Ovation Electric Guitar and Bass List

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
Ovation Guitars

Ovation are relative newcomers to the world of 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 natural 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.

Ovation solid bodies

The first solid body, the Ovation Breadwinner appeared in 1972, quickly followed by the Deacon. These guitars are easily recognizeable from their unique shape, and although not especially rare, are quickly snapped up by players and vintage guitar collectors alike.

The double cutaway Ovation Preacher was added to the line in 1974, with the single cutaway Viper added in 1977. These new models were also great guitars with their own looks, albeit less 'out-there' than the Breadwinner / Deacon.

Manufacture continued throughout the 1970s, and 80s 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

Ovation Guitars

Ovation Breadwinner
Ovation Deacon
Ovation Preacher
Ovation Viper

Ovation Basses

Magnum

Ovation Advertising

Ovation advertisements

Ovation Catalogs

1975 Ovation solid-body catalogue

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Vintage Ovation 1117-1 Acoustic Guitar Metal Label USA Crack in Body 1977

CINCINNATI, OHIO, 45212, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$169

Vintage 1977 Ovation USA guitar w / issues and rough hard shell case. Ohio buyers add 7% sales tax. Ohio PB100101... more

1970's Ovation Ultra Acoustic Classical GUITAR Roundback EXCELLENT CONDTION

ADDY, WASHINGTON, 99101, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$845

1970's vintage Ovation Ultra Acustic Classic Guitar with black vintage case has a beautiful sound... more

80's Ovation UK II 1291 Solid Body Electric Guitar White w / OHSC (USED)

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 03101, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$768

Up for grabs is an Ovatation UKII 1291 electric guitar in a cream white color, produced for only a short period of time in the early '80s, the body is made of Urelite foam over a cast aluminum frame with a bolt-on mahogany neck & gold hardware. Two twin blade pickups, the guitar has a mono and a stereo input jack. The mono jack is the only jack working correctly. A nicely rounded mahogany neck with cream binding & black side dots. Ebony fingerboard with abalone inlays. Gold Ovation tuners are in... more

1975-80 Ovation Preacher 6 string Electric Guitar White with original Hard Case

NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA, 23601, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$629

Hello and Welcome! Up for sale is a Ovation Preacher 6 string Electric Guitar White with original Hard Case. Item is pre owned. Item shows some wear from use. There are some scuffs, scratches and some oxidation. There is a chip near the input. The fretboard needs a good cleaning. It could also benefit from a setup. We appreciate your interest today on this listing! So we can have a great transaction, please take a moment to read through our disclaimers and descriptions. Photos are of the ACTUAL ... more

Ovation 1984 Collectors Acoustic Electric Guitar

TUCSON, ARIZONA, 85750, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$450

Ovation 1984 Collectors Shallow body guitar in great condition for it's age. No cracks, only a finish line (see photo) that doesn't follow the grain of the wood. Action is nice and low. Comes with non original hard case.... more

1977 Ovation Viper

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, 64116, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500

Up for sale here is 1977? Ovation Viper with original hard-case. If you are looking at this, you probably know what it is. some small nicks and sings but all in all, in good shape. No breaks. These are really cool guitars and have a very unique sound and vibe. Neck is True and straight. Very minimal fret wear. Strap buttons have been upgraded to Dunlop locking. Thanks for looking!... more

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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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