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1968 Ovation Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer Prototype 1 & 2

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1968 Ovation Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer Prototype #2

Post by jay » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:11 am

This picture started floating around recently...#2

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1968 Ovation Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer Prototype #2
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1968 Ovation Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer Prototype #1

Post by jay » Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:30 pm

Glens first signature acoustic came after Charlie Kaman took an Ovation to Glen for him to try out. When Charlie got back with Glen, Glen expressed his liking for the guitar and Charlie asked him..."What would you like to have?" And the first proto, the "Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer" was R&D'ed and delivered to Glen. It is evident that Glen had finally found an acoustic he could call his. He performed with it on the Goodtime Hour and took it with him for photo ops. His affection for his Ovation, his growing popularity and the increased audience tuning into the Goodtime Hour every week, began to propel both Glen and Ovation into prominence.
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Montage of ads that had the 1st prototype showcased
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Louis Shelton, who was a budding guitar player, left Little Rock in 1958 and moved to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he began a band. He met Glen Campbell, a fellow musician and native Arkansan, while in New Mexico. Later that year, he decided to follow Glen to Los Angeles, California, hoping his friend could help him break into lucrative session playing. However, his hopes for a quick transition into studio work did not materialize. But, with a little time, he became a renown session player...working his way into the Wrecking Crew, as Glen was leaving. Louise ended up playing music for several TV shows, including the Goodtime Hour.
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Around that time, Glen gave his first prototype to Louie, keeping the 2nd one.

Sometime around 2002, Louie settled down in Nashville and decided to downsize his guitar collection. Wayne Reid was fortunate to be able to purchase Glens 1st prototype from Louie. Below are some pictures of the very first Ovation Deluxe Balladeer that Charlie made to Glen's specs. Many thanks to Wayne for sharing these awesome pictures.
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Glens Initials on the 12th Fret are a different font than the 2nd prototype GCDB
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1968 Ovation Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer Prototype #2

Post by jay » Mon May 16, 2016 9:20 pm

Glen kept the #2 Prototype Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer until recently, when it was put on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Here are some publicity pictures from the Goodtime Hour:
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Glen and John Stewart
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Glen and Cher
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In 2011, it appears that the neck was broken. It was sent back to Ovation, where it was repaired.
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Very close to a complete break
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Fully Repaired
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Front View of Repair
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Ready to be Shipped Back to Glen
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We know Glen had the guitar around 2012/13, prior to selling his Malibu home, as the GCDB appeared on the staircase.


And we can assume that at some point between the staircase shot and moving to Nashville, Glen allowed this guitar to part of his display at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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Thanks to Wayne Reid for providing us some new pictures of prototype #2 history with Glen.



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Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer

Post by Bluebird » Wed May 13, 2015 4:13 pm

You can download the pic from the Getty's. Then once you open it the watermark on the left is gone and it looks much better that way.

Yes Jay... incredible quality. Looks like it could have been taken yesterday.

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Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer

Post by Dee » Tue May 12, 2015 12:43 pm

Hi, Bluebird, it's unfortunate about Getty Images. I saw your post last night -- the size and resolution of this rare photo were excellent, the photo being one of the best professional photos I have seen from that time period. It really highlighted the '68 Ovation GC Deluxe Balladeer beautifully!
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Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer

Post by jay » Tue May 12, 2015 12:07 pm

Wayne,
Tremendous picture. Where has this gem been hiding and I would love to see the rest of the roll.
Thanks for sharing it!



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Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer

Post by Cowpoke » Tue May 12, 2015 12:57 am

Hi Bluebird,

I could not see the photo. I believe it is this one?

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That IS an awesome picture. I too have never seen it before. Thanks for sharing it with us.

FYI, Getty Images is very strict about using their pictures on other websites. They will randomly sue websites that use their pictures, resulting in high fines. Recently, they changed their policy a bit and now allow for a lot of their pictures to be embedded on other websites for free, but then you have to use a specific piece of code to do so. Sadly for this specific picture, the copyrighter owner does not allow embedding. In that case the best option is to simply provide a link to the photo on their own website gettyimages.com.

PS: later I WAS able to see the photo you embedded. I removed the [img] tags just to be safe with Getty. I hope you understand!


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Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer

Post by Bluebird » Mon May 11, 2015 9:49 pm

Here's an awesome pic of Glen with the GC Deluxe proto... the quantity is stunning. I have never ever seen this one before.

Enjoy!

Wayne

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Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer

Post by jay » Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:45 am

Dee, I have no idea where I read or heard this, but the bigger bowl produced a deeper sound and a smaller bowl took a little of the low end out of each string, giving the trebles more "cut" or clarity. The only mention in the "History of Ovation Guitars" is that Glen mentioned to Charlie that he wanted a thinner bowl on his signature model, because it would be "easier on your back". Glen's 2nd signature guitar (Model 1127) bowl was smaller and called the "Artist" bowl, or mid bowl. My contention is supported in a 2003 interview with C.W. Kaman II. Bill states "He (Glen) also wanted more "cut" in the sound so the mid depth bowl was introduced." [ You can read the whole interview here]It makes sense, because Ovation had yet to develop it's preamp (another GC initiated R&D project), that Glen wanted the trebles a little purer when mic'ed on the show. Ovation went on to make even smaller bowls
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that were very popular, as time went on. Ovation owes, imo, their tremendous success to Glen, for many reasons.

Of course in the 80's and 90's, we saw Glen playing large bowl Ovations again...so who knows. For shows, he started using the Ovation Viper (a solid body acoustic) religiously around the turn of the century. The viper is probably an inch and a half in width. Just a final confusing note...Glen stated on one program that his "favorite" acoustic was an 80's model black Custom Legend...which is a deep bowl. Of course, with the advent of the Ovation piezo pickup, you could get any shape on your sound that you desired.



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Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer

Post by Dee » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:23 pm

jay, thank you for these tremendous postings about Glen's guitars that he has played. Each posting is well-researched and illustrated.
Many thanks to Wayne, too, for contributing!

Quick question for Jay or Wayne: what does it mean that Glen wanted more "cut" in his guitar?

Thanks!
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