Ovation Breadwinner?

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  1. Dioesque

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    For some reason, recently I have become very intrigued by this somewhat obscure solid-body electric guitar. Never played one through an amp, but as a teen in the 70s saw them hanging in a mom & pop guitar shop. Body shaped like a headsman’s axe yet supremely comfortable, ebony fingerboard with 24 frets, obviously unique to make you stand out from the crowd... I’m wondering, what’s not to like? Hard to find, though. Maybe nostalgia in play. Any impressions from those who have one, or who have played one extensively?
     
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    I worked for an organ dealer who sold the early Breadwinners which had 18v active single coil, that's right those big ugly suckers are single coil pickups, later replaced by mini-humbuckers as shown above.
    It was a good player, but the electronics were crap. iirc The bottom toggle is a three way pu selector, two big knobs are Volume and Tone and the top toggle switches boost.
     
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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    I don't care much for its looks....
     
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    Seems I have heard of some owners replacing their somewhat quirky stock pickups & wiring with more conventional setups.
     
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    Yeah although Ace Freheley's which I think is now owned by Scott Grove has been left stock.
     
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    It shares the Corvus aesthetic.
     
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    Personally, I do like it. It looks like something Conan the Barbarian might wield.
     
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    Was he the guitarist with Genseric and the Vandals when they opened for Boudica and the Celts?
     
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    Why, yes indeed — and later also with The Go-Go Goths, then Attila and the Huns, before his farewell tour in Genghis and the Khans! (Not to mention his subsequent guest stint with Vlad and the Impalers.)
     
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    I have almost bought one of these a couple times.
     
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    Breadwinners were fine guitars, not to everyone's taste, but excellent. They also sit well on the leg when playing.
     

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