Book Elite 1768-7 LTD

Specifications …

Cousins … 1987 Collector (left) and 1996 Book Elite (right)

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Technically it's the model 1768-7LTD, but everyone just calls it the "Book Elite".  So what is it?  In 1996 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ovation, a special series of instruments were commissioned - 6 string, 12 string, mandolin, Viper, Longneck and Manocello.  All had common ornamentation.  The 6 string guitar (basically a well dressed Elite) was pictured on the cover of the Walter Carter book "The History Of The Ovation Guitar".  Hence, ever since, this guitar has been called the "Book Elite".  Specifications include a deep cutaway bowl, Optima preamp system with XLR, honey toned spruce top, and the entire body, neck and headstock bound in abalone.  No fretboard markers except for a "1966-1966" inlay on the 12th fret.  This is one of the most stunning looking Ovation instruments ever produced.