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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

Ovation Sunburst 6String Electric Storm Series Model1232-1 Semi Hollowbody 1971

Current price: $338.33
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Ovation Artist Balladeer 1121 Vintage 1970 guitar w/ case

Current price: $250.00
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VINTAGE OVATION BALLADEER GUITAR CASE- 1970'S-BROWN

Current price: $9.99
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ovation breadwinner guitar

Current price: $875.00
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Original 1976 Ovation guitar catalog (rare)

Current price: $16.99
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Vintage Ovation Balladeer Guitar 1970's with hard shell case

Current price: $549.00
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OVATION PACEMAKER 12-STRING ACOUSTIC ELECTRIC GUITAR MADE IN CONN. USA OHSC 1978

Current price: $600.00
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Vintage Ovation Matrix Acoustic Guitar-1975- Great Condition!

Current price: $349.00
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UK ebay listings

VERY RARE 1979 OVATION ANNIVERSARY Model 1157-7

Current price: £600.00
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Extreemly Rare - Left handed - Ovation Anniversary Model 1657 Guitar (1979)

Current price: £600.00
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Time left: 9d 1h 24m
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German ebay listings

1975 OVATION DEACON - made in USA

Current price: €1399.00
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Time left: 22d 21h 58m
1976 OVATION ACOUSTIC 1157-7 USA THE ANNIVERSARY MODEL -- made in USA

Current price: €799.00
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Time left: 2d 21h 30m
Ovation Breadwinner, E-Gitarre, ca. 1973, RARIT√ĄT!

Current price: €790.00
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1976 OVATION ELECTRO ACOUSTIC -- made in USA -- FISHMAN PICKUP

Current price: €743.54
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Time left: 13d 22h 55m
1978 OVATION MAGNUM BASS CASE - made in USA

Current price: €369.00
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1983 OVATION PREACHER / VIPER CASE -- made in USA

Current price: €250.00
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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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