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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

Vintage 1979 Ovation 1612 6-String Electric/Acoustic Guitar Split Top w/Case

Current price: $145.00
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Time left: 9d 6h 33m
Ovation Viper 1979 Guitar Near Mint

Current price: $499.00

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Ovation Electric / Acoustic VINTAGE 1977

Current price: $199.00
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Ovation Breadwinner in Original Hard-case Serial Number E1572

Current price: $649.99
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Time left: 4d 7h 22m
Vintage 1974 Ovation Model 1111-4 Acoustic Guitar Natural

Current price: $399.00

Time left: 1d 9h 28m
OVATION 1978 PACEMAKER 12 STRING GUITAR MADE IN USA

Current price: $249.00
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OVATION DEACON

Current price: $975.00
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Time left: 4d 18h 6m
Ovation Deacon Electric Guitar w/ brass bridge hardware& OHSC( Breadwinner)

Current price: $1495.00
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Time left: 28d 12h 56m
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UK ebay listings

Ovation Breadwinner in Original Hard-case Serial Number E1572

Current price: £404.93
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Time left: 4d 7h 22m
Vintage 1978 Ovation Legend electro-acoustic guitar

Current price: £313.00
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Time left: 10h 22m
Vintage 1975 Ovation Breadwinner White W/ Original Case

Current price: £809.24
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Time left: 24d 8h 48m
1973 USA made MK1 Ovation Preacher Electric Guitar with Origianl hard case

Current price: £550.00
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Time left: 18d 6h 7m
ORIGINAL NOS 1970s OVATION BREADWINNER OR DEACON PICKUP SELECTOR TOGGLE SWITCH

Current price: £35.00
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Time left: 20d 1h 12m
Vintage 1970s Ovation Preacher Solidbody Guitar *USA* Tobacco Sunburst E11884

Current price: £495.27
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Time left: 4d 6h 40m
1975 OVATION STRING FLING AD

Current price: £6.22
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Time left: 16d 5h 52m
Vintage 1970's OVATION UK II Electric Guitar 1291-7 Nutmeg Stereo Output

Current price: £495.27
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Time left: 2d 5h 34m
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German ebay listings

E-Bass-Ovation 1979 Magnum 1

Current price: €999.00
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Time left: 3d 9h 19m
1983 OVATION PREACHER / VIPER CASE -- made in USA

Current price: €249.00
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Time left: 29d 5h 42m
1976 OVATION ACOUSTIC 1157-7 USA THE ANNIVERSARY MODEL -- made in USA

Current price: €749.00
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Time left: 4d 3h 38m
BREADWINNER® 1972-79 5PLY BLACK PG f. OVATION® BWBWB PICKGUARD BLACK WHITE BLACK

Current price: €44.50
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Time left: 1d 12h 44m
1976 OVATION ELECTRO ACOUSTIC -- made in USA -- FISHMAN PICKUP

Current price: €790.00
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Time left: 25d 3h 46m
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: 12h 50m
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