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The latter are also well known for the use of carbon fiber tops (instead of the typically wood tops for acoustic guitars).Among musicians the relatively thin neck stands out as well, compared to other acoustic guitars.In the 1970s, Ovation developed thinner soundboards with carbon-based composites laminating a thin layer of birch in its Adamas model.The Adamas model dissipated the sound-hole of the traditional soundboard among 22 small sound holes in the upper chamber of the guitar, which Ovation says yields greater volume and further reduces feedback during amplification (pioneered in the Adamas model in 1977). Although the area of the multiple sound holes is equal to the area of a single-soundhole, the altered position allows a new style of Guitar bracing (e.g. The design strengthens the soundboard, reducing the traditional design's bracing and hence weight.Charles Kaman, still an avid guitar player, became interested in making guitars.From 1966 to 2007 Ovation guitars, and later on Adamas guitars, were a brand of KMCMusicorp, which itself was a subsidiary of Kaman Aircraft. production of various acoustic guitars in the New Hartford factory.
The R&D team spent months building and testing prototype instruments.In the 1980s, Ovation introduced shallow-bowl guitars to appeal to electric guitarists.Later, on-board electronics let guitarists move about the stage rather than stay in front of a microphone. made are identifiable by "LX" in the product name (e.g., Legend 2077LX), whereas Korean versions have "AX" in the model name (e.g., Legend 2077AX). made models, mostly signature and limited edition models (e.g., Custom Legend 1769-ADII Al Di Meola). Originally LX indicated an Ovation guitar that included new features not available on previous models.The introduction and promotion of the first Ovation was closely associated with two performing artists, the blues-performer Josh White and the country-music singer Glen Campbell.
In 1965-1967, the Ovation Guitar Company produced a signature guitar for Josh White, which was the first signature guitar made for an African American.In 2015, it became a subsidiary of Drum Workshop after being acquired from KMCMusicorp.