1968 Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String

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Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String

Postby jay » Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:05 pm

Wayne Reid passed this picture along this evening.
Another picture that was taken when Glen played for President Nixon.
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Glen playing his Ovation Glen Campbell 12 with Waynes X014 sitting in the background.
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Glen is playing his proto 68 Ovation 12 String. Wayne's proto 1624 (X014) is sitting behind him (you can read about it here )
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Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String

Postby Bluebird » Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:45 am

Here is another pic from the same Johnny Cash show of Glen using the same guitar.

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Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String

Postby jay » Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:09 am

On the Johnny Cash Show on July 12, 1969, with the custom Model 8

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Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String

Postby Bluebird » Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:25 am

Thanks Jay, for the wonderful job you do with these guitar threads.

I would like to add this photo of Glen and his 12-string prototype at the Whitehouse with President Nixon on May 7, 1971.
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1968 Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String

Postby jay » Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:19 pm

With Glen's early success with a 12 String, Ovation followed up Glens 6 string model (the Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer) with his own 12 string...The Glen Campbell 12 String.

Ovation first introduced their 12 string in late 1967, the Ovation Balladeer 12 String (Credit: Dave Witco ). Its' most eye catching feature was a smaller sound hole, bordered by the soundboard and surrounded by an inlaid rosette.

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Ovation Balladeer 12 String Credit: Dave Witco http://www.ovationgallery.com/pageoriginalb12.htm
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1967 Ovation Balladeer 12 Soundhole Credit: Dave Witco http://www.ovationgallery.com
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Towards the end of 1968, Ovation added a diamond inlay pattern, gold Kluson Deluxe tuners, a bound neck and a select spruce soundboard to the Balladeer 12 and introduced the Glen Campbell 12 String or Model #8. (Thank you Nancy Ellis for graciously allowing this guitar to reside in Texas)

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The oddity about the beautiful 12 that Charles Kaman made for Glen, is that there is no documentation or proof that Glen ever played one...much less owned one. The general consensus is that no more than a dozen or so were produced, before Ovation discontinued them and transitioned their 12 string production into the Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String Model 1118, beginning in either late '68 or early '69. Gone was the shiny bowl, winged bridge, Kluson tuners, smaller sound hole and inlaid rosette and Glen's signature between the tuners. The 1118 Glen Campbell 12 had little, if any, in common with Ovations initial offering. (Thanks to Jerome Galopin for providing this wonder Ovation site ( Ovation Tribute )

An early transitional 1118 that still has the winged bridge:

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1969 Ovation Model 1118 The Glen Campbell 12 String
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1969 Ovation Model 1118 The Glen Campbell 12 String
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Glen playing a 1118 Glen Campbell 12 for the "I Knew Jesus" photo shoot.

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1118 GC 12 on I knew Jesus
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So what Ovation 12 string was Glen playing from late '68, well into the 70's?

Screen captures of Glen playing His Glen Campbell 12 String on the Goodtime Hour (2-5-69)

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Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour 2-5-69
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Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour 2-5-69
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Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour 2-5-69
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The Segment From the Above Goodtime Hour Where Glen Plays His 12 String



A photo op

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A 1970 Ovation advertisement.

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1968 Ovation Prototype Glen Campbell 12
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And as seen in 1977, with Carol Burnett, on this YouTube clip

https://youtu.be/pwsBW8mbq00?t=4m20s



It appears that Glen had Charlie put a regular sound hole soundboard on top of the original 68 GC 12. It has the same tuners, bridge, headstock with his initials on the 12th fret, and shiny bowl as the original 1968 GC 12. Therefore, it was either a custom or a prototype, because it doesn't appear that this configuration of the Ovation GC 12 was ever publicly available.

So, it doesn't appear that Glen ever owned or played the first Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String and the first Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String that he played was custom made for him. The sound hole from Glen's GC12 was carried forward into the Glen Campbell 12 Model 1118, which was produced soon after the initial Glen Campbell 12 was discontinued.
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