Ovation guitar factory in Conn. closing

A Nirvana Ovation acoustic guitar played by Kurt Cobain is displayed at the launch of Hard Rock International's traveling music memorabilia collection, "Gone Too Soon," Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Hard Rock Cafe New York. "Gone Too Soon" pays tribute to music icons whose lives and career where tragically cut short and will be on tour at Hard Rock locations in the U.S. throughout 2013. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Hard Rock International/AP Images)

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The Ovation guitar factory in Connecticut will soon close. Fender, the manufacturer that owns the factory in the northwestern town of New Hartford, will be ending production there by June.

Jim Provost, the owner of Gerry’s music shop in South Hadley, told 22News he was relieved to hear the round-backed guitars will continue to be made in Europe, and possibly somewhere else in the United States.

Provost told 22News that the Ovation guitars have a full and unique sound. He credits that sound to the rounded back; a design helicopter-engineer Charles Kaman created for Ovation almost fifty years ago.

“The products used to make the first Ovation guitars were products they had on hand in making their helicopters,” Provost said.

Ovation guitars were the instruments of choice for some legendary singers and musicians including Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Richie Havens, and Glenn Campbell.

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