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A Group for Fans of Ovation & Adamas Round Back Acoustic Guitars

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Great News - DW Drums Purchased Ovation Guitars.


Started by Randy Lee Hano Jul 6, 2015.

RGD (recent guitar day :-) ) 1 Reply

I picked up an Ovation 6756LX Legend a few months ago.  It looks like it will need a neck reset.  Fortunately, this model has a bolt-on neck, and a reset seems to require just loosening the neck…Continue

Started by Paul Walters. Last reply by Edward Sparks Apr 7, 2015.

Ovation Nylon 6773 LX 12 Replies

I am really surprised at how little there is 'out there' about the Ovation nylon string guitar model 6773 LX.Why IS that?  Both the OvationTribute page ( and the OFC forums state…Continue

Started by Willa. Last reply by John Williamson Jun 14, 2014.

Fender is closing the New Hartford Ovation facility 3 Replies

This is making the rounds today:"FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION TO CLOSE NEW HARTFORD, CONN. FACILITY; OVATION® TO CEASE U.S. PRODUCTION Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is…Continue

Started by Paul Walters. Last reply by Joe Allen May 7, 2014.

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Comment by Ken Rogers on July 16, 2011 at 2:50pm
Okay, I finally took the plunge and picked up an Ovation.  Still trying to get used to holding it!  I think we'll get along okay, though...
Comment by Edward Sparks on April 27, 2011 at 6:27am

I see "Keith" playing a Breadwinner in that picture...I always wanted one of them and they had a 12 string model I would have wanted more!  They had one for sale at a store in Baltimore near me but it is just not an instrument I would need anymore.  Edward

Comment by g8r on April 26, 2011 at 9:03am

And this one:

Comment by Bernie on April 26, 2011 at 8:56am

Sure do


Comment by Edward Sparks on April 26, 2011 at 8:44am

Anyone remember this:

Comment by Mark Bedard on February 11, 2011 at 12:27pm

Just seeing this also...

This man embodied some very American traits: entrepreneurship, ingenuity, integrity, and pursuit of excellence. May you Rest In Peace Sir.

- Mark

Comment by Edward Sparks on February 11, 2011 at 12:11pm

Wow, just read this...sad!  What an innovator!  Edward


Charlie Kaman R.I.P.

It is with sadness that KMC Music announces the passing of Charles H. Kaman, founder of Kaman Corporation.  Mr. Kaman passed away peacefully the morning of January 31, 2011.  He was 91.


It is hard to have worked in any of the Kaman companies without having been personally touched, inspired and motivated by Charlie Kaman.  Known throughout the United States as an aviation innovator, Charlie is better known in our industry as a musical pioneer.  It was Charlie’s continuing quest for a superior sound that led him in 1965 to develop the Ovation® Roundback guitar.  Throughout, Charlie continued to drive guitar innovation.  He dared to bring modern technology and processes to guitar manufacturing.  He applied composite materials, such as the Adamas® carbon graphite top, to guitar construction.  He was the first to incorporate pickups and preamplifiers in the acoustic guitar, creating the category of acoustic/electric guitar and allowing the acoustic guitarist to plug in when playing live.
Early on, Charlie saw the importance of efficient distribution in the music industry, first acquiring Coast Wholesale and later C.Bruno & Son, providing the building blocks for KMC Music to establish a national distribution network while growing into the largest independent distributor of musical instrument accessories.
A visionary leader, a pioneer and an entrepreneur, above all, Charlie believed in the people at Kaman.  He both challenged and encouraged his team while paying them the respect that they deserved.  His goal throughout was to innovate and stretch boundaries. The success of his companies was a mere byproduct of these efforts.  Though KMC Music is no longer a part of Kaman Corporation, we continue to take great pride in the heritage that Charlie provided.  He will be sorely missed.

About KMC Music
KMC Music, Inc., headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, is the largest U.S. distributor of musical instruments and accessories.   KMC’s musical beginnings came with the development of the unique and famous Ovation® Roundback guitar in 1965 by Charles H. Kaman.   Through the years, KMC’s brand offerings have grown to include Ovation, Adamas®, Takamine®, Hamer®, Applause® and Jasmine® and guitars; Latin Percussion®, Sabian® cymbals, Gretsch® drums, Toca® percussion, Gibraltar® hardware, Genz Benz® and Fender® accessories among many others.  Along with the brands above, KMC distributes more than 34,000 items that ultimately reach music lovers of all capabilities and skill levels, whether they play at home, in a high-school auditorium, or on the concert stage.   For more information, visit KMC Music online at

Comment by Edward Sparks on January 12, 2011 at 3:00pm

How about this great old Pete Townsend Ovation ad!


Comment by JB Maddox on January 7, 2011 at 6:59pm

When it comes to being on stage all night with a guitar, I still have never found anything more comfortable and playable than my 1867 Legend shallow backs.

I have one set up with a Roland GK3 to use in a GR synth and one of the last ones with the OP40 preamp with the notch filter.

Everything about this guitar says play me standing up--strap button placement, nut width, body slant, neck feel, tone controls, etc.

I have used cheapo Martin Darco 12's and simply change up each performance.

Into an acoustic amp or direct box into the PA, this for me is the ultimate working man's stage axe.

All of mine are natural tops and I have never had any problems with literally thousands of gigs.

Comment by g8r on January 5, 2011 at 8:08am

My mistake, I thought you meant the "first Adamas" guitars that made it out of the factory and into the hands of artists for public performance. A few of the Q series were made based on the proto Dadi played in your picture. One of them, belonging to Bill Kaman (Charlie's son, who went on to run Kaman Music during the 80's and 90's) is here:

The style eventually released to the first artists, including Dadi, were the "Slotheads", a few of which can be seen here:


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