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Ovation Guitar Factory in Connecticut is closing

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By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that has produced instruments for music legends from Paul Simon to Cat Stevens to Glen Campbell is closing after 47 years.

The New Hartford factory’s owner, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. of Scottsdale, Ariz., is ceasing U.S. production of Ovation guitars and notified employees Tuesday that production at the factory will end by June. That’s according to a report by the Republican-American of Waterbury.

The company is citing “current market conditions and insufficient volume levels.” Factory workers are calling it the end of an iconic American brand.

Ovation guitars were created by the late Charles Kaman, a helicopter engineer and founder of Bloomfield, Conn.-based aerospace company Kaman Corp. Fender bought Bloomfield-based Kaman Music Corp. in 2007.

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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  • PedophileStateNittanyLiarz

    Asians make much better guitars at far better prices anyway. Fender knows it, Gibson knows it, and any guitarist that has picked up a recent Chinese or Indonesia Squier or $500+ Epiphone knows it.

  • Necromancer

    Sure thing…Fender had taken over Guild production and reduced the quality, and the same applies to other major brands. And yes, the Fender Squires made at the Cort plant and Simick plants in 96-98 were outstanding, and so much so, Fender closed production at these plants as folks were buying these guitars over the American Squire Stratocaster guitars. The quality was superb, and some argue better than the Japanese versions in the 80′s. Fender is now a bloated corporation putting out mediocre Mexican brands. Just pick one up and feel the heft and look at the sound. The American versions while very nice are way to costly. Epiphone still puts out a great instrument at a reasonable obtainable cost…