Ovation Magnum I Stereo Bass Sunburst 1976
Ovation Magnum 1 Stereo, sunburst, made in USA 1976. Here's one you really don't see everyday! Ovation were (and are!) serial innovators, so when they launched the Magnum in 1974, it was never gonna be another 'it's a P-bass but with...' kinda deal. First up, it's got a lovely three piece neck with a gorgeous ebony board. The neck is fairly slim, although at 40mm it's wider at the nut than a trad Jazz Bass shape. It's super straight and stable and feels delightful in the hands. The body features some very pretty grain patterns and provides a hefty natural volume and resonance. Now... those pickups! The JB style single in the bridge is super articulate and snappy with heaps of growl on deck. The enormous humbucker in the neck position sounds how it looks: fat, huge, beefy etc. You can dial in a really tasty tone between the two, they pull against each other just right. The strange metal pickup surround offers an interesting advantage: it's kinda like a giant thumb rest, so you can brighten or darken the tone super easily and naturally by moving up and down the body. The bridge offers heaps of mass and stability and precise intonation adjustments; plus the little slider switch for the mutes is a clever mechanism. This has weathered the decades beautifully and is in great shape both cosmetically and functionally. The only question: is your band weird enough for you to pull this off?
Model: Ovation Magnum 1 Stereo
Made: USA, 1976 (serial B2080)
Finish: 2-tone sunburst
Neck: mahogany/ebony 3-piece with ebony board, 34" scale, 12" radius, 40mm nut
Pickup: Ovation humbucker and J-style single coil
Case: non original hard case
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has a couple of very minor scuffs on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back and sides of the board only. The back has some widespread light scuffs but no major marks. The sides are pretty clean, just some dimples around from the jacks. The front is pretty tidy, just light scuffs around the whole body really. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets look good, minor wear only, 8/10 for life left. Set up with fresh 45/105s.