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Instruments manufactured by Ovation

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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.

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Ovation Breadwinner
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1975 Ovation solid-body catalogue

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Ovation 12 string 1979 acoustic guitar Glen Campbell 1118

Current price: $56.00
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VINTAGE USA 1969 OVATION MODEL 1111.4 ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Current price: $150.00

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VINTAGE 1970'S OVATION APPLAUSE ACOUSTIC GUITAR USA MADE KAMAN AA24-9

Current price: $41.00
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VINTAGE 1970'S OVATION APPLAUSE ACOUSTIC GUITAR USA MADE KAMAN AA24-9

Current price: $45.67
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Vintage Ovation E 1731 Breadwinner 6 String Electric Guitar

Current price: $262.00
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Ovation Breadwinner Limited in excellent condition

Current price: $750.00
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Ovation Breadwinner Guitar

Current price: $439.00
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1976 DAVE MASON Got an Ovation Guitar Vintage Print Ad

Current price: $8.45

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1974 Mac Davis plays Ovation Roundback Guitars Print Ad

Current price: $8.45

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1976 Ovation Guitar Ad Jim Messina Got An Ovation

Current price: $8.45

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1977 Al DiMeola Gets an Ovation Guitar Photo Print Ad

Current price: $8.45

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1978 Ovation Stereo Acoustic-Electric guitar print Ad

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1977 Dave Lambert of The Strawbs plays an Ovation guitar photo print Ad

Current price: $8.45

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1978 Cat Stevens plays Ovation acoustic guitar print Ad

Current price: $8.45

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1974 Jim Croce plays an Ovation 1617 Electric Legend guitar photo print Ad

Current price: $8.45

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1968 Ovation Amplicards for sound insurance in guitar ampliliers print Ad

Current price: $8.45

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1979 Ovation Stereo Preacher imagine possibilities Ad

Current price: $8.45

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1973 Ovation guitars Keep On Truckin' vintage cartoon print Ad

Current price: $8.45

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1973 David Gates and Jimmy Griffin of Bread play Ovation guitars photo print Ad

Current price: $8.45

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1967 Ovation Ready for the Storm Electric Guitars print Ad

Current price: $8.45

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1970s Ovation Deacon - made in USA!!

Current price: £222.22
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1973-1984 vintage KEY for Martin + Ovation Samsonite guitar cases case lock D 28

Current price: £10.10
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OVATION,BALEDERE GUITAR 1978 ORIGONAL.

Current price: £350.00

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1973 OVATION BREAD DAVID GATES JIMMY GRIFFIN GUITAR PRINT AD

Current price: £4.75
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1979 OVATION NANCY WILSON TONY RICE ROY CLARK LARRY CORYELL GUITAR PRINT AD

Current price: £5.94
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1967 Ovation Guitar Magazine Ad Richie Havens

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1973 KENNY LOGGINS IN AN OVATION ACOUSTIC GUITAR AD

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1973 LOGGINS & MESSINA RECORD WITH OVATION GUITARS AD

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1974 EXCELLENT ART AD FOR OVATION GUITARS AD

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1974 KENNY LOGGINS IN AN OVATION GUITAR AD

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1974 LOGGINS & MESSINA PLAY OVATION GUITARS AD

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1974 MAC DAVIS IN AN OVATION ROUNDBACK GUITAR AD

Current price: £5.94
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1974 SUPER ART AD FOR THE OVATION ROCK GUITAR AD

Current price: £5.94
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1974 THE OVATION ROCK GUITAR ART AD

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1974 THE VERY NATURAL SOUND OF AN OVATION GUITAR ART AD

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1975 DAVE NELSON OF NEW RIDERS OVATION GUITAR AD

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1975 DAVE NELSON OF THE NEW RIDERS IN AN OVATION AD

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1975 KENNY LOGGINS IN AN OVATION GUITAR AD

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1975 KENNY LOGGINS IN AN OVATION GUITAR ALBUM PROMO AD

Current price: £5.94
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1975 OVATION STRING FLING AD

Current price: £5.94
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