Dating ovation guitars by serial number
I just got a used GC178LX Elite (apparently a Guitar Center Limited Edition model)and I am trying to figure out when it was made.In looking at serial numbers up to 2001, it looks like, on average, the numbers increased by about 9000 per year.Ovation makes it easy for a guitar owner to determine the manufacture date of his guitar.The Ovation website lists all serial numbers and their corresponding dates of manufacture with three-digit serial numbers ranging from 1966 to 1973 and six-digit serial numbers occurring from 1972 to 2013.I own a very nice looking cream colored Ovation Breadwinner that my dad recently bought for me. Can someone please take a guess at the year this was made and anything else interesting that you might be able to disclose from the serial number? It is simply a striking guitar and I love it, but I just am not that familiar with them.But for those special Ovations, if you record the entire serial, you can find out tons of neat information about your guitar.
knob is a combination volume control with a tone ring below. has thrust rod accessible thru sound hole, no thrust rod cover on head. My 1511 from Conneticut (Im in Britain) has Serial no. I just had the electrics looked at and the technician says it has a 70's pre-amp in it, suggesting it was made earlier than 1983.
Pardon me if this question has already been answered - I searched and did not see it.
I saw that you have serial numbers listed by year up to 2001.
Wooden epaulettes around soundholes change to a photographic Mylar material. Single cutaway, two single-coil pickups, 25" scale. Split-coil humbucking bridge pickup with string grooves in polepieces, four separate pickups in neck position with access holes in pickup cover to balance volumes of individual strings.
Dating a guitar can be a difficult experience, but knowing the date can be the most important step in selling or trading your guitar.