Welcome to Glen Campbell Forums

1968 Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String

A look at the history behind many of the guitars Glen has used throughout his career.
Post Reply
User avatar
jay
Posts: 273
Joined: Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:31 am
Contact:

1970 Advertisement with Glen's 1968 GC 12 String

Post by jay » Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:01 am

This picture was used in a 1970 ad campaign by Ovation, as well as in a 2006 ad celebrating Ovations re-issue of Glen's 1627 Ovation. Although you cannot see the Glen Campbell signature on the head of the guitar, from other pictures in the photo op, it is clear that he is using the original GC 12 that was different than the one Ovation released to the public.

Ovation Advert.jpg
Ovation Advertisement with 68 GC12
Ovation Advert.jpg (91.3 KiB) Viewed 677 times
1970_Glen Campbell Ovation_Ad_01.jpg
1970 Ovation Advertisement with 68 GC12
1970_Glen Campbell Ovation_Ad_01.jpg (110.3 KiB) Viewed 677 times
Many thanks to OvationTribute.com for preserving these ads for Glen Campbell and Ovation fans!



crest
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:14 pm

Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String

Post by crest » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:18 pm

I Iive in CT, which is where the Ovation factory was located for many years. I think I have one of the 'model 8" guitars that preceded the model 1118. Can anyone who was on this thread please contact me? Thanks.



User avatar
jay
Posts: 273
Joined: Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:31 am
Contact:

Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String

Post by 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.
GC White House 1624.jpg
Glen playing his Ovation Glen Campbell 12 with Waynes X014 sitting in the background.
GC White House 1624.jpg (343.37 KiB) Viewed 3879 times
Glen is playing his proto 68 Ovation 12 String. Wayne's proto 1624 (X014) is sitting behind him (you can read about it here )



Bluebird
Posts: 31
Joined: Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:34 am

Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String

Post by Bluebird » Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:45 am

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

Wayne
s-l1600 (1).jpg
s-l1600 (1).jpg (537.32 KiB) Viewed 4024 times



User avatar
jay
Posts: 273
Joined: Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:31 am
Contact:

Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String

Post by jay » Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:09 am

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




Bluebird
Posts: 31
Joined: Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:34 am

Re: 1968 Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String

Post by 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.
Attachments
GC12 proto whitehouse.jpg
GC12 proto whitehouse.jpg (2.24 MiB) Viewed 4041 times



User avatar
jay
Posts: 273
Joined: Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:31 am
Contact:

1968 Ovation Glen Campbell 12 String

Post by jay » Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:19 pm

With Glen's early success playing a 12 String, Ovation followed Glen's signature 6 string model (the Glen Campbell Deluxe Balladeer) with his own Ovation signature 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.
1967 Ovation Balladeer 12 String.jpg
Ovation Balladeer 12 String Credit: Dave Witco http://www.ovationgallery.com/pageoriginalb12.htm
1967 Ovation Balladeer 12 String.jpg (35.45 KiB) Viewed 4060 times
1967 Ovation Balladeer 12 sound hole.jpg
1967 Ovation Balladeer 12 Soundhole Credit: Dave Witco http://www.ovationgallery.com
1967 Ovation Balladeer 12 sound hole.jpg (36.41 KiB) Viewed 4060 times
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)
GC12fullweb.jpg
GC12fullweb.jpg (38.04 KiB) Viewed 4060 times
GC12headweb.jpg
GC12headweb.jpg (43.35 KiB) Viewed 4060 times
GC12sigweb.jpg
GC12sigweb.jpg (32.59 KiB) Viewed 4060 times
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:
Glen Campbell 12 String Model 1118.jpg
1969 Ovation Model 1118 The Glen Campbell 12 String
Glen Campbell 12 String Model 1118.jpg (60.96 KiB) Viewed 4060 times
Glen Campbell 12 String Model 1118 Head.jpg
1969 Ovation Model 1118 The Glen Campbell 12 String
Glen Campbell 12 String Model 1118 Head.jpg (74.39 KiB) Viewed 4060 times
Glen playing a 1118 Glen Campbell 12 for the "I Knew Jesus" photo shoot.
GCF high res.jpg
1118 GC 12 on I knew Jesus
GCF high res.jpg (41.5 KiB) Viewed 3983 times
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)
gc12gh.jpg
Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour 2-5-69
gc12gh.jpg (14.19 KiB) Viewed 4060 times
gc12gh1.jpg
Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour 2-5-69
gc12gh1.jpg (22.66 KiB) Viewed 4060 times
gc12gh2.jpg
Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour 2-5-69
gc12gh2.jpg (11.85 KiB) Viewed 4060 times
The Segment From the Above Goodtime Hour Where Glen Plays His 12 String



A photo op
gc12collage.jpg
gc12collage.jpg (50.15 KiB) Viewed 4048 times
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.
Attachments
14249075_10154312208786251_875864427_n.jpg
Glen using an Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12 for the '73 "I Knew Jesus" photo shoot
14249075_10154312208786251_875864427_n.jpg (39.73 KiB) Viewed 4038 times
protogc12.jpg
1968 Ovation Prototype Glen Campbell 12
protogc12.jpg (70.63 KiB) Viewed 4060 times



Post Reply