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Re: Glen Campbell's Ovation 1624 (Proto X014)

Post by jeremylr » Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:32 am

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Hi all, could this be the Ovation prototype nylon XO14 acoustic guitar? Carl Jackson seems to think it is a gut string, but it looks very similar to the August 21, 1971, photos from the Milwaukee State Fair. Carl says this photo was taken in Australia just after he joined the band, which would date it to sometime between September 26 and October 9, 1972, when Glen made his debut down under playing six shows. Unfortunately, I am not a guitarist, so some of my terminology may be incorrect. The bridge area looks straight with no curvature which is the distinguishing feature in correctly identifying this guitar. Appreciate any help.

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Re: Glen Campbell's Ovation 1624 (Proto X014)

Post by Bluebird » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:21 am

I thought I had posted this already but here is a nice picture of Glen at the White House on May 7, 1971, with musicians Bob Felts, Bill Graham and Dennis McCarthy.

The X014 guitar is on the stand to Glen's left.
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Re: Glen Campbell's Ovation 1624 (Proto X014)

Post by Bluebird » Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:21 am

Here's another great picture of Glen with X014.

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Re: Glen Campbell's Ovation 1624 (Proto X014)

Post by Bluebird » Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:51 pm

Here is one more of X014 which I believe, was taken on the same night as the previous photo. The sheet music for Manhatten Kansas. This photo also appeeared on the back of the Guitar Instruction book from 1971.
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Re: Glen Campbell's Ovation 1624 (Proto X014)

Post by Bluebird » Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:31 pm

Here is the one album cover I know of featuring the GC X014 guitar. This album was released in 1972.

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Glen playing the Baldwin 801CP

Post by jay » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:24 pm

In 1970, Glen appeared on Johnny Carson, the Goodtime Hour and Tom Jones playing a Baldwin 801CP. Had he not seemed interested in the Prismatone equipped Baldwin, Charlie Kaman may have never developed the Prismatone equipped Ovation 1624. Here is a video from the Goodtime Hour back in November of 1970.



Ovation R&D soon developed their own piezo acoustic pickup and went on to be the leader in acoustic/electric guitars through the 80's.



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Re: Ovation 1624 (Proto X014)

Post by Dee » Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:46 am

Thanks, Wayne.
It's really wonderful that some of Glen's guitars have ended up with guitar enthusiasts / collectors / musicians like yourself who know their value (intrinsic) and history -- and take the best of care for them.
Thanks again for sharing your photos and information here.
I'll go in half with Jay to buy that snowmobile! :)
Dee



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Re: Ovation 1624 (Proto X014)

Post by jay » Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:38 am

Dee,
Wayne does own the guitar and I posted his pictures in the original post.
Wayne is hoarding several of Glen's guitars. I know where he lives, but would have to get a passport and probably a snowmobile to attempt to bring them back to their rightful country of origin.



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Re: Ovation 1624 (Proto X014)

Post by jay » Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:25 pm

Thanks Wayne! I can't imagine how that feels to have that guitar, and watch it 44 years ago. The irony is...all of that freakin out by Charlie...all of that R&D by Ovation...Probably around the clock production...and he isn't plugged in. Yeah...it all looks and sounds ad libbed, right from the recording...but still...



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Re: Ovation 1624 (Proto X014)

Post by Bluebird » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:59 am

This is the only video I have come across of Glen playing the Ovation 1624 (Proto X014). From a 1971 Goodtime Hour episode. It is quite identifiable in the opening seconds which show a closeup of the guitar. It is the only Prismatone equipped, initialed 1624 with a non-rectangular bridge. The label is not usually visible in the sound hole because it is on the upper-side of the interior of the bowl.

Wayne




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