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john bange
Posted 2017-01-12 1:27 AM (#531939)
Subject: #60 Josh White



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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ovation-Josh-White-steel-string-classical-R...
anyone see this
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photodork
Posted 2017-01-12 2:00 AM (#531943 - in reply to #531939)
Subject: RE: #60 Josh White



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I believe the original 60's josh advertisement said it could be strung with either steel or nylon strings, but i dont recall there being a specific classical version. They do have a slotted headstocks and classical style tuners and the bridge is a ball end type, so i dont know what makes his different from my 67 josh.
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john bange
Posted 2017-01-12 2:19 AM (#531944 - in reply to #531943)
Subject: RE: #60 Josh White



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"classical style" might be a little bit..."off the mark" but, It looks real enough...not too sure about the tuning pegs.
pretty rough condition but you don't see them come up for sale too often.
I wish my country artist had a deep bowl.
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Standingovation
Posted 2017-01-12 6:38 AM (#531947 - in reply to #531939)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White



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This looks all original including the fat rollers.
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Beal
Posted 2017-01-12 7:50 AM (#531950 - in reply to #531939)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White



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yes it does, we'll see if my bid holds.
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jay
Posted 2017-01-12 10:58 AM (#531953 - in reply to #531939)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White



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Has to be one of the first...it has been a long time since a double digit serial has shown up. I would assume the majority of the first ones were balladeers?
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tpa
Posted 2017-01-12 1:10 PM (#531955 - in reply to #531939)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White


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Strings seem close to the fretboard edge. But a nice, cool guitar with signs of being appreciated (played).
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photodork
Posted 2017-01-12 2:14 PM (#531957 - in reply to #531939)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White



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Would anyone know how many josh's were made before production stopped?
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Standingovation
Posted 2017-01-12 4:17 PM (#531959 - in reply to #531939)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White



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First ones didn't have floral rosette. They had same rosette as the Classical.
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Beal
Posted 2017-01-17 11:25 AM (#532054 - in reply to #531939)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White



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Really? I don't recall that but it might be the case.
The small shaft tuners can take nylon strings but the are pretty prone to breaking on the gbe strings. When it was reintroduced as the folklore they used the classic machine heads, with the fat nylon shafts.
The Josh White was in the lineup from the beginning. Chances are this one is the 60th guitar made aside from the dozen or so prototypes
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2017-01-17 11:54 AM (#532055 - in reply to #531939)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White


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I hope you're right, Bill, and I guess you'll find out soon and let us know.
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Beal
Posted 2017-01-17 12:16 PM (#532056 - in reply to #531939)
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Got shipped today an should be here after NAMM.
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Beal
Posted 2017-01-17 12:21 PM (#532057 - in reply to #531939)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White



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It looks all original. A question about the bridge is I thought they were rosewood but that one looks like ebony. Maybe we made a few in ebony at the start. we'll see when it gets here.
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jay
Posted 2017-01-17 12:23 PM (#532058 - in reply to #532054)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White



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Congrats Bill for scoring #60. I will be interested as to your impressions, once you get it. It is interesting to me that Ovation may have produced as many of the JW's as they did the Balladeer, at this stage,...because the JW was really a non-traditional slothead, wide neck, 12 fretter...not to mention, using a plastic bowl. 
The 5 point bridge, with just the holes drilled (no ball channel), probably speaks volumes to the infancy stage Ovation was at.

Also, I could not see a defining picture as to whether 3 planks were used. I can't wait for you to let us know about it.

 



Edited by jay 2017-01-17 12:26 PM
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Damon67
Posted 2017-01-17 3:40 PM (#532062 - in reply to #531939)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White



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Nice grab
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Beal
Posted 2017-01-17 4:32 PM (#532064 - in reply to #531939)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White



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Yeah. It is a real early bridge. Another sign is there is no heel cap.
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Standingovation
Posted 2017-01-18 8:17 AM (#532092 - in reply to #532054)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White



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Beal - 2017-01-17 10:25 AM

Really? I don't recall that but it might be the case.


Check the book. Pg 107 photo. Actually not the same zig-zag rosette as the classical. It was the ring of diamonds rosette, same as some of the very early deluxe balladeers.
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Bluebird
Posted 2017-01-18 11:58 AM (#532099 - in reply to #531939)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White



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Beal, it looks like it may be lacquer finished, hard to say from the pics but that would be a major bonus if it was.
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BCam
Posted 2017-01-18 12:51 PM (#532102 - in reply to #531939)
Subject: Re: #60 Josh White


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Here's a link to a History Detectives episode on Josh White and a custom Guild guitar which the owner thinks is a pre-cursor to a Guild Josh White signature model. In addition to tracking down the history of the custom Guild guitar, the episode addresses Ovation's beating Guild to the punch in launching a Josh White signature model guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2dXwZ5beQ0
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