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Finally winning at Auctions again

posted 12 Apr 2018, 16:45 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 20 May 2018, 15:48 ]
B C Rich V
Ovation 1612
But only it seams if the Guitars ar Black!
What I have invited this time is an NJ Series B.C.Rich JR-V and a 1981, (proper US made, not Applause or Celebrity), Ovation 1612 Deluxe Balladeer; with an afterthought Enya made Magig MUK-2 Soprano Ukulele with a comfort and a cutaway bevel. The first two were lots in an auction that included a lot of Guitars, Banjos and Mandolins, (but no Ukes). There were quite a few that I would have liked to invite and not all of them were black but one of the first up was the black B.C.Rich Vee. Now I kind of wanted a solid body Vee, ideally a Gibson but that was never going to happen so I was willing to look at direct copies, like the Epiphone and "in the style of" copies like the Jackson or as in this case the B.C.Rich (I know I already have a number of B.C.Riches and I don't have a Jackson but I do prefer the symmetrical look rather than the offset look of a Jackson). I was not willing to send a big invite to a Vee though but I was up for a small punt, especially with this one as it was a bit of an oddity, (aren't all B.C.Riches a bit of an oddity?) This one is technically headless; except it still has a headstock?? Now most of B.C.Riches Vees have a normal headstock at the end of the neck with machine heads on and sometimes locking nuts, but for a short while, for some reason they put out some Vees featuring a bridge with tuners on and a standard sort of headless nut? However they left the headstock on, but its not doing anything, apart from being a billboard for the logo. Maybe there was a shortage of ordinary bridges? Maybe they had a load of headless guitar hardware sitting about and they wanted to use it up? Whatever the reason it added to my interest as I wanted to try out the headless guitar hardware as well as wanting a Vee so I put out the invitation. I didn't win at the initial bid but it didn't go a lot higher and as it was early in the auction it encouraged me to try on some of the others as I already had to pay for shipping. Of course my luck had run out on all of the non-black Fenders, PSRs and everything else until near the end of the musical instrument section of the auction was a fairly experienced looking bowl backed Ovation acoustic electric Guitar in black with an ordinary big central soundhole rather than the 32 little ones on the epaulettes, Now I know they are suppose to be good for stopping feedback and I do like the design, (after all I have 2 Ovation applause Ukuleles with them; plus a Chinese kind of copy Ukulele), but they have now become a little clichéd so I was happy with the idea of a more standard looking one. Well lets be honest I have always wanted a proper Ovation acoustic but they are always out of my budget, like the Gibsons and the Fenders, so I thought it was worth a go; though I fully expected it to go for double the price I was willing to go plus fees. The only thing in my favour was it's distressed look, the white patches of wear(?) around the edges particularly were suspicious. Still it started low and though there was a couple of bids bumping the price up it still went for less than half what I was expecting, to the Pony Guitar Sanctuary at Ukulele Corner! (this worried me a bit because the low price might be because all of the people there in person could see it really was a clunker).

That was it for the auction but during the day Miss Moo won an Amazon voucher, (I'm not quite sure how?), and having found that what she wanted wasn't on Amazon she came to me to try and swap the voucher for cash.

They're Here

And the Ovation, whilst looking a bit "distressed", is bloody lovely! I don't know about the electrics, (yet), but acoustically it has without doubt the best tone of all my acoustics, and the bigger proper sound hole means it is of a proper volume, not a bit muffled like the little epaulette holes on the more iconic looking ovations

The BC Rich is even more perplexing in reality. With all of the headless tuning paraphernalia, leaving that big ol' head stock looks even more incongruous. I know that most of these Vee's  have a normal set of tuners on the head stock, so I can understand production wise, but I don't think all empty as it is, it looks good and am tempted to remove it, (not sure about the truss rod though??) Looks aside it is a good quality bit of kit, the whammy bar works perfectly, even if it doesn't have the grandeur of a Bigsby. The tuners all work, if a little fiddly and it certainly has a certain venom about it.

I am pleasantly surprised by the Magig too. It has the look and feel of a much more prestigious brands, and the bevels if a little superfluous do look smart. tone wise - well it is a laminate top so is sadly just as you would expect, OKish but the overall fit and finish is well above average.