Instrument Details

1965 Ovation Josh White Fiber composite/Spruce Owned by Legend Josh White
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Ovation
Product Year
1965
Model
Josh White
Serial #
291
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
2132
Condition
Very Good. Restored by Master Luthier Bill Tippin and the Ovation Factory. Few top crack repairs, finish work and body shell work. All done as a historic instrument deserves. Now completely stable and solid for years to come.
Body Type(s)
Medium, OM/Concert
Back & Sides
Carbon/Graphite Composite
Top
xx
Neck Wood
Mahogany - 5 Piece
Bridge
Mahogany
Rosette
Custom
Top Trim
Violin Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Custom
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
Mahogany
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo and Josh White Signature
Bindings
Boltaron - White
Tuners
?
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
None
Pickup
None
Body Length
19.75 in
Upper Bout
11 in
Lower Bout
15.25 in
Body Depth Heel
3 in
Body Depth Tail
4 in
Scale Length
25.25 in
Scale Length (mm)
641 mm
Nut Width
1.813 in
Nut Width (mm)
46.0375 mm
String Spacing
2.188 in
String Spacing (mm)
55.5625 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Hardshell Case - Hardshell
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Description

This Ovation guitar belonged to legendary Folk Artist Josh White. In fact it was built to his specifications early in the Ovation company's history. Josh White was a historic figure in music from the 1920s-60s and was a prominent player in this country's race struggles. This very guitar is part of that history, for it was with his guitar that he did so much to help us all. We are honored to have this one of a kind instrument with an extremely collectable provenance. Comes complete with a video of Josh White performing on this guitar.

From Wikipedia.com: White grew up in the Jim Crow South. He later became a 1920s and 1930s star of race records, with a prolific output of recordings in genres including Piedmont blues, country blues, gospel, and social protest songs. He was billed in concert as "The Sensation of the South".[citation needed] In 1931, White moved to New York and within a decade his fame had spread widely, and his repertoire expanded to include urban blues, jazz, Tin Pan Alley, cabaret, folk songs from around the world, and hard-hitting political protest songs. He soon was in demand as an actor on radio, Broadway, and film. However, his pioneering guitar playing never altered or diminished, while some would even argue it broadened with the expansion of his musical repertoire. White unarguably inspired several generations of guitarists with his new and unique stylings and techniques, and is cited as a major musical and social influence by dozens of future stars, including Blind Boy Fuller, Brownie McGhee, Pete Seeger, Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Lonnie Donegan, Eartha Kitt, Alexis Korner, Odetta, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, the Kingston Trio, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Merle Travis, Dave Van Ronk, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Eric Weissberg, Judy Collins, Mike Bloomfield, Danny Kalb, Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Richie Havens, Don McLean, Roy Harper, Ry Cooder, John Fogerty, and Eva Cassidy. Read more about the Legendary Josh White at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_White.

One of the true joys of our business is the occasion when we get to hold history in our hands. Playing this guitar makes me think of the decades of music that passed through the fingers of Josh White and all of the struggles that were the source for the notes. It's an honor to hold this instrument for a little while and our pleasure to offer it here at Dream Guitars to the next guardian of it's history.
 
It's pretty cool to be able to play Josh White's own guitar that he played during the last year of his life. He was such a 1960's Folk icon. The guitar has been repaired and refinished so that it is in great condition for playing or for just keeping as a collectible.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.25 in
NUT WIDTH 1.813 in
STRING SPACING 2.188 in
WOODS XX,
CARBON/GRAPHITE COMPOSITE

This Ovation guitar belonged to legendary Folk Artist Josh White. In fact it was built to his specifications early in the Ovation company's history.
 

One of the true joys of our business is the occasion when we get to hold history in our hands. Playing this guitar makes me think of the decades of music that passed through the fingers of Josh White and all of the struggles that were the source for the notes.
 
It's pretty cool to be able to play Josh White's own guitar that he played during the last year of his life. He was such a 1960's Folk icon.
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