I’ve always loved custom color guitars and this 1587 Adamas was one of the guitars I liked most on Ovationtribute. It has a story, because it was a present from Bill Kaman to Jol Dantzig, founder of Hamer Guitars (another guitar icon that I keep in great respect) in 1988.
Jol himself was so kind to tell me the real story of this guitar: “The true story was that it was a gift to me from Bill Kaman. But I gave it away to a friend. I did not sell the guitar, I gave it to the office manager (Annette) at Hamer the day we shut the Arlington Heights factory down. She had worked for us at Hamer nearly 15 years in all. I wanted her to have a keepsake from our office because she was not moving to New Hartford with the rest of us”.
Eventually the guitar was put for sale, so I did not miss the chance to add it to my roundback herd.
The Blue Boy had not been played much during his former life, so when I got it the voice was a bit tied, but now it sounds and plays awesome: this guitar has class to spare and a perfect neck and craftmanship.
The treble side epaulet is weird. Instead of being the smaller one used on most cutaway O’s, it’s just been cropped to fit the cutaway, so I asked Bill Kaman, who replied: “we used what we had available…”.
PS. On the Ovationtribute website it still appears on behalf of the previous owner, but in fact she is safe in my guitars lock room.