I had an Ovation Balladeer for many years. It was a great guitar – played well, good tone and projection, and equally at home fingerstyle, picking or strumming.
But there’s something of a ‘frozen in time’ quality about Ovations now – as much a part of the ’70s and ’80s as long hair and four (or less) channels on the telly. They’ve dropped out of fashion and sales are low, so I guess it’s no surprise that Fender – who took over Ovation’s parent company in 2007 – have pulled the plug on US production.
They’ll still be made in China, South Korea and Indonesia, but I wonder this is the beginning of the end.
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