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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1985 OVATION COLLECTORS SERIES HONEYBURST FINISH EXC W / OHSC FREE US SHIPPING!

MOUNT PLEASANT, SOUTH CAROLINA, 29464, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

Hello everyone and thanks for looking Selling a Vintage Rare 1985 Ovation Collectors Series Shallow Bowl Acoustic Electric. This would've been the Best of the best for Ovation in 1985 These were Limited Editions of the Nicest Ovation For that year This one is in Exc shape with no issues Plays Great with super Low Action No Noticeable fret wear Has the usual stress crack in the Poly Clear coat on top hard to see .Comes with original Hard Shell Case All Electronics work as should. Please email me... more

1983 Ovation Adamas 1587-8 Reverse Blue Burst A / E DEEP Guitar AWESOME COND.

YUCAIPA, CALIFORNIA, 92399, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2699

PRE-OWNED 1983 Ovation Adamas I .MODEL 1587-8 DEEP HOLLOW BODY ACOUSTIC / ELECTRIC GUITAR . Reverse Blue Burst CARVED HEAD (SOMETIMES REFERED TO AS "BROCCOLI" INDICATES THIS IS THE ADAMAS I SERIES VS THE ADAMAS II COMES WITH GOLD TONED TUNER PEGS . THE UNITS HAS THE (2) TWO WOOD KNOBS FOR THE TUNERS . NOTE . THE OVATION PRE-FORMED CASE IS IN ROUGH CONDITION ON THE EXTERIOR . THERE ARE CRACKES IN THE OUTER SHELL . BUT THE INSIDE IS STILL IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE . IT KEEPS THE GUITAR SAFE ... more

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

ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA, 92025, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $1336

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

1981 Ovation GLEN CAMPBELL model 1618 12-string Natural VERY CLEAN!!!

CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS, 62901, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$890

Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1981 Ovation Glen Campbell 1618 12-string in its original Natural finish. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete including its original hardshell case. The case has some damaged areas, but still functions just fine. The guitar is in AMAZING condition with only one short finish crack on the top of body, and other extremely minor surface wear. Everything remains structurally sound... more

1960s Ovation Condor

COVINGTON, KENTUCKY, 41011, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

An Ovation Condor. An early example of guitar synths. These could be paired with a separate specific effects unit for analog effects like vibrato and tremolo. Also, various sounds and instruments. All triggered by the guitar. I do have the Condor Effect unit, but it is selling separately. I am missing the cable. However, as a stand alone, this is a fine 335 style guitar. I do not have a case. Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE TERMS OF SALE (please read before bidding) * ALL SALES ARE ... more

'85 Ovation Collector's Series 1985-1 AUTUMNBURST w / certificate of authenticity

CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS, 62901, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$890

Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1985 Ovation Collector's Series in Autumnburst. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete including its original hardshell case and original certificate of authenticity. It's in EXCELLENT condition with only very little extremely minor cosmetic wear. Everything remains structurally sound with no cracks, breaks, or repairs. All electronics works and sound great. All Illinois ... 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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