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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
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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

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Ovation Breadwinner
Ovation Deacon

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Ovation advertisements

Catalogues


1975 Ovation solid-body catalogue



US ebay listings

original ovation guitar tuning machines tuners 1970's gold plated

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Ovation Viper Solid Body 1979 Guitar Near Mint

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1975 Ovation Deacon Cherry W/ Original Case Breadwinner Viper

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1970's Ovation 1612-4 6-String Electric/Acoustic Guitar w/Hardshell Case

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1968 -69 Ovation Thunderhead Deluxe electric guitar 335 RARE!

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Rare Vintage 1976 Ovation Acoustic Guitar Glen Campell Edition Free Shipping

Current price: $300.00

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Ovation 1968 Balladeer Acoustic Guitar OHSC USED

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1978-79 OVATION PREACHER STEREO SIX STRING GUITAR

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UK ebay listings

Vintage 1976 Ovation Patriot Acoustic Guitar w/ OHSC & Case Candy! #27251

Current price: £767.01
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Vintage Ovation Breadwinner electric guitar International Shipping

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1970's Ovation Legend Model 1117-1 Acoustic Guitar

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Vintage Rare First Year 1974 Ovation Applause AA14 Acoustic Guitar U.S.A. w/case

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'75 Ovation Custom Balladeer Model #1112-4 Acoustic Guitar 1975 USA Made

Current price: £543.30
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Original 1977 OVATION GUITAR CATALOG Nice!

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1973 Breadwinner Ovation Guitar Print Ad

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1970's Vintage Ovation Eclipse Electric Thin Line Guitar - VERY RARE!

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German ebay listings

Ovation Electric Legend ca. 1978 Vintage Made in USA mit originalem Case Koffer

Current price: €580.00
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BREADWINNER® 1972-79 5PLY BLACK PG f. OVATION® BWBWB PICKGUARD BLACK WHITE BLACK

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OVATION® BREADWINNER® 1972-1979 3 PLY WHITE PG W/B/W PICKGUARD WHITE BLACK WHITE

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1983 OVATION PREACHER / VIPER CASE -- made in USA

Current price: €250.00
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1976 OVATION ELECTRO ACOUSTIC -- made in USA -- FISHMAN PICKUP

Current price: €780.00
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1976 OVATION ACOUSTIC 1157-7 USA THE ANNIVERSARY MODEL -- made in USA

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