What should have been a straight forward setup was complicated by the undersaddle pickup design. This Ovation's saddle is machined into the pickup so I could not just remove material off the bottom like usual. The material had to be removed from the top of the saddle in order to lower the action. Ideally I would have liked to disconnect the pickup and re-profile the top of the saddle but that would have taken longer than the time allotted to this while-you-wait setup (she had an upcoming gig). The saddle is made of a softer synthetic material with significant string bite so I treated it like a nut and filed the grooves deeper.
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New Standard Tuning Setup :: 1986 Ovation 1867 Legend [5.1 lbs]
Have you ever heard the term, "New Standard Tuning (NST)"? I hadn't either until a couple weeks ago. This involves tuning the guitar to all fifths C-G-D-A-E-G (standard tuning is in 4ths). This NST tuning was popularized by Robert Fripp (King Crimson) in use of his "Guitar Craft" classes. Students attending this class all employ this tuning to remove familiar patterns and well-played riffs. The class then can focus more on basic techniques and a renewed relationship with making music on guitar.