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Ovation is pleased to expand its hybrid VXT offering with new finishes, exotic tops and a lower priced model.

The VXT was introduced in May 2007 as one model available in a Sunburst and Black finish options. For January 2008, in addition to its Black and Sunburst predecessors, VXT models will now be available in Cherry Trans and Cinnamon Burst finishes. Retail: $2599

Deluxe VXT models featuring new exotic Flame Maple tops will also be added to the 2008 line up. Deluxe VXTs will be available in 59 Burst and Brown Sugar Flame finishes. Retail: $2699

Ovation will also be introducing a lower priced VXT in two new finish options. The VXT Standard is based on Ovation’s popular Elite T guitar and features a maple neck, one-piece poplar body, textured body finishes, Seymour Duncan P90 pickups, and, like the original VXT, VIP microphone imaging technology that controls the acoustic output. Available in Black and Titanium Silver finishes. Retail: $2199

Ovation’s VXT allows you to pan from sweet acoustic finger style to hard driving power chords with just the turn of a knob. Discover a near infinite range of exciting new sounds by combining electric and acoustic tones in amounts that suit your own style. 

Two Seymour Duncan ’59 Humbucking pickups supply plenty of electric power while Ovation’s VIP (Virtual Image Processing) preamp provides a natural, studio quality acoustic sound. A chambered mahogany body creates a rich depth for both the electric and acoustic modes, without a trace of feedback even at high stage volumes.

Check out the VXT and other Ovation guitars at Summer NAMM booth #536. Visit the VXT online at www.thevxt.com and www.ovationguitars.com


Ovation’s tradition of offering annual Limited Edition Collectors’ guitars began in 1982. Since then, over 30 models have become a part of this highly collectible series. For the first time, Ovation’s crown jewel – the ADAMAS – will be added to the list of inductees as the 2008 Collectors’ installment. 

In the early part of 2008, Ovation will commence production on 100 rare, and soon to be sought after guitars in their New Hartford, CT factory. The 2008 Collectors’ features some of the best design and technology that Ovation has offered in its 40-plus years as leaders in the acoustic/electric market. As custom with all Adamas models, the soundboard is made from highly refined carbon fiber (graphite) and attached to the body by a suspended composite ring. Its Contour body is handmade from lightweight fiberglass cloth and pumps out tons of acoustic energy. Powering the electric side is Ovation’s own VIP preamp with 5 built-in microphone images that accurately replicate and enhance the guitar’s natural voice. 

Other noteworthy specs include a walnut neck, 1 ¾” nut width, slotted peghead and 18k gold-filled fingerboard inlays and top trim. Only 100 pieces will be produced – each sequentially numbered. Retail: $5000


Takamine’s LTD2008 2008 limited edition guitar celebrates the neighborhood that is our world – exposed in a view that few humans have ever seen. The LTD2008 depicts planet Earth, as seen from the surface of the moon, suspended in the blackness of space and illuminated in crescent by the rising sun. The land, sea and atmosphere -- fashioned from semi precious stone, shell and wood inlay -- adorn the LTD’s soundhole. Its neck features a blazing sun rising as it ascends the fretboard. Other notable features of the NEX body shape guitar include a gloss black finish top, back & sides, solid cedar top with solid mahogany back, mahogany sides, ebony fingerboard, and CT4B preamp. Retail: $2499 including case.


In celebration of 45 years of dedication to the art and craft of guitar making, Takamine is proud to offer this eye-catching 45th anniversary commemorative guitar. This handcrafted instrument is an active showpiece displaying the highest level of the luthier’s art. 

Built with impeccable craftsmanship and of the very finest tone woods, this limited edition guitar is indeed the embodiment of the art and craft of guitar making. The 45th Anniversary model is a dreadnought cutaway with solid bearclaw spruce top and solid African rosewood back and sides bound in highly figured koa. The rosette features an abalone and wood Celtic Weaver design. The ebony bridge features abalone and MOP inlays while the ebony fretboard is delicately inlayed with snowflake crystals. Topping off this heirloom quality instrument is a peghead inlayed with a genuine Sapphire, the official jewel of a 45th anniversary. Takamine’s TLD line driver preamp provides the power behind the 45th’s acoustic prowess. Retail: $5500


Takamine’s Kenny Chesney Signature model is your one-way ticket to a little piece of paradise. Designed by Kenny, this guitar captures the island spirit perfectly. Good times are just a couple of chords away!

The Kenny Chesney Signature (KC70) model features an OM body with a satin-finish solid cedar top, solid mahogany back and mahogany sides. The rosette is adorned with Kenny’s original “Guitars, Tiki Bars and a Whole Lotta Love” icon inlays; these are also inlaid into the 12th fret of the fingerboard. Kenny’s signature is laser etched into the rosewood fretboard, and Kenny personally signs each label inside the guitar. To top it all off, a palm tree is inlaid in to the top of the headstock. The KC70 is powered by the great Takamine CT4B preamp. Retail: $2219


The Singer Songwriter (TF430SS) is the latest addition to Takamine’s new “T” series of boutique-quality guitars. The Singer Songwriter was designed and built specifically for the composer looking for inspiration – in the form of an elegant writing instrument with a vintage look and sweet voice. Inspiration can literally be found on each guitar – engraved into the Ivory heel cap of each piece. Other features include a hand selected solid cedar top, solid ovangkol back and sides, concentric ring rosette, ebony fretboard and CTP-2 preamp. Its NEX body is well voiced for balance and responds extremely well to the variety of playing styles that songwriters need to perfect their craft. Available in Vintage Sunburst semi gloss finish. 
Retail: $2219