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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

Ovation Deacon all original with OHSC great Condition

Current price: $999.00
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Time left: 6d 16h 48m
1968 Ovation Classic Shiny bowl, "Tootsie Roll" Bridge, Ex. Cond. Vint Classical

Current price: $900.00
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Time left: 5d 22h 49m
Vintage 1973 Ovation Deacon Electric Guitar OHSC EX NR!

Current price: $510.00
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VTG 1970's Ovation / Shaller slot head individual guitar tuners 12 pieces gold

Current price: $50.00
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SUPER RARE~Ovation "MATRIX" 1973 12 String Acoustic/Elec. Guitar w/Orig. Case!

Current price: $229.00

Time left: 1d 16m
Ovation Model 1251 Breadwinner with Ovation Hard Case

Current price: $575.00
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Vintage Mid '70's Ovation Preacher Stereo Model, OHSC, Sunburst, NO issues, NICE

Current price: $899.00
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Time left: 25d 18h
Ovation 1251 BREADWINNER 70'S Vintage w/ Hard Case Worldwide Shipping!!!

Current price: $2265.00
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Time left: 1d 21h 46m
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UK ebay listings

1975 OVATION DEACON - made in USA

Current price: £1090.00
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Time left: 11d 9h 20m
1969 OVATION TORNADO SEMI -- made in USA

Current price: £850.00
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Time left: 15d 10h 47m
1979 Ovation 1112-1 Balladeer Custom

Current price: £814.15
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Time left: 2d 12h 48m
Vintage Ovation Breadwinner electric guitar with OHSC International Shipping

Current price: £650.67
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Time left: 3d 4h 29m
Vintage Mid '70's Ovation Preacher Stereo Model, OHSC, Sunburst, NO issues, NICE

Current price: £585.53
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Time left: 25d 18h
Vintage 70's Ovation Preacher Electric Guitar International Shipping

Current price: £520.40
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Time left: 24d 13h 41m
Ovation Breadwinner circa 1976 rare glossy black finish upgraded electrics

Current price: £500.00
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Ovation Eclipse, model #1235-5 c.1970s

Current price: £390.78
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Time left: 15d 15h 10m
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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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Time left: 25d 7h 34m
1976 OVATION ACOUSTIC 1157-7 USA THE ANNIVERSARY MODEL -- made in USA

Current price: €777.00
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Time left: 24d 9h 54m
1976 OVATION ELECTRO ACOUSTIC -- made in USA -- FISHMAN PICKUP

Current price: €745.00
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Time left: 17d 17h 5m
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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1979 OVATION DEEP BOWL ACOUSTIC CASE -- made in USA

Current price: €145.00
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Time left: 1d 8h 19m
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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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