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THREE DIGIT SERIES


THREE DIGIT SERIES
(Number range)

YEAR MADE

Comment
006-319 1966 Three digits in red ink
320-999 1967 (Feb-Nov) New Hartford; three digits in red ink
1000- 1967 (Nov)-1968 (July) Four digits in black ink, no letter prefix
10000- 1970 (Feb)-1972 (May) Five digits, no letter prefix
A+3 Digits 1968 (July-Nov)  
B+3 Digits 1968 (Nov)-1969 (Feb)  
B+5 Digits 1974-1979 Magnum solid body basses
C+3 Digits 1969 (Feb-Sept)  
D+3 Digits 1969 (Sept)-1970 (Feb)  
E+4 Digits 1973 (Jan)-1975 (Feb) Solidbodies
E+5 Digits 1975 (Feb)-1980 Solidbodies
E+6 Digits 1980 (late)-1981 Some UK IIs (does not reflect production)
F,G prefix 1968 (July)-1970 (Feb)  
H,I,J,L prefix 1970-1973 Electric Storm Series


Four Digit Series
   First digit is always 1
Second digit is type of guitar:
  1 Acoustic roundbacks (also semi-hollowbody electrics)
  2 Solidbody and semi-hollowbody electrics
  3 Ultra acoustics
  4 Solidbody
  5 Acoustic electric cutaway Adamas and II/Elite/Ultra electric
  6 Acoustic electric roundbacks
  7 Deep
  8 Shallow
   
Third digit denotes bowl depth on acoustic and acoustic electrics:
  1 Standard bowl, 5 13/16" deep
  2 Artist bowl, 5 1/8" deep
  3 Elite/Matrix electric deep bowl
  4 Matrix shallow bowl
  5 Custom Balladeer, Legend, Legend 12, Custom Legend 12, Anniversary
  6 Cutaway electric, deep bowl
  7 Cutaway electric, shallow bowl
  8 Adamas, 6 1/16" deep
   
Fourth digit denotes mode, for the first eight acoustic models:
  1 Balladeer
  2 Deluxe Baladeer
  3 Classic
  4 Josh White
  5 12-String
  6 Contemporary Folk Classic
  7 Glen Campbell Artist Balladeer
  8 Glen Campbell 12-String
   
Color code follows hyphen after model number:
(Please, follow this link)

Ovation & Adamas Colors Chart


 
SIX DIGIT SERIES
1971-Present (Except Adamas)


SIX DIGIT SERIES
(Number range)

YEAR MADE
000001-007000 1972 (May-Dec)   
020001-039000 1974  
039001-067000 1975  
067001-086000 1976  
086001-103000 1977 (Jan-Sept)  
103001-126000 1977 (Sept)-1978 (Apr)  
126001-157000 1978 (Apr-Dec)  
157001-203000 1979  
211011-214933 1980  
214934-263633 1981  
263634-291456 1982  
291457-302669 1983  
302670-303319 1984 Elites Only
315001-339187 1984 Balladeers Only
303320-356000 1985-1986  
357000-367999 1987  
368000-382106 1988  
382107-392900 1989  
403760-420400 1990  
421000-430680 1990  
400001-403676 1991  
430681-446000 1991  
402700-406000 1992  
446001-457810 1992   
457811-470769 1993  
470770-484400 1994   
484401-501470 1995  
501471-518689 1996  
518690-528368 1997  
528369-536826 1998  
536827-545890 1999  
545891-555979 2000  
555980-564478 2001  
564479-571883 2002  
571884-579654 2003  
579655-592919 2004
592920-601450 2005
601451-609566 2006
609567-618494 2007
618495-625225 2008
625226- 2009

 
 
ADAMAS SERIES
Series starts with 0077 in September 1977


ADAMAS SERIES
(Number range)


YEAR MADE
0077-0099 1977
0100-0608 1978
0609-1058 1979
1059-1670 1980
1671-2668 1981
2669-3242 1982
3243-3859 1983
3860-4109 1984
4110-4251 1985
4252-4283 1986
4284-4427 1987
4428-4696 1988
4697-4974 1989
4975-5541 1990
5542-6278 1991
6279-7088 1992
7089-8159 1993
8160-9778 1994
9779-11213 1995
11214-12448 1996
12449-13020 1997
13021-14623 1998
14624-16136 1999
16137-17393 2000
17394-18961 2001
18962-20040 2002
20041-20802 2003
20803- 2004