As a dedicated guitar enthusiast, aeronautical pioneer and Ovation founder
Charles Kaman decided to apply aircraft engineering technology, science, and
material to the age-old art of guitar making and succeeded in doing what few
have done — revolutionizing the acoustic guitar.
In 1966, Ovation was born with the idea of improving acoustic guitar sound
with high tech design and construction. Ovation guitars arrived on the scene
with round back in an acoustically engineered parabolic bowl shape, used to
dramatically reduced feedback and allow for greater amplification. Ovation also
introduced a new material, Lyrachord, into guitar making. This composite
material gave the instrument unprecedented projection and ringing sustain while
doing away with the structural weaknesses created in the orthogonal joining of
the sides. These enhancements delivered a lightweight and sonically resonant
body helping to create Ovation's signature note-to-note balance and projection.
Professional musicians hailed the Ovation's performance while purists shook
their heads, and the success of this company has been undeniable since.
In the early 1980s, Ovation, continuing its tradition of American Innovation
and New England craftsmanship, introduced shallow-bowl guitars to appeal to
electric guitarists looking for an acoustic sound.
Ovation Applause and Celebrity
Being one of the premier brands of Acoustic
Electric Guitars, Ovation prides itself on offering their groundbreaking
sound to all guitar enthusiasts at a variety of price points. The Applause
line has the same on-board technology as the higher end series, but with a
laminate top, making it perfect for beginners. The Celebrity
Series expands on the Applause offering a variety of ornate and solid wood
tops, sound hole and body depth options, and doublenecks,
which offer you the magical combination of a 6- and 12-string guitar.
Ovation Balladeer, Legend, and Elite Series
With all of these series offering a varied body depth, back shapes, and wood
options, the Balladeer
takes you back to Ovation's roots offering “Vintage Lyrachord”
backs and the retro-styling of the '60s and '70s. Ovation outdoes itself with
the signature Legend
Series which includes the Al
Di Meola Guitar, a guitar named for a jazz musician who holds the most
prestigious guitar awards (of any guitarist in the world) from the highest
rated guitar poll in the world, Guitar Player Magazine.
Sam Ash is proud to be a distributor of Ovation, which continues to
successfully introduce cutting edge technology while interweaving quality
craftsmanship into the world of Acoustic Guitars. The professionals here have
also come up with a Starter
Acoustic Guitar Buyers Guide to aid you on your journey as a budding
acoustic guitarist. We also offer guides
to help you with choosing strings
and offer a boatload of accessories
at the best prices. If you'd like to chat, real musicians
are standing by with the expertise you have come to know us for and will be
happy to aid you in answering your questions so that you can make an informed