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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 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.

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US ebay listings

Ovation " Preacher " Electric Guitar

Current price: $500.00
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Ovation Breadwinner Electric Guitar!!

Current price: $1099.00
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70s Ovation Breadwinner guitar tan with original case and hangtag

Current price: $1500.00
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Ovation Deacon with case

Current price: $1500.00
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70's Ovation 1251 Breadwinner Black LynaCord Finish David Cassidy Bjorn Ulvaeus!

Current price: $1295.00
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Ovation Deacon Sunburst Electric Guitar

Current price: $1500.00
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1980 Ovation Breadwinner Limited Guitar Rare Model with Case

Current price: $1499.00
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Ovation Deacon Solid Body 12 String Electric 1970s Breadwinner Active Pickups

Current price: $1999.99
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UK ebay listings

Ovation Deacon Solid Body 12 String Electric 1970s Breadwinner Active Pickups

Current price: £1509.37
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Ovation Deacon Sunburst Electric Guitar

Current price: £1132.03
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Ovation Breadwinner Electric Guitar!!

Current price: £829.40
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70's Ovation 1251 Breadwinner Black LynaCord Finish David Cassidy Bjorn Ulvaeus!

Current price: £977.32
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1973 Ovation Breadwinner Vintage Solidbody Electric Guitar USA Made Blue w/osc

Current price: £1132.03
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1974 Ovation Preacher w/ Humbuckers

Current price: £595.45
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1970's Ovation 1252 Deacon Electric guitar Free Shipping w/OHC

Current price: £2606.69
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Ovation Preacher, Kahler trem, scalloped board, Ovation case, vintage USA!

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German ebay listings

Ovation UK II 1979, super rare! Mit Gibson Saiten.

Current price: €690.00
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1975 OVATION DEACON - made in USA

Current price: €1395.00
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1979 OVATION DEEP BOWL ACOUSTIC CASE -- made in USA

Current price: €145.00
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1976 OVATION ACOUSTIC 1157-7 USA THE ANNIVERSARY MODEL -- made in USA

Current price: €777.00
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1976 OVATION ELECTRO ACOUSTIC -- made in USA -- FISHMAN PICKUP

Current price: €698.00
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BREADWINNER® 1972-79 5PLY BLACK PG f. OVATION® BWBWB PICKGUARD BLACK WHITE BLACK

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There are 1 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
craig hanus Comment left 9th March 2015 10:10:35
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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