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NBD - Ovation Magnum I

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by blacktocomm, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. blacktocomm


    Feb 19, 2013
    I was randomly on craigslist for the first time in months and happened across this local Ovation Magnum for sale. Been trying to score one at a decent price and got a great deal on it. And only a 20 minute drive from my house. Anyway, it could used some new strings (I'm thinking TI Jazz Flats maybe?) and a bit of a set up, but I'm digging it. Not a bad day.

  2. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    previated devert
    That looks new! Nice find.
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  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    That looks like it's in excellent condition. Score!
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  4. blacktocomm


    Feb 19, 2013
    Thanks! It's got a small ding on the bottom edge and a bit of a gash in the headstock, but other than that it's in really, really nice shape.
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  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Mine doesn't have many dings if any, but all of the metal parts are far more corroded than yours.
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  6. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    What a find. If you're thinking of dub, I'd suggest Pyramid Gold flats.
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  7. Dluxe


    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Make sure to get extra longscale strings.
  8. blacktocomm


    Feb 19, 2013
    It definitely gets into heavy dub territory with the tone on the neck pickup rolled back. Deep as the ocean. I was surprised how hot and cutting the bridge pickup is. I'm hoping to find a set of flats that will compliment them both. I like Chromes but Im not sure their what this bass needs. I also dig Dunlop flats. Definitely appreciate the Pyramid suggestion though!
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  9. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Wow! NICE score! That thing looks primo!
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  10. Beautiful! And the pickguard is even intact.
    I went in the opposite direction with strings and love the focused deep articulate sound you get with both pickups when using roundwounds. It can out Rickenbacker a 4001.
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  11. I've had mine strung with LaBella 760Fm extra longs for a few years now and thinking of getting rounds. What are you using?

    Congrats on the new bass blacktocomm. Welcome to the fam!
  12. Thummel


    Jun 24, 2007
    West Texas
    That is one sweet unit!! I'm looking for one myself. Just my opinion but I'd go rounds on the strings just for that nasty snarl. Plus when you want you can dampen the rounds down to sound like flats without too much trouble. Awesome bass.
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  13. pnutz

    pnutz Supporting Member

    yeah, the mute is still intact. if there are no pieces missing from the headstock being banged and bumped, you've definitely scored.

    i'm hoping to fall into either a magnum I or II in red one day.
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  14. AztecViking

    AztecViking Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    EndlessSummerVille, CA
    As an adolescent I used to lust over The Magnum purely based on the ads in Guitar Player magazine long ago. ( late 70's )
    I've still never actually encountered one in person!
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2017
  15. lbbc


    Sep 25, 2007
    Seaford , DE
    That's an awesome looking bass. I've always wanted a Magnum One.... I had a Magnum Four years ago. Congratulations!
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  16. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    Argh, my dream bass! Enjoy!
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  17. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi blacktocomm
    I bet you made it in 10 minutes to bring her home and to play! :hyper::hyper::hyper:

    I really love all the crazy details on that bass (pups, bridge, "upsidedown notes", .....)

    congrats and happy NBD:bassist::bassist::bassist:

    may the bass be with you

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  18. knigel


    Apr 20, 2009
    Ashland, MA
    I'm the Squier of Fenderbirds
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  19. blacktocomm


    Feb 19, 2013
    Cheers! No idea what its currently strung with. Just some random dead rounds. Always open to string suggestions from people that own a Magnum though.
  20. MasonMinor


    Nov 29, 2014
    That's so cool! I love the stereo output. You can make some really cool noises in stereo. Congratulations man!
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