This Ovation Viper is an absolute dream! One of the nicest sounding and playing guitars we’ve seen come through the shop. It is surprising that these instruments aren’t fetching a lot more on the market these days. The pickups especially sound outrageously-nice with a ton of output and similar in character to hot Rickenbacker pickups or Lollars: extremely clear, articulate and sensitive to finger attack. This particular Buttery Cream finish 1271 is in very good shape with clean electronics, straight neck with good truss rod, solid tuners, solid bridge system, nicely-figured nut, a comfortable Gibson-like neck shape, three-way switch, volume and tone controls. Nice single cut shape for reaching the upper frets. Frets are in good shape overall with only minor pitting in the open position. A few marks on the body, some discoloration in the finish, but nothing too scary (see photos). Overall, just a ton of guitar for under $1000.