Ovation Magnum Big Screw

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jaco944, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. jaco944

    jaco944 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    Hey all, I’ve read the setup guide, the patent illustration and have done a cursory search. Can any Magnum owner explain to me what the big screw on the back does in relation to the bridge and setup. The neck is perfect I’d like to squeeze just a little lower action out of it. Thanks.
     
  2. Klaxxi

    Klaxxi

    Mar 6, 2017
    Beaumont, TX
    The hex thing at the bottom?
     
  3. jaco944

    jaco944 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    1st....damn that was fast, 2nd...yes.
     
  4. Klaxxi

    Klaxxi

    Mar 6, 2017
    Beaumont, TX
    I'd like to know myself honestly. I mean, I guess i could turn it and find out if I can find something to fit it.
     
  5. jaco944

    jaco944 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    I’ve turned it, took it all the way out in fact and still not sure.
     
  6. Klaxxi

    Klaxxi

    Mar 6, 2017
    Beaumont, TX
    I haven't messed with the setup on mine at all really. It's pretty much where I want it and it holds very steady. Might need to replace the switch on mine though.
     
  7. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    Germany
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  8. Klaxxi

    Klaxxi

    Mar 6, 2017
    Beaumont, TX
    We did it boys
     
  9. jaco944

    jaco944 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    I understand that, but in application will raising the tailpiece lower action or the opposite....just can’t grasp it.
     
  10. It doesn't look like it will really do either. Seems it's more for the mute.
     
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  11. jaco944

    jaco944 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    That makes sense as to why I noticed little difference in action. Thank you all!!
     
  12. jaco944

    jaco944 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    That makes sense as to why I noticed little difference in action. Thank you all!!
     
  13. Dluxe

    Dluxe Guest

    Jan 9, 2011
    I made the mistake of loosening it too much with the strings at tension. Don't do that! It popped completely off. Luckily nothing or nobody was damaged.
     
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  14. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Note to Self: adjust the Magnum before drinking the Magnum... :)
     
  15. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    It was a real hoot reading the Owner's Manual. I've never seen one of these or played one, but always wondered about them. An amazing instrument, full of way ahead of its' time features, this was not done casually or on the cheap. I'm still a bit confused about a 'glued and screwed' neck joint though, I must admit.

    Ovation in Charles Kaman's day was a real technology incubator, and like a lot of companies, without that original founder's leadership, it's a shadow today of its' former self. They essentially invented the piezo under saddle pickup system that made so much of today's 'unplugged' world popular, especially after it migrated to their Takamine imports: I shudder to think how many acoustic electric box guitars they sold while everyone else was getting up to speed, especially if you're old enough as I am to remember those horrible stick-on Barcus Berry transducers. Their pioneering work with fiberglass and composites. And of course, their relationship with the late Glen Campbell forever put them on the map. They were really a force to be reckoned with.
     
  16. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    :) I also remember this boy:
    Paul_McCartney_with_Linda_McCartney_-_Wings_-_1976.jpg

    oh, and LEST WE FORGET...

    Danny_Bonaduce_bass.jpg
     
  17. 2tonic

    2tonic

    Dec 22, 2015
    Yeah, that's the kind of horrible stuff that happens when you let an aerospace company loose on unsuspecting musicians!:)
     
  18. Apolicious

    Apolicious

    Jan 16, 2014
    Livingston, MT
    you know how sometimes you just find the cheapest piece that is just incredible? of all things, a customer once brought in a fretless Applause (ovation's budget line, if you can believe that) acoustic bass. it sounded... incredible. it had this slow attack with the warmest low-mids I've ever heard. perfect recording bass. I mean, the thing was only worth $150-$200. I offered him twice that, but no luck. he knew what he had.

    dangit.
     
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  19. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    True enough Mike, but look at that obviously Gibson EB-inspired bass that Danny's holding, and then realize that it's follow-on was the Magnum. That's one hell of a jump.

    And God Rest Linda McCartney.
     
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  20. jaco944

    jaco944 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    I fooled around with it a bit at practice last night.....no discernible difference. The tone thought.....love it. I actually think the action is fine. Switching between P’s J’s and then the big ole Magnum neck....it’s a perception thing.