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My Modified Ovation Celebrity.............................

JeffBlue

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I had purchased a used Ovation Celebrity and felt that the action was too high and the shape and slipperiness of the back was an issue. First I added Schaller strap locks on the guitar. I then took my nut slotting files and deepened the nut and slotted the bridge saddle. Knowing that I was going to use D'Addario 10s, I drilled 6 holes in a brass cylinder. (Tone enhancer/compensator) I threaded the strings first through the brass cylinder then the bridge. I then added lines of silicone on the back and bottom of the guitar to prevent slipping while on my lap or shifting when I stand while playing. Works beautifully. The Ovation plays as smooth as my Les Paul guitars.
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Iguana

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If you do find a way to post images I would really like to see the mod you did with the brass cylinder. I’ve never heard of that mod and I’ve got a round back that could use some help. I had a 12 string Celebrity Deluxe way back in the day. I kind of wish I had held on to it.
 

JeffBlue

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Finally figured out how to load these photos. The last photo is of the solid brass cylinder drilled (not perfectly) because I don't have access to a machine shop. The silicone on the back and bottom of the guitar are effective to prevent the guitar from slipping from my lap or sliding out while standing. I realize it doesn't look pretty.
 
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seafood

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cool......if it plays good and sounds good,,,,that's what it's all about!!!!!! have fun...and enjoy it.
 

Iguana

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Thanks for posting those pics. I’m guessing the brass bar is to keep the ball ends from damaging the bridge.
 

JeffBlue

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Thanks for posting those pics. I’m guessing the brass bar is to keep the ball ends from damaging the bridge.
Actually the solid brass cylinder is is for compensating for the lack of tone from not having brass or bronze windings that are not present in the electric guitar strings that I am using now. I am able to play this Ovation like an electric guitar that is set up well.
 
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