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Instruments manufactured by Ovation

Fiber-Glas replaces wood - Ovation guitars had a rounded Lyrachord back, a point that they emphasised in early advertising. See other vintage Ovation adverts here.
Ovation Breadwinner
The Ovation Breadwinner debuted in 1972, as the companies first solid body guitar
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Ovation Elite 1718 - from late '80's
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couldn't resist it..Ovation Magnum
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Ovation Guitars

Ovation are relative newcomers to the world of vintage guitars, only launching their range at the 1967 NAMM show in Chicago. Ovation started as an off-shoot of founder Charles Kamen's work in the aviation field, studying vibration and resonances in helicopter blades. Whilst other respected American manufacturers relied heavily of quality nautral products and the artistry of their master luthiers, Ovation came very much from a science and engineering perspective: they used oscillographs to test existing instruments, and came up with the famous Ovation rounded back design, and suggested the use of a synthetic material, Lyrachord, claiming it to be more resonant that any wood.

The following description comes from the publicity for Ovation's NAMM show debut, Chicago 1967:

Ovation Instruments is a Division of Kaman Corporation, a major supplier to the United States government of military helicopters, rescue equipment, electronic components and other aerospace products. There are eight divisions of Kaman, participating in such diverse industries as commercial transportation, nuclear sciences, space medicine, education and social sciences, oceanography and, most recently, recreation.

Production was based in Hartford Connecticut, initially producing acoustic guitars, the first being the Ovation Balladeer, quickly following them with electric semi-acoustics such as the Ovation Thunderhead guitar and Typhoon bass. The first solid body, the Ovation Breadwinner appeared in 1972.

Manufacture continued throughout the 1970s, with parent company Kaman expanding into other areas of musical instrument production (at points owning Hamer and Trace-Elliot). Today Ovation concentrate on their acoustics only.

Index of Ovation content on vintageguitarandbass.com

Guitars


Ovation Breadwinner
Ovation Deacon

Advertising


Ovation advertisements

Catalogues


1975 Ovation solid-body catalogue



US ebay listings

Free Shipping!! Very Rare!! Ovation 1252 Deacon '78 Cherry Guitar β

Current price: $2281.00
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Time left: 4d 20h 33m
1979 Ovation Custom Legend 12 String RARE!! Excellent Showroom Condition AAA Top

Current price: $225.00

Time left: 9d 3h 36m
VINTAGE OVATION 12 STRING ACOUSTIC PACEMAKER 1115-1 CA 1977/OVATION HARD CASE

Current price: $495.00
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OLD VINTAGE RARE 1968 OVATION TYPHOON II 4 STRING ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR WITH CASE

Current price: $899.95
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Time left: 28d 11h
Eastwood Breadwinner, Ovation Tribute, RARE Black, discontinued

Current price: $699.99

Time left: 3d 4h 32m
Vintage Ovation Balladeer Guitar 1970's with hard shell case

Current price: $375.00
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Time left: 5d 2h 45m
VINTANGE OVATION ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC USED 1978

Current price: $99.99
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Time left: 4d 11h 45m
1971 Ovation Applause Vintage AA24-1 Acoustic Guitar Aluminum Fret Board Round

Current price: $150.00
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Time left: 2d 7h 20m
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UK ebay listings

1975 OVATION DEACON - made in USA

Current price: £1069.00
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Time left: 9d 37m
Ovation,stereo legend classical original 1978

Current price: £925.00
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Time left: 1d 7h 13m
1979 Ovation 1112-1 Balladeer Custom

Current price: £797.73
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Time left: 14d 3h 8m
1974 Ovation OVATION 1127-4 rare “Glen Campbell” model

Current price: £797.73
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Time left: 16d 8h 8m
Rare 1970s Ovation Breadwinner Vintage Electric Guitar made in the USA plus case

Current price: £799.00
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Time left: 4d 5h 12m
Vintage Ovation Breadwinner electric guitar International Shipping

Current price: £637.54
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Time left: 14d 8h 29m
1970s Vintage Ovation Viper Sunburst W/ Original Case

Current price: £637.54
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Time left: 20d 16h 14m
1976 OVATION ELECTRO ACOUSTIC -- made in USA -- FISHMAN PICKUP

Current price: £569.00
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Time left: 5d 1h 27m
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German ebay listings

1975 OVATION DEACON - made in USA

Current price: €1399.00
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Time left: 28d 39m
Ovation Deacon E Gitarre

Current price: €999.00
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Time left: 3d 7h 41m
Ovation Breadwinner, E-Gitarre, ca. 1973, RARITÄT!

Current price: €800.00
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Time left: 27d 6h 41m
1976 OVATION ACOUSTIC 1157-7 USA THE ANNIVERSARY MODEL -- made in USA

Current price: €777.00
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Time left: 7d 23h 24m
1976 OVATION ELECTRO ACOUSTIC -- made in USA -- FISHMAN PICKUP

Current price: €743.54
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Time left: 18d 22h 55m
Seltene Ovation Gitarre Patriot limited edition von 1976 in gutem Zustand

Current price: €499.00
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Time left: 3d 9h 1m
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There are 1 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
craig hanus Comment left 9th March 2015 09:09:35
I hav a Ovation electric bass. Its been in the original case for 26 years. I dont know the year. model #1451-8. any idea of value

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