Originally Posted by portervance
Ok I'll have to give this a try next time I get motivated. I sent an email to Ovation support and they just told me to drop the guitar off at an authoized dealer. No thanks!.
I thought the mic inside the guitar might be the culprit too, but I literally hear no line noise when amped. Preamp seems to function normally otherwise.
You're not making sense. How do you know that the "Preamp seems to function normally otherwise" if it's not putting out any signal? Do you mean that the battery light comes on? If so that means it's highly likely you have a bad pickup.
Which model is it, the LCC047? (Which is the only lefty I find on their site in the Celebrityseries.)
I also don't get your beef with the preamp's features - what else do you need? That preamp has a compensation circuit in it matched to the pickup's output response - switching to another preamp might not sound as good. About the only feature I can see that the preamp lacks is a built in tuner and frankly, the built-in tuners in such preamps are rudimentary at best. Get yourself a Peterson Stomp Classic pedal tuner or a Strobo-clip clip-on (probably the latter) and be happy.
Your best bet is to drop the guitar off at an authorized dealer or service facility. Attempting to work on it yourself will almost certainly void the warranty.
A bit of information - this guitar has no mic inside. What it has is a piezoelectric pickup built into the bridge. You cannot service this yourself. With the symptoms you're describing the odds are that either the pickup is bad or the preamp is bad. Have the guitar serviced.
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