 hours.
The VXT gets 40 hours on a battery.
I have seen them being made and its all hand work.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUBV73DAl6U
Fender fret work is no where near as good as Ovation.
I have set neck custom shop strat from Fender.
That was a $3000 one off made in 1995.

In terms of Ovation acoustic tops cracking.
You need to humidify them like any all word guitar in dry air.

Is it a Parker no its not.
You need to spend well over 2 grand to get this quality from Parker.
Hamer does compare. Both are high end boutque builders.
http://www.hamerguitars.com/?fa=detail&mid=393&sid=181

In terms of what happens if it breaks???
Ovation has world class costomer service.
In fact they just serviced my 1968 Ovation Tornado.
Its a red hollow body like in this clip.

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« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2007, 10:16:25 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by rt0412

quote:
Originally posted by uburoibob

Whoa, I just took a guess on the price...

Not bad.

Bob

I assume that it's your guess on the price that is not bad and I agree. You did guess quite accurately.

The guitar is "BAD" in some way but really, really bad in pricing. If it were priced at around $699 or maybe even $799, then I'd say it's a "BAD" guitar. Right now, I'd say it's just plain bad.

Rolly



Have you not seen or played one by the date of your post, its unlikily you have. May 1 was the release date.
No one could a guitar like this and sell it for that price.
These have the same level of quality as Gibson Les Paul Standard.

 

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« Reply #29 on: October 26, 2007, 10:53:44 PM »
That was a kick seeing those old Glen Campbell clips! I just sold my Ovation Adamas last week, and one thing about Ovation was their quality was always top notch. I've owned a Legend, a Glen Campbell 12 string and at least two others and the quality was always great. I once had the pick-up go bad on my Glen Campbell 12 and customer service had one to me in two days and that was in the late 70's at no charge! I'm sure these new hybrid's are hot as well. I only wish I was closer than 350 miles to a guitar store that are selling them to try one out! [8)]

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