Following Ovation's 35 year tradition of "doing something different," Ovation's new Tangent Series brings the traditional Ovation Roundback to a new level and direction. These guitars are visually different from the standard Ovation models, yet have the sound and playability that Ovation is known for. T357 has advanced electronics, a super-shallow cutaway bowl with new sound ports, a cutaway body, and a low profile neck to fit electric players. Other features include a black top, black peghead, gunmetal machine heads and pearloid fingerboard inlays.
Why The Round Back
A long time ago, conventional wisdom said that the world was flat. Not very long ago, acoustic guitar purists believed that guitar backs should be flat as well. Enter the upstarts at Ovation.
When Charlie Kaman set about to build a better guitar 35 years ago, he had no preconceived notions about instrument design. After much analysis and experimentation, a parabolic "bowl" shape proved to give the best projection, volume and tone. Ovation gained its fame with its round back and today makes roundbacks in three body sizes Ö super shallow, mid-depth, and deep. Whichever one you choose, you'll get clear projection and rich, full tone.
Guitarmaking is an Art. So What's with All the Science
No other maker has applied Ovation's level of technology to instrument design. Using extremely sophisticated equipment and Kaman's aerospace research resources, we've been able to determine precisely which specifications affect which part of the guitar's tonal spectrum.
Pioneers of the Plug
Nowadays, purely acoustic guitars are a rarity on stage. Over the last 2-and-a-half decades, Ovation has maintained its acoustic/electric leadership position. Today, more than 95% of all Ovations sold around the world are acoustic/electrics. They now offer systems to suit almost any particular taste and application.
Megadeth was Ovation's first choice to receive and test its new Tangent Series
In mid-2001, Ovation made some prototypes of guitars with new cosmetics, designed to appeal to its core user base: electric guitarists. These guitars would become part of new "Ovation Tangent Series." The guitars features black tops, black pegheads, gunmetal machine heads, and pearloid fingerboard inlays, together with Ovation's trademark black super-shallow cutaway bowl. To make sure that the instruments were "right" for the target audience, Ovation wanted to place them with players who put their guitars through the rigors of the road.
The first choice for Ovation to test the appeal of these new guitars was Megadeth, known worldwide for their demanding standards in their instruments. After receiving the first Tangent Series (T257-5) prototype, guitarist Dave Mustaine was blown away by the guitar's incredible looks and sound. After seeing and hearing Dave's new Ovation, bassist Dave Ellefson and guitarist Al Pitrelli decided that they would like to have similar instruments for writing purposes and to present a common front in the band's all-acoustic set. Now all 3-band members have all-black Ovation guitars and are using them extensively.
Ovation is proud to be working with Megadeth, and looks forward to providing them with the best tools for their trade.
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