New Hartford, CT (WFSB) -
It's the end of an era for a popular line of guitars made in Connecticut.
Fender's Ovation guitars have been played by some well-known music legends, but the factory in New Hartford that makes them is shutting its doors and leaving dozens out of work. Music super stars such as Shania Twain, Paul Simon and Cat Stevens are perhaps the most well known customers of Fender's Ovation Guitars.
"The popularity I think has weened a little in the past couple of years," Jordan West, of New Hartford, said. Employees such as Sam Ash in New Haven have just a few Ovations left in stock. "I'm disappointed. I think as a performance guitar they were excellent. they sounded great. and it's going to leave a little gap," West said.
Some of these guitars sell for upwards of $4,000 and can be uncomfortable because of the rounded back.
Eyewitness News called more than a dozen local guitar stores and found many only had a few or don't "stock" Ovation at all. In many cases, people could special order them.
Fender officials said the decision was made due to current market conditions. Company officials added they are just not selling enough of the product, so they decided to pull the plug on the line.Production will end by this June.
Employees at the New Hartford-based factory are losing their jobs over the next few months. The company said they'll be given severance packages.
According to its website, Fender's Ovation guitar was started in 1966."In the early '60s, guitar virtuoso and game-changing engineer Charlie Kaman set out to find the sound he always knew but never heard," the website stated.
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