1980's Ovation UK II

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Summary:
The
UK II (Ultra Karman II) guitar features a hollow body aluminum frame
encased in a mold of urelite, a dense urethane foam. The neck of the
guitar was glued to the body and then bolted to the frame, so that
along with the hollow body this would allow for maximum sustain. The
pickups were custom-made by Ovation. Each coil was wound 10,000
times, more than most pickups, resulting in a high amplitude. The
pickups also included switches that would switch the wiring in the
pickups from in series to parallel, effectively turning the humbucker
into a single coil in sound quality on the fly. The guitar also has a
mono and a stereo output, where the stereo separated the two pickups
into their own channels. It
ships in its original brown hardshell case.







Body:
This guitar features a hollow body aluminum frame encased in a mold
of urelite, a dense urethane foam. This made the guitar light, and
the hollowness gave it a very distinct sound. It has a black finish
and an arched top and back.







Neck:
It has a mahogany neck, brass
nut, bound ebony fingerboard. It features fancy bow-tie pearl/ebony
inlays. Nut Width- 1 11/16” Scale Length- 24 ¾”







Pickups/Hardware:
The pickups were custom-made
by Ovation. The twin-blade humbuckers each have a series/parallel
switch to give you easy in/out of phase options, effectively turning
the hum bucker into a single coil in sound quality on the fly –
Otherwise, the controls are conventional, with separate volume and
tone controls for each pickup. Each coil was wound 10,000 times,
more than most pickups, resulting in a high amplitude. The guitar
also has a mono and a stereo output, where the stereo separated the
two pickups into their own channels. The massive bridge/tailpiece
assembly was typical of Ovation’s later guitars and late-’70s
notions about improving sustain. The guitar also has gold ovation
tuning keys that feel very solid.







Cosmetics:
This vintage Ovation is in good
condition with normal signs of wear that is consistent with an
instrument from the 1970's. There are some pick scratches on the top
& some light buffing scratches on the body if you get up close.
The back has a few light signs of buckle rash and the buffing
scratches in the finish if you hold it up in the lights. There are a
few small dings around the edges of the body & on the top of the
headstock. The frets are in very good shape & have a lot of life
left.







Playability:
Our in-house guitar tech has just inspected, setup and restrung
this guitar with a new set of 10s. The neck is straight, the truss
rod is fully functioning and the action has been setup low and
comfortable. The frets are in great shape with no major grooves or
divots from use and it plays beautifully up and down the fingerboard
with no dead spots or choking out.







Modifications:
n/a







Weight:
8
lbs, 1 oz.







Case:
This vintage Ovation comes with the original hardshell case &
we will ship it professionally packed and fully insured!