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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1989 Ovation VIPER acoustic electric Bass EAB68 Cherryburst

CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS, 62901, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1190

Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1989 Ovation Viper acoustic electric EAB68 bass in Cherryburst. It has a good playing neck with great frets. It's all original and includes a later hardshell case (the case has some damage). This bass is in EXCELLENT condition with only a couple minor nicks dings, and extremely minor surface wear. It remains structurally sound with no cracks, breaks, or repairs. All electronics work and sound great. All Illinois ... more

1988 Ovation THUNDERBOLT TB01 acoustic electric PEARL WHITE

CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS, 62901, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$590

Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1988 Ovation Thunderbolt TB01 in its original Pearl White finish. It has a great playing neck with good frets. It's all original and includes a later hardshell case. This vintage Ovation looks great with some cracks in the binding, a small piece of replaced binding on the treble side of the neck, and other minor cosmetic wear. There is also an area on the bottom edge where the top has slightly separated from the body. ... more

OVATION VIPER ELECTRIC SUNBURST GUITAR FROM "73-75" IN ORIGINAL CASE Ships Free!

ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA, 92025, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $1330

OVATION VIPER ELECTRIC SUNBURST GUITAR FROM "73-75" IN ORIGINAL CASE SHOWS WEAR AND MARKINGS / SCRATCHES CONSISTENT WITH AGE AND FROM USEA FEW DINGS ON FACE AND TOP OF THE NECKMISSING STRAP PIN AT BOTTOM AND TOP(SCREWS INCLUDED) IS STILL IN GOOD CONDITION OVERALL FREE SHIPPING!! (ebaylocation-salesfloor) North County Loans & Jewelry is an operating Pawn Shop, so most items we sell are used. Every item has been tested / checked thoroughly prior to posting. All items are sold as-is. We take ... more

1985 Ovation Collector's Series 2985-1 Autumnburst 12-string with COA

CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS, 62901, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1090

Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1985 Ovation Collector's Series 2985-1 12-string in Autumnburst. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete including its original certificate of authenticity. It's in great shape with just a slight amount of belly bulge, one finish crack below the bridge, and other very minor cosmetic wear. The guitar itself remains structurally sound. All electronics work and sound great. All ... more

RARE 1987 Ovation Collector's Series 1987-5 BLACK one of only 100 made!!!

CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS, 62901, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2190

Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1987 Ovation Collector's Series from a rare limited run of 100 in BLACK. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and includes its original hardshell case. There is a small chip out of the wood on the top bass side edge of the headstock, some nicks dings, and other cosmetic wear. The guitar itself remains structurally sound. All electronics work and sound great. All Illinois residents please add ... more

OVATION VIPER - ELECTRIC GUITAR - 1973 - 75' - GREAT CONDITION # E-8800 U S.A.

EASTFORD, CONNECTICUT, 06242, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $1033

You are looking at what we believe to be a "1973 - 1975" OVATION VIPER ELECTRIC GUITAR Serial # E 8800 Guitar is in very good condition, has 2 dings (near each strap button as shown in photos), plays beautifully, very little fret wear, believe to be in original condition with no modifications . Case is a "fleece-lined" chip board case and in good condition thanks for looking .check our feedback !... 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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