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Ovation Pickup?

mcknigs

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I have a friend with an Ovation Celebrity from about 20 years ago. Years ago it was loaned to a friend who apparently returned it with the pickup removed(!?). The jack is gone. The volume and tone knobs are housed in a sealed case and the wires coming from that case are not attached to anything. I felt around inside the guitar and couldn't feel anything like a contact piezo pickup. I couldn't find wires coming from the bridge that would indicate it had an under-saddle piezo installed (I wasn't able to loosen the strings to remove the bridge saddle and look under it).

So I guess the pickup really is missing. To be sure it would be helpful to know what kind of pickup this thing had originally and where it was afixed. Anybody know?

-Scott
 

wemedge

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Hi Scott:

I'm not familiar with the Celebrity per se, but my Adamas has the OP-24 pre-amp and the piezos under the saddle. TI looked under the saddle inside the guitar and can see the wires coming out.

The celebrity probably has/had a similar system, most likely your has been removedif you can't see any wires.

Maybe something like this:

http://www.shadow-electronics.com/viewpro.html?id=24

wemedge
 

Auriemma

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Loosen the strings and lift out the saddle. Under it should be the pickup. It will look like a shim with a wire dropping through a hole. If all you see is a wood and a hole, then someone removed the pickup.

It can be replaced. Go over to The Ovation fan Club. Those folks can point you in the right direction and/or get you the parts you need.
 

drive-south

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So your' friend loaned out the guitar, and the person stole the pickup out of it? Some friend. With friends like that, who needs enemys.

drive-south
 

mcknigs

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Loosen the strings and lift out the saddle. Under it should be the pickup. It will look like a shim with a wire dropping through a hole. If all you see is a wood and a hole, then someone removed the pickup.

It can be replaced. Go over to The Ovation fan Club. Those folks can point you in the right direction and/or get you the parts you need.
Thanks for the response. So you're suggesting that this thing definately had an under-saddle pup? There is no wire hanging down inside so I'm guessing that proves the pup is missing. I emailed Ovation tech support and got a response that this thing needed a replacement CP-100C pickup. He didn't say what type of pickup this is. I tried to get information on how to rewire the thing and didn't get an answer., He suggested that, no matter what, I should take it to my local Ovation service person. I guess there's no surprise there.

I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who can confirm for sure that this thing had an under-saddle piezo and tell me how it should be wired to the volume/tone module.

So your' friend loaned out the guitar, and the person stole the pickup out of it? Some friend. With friends like that, who needs enemys.
Agreed.

-Scott
 




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