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Adamas 1597 SMT pickup query

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Posted 2018-02-26 4:46 AM (#541388)
Subject: Adamas 1597 SMT pickup query

February 2018
Posts: 7

Location: Glasgow
Hi everyone! (new member) enjoy reading through the forums, I have a question of my own.

Does anyone know the reasoning on why the earlier models of the Adamas 1597 used the Thin line CP-100 pickup that is found on the Celebrity and Applause models of the same period?

In all the info we read on the most common Hi-Output Ovation pickup with it's 6 individual crystals and increased string to string performance and headroom etc, well it is common on all the Adamas and Ovations so it seems odd (to me anyway) that it is omitted at first on this high end model. I notice by 2003 (perhaps earlier) the 1597 has the Hi-Output pickup installed after all, so a change of approach there.

The reason I'm curious is I am considering buying a '98' Adamas 1597 with the thin line pickup and optima pre-amp. I have a Celebrity 12 string that has the thin line pickup and enjoy it but I do notice the difference from my friends Ovation Elite with an OP-24 and Hi-Output pickup. I realise I'm comparing a 6 with a 12 string, but i only mean comparing the fidelity/accuracy of the electrified sound. Has anyone heard a comparison of these Adamas guitars plugged in?

Replies most welcome, thanks.

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Posted 2018-02-26 1:25 PM (#541394 - in reply to #541388)
Subject: Re: Adamas 1597 SMT pickup query

December 2001
Posts: 10517

Location: NJ
both pickups work fine.
I prefer the standard Ovation wide saddle pickup that sounds the best to me.

there is a school of thought that the thinner saddle drives the top more.

I'm going to give you access to ask this in the general forum
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