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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1984 Ovation - Collector - excellent condition.

CAROL STREAM, ILLINOIS, 60188, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1700

1984 ovation collectors guitar - excellent condition. No cracks or scratches. Original ovation case - excellent condition Very, very nice jazz style guitar. Fast neck, great action. No issues with electronics. Shallow body. Fretboard is ebony, tuners are ebony. These woods are now generally not available except on very high end guitars. Ebony is the preferred fretboard material as it is the hardest. I have two of these, one had a damaged top, I fixed it and have grown attached to it now. Funny. ... more

Celebrity Ovation Acoustic Guitar 1981

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, 28227, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$88

This is a Celebrity Ovation Acoustic Guitar made in 1981. It's in really nice condition. The only thing wrong with it is a small crack in the lacquer paint as shown in the photo, this doesn't effect the guitar at all. I put on new D'addario strings and adjusted the string height to lower it. this is for local pick up only.... more

RARE VINTAGE 1975 OVATION VIPER III grlc2169

FORT THOMAS, KENTUCKY, 41075, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1495

Click here to contact us directly THE GEARLICIOUS COLLECTION Proudly Presents Call us & well make a deal! (502) 414-GEAR (4327) or shoot us an email We provide a 48 hour, no-questions-asked return policy. RARE VINTAGE 1975 OVATION VIPER III Beautiful and rare Ovation Viper III with tons of tone options. Think tele / strat on steroids. Minor wear consistent with age with the exception of a couple chips near the input jack. Comes with original case. Features: Boring Fine Print SHIPPING If you are... more

OVATION ULTRA GS VINTAGE ELECTRIC GUITAR

WARRENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA, 29851, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $1304

Used, VERY nice, has Kaller with Roller Bridge and Locking Nut, May Have Some Swirl Marks, Scratches, Blemishes, Nicks, or Dings 12 Pictures LOOK OVER GOOD.... more

Applause By Ovation AA24-4 1970's Natural Maple

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, 89117, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$165

APPLAUSE BY OVATION AA24-4 VINTAGE 70'S, USA. Rare guitar with neck made of aluminium and plastic body with maple top. Sounds great, condition is good. There is little damage to plastic on body that I took a photo of, please see all photos. If you would like to see any more photos, feel free to message. Will ship fast.... more

Late 1970’s Ovation viper body and neck

SHAWNEE, KANSAS, 66216, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$110

Late 1970’s Ovation viper body and neck. Listing only includes body, neck and strap buttons. Parts show many signs of wear, Discoloration, finish cracking signs that can not be seen in the photo. Frets are worn but seem to have some life back. Sold as is.... more

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craig hanus Comment left 9th March 2015 10:10:35 reply
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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