Ovation Deluxe Balladeer
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 earliest versions of the Deluxe Balladeer, like
the Balladeer, were fabricated with a spruce soundboard made up of three
pieces, not the more typical two pieces. Legend has it that the
three piece tops came about due to the sharing of spruce planks with the
Kaman helicopter company. The examples of the Deluxe Balladeer
shown bellow are a 1967 and 1968 model. Both are in outstanding
condition, including the original Gieb ('67) and Lifton ('68) cases.