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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.

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 Breadwinner Guitar with hard-shell case Project AS-IS No.E00679

Current price: $299.00
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Time left: 4d 12h 5m
Ovation Viper 1979 Guitar Near Mint

Current price: $450.00

Time left: 2h 31m
OVATION DEACON

Current price: $925.00
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Vintage White Ovation Breadwinner in Original Hard-case Serial Number E1572

Current price: $629.99
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Time left: 4d 4h 45m
Vintage OVATION Balladeer Custom Model - 1112 Acoustic Guitar. MADE IN USA-1978

Current price: $349.00
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Time left: 26d 6h 57m
Ovation Breadwinner Guitar Vintage--1974--with hard-shell case-Made in U.S.A.

Current price: $1100.00
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Time left: 3d 8h 39m
Ovation 1968 Balladeer Acoustic Guitar OHSC USED

Current price: $595.00
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Time left: 12d 5h
1968 Ovation K-6100 Amplifier Power Supply

Current price: $150.00
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Time left: 8d 20h 27m
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UK ebay listings

Vintage White Ovation Breadwinner in Original Hard-case Serial Number E1572

Current price: £390.11
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Time left: 4d 4h 45m
VINTAGE 1970'S OVATION BUILT APPLAUSE ACOUSTIC GUITAR WITH ALUMINUM FRETBOARD

Current price: £25.39
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Time left: 6d 12h 47m
ORIGINAL NOS 1970s OVATION BREADWINNER OR DEACON PICKUP SELECTOR TOGGLE SWITCH

Current price: £35.00
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Time left: 12d 20h 7m
1973 USA made MK1 Ovation Preacher Electric Guitar with Origianl hard case

Current price: £550.00
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Time left: 11d 1h 3m
Vintage OVATION Balladeer Custom Model - 1112 Acoustic Guitar. MADE IN USA-1978

Current price: £216.11
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Time left: 26d 6h 57m
Ovation Preacher Deluxe vintage solidbody with original case.

Current price: £464.42
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Time left: 3d 10h 28m
1979 OVATION LEGEND TONY RICE GUITAR PRINT AD

Current price: £4.95
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Time left: 14h 23m
Vintage 1975 Ovation Breadwinner White W/ Original Case

Current price: £804.38
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Time left: 17d 3h 43m
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German ebay listings

Ovation Gitarre MODEL NO 1627 GLEN CAMPBELL ARTIST Baujahr 1979 real vintage

Current price: €148.00
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Time left: 3d 3h 17m
1976 OVATION ACOUSTIC 1157-7 USA THE ANNIVERSARY MODEL -- made in USA

Current price: €749.00
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Time left: 27d 6h 8m
1976 OVATION ELECTRO ACOUSTIC -- made in USA -- FISHMAN PICKUP

Current price: €750.00
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Time left: 29d 23h 20m
1983 OVATION PREACHER / VIPER CASE -- made in USA

Current price: €249.00
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Time left: 22d 37m
OVATION® BREADWINNER® 1972-1979 3 PLY WHITE PG W/B/W PICKGUARD WHITE BLACK WHITE

Current price: €38.50
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Time left: 23d 7h 46m
BREADWINNER® 1972-79 5PLY BLACK PG f. OVATION® BWBWB PICKGUARD BLACK WHITE BLACK

Current price: €44.50
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Time left: 24d 7h 40m
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