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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

Guitars


Ovation Breadwinner
Ovation Deacon

Advertising


Ovation advertisements

Catalogues


1975 Ovation solid-body catalogue



US ebay listings

Ovation Viper Electric Guitar 1973 RARE Sunburst, E Series, OHSC Minty fresh...

Current price: $549.00
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Vintage Ovation Guitars Showroom banner, Flag Promo Ad 1970's

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Vintage 1970s Ovation Preacher Solidbody Guitar *USA* Tobacco Sunburst E11884

Current price: $550.00
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Ovation Breadwinner Guitar Vintage--1974--with hard-shell case-Made in U.S.A.

Current price: $565.55
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1975 Ovation Deacon Cherry W/ Original Case Breadwinner Viper

Current price: $1399.00
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Vintage 1975 Ovation Breadwinner White W/ Original Case

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1970's Ovation Neck Made in USA

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Ovation Deacon Electric Guitar w/ brass bridge hardware& OHSC( Breadwinner)

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UK ebay listings

Ovation Preacher Deluxe vintage solidbody with original case.

Current price: £411.56
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Ovation Custom Balladeer 1112 USA made in 1979 With Pick-Up System

Current price: £50.00
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ORIGINAL NOS 1970s OVATION BREADWINNER OR DEACON PICKUP SELECTOR TOGGLE SWITCH

Current price: £35.00
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Ovation Electro Acoustic ( Circa 1977) guitar

Current price: £450.00
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1976 Cat Stevens Ovation Acoustic Electric Guitar Print Ad

Current price: £6.33
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Rare 1970s Ovation Breadwinner Vintage Electric Guitar made in the USA plus case

Current price: £899.00
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1973 Ovation The Cat Dual Action & Little Dude Bass RMS System Print Ad

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

Current price: £94.34
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German ebay listings

█▬█ █ ▀█▀ Ovation Viper Electric Guitar mid 1970s *Rare

Current price: €200.00
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1976 OVATION ACOUSTIC 1157-7 USA THE ANNIVERSARY MODEL -- made in USA

Current price: €799.00
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1976 OVATION DEACON -- made in USA

Current price: €1150.00
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BREADWINNER® 1972-79 5PLY BLACK PG f. OVATION® BWBWB PICKGUARD BLACK WHITE BLACK

Current price: €44.50
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1976 OVATION ACOUSTIC 1157-7 USA THE ANNIVERSARY MODEL -- made in USA

Current price: €749.00
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1983 OVATION PREACHER / VIPER CASE -- made in USA

Current price: €250.00
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