Original Deluxe Balladeer Sunburst
Soon after the introduction of the original Balladeer in 1966, Ovation came out with their second model, the Deluxe Balladeer. Basically a higher end version of the Balladeer, with inlaid floral rosette, diamond shaped inlay at the 12th fret and chrome Grover Rotomatic tuners. The word "Deluxe" was scripted down the center of the peghead. The main features were carried over form the Balladeer including the deep shiny bowl, 5 point rosewood bridge and the eleven degree peghead angle. The Deluxe Balladeer was probably the best selling of all the original shiny bowl models. While the exact number produced is unknown, suffice it say that Sunburst Finish was a rarity. In fact, I have seen only TWO finished in sunburst and this is one of them. This guitar is serial number A-042 and was built in 1968. Sonically it is no different than the other Deluxe Balladeers I have owned, but visually this Sunburst specimen is a a league of its’s own as one of the most beautiful and rare original Ovation Shiny Bowl.
Shiny Bowl Collection
L-R: GC Deluxe, Std Balladeer, Josh White, Deluxe Balladeer, Classical, Balladeer 12-Str, GC 12-Str