Ovation Elite 1537
Ovation introduced the Adamas composite-fiber topped guitar, the obvious
question was - could the multi-soundhole design and bracing pattern be
implemented on a wood topped guitar? The answer from the engineering
department was the model 1537 shown below in sunburst finish.
Originally call the "Wood Topped Adamas", it went to market as
the first model called the "Elite". The Elite shared the
quintad bracing, multi-soundhole design and wooden epaulets of the
Adamas combined with a traditional gloss Ovation neck, headstock and
gold Schaller tuners. The fretboard was black walnut with maple
inlays. The select spruce top and body was also bound in wood
inlay and housed the same 2-knob electronics as the Adamas.
The Elite 1537 is not as loud or projecting as it's composite-fiber
topped brother, but rather has a very mellow and "woody"
sound. It is perhaps the closest Ovation has ever come to copying
the sound of their wooden-box competitors. The Elite 1537 was only
produced for a few short years, which makes it a very sought after
guitar for collectors and players alike. Click
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