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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

Vintage OVATION Balladeer 1976 ACOUSTIC Guitar 6 String Hollow

Current price: $375.00

Time left: 4d 9h 49m
Vintage Ovation Matrix Acoustic Guitar-1975- Great Condition!

Current price: $329.00
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Time left: 6d 5h 42m
OVATION BALLADEER CUSTOM 1112-1 Acoustic Guitar USA 1972

Current price: $259.00

Time left: 5d 6h 48m
ovation guitar 1974 ser (026690) model 1117-4

Current price: $450.00

Time left: 8d 1h 27m
Free shipping USED Ovation 1281 Preacher '78 SB μ

Current price: $2340.00
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Time left: 27d 20h 58m
Free shipping USED Ovation 1251 Breadwinner 70's Textured Black μ

Current price: $2220.00
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Time left: 27d 20h 50m
Ovation Pacemaker 12 String 1978.

Current price: $500.00
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Time left: 4d 7h 10m
1980 Ovation breadwinner Limited or AKA "Ultimate" w/ OHSC- Amazing Condition

Current price: $1299.00

Time left: 2d 23h 58m
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UK ebay listings

Vintage Ovation 1977 Custom Legend Model 1117 Accoustic Guitar w Case

Current price: £269.94
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Time left: 5d 3h 43m
1970s Ovation Magnum II Electric Bass Guitar Black Humbucker USA w/ gigbag

Current price: £428.73
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Time left: 24d 10h 7m
1970s Vintage Ovation Viper Sunburst W/ Original Case

Current price: £634.53
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Time left: 12d 1h 26m
1978 Ovation 1612-1 Guitar With Original Hard Plush Lined Case

Current price: £301.70
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Time left: 6d 3h 53m
Vintage Ovation Breadwinner electric guitar International Shipping

Current price: £634.53
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Time left: 5d 14h 28m
1968 Ovation Storm Guitar Wiring Harness Tornado Hurricane & Eclipse w DeArmonds

Current price: £95.27
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Time left: 1d 20h 6m
1974 Ovation OVATION 1127-4 rare “Glen Campbell” model

Current price: £793.95
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Time left: 7d 5h 11m
1979 Ovation 1112-1 Balladeer Custom

Current price: £793.95
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Time left: 5d 11m
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German ebay listings

1976 OVATION ELECTRO ACOUSTIC -- made in USA -- FISHMAN PICKUP

Current price: €743.54
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Time left: 29d 5h 47m
1976 OVATION ACOUSTIC 1157-7 USA THE ANNIVERSARY MODEL -- made in USA

Current price: €777.00
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Time left: 28d 22h 3m
Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12-String 1978 with Pick-up & Original Case

Current price: €890.00
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Time left: 27d 18h 57m
OVATION® BREADWINNER® 1972-1979 3 PLY WHITE PG W/B/W PICKGUARD WHITE BLACK WHITE

Current price: €38.50
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Time left: 20d 7h 2m
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There are 1 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
craig hanus Comment left 9th March 2015 09:09:35
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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