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Ovation advertisement (1969)

My Name's on these Guitars

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Ovation advertisement from the June 1969 issue of Guitar Player, featuring country artist Glen Campbell

My name’s on them because they're the same 6-string and 12-string Ovation Roundbacks I play on the Glen Campbell Goodtime hour. Not just the same brand, but duplicates of the guitars ovation customised for me. I think you'll like them for the same reasons I do. Full, honest sound. Better projection. Faster response. And the pleasure in playing a beautiful instrument. These are the finest guitars I've ever played, and they’re mighty satisfying. Ask Ovation to tell you more.

Ovation advertisement (1969) My Name

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1970s OVATION "DEEP BOWL" GUITAR CASE "As-Is" NO RETURNS

1970s OVATION "DEEP BOWL" GUITAR CASE "As-Is" NO RETURNS

Nyack, New York, 109**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$150

Title and pictures pretty much say it all. Structurally, the case is in fine shape, all latches, hinges and handle work fine. No smells or odors. There are numerous scuffs, scratches, rust, a few minor dents. I've tried to document each one of these photographically. Look at the pictures carefully. That said, this will provide excellent protection for your valuable guitar for decades to come. If you want a perfect specimen, scroll past and pay more. I will ship, if you're local to the New York ... more
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1979 Ovation USA Balladeer 1111-1 Acoustic Guitar, Excellent w /  Hangtag & Manual

1979 Ovation USA Balladeer 1111-1 Acoustic Guitar, Excellent w / Hangtag & Manual

Orange, California, 928**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$250

Great shapeDates to 1979serial # 183xxxno issuessee all picturesincludes old chipboard case includes original hang tag and manualaction is good and neck is straightsounds niceNO damage or issues a couple minor finish cracks on top, not into the woodsmall edge chip on topno other cracks or damage... more
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1982 Ovation Ultra Series 1511 Acoustic-Electric Guitar w /  Original Case! P32

1982 Ovation Ultra Series 1511 Acoustic-Electric Guitar w / Original Case! P32

Manchester, Connecticut, 060**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$350

1982 Ovation Ultra Series 1511 Acoustic-Electric Guitar w / Original Case! P32
Everything / Only what is shown is included. Any purchased item can be picked up at:
Silas Deane Pawn 395 BROAD STREETMANCHESTER, CT 06040
Please notify us on all pick up orders so it doesn't get shipped by accident. Shipping charges will be refunded when picked up.
We will always combined shipping for you. Be sure to add the items to your cart and purchase all items together, we will then only ... more
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Vintage c. 1980 Ovation 1612 Balladeer acoustic-electric guitar

Vintage c. 1980 Ovation 1612 Balladeer acoustic-electric guitar

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$395

Vintage Ovation Guitar. Repaired crack in the sound board. Guitar sounds beautiful with full Ovation back. Great user guitar with wonderful sound. Original Ovation hard shell case included. Amp components are mounted inside the guitar. The Guitar is being sold as is and a local pickup would be great, save the shipping cost. Shipping to your location will be calculated based on your location. Make me an offer for a quick sale.... more
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1981  Vintage 1139 Ovation Balladeer Guitar with Original Case HUGE TONE ! RARE

1981 Vintage 1139 Ovation Balladeer Guitar with Original Case HUGE TONE ! RARE

Escondido, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$400

Awesome tone hate to sell it but I have no room it has 2 Repaired cracks common for older ovations Have been repaired very well no issues. Huge sound comes out of this guitar
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Ovation Matrix 12 string 1738 USA acoustic guitar 1970s

Ovation Matrix 12 string 1738 USA acoustic guitar 1970's

Bordentown, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$449

Very cool low action flat smooth neck Matrix 12 String, must at one time had pre-amp . ?? holes left behind in shell typical finish cracking on the face not wood cracking, , plays and sounds awesome just put fresh strings on with a chip board case .... more
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Vintage 1980s Celebrity by Ovation 12 string Acoustic Electric Guitar

Vintage 1980s Celebrity by Ovation 12 string Acoustic Electric Guitar

Hope, Maine, 048**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$450

This listing is for a 1980s Celebrity by Ovation 12 string. It is in good condition. Only one owner. There is a very thin crack in the finish, not in the wood, from the bridge to the bottom. It was recently checked out by a tech who said there was nothing to fix. The crack is so thin, I couldn't get a picture of it.
The electronics work great and it sounds fantastic plugged in or unplugged. Plugged in it boasts that classic Ovation sound
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1977 Ovation Acoustic Guitar w /  Gig Bag & More. Unknown Model

1977 Ovation Acoustic Guitar w / Gig Bag & More. Unknown Model

Chillicothe, Ohio, 456**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$595

Somebody removed the inside label, so I don't know what model it is. I think it's a Balladeer. If somebody knows the model, please let me know
The serial number on the inside back is 091, 568 which indicates it was built in 1977.
Lower bout is 15-3 / 4"
The fretboard looks like it is aluminum or some synthetic material. The neck itself is made out of some synthetic material with a fake mahogany finish to it. The top has some lacquer finish cracks, but they are not wood... more
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Ovation Legend Electric 1617 USA 1979

Ovation Legend Electric 1617 USA 1979

Chattanooga, Tennessee, 374**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$599

Ovation Legend Electric 1617 USA 1979
Condition: Very Good
This Ovation Legend 1617 is an acoustic electric guitar produced in the USA circa 1979. Its spruce top body is set with a maple / mahogany neck. It plays comfortably and produces a great sound
This guitar has cosmetic wear, but is structurally sound. There are a few small dings in the lower bout area, and the rosette appears to have playing wear. Its back also has some superficial scratches. Frets 1-3 also have light ... more
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1981 Ovation 1617 Acoustic Guitar

1981 Ovation 1617 Acoustic Guitar

Gainesville, Florida, 326**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$600

Ovation model 1617 from 1981
Guitar plays well, electronics are full functioning. New setup and restring by our tech.
There are some finish cracks in the top that are not structural damage, and some light fret wear on the first 5 frets.
There is a chunk missing out of the head stock. (see pictures)
Comes with original hard case.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have or to provide additional pictures, please don't hesitate to reach out to us Thank you for shopping ... more
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Ovation 1312 Ultra 1984 - 1991 - Natural

Ovation 1312 Ultra 1984 - 1991 - Natural

Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$650

perfect condition check pics the scratches you can see in the pics no damages... more
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Vintage 1977 Ovation 1615 Twelve 12 String Acoustic Guitar

Vintage 1977 Ovation 1615 Twelve 12 String Acoustic Guitar

Bartlett, Illinois, 601**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$699

Vintage 1977 Ovation 1615 Twelve String Acoustic Guitar. The photos you see in this ad are of the exact item you will be receiving and as you can see; the guitar has one crack on the bottom. Other than the cosmetics, the guitar plays great and has that classic 70's Ovation tone. Unfortunately, the electronics is not working. Included with your purchase is the guitar and case
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1977 Vintage Ovation Legend 1117-4 Acoustic Guitar with case

1977 Vintage Ovation Legend 1117-4 Acoustic Guitar with case

Toms River, New Jersey, 087**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$700

1977 Vintage Ovation Legend 1117-4 Acoustic Guitar with case. s / n 108045. has split on front see pics... more
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Ovation Legend acoustic guitar model 1117-1 made in 1973

Ovation Legend acoustic guitar model 1117-1 made in 1973

Scottsboro, Alabama, 357**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$775

This is a connecticut built ovation and was built in1973 according to the online serial numbers it is a 1973 it is an early legend in overall good vintage condition .it has what looks like a couple finish cracks near the bridge and the reason i say finish cracks is because they cross the grain and not follow the grain i could be wrong but that is what it appears to me the truss rod cover is missing and the handle on the case is missing, it also has a small damaged area at the tip of the cases ... more
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1979 Ovation Model 1617 Legend acoustic-electric guitar with hardshell case

1979 Ovation Model 1617 Legend acoustic-electric guitar with hardshell case

Saint Paul, Minnesota, 551**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$850

For your consideration is an Ovation 1617 Legend acoustic electric guitar. Another beautiful piece from Ovation! Some signs of use, but it's still alive and kicking  
Headstock looks great, a few nicks and dings, but nothing unsightly. Frets and fretboard are in great shape, with tons of life left. Body does have a few nicks and dings. Please observe the pictures! There is some finish checking on the face of the guitar, which is very common in these older Ovations. Overall looks dang ... more
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Ovation 1655 Custom Balladeer 12 string - 1982 to 1984 Sunburst

Ovation 1655 Custom Balladeer 12 string - 1982 to 1984 Sunburst

Dayton, Ohio, 454**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$900

Excellent condition except for a couple of ding marks on the surface and one vertical line on the surface. Very low action, holds its tune amazingly well. Includes Ovation case. Can be tuned to regular 440 pitch
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Ovation 1617 Legend 1979 Acoustic Guitar w /  OHSC 6 String Tobacco Sunburst USA

Ovation 1617 Legend 1979 Acoustic Guitar w / OHSC 6 String Tobacco Sunburst USA

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$950

In good working condition!
Please ask questions!
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1978 Ovation Matrix 1132-1 Sunburst

1978 Ovation Matrix 1132-1 Sunburst

Syracuse, New York, 132**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1080

1978 Ovation Matrix 1132-1 Sunburst
SETUP & INSPECTED BY OUR LUTHIER
Tech Notes: This guitar has a few things to note   There are a couple finish cracks on the top, but they are not through the wood and appear to be finish deep only   The saddle is quite low and the action is medium to medium / high with near flat relief   The neck angle is a bit low, but all in all it still plays well, albeit a bit higher, and sounds really nice   The frets have some tooling marks on them and the ... more
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Vintage Ovation Viper 1975-1980, 6-String Electric Guitar w Original Case c-x

Vintage Ovation Viper 1975-1980, 6-String Electric Guitar w Original Case c-x

Owensboro, Kentucky, 423**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1100

Any cracks or dents pictured
Please refer to the pictures to view item condition.
If you have any questions regarding this item, please feel free to message us.
The "c-x" in the title is for our store reference only and does not pertain to the item.
What is shown in the pictures is what is included with the item. If it's not pictured it is not included.
Shipping address can NOT be changed after purchase.
Shipping to domestic USA only, excluding Hawaii and ... more
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1978 Ovation Acoustic Electric Guitar

1978 Ovation Acoustic Electric Guitar

Lancaster, California, 935**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1500

1978 Ovation Acoustic Electric Guitar... more
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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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It was the largest folder in the series, with 24 inserts, (19 guitars and 5 basses): Guitars: 335-S Standard, Melody Maker Double, Marauder, L-6S Custom, S-1, RD Artist, Firebird, Firebird II, Flying V, Flying V-II, The V, Explorer, Explorer II, The Explorer, The "SG" Standard, Les Paul Artist, Les Paul Artisan, ES-335 Heritage, ES-175/CC Basses: Grabber, G-3, L-9S, RD Artist Bass, Flying V Bass

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

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1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalog Hagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner President The President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional