After the release of Capitaines in 2009, we decided to get on stage again as a trio and I was determined to have a change in guitar sounds. I wanted to play exclusively on a single acoustic guitar. So I had to find an acoustic guitar that could eventually replace the electric as a soloist, and could also deliver rich harmonic frequencies. The electro-cittern was not right, because his large neck is somewhat tiring for the left hand and cant’ handle any capo, which is very annoying when you have to transpose chords on stage. Thinking about it, I told to myself that I needed in fact two guitars: a dynamic folk guitar for solos, and a rich 12 strings guitar for “modal” and “Celtic” musical parts. I as wanted only one instrument on stage, a double neck acoustic guitar was the solution! I knew that Ovation had built such a model for Jimmy Page.
So I got this one in the summer of 2009, and it proved itself just perfect for our project. This guitar provides clear, strong, brilliant sounds that can handle any noisy drummers for sure! The sound is not so warm for studio recordings, but it’s a really good guitar for stage that gave a rich, beautiful musical colour to our trio. No need to say that shortly after, I failed to my promise of bringing only one instrument on stage, and I began to add plenty of guitars to this Ovation: mandolin, cittern, mandola, Turkish saz… yes, I guess you can’t change your nature!
Saladin, Live at Mussonville