Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is to close its acoustic guitar factory in New Hartford, Connecticut, signalling the end of US-made Ovation acoustic guitars.
Citing “current market conditions and insufficient volume levels”, FMIC will close the factory “within June”. Guild and Fender acoustic production will be moved to other US factories, but the move sees domestic production of Ovation musical instruments cease.
‘We are committed to providing the same high quality musical instruments our artists, consumers and customers expect and demand, and will continue to support the brands that are currently being produced in New Hartford,’ said Richard McDonald, senior vice president of Fender.
The move comes after FMIC ceased production of Hamer guitars from the New Hartford facility last year. It marks the end of 50-years of guitar making in New Hartford, which began when Charles Kaman ran the musical instrument business alongside his aerospace operations.
FMIC bought Kaman Music Corp for $117m in 2007 and moved production of its Guild and Hamer guitars to the New Hartford factory in 2008.