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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.

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Ovation Breadwinner
Ovation Deacon

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Ovation advertisements

Catalogues


1975 Ovation solid-body catalogue



US ebay listings

Vintage Ovation, “Deacon,” electric guitar, 1973-1975, Serial number E 4061, an

Current price: $635.99
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1970's Vtg Ovation Ultra Series 1315 12 String Acoustic guitar Retro

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1978 Ovation Guitar

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Ovation Pacemaker 12 String 1978.

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Ovation 12 String Guitar Model 1115 With Case 1977

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OVATION STORM SERIES (Model 1232-1 Made in USA 1971)

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Vintage Early 1970's OVATION Guitars Guitar Pick - Brown 346 Shape

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Vintage Guitars Guitar Pick - Early 1970's OVATION Tortoise 351 Shape Pick

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UK ebay listings

Ovation Breadwinner Guitar c1975

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Ovation Tornado 1967 Storm Series

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German ebay listings

Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12-String 1978 with Pick-up & Original Case

Current price: €890.00
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1976 OVATION ACOUSTIC 1157-7 USA THE ANNIVERSARY MODEL -- made in USA

Current price: €777.00
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1976 OVATION ELECTRO ACOUSTIC -- made in USA -- FISHMAN PICKUP

Current price: €745.00
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1978 OVATION MAGNUM BASS CASE - made in USA

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1983 OVATION PREACHER / VIPER CASE -- made in USA

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1979 OVATION DEEP BOWL ACOUSTIC CASE -- made in USA

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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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