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Old 06-12-2007, 07:14 PM
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Default Adamas 2080 graphite top: how does it sound ?

I have played all composite guitars, Rainsong, CA, and Emerald, but I never had the opportunity to play the Ovation Adamas 2080 with graphite top.
Is there any owner of this guitar that can post a review ? Thanks.
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Old 06-12-2007, 07:56 PM
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I dont own one but ive played them and they sound really good.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:38 PM
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Johbren,could you give more details ? Do they sound good also unplugged ?
Do they have volume ? Thanks.
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:48 AM
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The Adamas 2080 has their Natural Weave Top, which has almost no finish on it to deaden things. That married to the Scalloped LX (modified X) bracing makes for a really balanced sounding guitar. YES it has volume. The thing about Adamas guitars is that their voice is not as familiar to some as say a dreadnought, or a 914CE. I think they sound acoustically much like a mic'd guitar running through a good tube compressor. They have more midrange, and "sparkle" in the highs, giving up that "scooped" out sound that makes the bass seem so abrupt in some guitars. Plugged in, the VIP-5 has mic models of this guitar behind some very expensive large and small diaphragm condenser mics, with I think one wood-topped model mixed in. If you set your EQ with the "Image" slider all the way down, then mix mix in the Image to taste, it is very easy to get a natural acoustic sound while plugged in. The 2080 sounds good enough to have been the basis for several Adamas custom shop jobs including a Longneck , a 12 fret slothead and this one for NAMM

If possible, you should play one for yourself to decide if you like it.
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Old 06-13-2007, 05:10 AM
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diltto to above
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Old 06-13-2007, 06:42 AM
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Pity that the neck width is 11/16. I play fingerstyle and prefer 3/4 necks.
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Old 06-13-2007, 06:18 PM
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Pity that the neck width is 11/16. I play fingerstyle and prefer 3/4 necks.
Just order it through an authorized dealer from the Adamas Custom Shop with a wide neck. small up-charge. No biggie. I might know someone who can help
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*Sorry to bring up an old thread, but it's better than starting a new one.

I'm in the market for a graphite/carbon fiber guitar. I have narrowed it down to a Composite Acoustic GXi and Adamas Ovation 2080. From forums members experiences, how do the two guitars compare to each other? Likes, dislikes between the two, etc.

These Chicago winters are playing havoc on my Martins.

http://adamasguitars.com/?fa=detail&mid=1967&sid=507#


http://www.compositeacoustics.com/Fi...91/GXi_119.asp
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:28 AM
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bump.............
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:18 AM
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The thing about the Adamas is that it may have a plastic back and a carbon fiber top, but it still has a wood neck and fretboard. That means if you don't keep it well humidified you can still get the neck to shrink and the fret ends becoming exposed. CA guitars do not have this problem as the neck and fretboard are all composite.

So if you are interested in the maintenance free aspect of a carbon guitar in your Chicago winters, that could be something to take into consideration.


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