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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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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
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1975 Ovation solid-body catalogue



US ebay listings

1975 Ovation Custom legend Acoustic Guitar with OHSC

Current price: $330.00
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Time left: 52m
Ovation Electric/Acoustic Guitar-Made in USA w/case 1979

Current price: $350.00
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Time left: 6d 12h 9m
Ovation 1627-4 Glen Campbell Edition Acoustic Electric/Guitar 1978 USA Orig Case

Current price: $399.00
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Time left: 3d 17h 26m
Vintage Used Ovation Deacon Sunburst Electric Guitar 6 String

Current price: $800.00
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Time left: 1d 19h 5m
Vintage Guitars Guitar Pick - Early 1970's OVATION Tortoise 351 Shape Pick

Current price: $9.99
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Time left: 2d 23h 57m
Vintage Early 1970's OVATION Guitars Guitar Pick - Brown 346 Shape

Current price: $7.99
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Ovation #1111 Acoustic Guitar - 6-String, RH, #189592, 1979

Current price: $349.99
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Time left: 6d 1h 24m
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UK ebay listings

1977/ 78 Vintage Ovation Matrix acoustic guitar, Aluminum Neck USA made Electric

Current price: £276.26
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Time left: 28d 19h 26m
Guitar. USA 1111-1 Ovation 1967-71 Sunburst

Current price: £225.00
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Time left: 27d 18h 19m
RARE 1972 1st YEAR ISSUE OVATION 1114-4 FOLKLORE ACOUSTIC GUITAR w/OHSC! #T662

Current price: £446.37
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Time left: 4d 14h 43m
1979 Ovation UK-II Model 1291 Black All Original Original Case SUPER CLEAN

Current price: £607.09
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Time left: 26d 13h 31m
Ovation Deacon Sunburst Electric Guitar

Current price: £1035.98
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Time left: 24d 18h 33m
Ovation Breadwinner 1251 Early Model Toroidal Pups Lyrachord Finish W OHSC

Current price: £693.69
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Time left: 4d 15h 24m
Vintage 1974 Ovation Balladeer Acoustic Guitar in Natural. Great Condition.

Current price: £421.30
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Time left: 23d 16h 1m
Ovation 1127-4 Glen Campbell Acoustic Guitar, 1976, VG

Current price: £632.00
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Time left: 12d 12h 10m
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German ebay listings

Ovation DEACON

Current price: €990.00
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Time left: 29d 15h 17m
1975 OVATION DEACON - made in USA

Current price: €1395.00
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Time left: 27d 18h 9m
1979 OVATION DEEP BOWL ACOUSTIC CASE -- made in USA

Current price: €145.00
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Time left: 26d 7h 51m
1976 OVATION ACOUSTIC 1157-7 USA THE ANNIVERSARY MODEL -- made in USA

Current price: €777.00
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Time left: 23d 8h 37m
Ovation UK II 1979, super rare! Mit Gibson Saiten.

Current price: €690.00
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Time left: 17d 14h 35m
1978 OVATION MAGNUM BASS CASE - made in USA

Current price: €369.00
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Time left: 14d 19h 14m
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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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