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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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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
Ovation Deacon

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1975 Ovation solid-body catalogue



US ebay listings

1979 Ovation pacemaker 12 string acoustic guitar

Current price: $325.00
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Ovation Early 1970's 1251 BreadWinner-Textured Black- FREESHIPPING from JAPAN

Current price: $2340.00
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USED Ovation Early 1970's 1251 BreadWinner-Textured Black- w/ OHSC

Current price: $2700.00
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70's Ovation Schaller 3+3 Chrome Guitar Tuners Preacher others

Current price: $65.00
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Vintage 1970s Ovation Preacher Solidbody Electric Guitar White

Current price: $389.99
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1976 to 1978 OVATION GUITAR ACCOUSTIC&ELECTRIC FROM FACTORY U.S. MADE

Current price: $845.00
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Vintage Used Ovation Deacon Sunburst Electric Guitar 6 String

Current price: $700.00
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USED Ovation 1970s Viper Vintage from JAPAN

Current price: $2050.00
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UK ebay listings

1975 OVATION DEACON - made in USA

Current price: £1195.00
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Time left: 27d 9h 31m
70's Ovation Schaller 3+3 Chrome Guitar Tuners Preacher others

Current price: £44.47
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Time left: 26d 18h 10m
Ovation Breadwinner 1251 Early Model Toroidal Pups Lyrachord Finish W OHSC

Current price: £615.71
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Time left: 21h 53m
1979 Ovation UK-II Model 1291 Black All Original Original Case SUPER CLEAN

Current price: £601.35
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Time left: 13d 40m
Ovation Breadwinner, blue, Toroidal PUs early original

Current price: £888.69
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Vintage 70's Ovation Preacher Electric Guitar International Shipping

Current price: £478.21
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Ovation Deacon Sunburst Electric Guitar

Current price: £1026.20
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Ovation 1127-4 Glen Campbell, 1976

Current price: £608.00
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Time left: 18d 12h 51m
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German ebay listings

1969 OVATION ECLIPSE SEMI -- made in USA

Current price: €1195.00
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Time left: 8d 18h 10m
Ovation DEACON

Current price: €990.00
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Time left: 5d 15h 58m
1976 OVATION ACOUSTIC 1157-7 USA THE ANNIVERSARY MODEL -- made in USA

Current price: €777.00
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Time left: 10d 9h 47m
Ovation Classic Legend 1616, Bj: 1979 Nylon Strings

Current price: €700.00
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Time left: 24d 9h 53m
1976 OVATION ELECTRO ACOUSTIC -- made in USA -- FISHMAN PICKUP

Current price: €698.00
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Time left: 17d 10h 20m
Ovation UK II 1979, super rare! Mit Gibson Saiten.

Current price: €690.00
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Time left: 23d 19h 31m
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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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