You have to wonder if it’s a coincidence that you can’t spell “innovation” without Ovation. The acoustic guitars made by the Ovation Guitar Company are quite simply different than anything else out there.
Once a serious rival to Gibson, Epiphone is today owned by the Gibson Guitar Corporation. Although Gibson issues some inexpensive versions of their own design under the Epiphone label (such as the Epiphone Les Paul), it would be a mistake to think of them as simply a bargain version of their parent company.
Remember 80’s metal band Heaven? Their guitarist, Bradford Kelly, collaborated with Jackson Guitars in the early 1980’s to design an edgy variant of the Gibson Explorer aimed at the metal musician market. The result was the Jackson Kelly, and its success with metal guitarists worldwide does not simply have to do with its strikingly bold good looks.
The Parker Fly is a great example of the fact that innovation in guitar design will persist forever.