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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by metalchickx78, Feb 21, 2008.
Does anyone know more about the company? I searched for it on google and didn't find anything.
Weren't they the basses made by Ovation.
If he's talking about the same basses, yes. They go for cheap on ebay all the time. I might grab one one day... love the tone off of Tool's album Opiate. Love the sound on the song Hush. It's treble-ish voice is very cool.
here's a little taster of a Magnum 1 from the late 70's courtesy of strange Brit band Magazine
very cool...good luck with that one you're looking at (I think)...looks sweet!...sounds cool...Ovation...the guitars of the Partridge Family..."C'mon get happy!"...
Those Magazine clips are cool. Looks like the same concert that the footage of them is from in their appearance in the film, "Urggh! The Music War."
FYI, if you want more samples of the Ovation Magnum, get a copy of this film (Or catch it on cable. It's been on VH-1 a few times I think). Lots of cool footage of New Wave/Punk/Experimental bands from that early 80's era, and there are no less than 3 different bands featured with bassists playing an Ovation Magnum.
Thos may be the ugliest basses ever made. On the other hand this one I saw on the 'bay (NOT MINE!) reminds me of the old Travis Bean basses for some reason:
It's not an Ovation bass. The company's name is Magnum.
Yes, Ovation had the legendary Magnum models I to IV, but that's a different story altogether. There are Magnum brand basses around that look like budget Far Eastern takes on a Fender Precision. I can't offer any details, but because of the lack of information I'd assume they're made in China.
Mine does look like a Fender Precision, it was made in Korea. We've had it for years and I wanted to know if the company was still around. I play guitar, and I'm just switching to bass. Would this be a good bass guitar to start with or should I save for something else?
As long as it's set up for playing (intonation, straight neck, fair action, working electronics), I don't see why you shouldn't start learning on it straight away. You'll develop preferences soon enough and have a better idea of what you may want in the future.
Magnum is a company that makes some cheapish gear...lots of it floating around here in Australia...
Some of the older Magnum stuff actually isn't half bad...I mean, it's hard to stuff up a P-bass clone, really...
I've played two Magnum P copies owned by a couple of young guys at church and they sound half decent...but the boys have them set up really poorly...I reckon a little bit of work and they could be decent players for sure...
So ugly they are cool
My first bass was a Magnum. It looked like a 75 Jazz Re-issue, blocks, binding, covers, etc. It was a cheesy plywood bass with the weakest tuning keys in the world.