Ovation Guitar / Amp Advertisements, 1950s-1980s

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Vintage advertisements; 21 adverts covering a period of 12 years, from 1967 to 1979. Click the images to have a closer look.

Ovation Balladeer - The Ovation roundbacks are here

The Ovation roundbacks are here
Ovation Balladeer - 1967

Ovation Deluxe Balladeer - The Ovation electrics are coming

The Ovation electrics are coming
Ovation Deluxe Balladeer - 1967

Ovation Acoustics - Whatever Your Bag, You

Whatever Your Bag, You'll Get Deeper into it With an Ovation
Ovation Acoustics - 1968

Ovation Acoustics - My Name

My Name's on these Guitars
Ovation Acoustics - 1969

Ovation Thunderhead - 100 Watt

100 Watt 'Little Dude' Mini Module
Ovation Thunderhead - 1969

Ovation Breadwinner - Breadwinner

Breadwinner
Ovation Breadwinner - 1972

Ovation Acoustics - Turn On Our Acoustic Guitar

Turn On Our Acoustic Guitar
Ovation Acoustics - 1972

Ovation Breadwinner - Ovation keeps on truckin

Ovation keeps on truckin'
Ovation Breadwinner - 1972

Ovation Acoustics - Times Have Changed - Fiber Glas Replaces Wood

Times Have Changed - Fiber Glas Replaces Wood
Ovation Acoustics - 1972

Ovation 1613-4 - Loggins and Messina

Loggins and Messina
Ovation 1613-4 - 1974

Ovation Breadwinner - Ovation Rock

Ovation Rock
Ovation Breadwinner - 1974

Ovation Deacon 1252 - don

don't dilly dally... "Dude" da Deacons dynamite
Ovation Deacon 1252 - 1974

Ovation Breadwinner - Ovation Solid Bodies - They

Ovation Solid Bodies - They're Worth A Try
Ovation Breadwinner - 1975

Ovation Deacon 1252 - Ovation solid bodies. Part of the Strawbs

Ovation solid bodies. Part of the Strawbs' sound.
Ovation Deacon 1252 - 1976

Ovation Breadwinner - Ovation

Ovation's great guitar giveaway
Ovation Breadwinner - 1976

Ovation Deacon 1252 - Bloody comfortable

Bloody comfortable
Ovation Deacon 1252 - 1976

Ovation Breadwinner - Ovation Solid Bodies - They

Ovation Solid Bodies - They're Worth a Try
Ovation Breadwinner - 1976

Ovation Deacon 1253 (twelve string) - Deacon by Ovation. A new standard for 12-string solid bodies

Deacon by Ovation. A new standard for 12-string solid bodies
Ovation Deacon 1253 (twelve string) - 1977

Ovation Breadwinner - How Ovation took a hint from the 50s

How Ovation took a hint from the 50s
Ovation Breadwinner - 1977

Ovation Viper - The Hotter the Better. Viper

The Hotter the Better. Viper
Ovation Viper - 1979

Ovation Preacher - Preacher. A stereo guitar

Preacher. A stereo guitar
Ovation Preacher - 1979


Guitar makers have advertised in music magazines such as Down Beat, Guitar Player and very many more. Some manufacturers advertised widely (Guild, Gibson, Fender) but many more didn't and adverts are few and far between. Here are some of my favourite ads out of the ones i've seen. You can browse through all the images from the category links above, or by manufacturer from the links below.

AMPS
Ampeg, Leslie, Marshall, Orange, Peavey, Sunn
GUITARS
Epiphone, Fender, G&L, Gibson, Gretsch, Guild, Hagstrom, Harmony, Martin, Music Man, Rickenbacker, Vox

1967 Epiphone Ad featuring a psychedelic fish playing an Epiphone Riviera 1967 Fender Ad - Full Colour Sound
1967 Epiphone Ad featuring a psychedelic fish playing an Epiphone Riviera 1967 Fender Ad - Full Colour Sound
1973 Fender Stratocaster add - The Worlds Favourite Flying Machine 1972 Gibson Ad featuring BB King - The Man And The Woman
1973 Fender Stratocaster add - The Worlds Favourite Flying Machine 1972 Gibson Ad featuring BB King - The Man And The Woman

Vintage Ovation guitars for sale

Vintage (1980s) Adamas (by Ovation) 6 String 1681-7 BEAUTIFUL w Hard Shell Case

ORANGE, CALIFORNIA, 92869, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2599

I bought this wonderful guitar back in the 1980s. It's one of those round-backed, graphite-topped wonders like the one Nancy Wilson of Heart used to play. I took a lot of pictures so you can see the amazing craftsmanship. In great condition too no pitting on the tuning pegs and very little wear visible anywhere. It does have a "factory reconditioned" tag inside, but you're not buying it "new" anyway. Original hard shell case also included, also in great shape. Check out the pics. If you have a ... more

Rare 1976 Ovation Deacon 12-Strings with Original Hard Shell Case & Manual

MARBLE HILL, GEORGIA, 30148, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2549

Rare Ovation Deacon 12 string was used by Glenn Campbell to record an album years ago. I have only played less than 5hrs . Roy C lark also playing the same Live in Branson Missouri is on YouTube (Picture Included) Only has one Small ding on back of neck. Otherwise Excellent condition, No scratches, No Problems! Has Original manual. Orginal Hard shell case!... more

Ovation Vintage 1970's Magnum Electric Bass Guitar W / Original Hard Case

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, 94117, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2199

Ovation Vintage 1970's Magnum Electric Bass Guitar W / Original Hard Case A True Rarity! Vintage Ovation Mahogany Solidbody Electric Bass, Dual Output Jacks, Original Hard Shell Ovation Case! Serial Number indicates it was made between 1974-79 (Best Guess 1975). Very good shape for the age, some wear but nothing serious, everything pictured. Includes Original Case, which is fully functional but also shows wear, some slight warping on back edge, lid on lower inside compartment included but ... more

1975 Ovation CC274 Celebrity Limited Edition Acoustic Electric Bass Near Mint HS

MARATHON, FLORIDA, 33050, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

1975 Ovation CC274 Celebrity Limited Edition Acoustic Electric Bass Near Mint. Condition is Near Mint Enjoy fat, standup bass tone without the heft This Ovation Celebrity acoustic\-electric bass guitar offers spectacular performance, combining the woody tone of an upright with the punch of a solid body. Experience the fabulous sound of a spruce top with bass frequencies. You'll love it. Plus, the OP4BT preamp is voiced to maximize the Ovation's superior balance up and down the fingerboard. The ... more

RARE 1987 Ovation Collector's Series 1987-5 BLACK one of only 100 made!!!

CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS, 62901, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1940

Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1987 Ovation Collector's Series from a rare limited run of 100 in BLACK. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and includes its original hardshell case. There is a small chip out of the wood on the top bass side edge of the headstock, some nicks dings, and other cosmetic wear. The guitar itself remains structurally sound. All electronics work and sound great. All Illinois residents please add ... more

1970's Ovation DEACON 12-string Natural EXCELLENT CONDITION!!!

CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS, 62901, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1790

Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1970's Ovation Deacon 12-string in its original Natural finish. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete including the original hardshell case. It's in EXCELLENT condition with only extremely minor cosmetic wear. All electronics work and sound great. All Illinois residents please add 8 75% sales tax. We are happy to ship internationally, and have CITES certificates available for ... more

Ovation Collectors 1987-4   Good condition with original hard case. Very rare.

CAROL STREAM, ILLINOIS, 60188, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1700

Ovation Collectors Series 1987-4. The 1996 Book Elite copied and honored this original version. #479 of 1000. The 1987 has Ovation's better Quintad bracing pattern which allows maximum top vibration while maintaining stability. Top had some warp but no cracking. Bridge was further secured with hide glue. Super action and great tone. Fast neck. Beautiful. If you are looking for one of the most sought after Ovation guitars at a fair price this is it. Still looks great not withstanding the issue ... more

1970s Ovation Deacon 12 Sunburst with Case

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, 21224, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1599

Check US Out By Clicking the About Me Icon! 1970s Ovation Deacon 12 Sunburst Finish, Dual Pickups, Active Pre-Amp, Diamond Fingerboard Inlays, and Battle Axe Style Body. Very Good condition displaying nicks, dings, and scratches. A chip in the corner of the headstock. Upper strap button moved. Missing the bridge cover and one switch nut. A cool 1970s Ovation solidbody. Included is the original hardshell case. Maryland buyers add 6% sales tax to purchase. International Buyers International buyers... more

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