OVATION MAGNUM Mk 1
As famously used by Jah Wobble! I got it 2nd-hand in 1986, having had experience of playing one that belonged to a friend. An unusual looking creature ( the bass, that is - though, to be honest, the friend was no oil painting either...) Beautifully made, of course - as you'd expect from Ovation.
Click the picture to get a PDF of the original User Manual (2.7MB)
It was blessed with a remarkably wide tonal range, thanks to its two very different pickups. Crammed right next to the bridge was a crisp, cutting Humbucker with unique U-shaped pole pieces; the neck pickup was equally clever in design, having individual gain pots for each pole piece. I was forced to sell it in 1988, owing to a desperate lack of money. A good thing I did, really: otherwise, it would have gone in the burglary.
STOP PRESS!! - as of July 2009, I am now once again the owner of a Magnum. Audio samples:
|Bridge Pickup, coils in parallel||Neck Pickup, coils in parallel||Both Pickups, coils in parallel|
|Bridge Pickup, coils in series||Neck Pickup, coils in series||Both Pickups, coils in series|