Sad news, after 47 years one of the most innovative Acoustic Guitar companies until recent years, Ovation Guitars, is closing its factory in the western Connecticut Hills, USA.
The New Hartford factory’s owner, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. of Scottsdale, Ariz., is ceasing U.S. production of Ovation guitars and notified employees Tuesday that production at the factory will end by June, according to a report by the Republican-American of Waterbury.
In 1966 Charlie Kaman created a guitar that combined modern and traditional materials from carbon fiber and Lyrachord® to the finest select woods to create innovative and visually striking guitar designs. Since then artists all over the world have used Ovation guitars on recordings and live. My first memory of spotting an Ovation guitar was seeing Richie Sambora playing, I think, a triple neck (6, 12 and mandolin??) when I saw Bon Jovi back in the early 90’s.
The company is citing “current market conditions and insufficient volume levels.” Factory workers are calling it the end of an iconic American brand.
It has been mentioned to me, although not confirmed, that Ovation will continue to produce guitars in the non US facilities owned by Fender Music Corp.