In this Pixies' performance of "I've been tired" Joey can be seen using Ovation Viper. You can tell it's the particular guitar because of the word "Viper" on its pickguard (about 2:05 in the linked video). The guitar is black and it has two large single coil pickups, distinctive for Vipers.more
On the Sonic Youth [website](http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/gtr12.html) it is said: Used by Lee/Thurston: 1985-1986 1985 -- F#F#F#F#EB (Death Valley '69, Brave Men Run - LEE) 1986 -- F#F#F#F#EB (Death To Our Friends, Starpower - LEE) (Death To Our Friends, Starpower, Shadow of a Doubt - THURSTON) NOTES: To quote Lee, Guitar Player August '89: "When you run a slide over the Viper's pickups, it cancels out at one point so you get this weird 'wacka-wacka' sound." Sunburst body 2 single coils Maple fretboard 1 toggle switch 2 knobs Black pickguardmore
I've got an Ovation Viper exactly like the one pictured here...butterscotch with black pickguard and an ebony fretboard. The scale is longer than an average electric guitar, and as I'm mainly a rhythm player, this isn't a big deal for me. I care more about tone, and this is where the guitar delivers in spades. The neck pickup has a beautifully rich, punchy, bright tone that feels aggressive without being overbearing. The middle pickup position (both neck and bridge pickups active) provides a nice honky kind of twang. The bridge pickup is, like the neck, bright and rich, but thin enough to match what you'd want to hear from a bridge pickup.
This is a hearty guitar. It feels good when slung over your shoulder, and the versatility you get from it makes it a must-have. I'm actually quite surprised that more guitarists don't play this regularly, but on the other hand, there's something kind of cool about playing a show and having someone come up and say, "What the hell is THAT? I've never seen one before!"