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Ovation Magnum Bass For Left Handed??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Enrique Alfaro, Aug 8, 2018.


  1. Hi guys!

    A guy's selling me this Ovation Magnum Bass Guitar for Left Handed.

    I already contacted Ovation and they answered:
    Hey Enrique,

    That looks like a real Ovation Magnum bass. They were made from 1978 to 1985.

    Thanks,
    Hunter Colson
    Ovation Customer Service

    Still I'm having my doubts since I've never seen this ovation shape before.

    Does anyone has a reference for this bass?

    Thank you!
     

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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Wow, I didn't know they existed, either. Sure looks legit to me, it's the right shape and hardware (reversed).
     
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  3. ajkula66

    ajkula66

    Sep 23, 2016
    NEPA
    Definitely a legit Magnum, I've never seen a left-handed one though, so yeah you're likely to purchase an extreme rarity there...

    Great and unique-sounding basses these are IMO. May it serve you well.
     
  4. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    Are we sure the body is a magnum body? It doesn't resemble a 1 or 3. The pickup spacing is different, the neck pickup is flipped, there is no pickguard.

    Is it a prototype?
     
  5. lug

    lug

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Plus, no one is going to go to that much trouble to build a knock off of a bass no one knows about.
     
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  6. I've tried to search for any lookalike but there's zero reference on the internet.

    Protoype... hope so haha

     
  7. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    My guess is a custom body using all bona-fide components, but then again, there is no telling what ovation may have built
     
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  8. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    It's more like a reversed 3, but not quite. It may well be the only lefty they ever did, and therefore custom by definition.
     
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  9. lug

    lug

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Similar to...
     
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  10. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    i don't find them that similar in shape, layout, or anything. the body matches the headstock perfectly though, and it looks very professional from the pics. i could easily see it being a prototype. the current ovation company would be useless though, and likely have no information on it, as they weren't the ones who built em.

    this is mine flipped. the body is quite different.
    20180808_110938. ovationbass.
     
  11. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    its like a wal and a magnum 1 had a south paw baby! i would buy it just to see how that massive quadbucker sounded in that position.
     

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  12. lug

    lug

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Big question...how much is he asking for it?
     
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  13. My guess, and that's all it is: Somebody made a left handed body for that bass and looks like they did a good job. The wood doesn't have much grain, probably alder, as opposed to what Magnums usually look like. The tuning keys are position just like a RH model. The bridge mute handle is inverted, as are the poles on the humbucker. Granted, since all the hardware is proprietary, it would be costly to manufacture them for a small LH run. But the body shape, while cool, is far from traditional Magnum shapes.
     
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  14. 23,000 pesos... like 1,200 grand
     
  15. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    If it's a legit manufactured body by ovation, it's likely worth every penny. If not, it's up to your preferences. I would attempt to contact kaman and get it verified.
     
  16. Damn Kaman passed away in 2011... Does anyone has a contact for someone who worked at Ovation in the 70's /80's???
     
  17. ajkula66

    ajkula66

    Sep 23, 2016
    NEPA
    + 1

    OP did contact them, but the problem IMO is that no one who's currently there has any recollection of past going that far, not to mention that serials on Ovation's electrics and basses are a "best guess" practice in most if not all cases.

    The hardware and neck alone would likely recoup the investment - once again, IMO - if OP decided to part the bass out.

    My $0.02 only...
     
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  18. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    There was an email for a guy that still works for the mother company that was there then, and he has closely dated them. You could email Steve wishnevsky from wishbass. He was a designer for them and may know. May not. Who knows.
    Wishbass@bellsouth.net
     
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  19. Thank you! I already sent an email to Steve, let's hope I have an answer soon, I'll let you know...
     
  20. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Wish was a designer for Ovation!?!?!? :) this explains a lot... :)
     

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