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$40 Magnum Bass - The start of my journey.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jazza1281, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. Hi all, I was reading another thread here about a Magnum bass (not the Ovation) that someone acquired having sat in a cupboard for 10 years and wanted to share my Magnum bass story.

    I managed to pick up my first bass off Gumtree for $40. A Magnum with a P style pick up.
    This one made in 02 possibly by looking at the serial number.

    When I went to look at it, it had been in storage for a number of years, covered in dust and grime, the fret wire was green with gunk and was set up horribly. I took my ipad, irig and cable, plugged it in and found the jack was loose,
    the volume pot wasnt working properly and the tone pot worked fine. When I got it home, I noodled with it that way for about a month before I decided it was time to clean it up.

    I bought 2 Bourns 500k mini pots, for $13 and replced the pots, and by drawing diagrams and taking pictures, managed to replace the wiring, tightened the jack but left the original pick up.

    I polished the frets with fine metal polish, cleaned and oiled the fret board, cleaned the bridge and attempted to give it a set up based on
    a number of internet recommended methods and adjusted the truss rod/action height etc.

    Set the tuning and intonation, and for $53 I have a very playable bass to begin my bass journey.

    I play through my irig and amplitube on my ipad and sounds just fine to me with a nice selection of Fender, Ampeg and Orange amps to choose from.

    One day I will possibly upgrade, but for now I am pretty happy with it.
    IMG20170618121857. IMG20170618122023. IMG20170618121931.
  2. It will get the job done. Most of us start on a bass like that.
  3. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    Welcome to the forum!

    For $53, it's pretty darn hard to fault, and I'd be willing to bet that most of us oldtimers have started with instruments which were vastly inferior to the one currently in your possession.

    Play it in good health and enjoy!
    M.R. Ogle likes this.
  4. Simply having a four saddle bridge was a huge advantage over my first bass.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2017
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  5. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Amen to that!
  6. jaybones

    jaybones Banned

    Mar 4, 2015
    Kelleys Island, Ohio
    Just having a bass that didn't need to be resoldered every time I played it is a huge advantage. First bass was a Lyon P (POS).

    Nice looking bass!

    Go ahead, make my day.

    And a bass has to know it's limitations.
    staurosjohn and Dr. Cheese like this.
  7. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    +1 on today's "cheap" basses, on average a lot better than what was available back in the 70's-80's. Nice job rehabbing that one.
  8. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Cool bass, welcome aboard
  9. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    I like it!:woot:
  10. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    Nice job cleaning it up. Now play the heck out of it and welcome to the deep end of the pool.
    ajkula66 likes this.
  11. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    Do you have any "before" pics?
  12. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Queens, NY
    That's a great story! Play the hell out of that bass.
  13. ICM


    Apr 29, 2013
    Eastern Pennsylvania
    You're already way ahead of the curve with bringing that bass back to life! Nice job, enjoy the fun world of bass!
    47th Street likes this.
  14. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    At least you had a bridge. When I was coming up, we would have done anything for a bridge. And, we had to walk both to and from school uphill, in the snow.
  15. Low84

    Low84 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    That's nicer than the bass I started off with.

    Excellent! Enjoy!
  16. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    +1 Better than my first bass too!
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  17. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Yeah, back in MY day, we played with a washtub, broomstick and rubber band! And we were grateful for it! :D

    But seriously, you did well with that bass. My first one was an Ibanez EXB-404 that didn't cost much more than that one. Nice score. Now go play it!
  18. J-Bassomatic


    Mar 30, 2017
    Canton OH
    Looks great. Awesome job getting it back to a playable condition.:thumbsup:
  19. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    Aww man, am I the only one who thought he was talking about an Ovation Magnum?
  20. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    You kidn? The first one I owned would have gotten picked in the playground by that bass. No name at all. 1/2" action. Had to bamg the crap out of it to get any sound.

    @Jazza1281 Welcome to TalkBass!!!!

    That's an awesome kick off bass.
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