Prototype Adamas Guitar

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Description (Brief)
This production prototype for the Adamas model of guitars was made by Ovation Instruments Inc., a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation in Bloomfield, Connecticut, around 1973-1974. The Kaman Corporation, founded by Charles Kaman, had great success in aerospace engineering. Kaman, a dedicated guitar enthusiast, founded Ovation Instruments, Inc. and applied some of the engineering discoveries to manufacture an acoustic guitar that could be sonically improved by modifying its shape and construction. Patents granted to Kaman include, a sound board for stringed instruments #3,880,040, guitar construction #4,056,034, and a stringed musical instrument body #4,090,427.
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date made
Ovation Instruments Inc.
place made
United States: Connecticut, Bloomfield
overall: 14 1/8 in x 15 3/4 in x 5 3/8 in; 35.8775 cm x 40.005 cm x 13.6525 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Charles H. Kaman
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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