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The success story of a visionary.


More than fifty years ago, Charles Kaman brought his idea of a modern guitar to the world market. As an ambitious guitarist, he realised his dream and founded his own guitar company, Ovation Guitars, with a difference. He was inspired by traditional standards but he was also equipped with a pronounced openness towards new technology, which he owed to his roots as a developer and manufacturer of helicopters.


Kaman dared to approach guitar building in a way that polarises to this day. A special fibre-plastic composite (Lyrachord®) combined with a parabolic body shape (Roundback®) were the ingredients for a completely new sound experience in the already crowded acoustic guitar market.


The final breakthrough was made possible by the electro-acoustic version of the Ovation guitar.


Here too, Kaman's experience in the aerospace industry led the way for a development that resulted in the first piezo-electric pickup. This made it possible for acoustic guitarists to remain present even in a full band arrangement, or for soloists to perform at large open-air events without sacrificing sound quality.


This unique sound, coupled with the playing comfort of an electric guitar, still makes the Ovation a must-have for guitarists in clubs and stadiums alike.


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The Celebrity series is the entry into the world of Ovation. Here everyone can find their Roundback® original at an attractive price.


The acoustic sound is convincing because the instruments of this line have mainly solid spruce or cedar tops, which are stabilised at the bottom with a Scalloped Quartersawn X-Bracing - a crosswise wood construction - for optimal sound development.


All guitars of the Ovation Celebrity series have a Nato neck and are available in Mid-Depth or Super Shallow Lyrachord® body version, depending on the model.


The electro-acoustic signal processing starts with an Ovation Slimline pickup at the bridge of the guitar, which - as the name already says - stands out due to its slim design. The pressure point on the piezo crystals is increased by the serrated bridge inlay, which favours a particularly even sound. Before the signal leaves the guitar, it is refined by an Ovation OP4BT preamp with 3-band EQ and built-in tuner.


The instruments of the Celebrity series are divided into the Traditional and Elite lines, which are distinguished by the types of soundholes used (centre soundhole or multi soundholes). The addition Plus identifies guitars whose tops have been upgraded with special woods.


To round off the tonal quality, all Celebrity guitars are factory-fitted with high-quality strings from Adamas or Hannabach, depending on the model.

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The instruments of the Ovation Celebrity Elite series are something special, both for the eyes and the ears.

They feature Ovation's signature Multi Soundholes. This innovative construction uses several small openings at the edge of the guitar top instead of a single, central soundhole.

This has two positive effects: firstly, the available vibration surface in the centre of the soundboard is increased, and secondly, the sound comes out much closer to the ear of the person playing.

In addition, the Multi Soundholes are visually enriching and are a guaranteed eye-catcher on stage.

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The Ovation Celebrity Traditional models are – quite traditionally – equipped with a center soundhole. This is also the essential difference to the Celebrity Elite models, which rely on the Ovation-typical Multi Soundholes placed at the edge.

The right instruments for all those who want both a traditional look and the characteristic sound of a genuine Ovation roundback guitar.

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Ovation Celebrity Elite Plus models are special in every way.

The literal plus are the tops, which are made of visually appealing woods such as spalted/flamed/quilted maple or koa.

Furthermore, they are equipped with the Ovation-typical Multi Soundholes. This innovative construction uses several small openings at the edge of the guitar top instead of a single, central soundhole.

This has two positive effects: firstly, the available vibration surface in the centre of the soundboard is increased, and secondly, the sound comes out much closer to the ear of the person playing.

Multi Soundholes, in combination with the special top woods, are visually enriching and are a guaranteed eye-catcher on stage.

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The literal plus of the Celebrity Traditional Plus models are the tops, which are made of visually appealing woodssuch as spalted/flamed/quilted maple or koa.

All guitars are – quite traditionally – equipped with a center soundhole. This is also the essential difference to the Celebrity Elite models, which rely on the Ovation-typical Multi Soundholes placed at the edge.

The right instruments for all those who want both a traditional look and the characteristic sound of a genuine Ovation roundback guitar.

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Pro Series

A class of its own.


Exceptional features, outstanding sounds and a consistently high level of quality are the basic recipe for the Ovation Pro Series.


Over the last five decades, Ovation has made a name for itself through groundbreaking developments and modern designs, especially in circles of advanced and professional musicians. Legendary world stars have been swearing by the instruments of the American high-end maker for decades, and so model names such as Balladeer, Legend and Elite contribute significantly to the name recognition of the Ovation brand to this day. All these historic models, with their specific features, are combined in the Pro Series and still form the core range of Ovation Guitars.


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A high standard.

The Ovation® Balladeer series is ideal for all those who are looking for a workhorse for stage and studio in the mid-price segment, but who do not want to go without an appealing appearance or sophisticated technical features.

The instruments owe their appealing acoustic sound to their solid spruce top (A-grade), which has a scalloped X-bracing – a wooden construction arranged crosswise – on the underside. All models in this series have a centersoundhole, i.e. a sound hole in the middle of the guitar top, which is framed by a discreet Pearl Oak Leaf rosette. 

Equally discreet dot/diamond inlays are found in the five-piece mahogany/maple neck, which is particularly stable and torsionally strong due to its construction.

The Deep Contour Lyrachord® body in the weight-reduced GS version delivers increased volume with easy handling.

But what would an Ovation be without the typical electro-acoustic sound via amp or PA?
An OCP1K pickup with extra-large piezo crystals picks up the vibrations, not only from the strings, but also from the top. 
For further processing of the signal, an OP-Pro preamp is used in this model series.

The guitars are delivered without a case. We recommend an Ovation 8158K-0 ABS case to anyone who wants to take this instrument on tour.

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One of the many stories about this guitar series tells of how Linda McCartney wanted to give her husband Paul an Ovation guitar for Christmas because he thought it was so great. In the end, an Ovation Legend ended up under the Christmas tree... in the left-handed version, of course.

When Ovation developed the Legend series, they were looking for a special sound concept that would enable the guitars to not lose energy in any frequency range. Full basses, clear trebles and strong mids.

A harmonious body – a tuned body 
As with all Ovation guitars, the hand-selected wood top is applied to a Lyrychord® bowl. Since Lyrachord® resonates at a clearly defined frequency, the top could be designed to resonate at a complementary frequency. The result is a "tuned" guitar body that produces a full, smooth sound.

An A for an X.
Most high-quality Ovation guitars use cross-braced reinforcing braces called "X-bracing" to stabilise the top. To better support the material's ability to vibrate, the reinforcements on the Ovation Legend Series are placed in an A-shapealong the grain of the wood. This "A-Bracing"

significantly improves resonance in the mid and bass ranges and contributes to a balanced sound across all frequencies.

Ovation Legend – it’s one of a kind.

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Ovation Elite models are special, both for the eyes and the ears.

They dispense with the classic sound hole in the middle of the top in favour of several smaller openings at the edge of the guitar, called Multi Soundholes. This special construction has two positive effects: firstly, it increases the available vibration surface in the centre of the soundboard, and secondly, the sound comes out much closer to the ear of the person playing.

Visually, the Multi Soundholes are unique in themselves. Some models are additionally decorated with elegant epaulettes. A guaranteed eye-catcher on all stages.

Another contributor towards the appealing acoustic sound of these instruments are their high-quality spruce tops made of grade A woods.

But what would an Ovation be without the typical electro-acoustic sound via amp or PA?
This is provided by an OCP1K pickup, whose extra-large piezo crystals pick up the vibrations not only from the strings but also from the top. 
For further processing of the signal, an OP-Pro preamp is used in this model series.

The instruments of the Elite TX series are particularly unique, and it is no coincidence that they are very popular in the rock and metal scene. Those who are used to playing electric guitars especially benefit enormously from features like the maple neck, which not only stands for a fast response and good sustain, but is also equipped with a flat neck profile for optimal playability.

As an added bonus, all TX models are finished in a beautiful, genre-matching Black Textured finish.

The Elite TX Series range includes guitars of various body depths and scales. Among them are both 6- and 12-string models, as well as a 4-string bass. 

The guitars are delivered without a case. For those who want to take their instrument on tour, we recommend an Ovation 8158K-0 ABS case for Deep Contour and Mid Depth models, an Ovation 8117K-0 ABS case for Super Shallow models and for the bass, the Ovation MC-4 case.

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Bags&Cases

OVATION has always been known for its extensive range of accessories.

The custom-made cases and bags are perfectly suited to the characteristic design and construction of an Ovation. The range includes different price categories from practical-cool gig bags to deluxe cases made of heavy-duty ABS.

An Ovation guitar is a purchase for life. Ovation cases and bags are made to accompany and protect your instrument for a lifetime.

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Fine instruments score not only with an excellent sound, but are also always a visual highlight. This is especially true of OVATION's exciting and innovative designs.


So it is more than obvious to continue the fine overall look where musicians and instruments are connected; on the guitar strap.


The Ovation accessories range offers high-quality straps in various looks to suit all guitars and tastes.

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