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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
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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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Guitars


Ovation Breadwinner
Ovation Deacon

Advertising


Ovation advertisements

Catalogues


1975 Ovation solid-body catalogue



US ebay listings

OVATION BREADWINNER DEACON GUITAR PROJECT VINTAGE

Current price: $300.00
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Time left: 1d 16h 3m
1975 Ovation DEACON 12-STRING! Rare Model! w/ OHSC! Fancy Breadwinner Viper !

Current price: $610.00
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Time left: 3d 14h 47m
1970s Ovation Preacher Hardbody Stereo Guitar with OrigCase

Current price: $700.00
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Time left: 16h 53m
Vintage Ovation Matrix Acoustic Guitar-1975- Great Condition!

Current price: $349.00
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Time left: 3d 15h 10m
Ovation 12-String Deacon Owner's Manual

Current price: $2.00
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Time left: 6d 7h 13m
1970s Ovation Pacemaker Balladeer Acoustic electric Guitar Case

Current price: $55.00
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Time left: 4d 12h 25m
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UK ebay listings

1979 Ovation Legend 1117 SN 207792 Loaded Neck Ebony Ivory Binding Pearl Inlays

Current price: £166.46
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Time left: 6d 13h 45m
Vintage 1976 Ovation Matrix 1132-4 SN 070882 Aluminum Fretboard Loaded Neck Nice

Current price: £166.46
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Time left: 6d 13h 19m
Ovation 12 string electro acoustic guitar model 1615 Pacemaker C. 1978

Current price: £400.00
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Time left: 6d 6h 57m
APPLAUSE ACOUSTIC GUITAR BY OVATION 1970'S ALUMINUM FRETS NO.013873 SUNBURST

Current price: £109.86
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Time left: 4h 36m
1968 Ovation Storm Guitar Wiring Harness Tornado Hurricane & Eclipse w DeArmonds

Current price: £99.87
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Time left: 27d 1m
1976 OVATION ELECTRO ACOUSTIC -- made in USA -- FISHMAN PICKUP

Current price: £598.00
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Time left: 25d 12h 9m
1978 OVATION MAGNUM BASS CASE - made in USA

Current price: £299.00
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Time left: 23d 4h 42m
1975 OVATION DEACON - made in USA

Current price: £1190.00
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Time left: 21d 9h 13m
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German ebay listings

Ovation Deacon 1974 E-Gitarre

Current price: €1399.00
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Time left: 1d 20h 22m
Ovation Matrix 1132-4 (1978) Made in USA mit original Koffer

Current price: €79.00
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Time left: 1d 12h 10m
1983 OVATION PREACHER / VIPER CASE -- made in USA

Current price: €250.00
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Time left: 24d 2h
BREADWINNER® 1972-79 5PLY BLACK PG f. OVATION® BWBWB PICKGUARD BLACK WHITE BLACK

Current price: €44.50
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Time left: 19d 23h 30m
1976 OVATION ACOUSTIC 1157-7 USA THE ANNIVERSARY MODEL -- made in USA

Current price: €799.00
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Time left: 13d 1h 45m
1978 OVATION MAGNUM BASS CASE - made in USA

Current price: €379.00
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Time left: 12d 1h 39m
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