From Eastwood USA –
“There’s little doubt that the Ovation Ultra GP is one of those mouth-watering rare guitars, the classic case of a model which didn’t sell well at the time of release, but then became mega-rare, very collectible and desirable instruments, years later. The clue for the main problem with the Ultra GP – and also for one of its main selling points today – lies in the name itself: GP stands for “Guitar Paul”, because, well, at the time of release, this guitar was meant as a head-to-head competition with the Gibson Les Paul. Bad move.
Why? Well, the Ultra GP was priced a little higher than a Les Paul, and people simply didn’t bite. If you wanted a Les Paul, most people probably thought, you might as well buy a Les Paul, rather than an electric guitar from a brand better known for acoustic guitars. And what’s worse – they couldn’t even get things right: called it a “ultra hard body” guitar, rather than “solid body”? How could you trust them?
The thing is… heck, you really could trust them! The Ultra GPs are superb guitars, as proven by the fact that so many players who actually played a GP would choose it over a Les Paul any day. Ovation thought they could improve on a Les Paul – sounds like sacrilege, but years later, many players will agree they succeeded.”
The most notable case was Josh Homme, who used an Ultra GP for a good part of his career – from his early years with Kyuss, to Queens Of The Stone Age. Today, the Ultra GP is quite rare and expensive, and no longer an instrument within most players’ budget.
Which brings us to the Eastwood GP. Discontinued in 2012, Eastwood’s tribute to the Ultra GP became very rare and collectible in its own right. The original production run sold out quickly and demand for this model grew to the extent that Eastwood did a limited run again in 2017.
- BODY: Solid Mahogany with Carved Maple Top
- NECK: SET Mahogany
- FINGERBOARD: Rosewood, Block Markers with 5 ply binding on neck and headstock
- SCALE LENGTH:24 3/4 ” (628mm)
- WIDTH AT NUT: 1 11/16 ” (42mm)
- PICKUPS: Dual Humbuckers modelled after Vintage Dimarzio SUPER 2’s
- SWITCHING: 3-way
- CONTROLS: 2 Volume, 2 Tone
- BRIDGE: 3-way adjustable wrap-around, fully intonatable
- HARDWARE: Gotoh Nickel/Chrome
This is one of the original Eastwood GPs from 2008, and it’s in excellent condition. There is very little evidence of player wear anywhere on this guitar. There are no dings and dents, scratches, or buckle rash on the back. It plays really well with low action and minimal neck relief. The frets show no sign of wear, and everything works as it should.
And it’s light and lively at 7.2 lbs
This Eastwood GP is a fine tribute to a well designed Ovation original that didn’t get the credit it deserved back in the day. But in its Eastwood colours, the GP lives on – a great alternative to a Les Paul for those who want that ballsy 2 humbucker sound, but with an individual character all its own.
Comes in its original Eastwood hard case in new condition.
Link to video demo – https://youtu.be/91RXeNlqfxY