The Ovation guitar company began in 1966 – and focus on producing quality acoustic instruments. Founded by Charles Kaman an aeronautical Engineer – he used his aerospace experience to good effect within the production environment by modifying the traditional guitar shape to maximize the vibration and sonic tone of an acoustic instrument.
Ovation revolutionized the acoustic guitar when they modified the traditional flat back design by introducing a round “bowl” shaped back to improve sound quality and projection. This first guitar took several years to design and proto-type and eventually became the Balladeer
When the Balladeer was introduced it caused much discussion in the music world. Throughout the 60’s and 70’s Ovation continued to improve on the design with subsequent models seeing the addition of binding, flatter fingerboards and moer variation (a 12 string was added to the series in 1968).
Ovation, over the years, have produced an extensive list of models. Many feature onboard electronics to enable better amplification of the instrument in live situations – other innovations include the addition of onboard EQ (eqalisation and Piezo pickups.
Ovation have long since had an established connection with many of the worlds top artists including – Glen Cambell – Yngwie Malmsteen, Cyndi Lauper.
To this day Ovation guitars are seen as a premier acoustic instrument (Ovation have also made bounds into the solid body electric guitar market – but remain best known for their acoustics). Due to the extensive list of models – many are collectors items and you can find these instruments fetching high prices on the usual auction sites and vintage guitar shops
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