Ovation solidbodies never seem to get any respect, and this one got even less than most other Ovation electrics until very, very recently.The current demand for this model only underscores the irony and makes it the exception that proves the rule. For over 20 years, I have seen nothing but ignorance and apathy towards the GP, and now all of a sudden everybody wants one.
If you are reading this, you are probably already aware that the Ovation Ultra GP is currently associated with Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age.
The Artist was eventually traded for a 1657-7 Anniversary with a gorgeous tight-vein spruce orange soundboard.
Shame on me, I sold it to my friend Paolo during my "electric delirium" years.
As far as I know, this is the most complete and definitive story of this instrument. Yesterday's unwanted junk often becomes today's desirable treasure, and yesterday's cool becomes today's marginalized kitsch.
So here you go, everything you always wanted to know about the Ovation Ultra GP but were afraid to ask! What people end up wanting retroactively can be vastly different from what they thought they wanted at the time, for many different reasons. Witness the ascendance of the late 1950's Les Paul Standard over the (then) higher priced Custom, as well as the downfall of the once popular 1980's pointy hair metal guitars. Sometimes sheer star power can be enough to catapult a once unpopular "junk" guitar into the spotlight, making it the envy of other guitarists all over the world. If utter obscurity and lack of desirability, appreciatiation and respect are the defining criteria, then the GP is the ultimate "junk guitar".