Trying to find the value of your guitar?
Sign up for our mailing list

Expand the categories below, or go back home
Advertisements (1950s-80s)
Amplifiers by brand
Blog
Catalogues (1950s-80s)
Classifieds
Effects
Forum
General guitar articles
Guitars by brand
Baldwin
Dan Armstrong
Epiphone
Fender
Futurama
G&L
Gibson
Goya
Gretsch
Guild
Hagstrom
Harmony
Hayman
Hofner
Ibanez
Kalamazoo
Musicman
Ovation
Breadwinner
catalogues
Deacon
vintage Ovation adverts
Peavey
Rickenbacker
Selmer
Silvertone
Supro
Vox
Yamaha
Home
Links
Soundclips
Valuations

home | guitar classifieds | forum | sitemap | search

| Facebook   

Trying to find a guitar valuation?
Do you want to buy/sell a guitar?

Ovation Breadwinner

Guitars Bass guitars Guitar effects Amplifiers Soundclips


Ovation 1975 solid-body catalogue
Ovation Deacon

The Ovation Breadwinner was launched towards the end of 1972 at a price of $349 - a few months before the launch of the Ovation Deacon. Both had the same body shape - designed to resemble an axe, and to be comfortable to use seated, for studio use. Both had 2 octave 24 fret mahogany necks. Initially it was available in , and was fitted with large single coil pickups. An upgraded version was displayed at the autumn 1974 NAMM show - and from then it featured double-coil 12-pole pickups, "20dB quieter than Humbuckings".

The Deacon was very much a deluxe version of the Breadwinner.

ModelBreadwinner 1251
Available1972-79
Pickupssingle coil until 1975, 12-pole double coil thereafter
Scale24 3/4"
BodyMahogany body, length 39 1/2", width 14 1/2", depth 1 5/8"
NeckBolt-on two-piece Honduras bound mahogany neck, with ebony, diamond-shaped dot inlaid fingerboard
Width at nut1 11/16"
Electrics and controlsFET preamp, 1 volume and tone control, mid-range switch, pickup selector switch
Hardware12:1 machineheads, brass bridge. Chrome plated throughout.
Finishes Textured finish - 1251-5 Black, 1251-6 White, 1251-7 Tan, Red and Blue (until 1976)

Breadwinner
Bread winner Ovation keeps on truckinOvation keeps on truckin Ovation RockOvation Rock
"take it to a gig and you'll be the Breadwinner" Early Ovation advertisement announcing their first solid-body electric guitar, the Breadwinner Psychedelic imagery and a short poem combine to create this early seventies Breadwinner advert
Ovation Solid Bodies - Theyre Worth A TryOvation Solid Bodies - Theyre Worth A Try Ovations great guitar giveawayOvation's great guitar giveaway How Ovation took a hint from the 50sHow Ovation took a hint from the 50s
Ovation Solid Bodies - They're Worth A Try Mid seventies advert/competition to win either a sold-body electric Ovation Breadwinner, or an acoustic Balladeer 1977 Rose-Morris Ovation advert. Rose-Morris were the UK distributors for Ovation guitars

The pickups and active circuitry of the Breadwinner are designed to give a very wide tonal range. The series II pickups are described as follows

These pickups are not just another copy of the Humbucking pickups, but instead were designed by Ovation engineers to give you the quietest full-range pickups to date. These sensitive pickups have bright, sustaining treble and full, clean, rich bass that will deliver some real raunchy sounds

The controls consist of a volume and tone potentiometer, pickup selector switch and band rejection filter to cut midrange. This is how the circuitry is descibed in the 1975 solid-bodies catalogue

This is where we have it all together - we've built in FET preamplifier that has simplified controls and delivers the fullest, widest range of sound - and all right where it belongs - at your fingertips. The circuitry also has a band rejection filter and is volume compensated on all controls. All controls are isolated in th circuitry so that changes in vilume or amplifier impedance have no effect on the tone control.

US ebay listings

1973 Ovation Breadwinner solid body electric guitar print art Ad

Current price: $8.50
buy it now
Time left: 18h 5m
OVATION 70s/ BREADWINNER[VINTAGE]Guitar

Current price: $2964.00
buy it now
Time left: 14d 15h 53m
OVATION GUITAR AD electric Deacon Breadwinner vintage

Current price: $9.99
buy it now
Time left: 14d 19h 36m
1973 THE BREADWINNER OVATION'S FIST SOLID BODY AD

Current price: $9.99
buy it now
Time left: 18d 14h 57m
OVATION ELECTRIC GUITAR PINUP AD vtg 70's Breadwinner

Current price: $9.99
buy it now
Time left: 24d 17h 53m
See more results on eBay here


UK ebay listings

OVATION GUITAR AD electric Deacon Breadwinner vintage

Current price: £5.94
buy it now
Time left: 14d 19h 36m
1973 THE BREADWINNER OVATION'S FIST SOLID BODY AD

Current price: £5.94
buy it now
Time left: 18d 14h 57m
OVATION ELECTRIC GUITAR PINUP AD vtg 70's Breadwinner

Current price: £5.94
buy it now
Time left: 24d 17h 53m
Rare 1970s Ovation Breadwinner Guitar made in the USA with original hard case

Current price: £799.00
buy it now
Time left: 26d 20h 20m
See more results on eBay here

There are 2 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
custom53 Comment left 10th February 2014 05:05:04
I still have mine.. Bought it new in 1975..
Kerry Bourgeois Comment left 25th March 2014 22:10:15
I am looking to buy one contact me==kbourge1@bellsouth.net

Comment on this article

All comments are moderated. Name and email details are required.

Name
Email address
Your comments

Anti-spam question - just to prove you are a real person

How many legs does a cat have?



2004-2014 vintageguitarandbass.com | Contact Us | Terms and Conditions | Links


Gibson bass guitars | Guitar reviews | Vintage guitar values | Vintage guitar parts