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Ovation Balladeer 12 Roundback
John Paul Jones, April 30, 1977, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan
General Specs
Body: Solid Sitka Spruce top, Lyrachord body
Finish: Hand-rubbed Polyester
Neck: Five piece laminated neck, Honduran Mahogany and rock maple
Fingerboard: Ebony with dot inlays
Frets: 18
Bridge: Ebony stained Brazilian Rosewood
Headstock: Flared vaneer, finished with Brazilian Rosewood
Tuners: Kluson tuning heads
Hardware: Nickel Silver
Pickups: Built-In
Controls: (1) Volume, (1) Tone, (1) Gain
Years in use: 1977
John Paul Jones used the Ovation Balladeer 12 Roundback Guitar on the first leg of the 1977 US Tour. It was used on the acoustic set as well as on Ten Years Gone. For the second leg of the tour, the Ovation was replaced by the Manson Triple Neck Acoustic Instrument.


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February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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