EXTREMELY rare and hard to find bass. Only about 5 of these are sold a year on ebay. Mine is in great condition, and has the original hardshell case and manual. $1200 Firm. I'll pay up to $60 for shipping
This bass was built in 1978 and has had 3 owners, all of them in the Richmond, Virginia area. First owner bought it new from a mail order from Ovation. He owned it for 21 years, until he passed away. The second owner is a professional studio bass player well known in the area. It's actually been played on a bunch of records recorded at Montana Studio and Inner Ear. He rewired the mono/stereo jack to one single mono jack and that fixes the issue with blending on the middle selection switch. There aren't many opportunities to run stereo, especially with the prevalence and ubiquity of the DI. If you really like, I'll put a stereo jack back in.
Restoration: Bass has been in great shape since the second owner took over in 1999. Before that it did take a drop or two. The main blemish is a small chip on the back of the headstock. There are a few tiny 1-2mm dimples in the finish, but nothing you wouldn't expect from any other loved bass from the 70s.
All pickups and electronics have been removed, cleaned, and replaced with new fittings, gaskets, screws and springs. Neck has never needed adjustment since 1999, which I verified with the previous owner. The carbon graphite strip was a very expensive but incredibly effective method for keeping the extra long 32" scale bass in great shape. Action is not silky low, but it's consistent around 4-5mm or about 3 quarters. There is no tarnish or oxidation anywhere. Bass looks like one of those 70s reissues, only with authentic wear and tear from being a heavily loved by a session bassist.
Construction: They don't make them like they used to! Ovation guitars in the 70's were located in New Hartford, CT and most contruction was completed using hand tools. Machines make things faster and accurate, but they don't make the adjustments on the fly to make each cut unique to each joint. The wood used was Brazilian Mahogany in the body and 4 bolt neck, and West African Ebony for the fretboard. Frets are very well tapered and feel smooth and low, slides are made easily, these are not those jumbo frets you see on a lot of modern Fenders.
Features: Single coil pickup in the bridge can be adjusted for each pole height, tons of tonal area, lots of comparisons to a jazz bass or a beefier Rickenbacker here. Huge massive neck humbucker, all poles can be adjusted individually, sounds like a cross between a Gibson grabber and a pbass. This bass is most at home playing with both pickups, and it's wired to allow a nice progressive balance rolling of blends. Tone pots roll on a 10K boost. The Aluminum pickup guard also functions as an amazing thumb rail along the entire body. Unique to these basses are the built in lever action string mute. For players who play with picks --this is a godsend! The mute is made of a soft rubber and felt, and you can replace it with practically any material you can dream up.
I have it listed on a popular auction site, but would prefer to sell here to avoid the ebay 9% tax!!!
Serial # B-4332.