n January 1972, Ovation entered the solid-body market with a battleaxe shaped guitar called the Breadwinner.
hey quickly followed up with a similar model, the Deacon.
oth had two-octave bolt-on Ovation necks with mahogany bodies. The Breadwinner initially came with a kind of spackle finish (white, black, tan or blue). The Deacon initially came with a sunburst finish and then was available in a natural or colored finish. There were 6 and 12 string versions produced.
hese Ovation guitars were remarkably ergonomic, well-balanced when standing and cradling comfortably on the knee if you preferred to sit. Both had unique, wide, toroidal contoured-cover pickups with 12 individual polepieces, and six rectangular, adjustable screws. But the real innovation was an onboard FET (field-effect transistor) preamp, arguably the first production active electronic system. Due to poor sales...both were gone by the end of 1980 from production.
rom 72 to 74, Glen was seen playing a Breadwinner, that appeared to be customized. Wayne Reid pointed out that the pickups were Gibson humbuckers. Good eye Wayne! And those Gibson covers were only made for a couple of years.
rom A.R. Duchossoir's book Guitar Identification
in late 1970, it was decided to emboss the Gibson logo on the pickup covers. By the end of May, 1972, this particular feature was officially discontinued
ere is Glen playing his Breadwinner on Johnny Carson.
len played both the 6 and 12 string version of the Deacon between 1974 and 77. Here are a couple of video's of Glen and his Deacon.
n 1977, Glen began playing his Ovation Bluebird
. It didn't take long for the Deacons to end up somewhere else.