Ovation released six new guitars at Winter NAMM 2016 to celebrate 50 years of producing its distinctive instruments. A special feature of this year’s models is a phoenix inlay at the 12th fret, signifying the company’s return after a brief hiatus.
Darren Wallace from Ovation shows off the:
FD14, which features a cedar top, with koa rosette and binding, and abalone purling, and a wide-profile five-piece mahogany neck with a slotted headstock. It’s also available as a 14-fret regular-width neck version, with a contoured cutaway body.
Two multi-soundhole models are available with gold epaulets and purfling, and a curly maple neck. Again, they are available in a 12-fret model with wider neck, and a 14-fret model with a narrower neck and a cutaway. 50 of each are planned.
This year is also the 40th anniversary of the Adamas, and Ovation has two new models. Both feature a carbon-fiber top, finished in a special ruby red (the 40th anniversary gem), with gold and cocobolo trim. The 14-fret model has a cutaway body, while the 12-fret model has a full body with special “bearclaw” holes that brings back a very early design element from Ovation’s history.