Ovation Magnum IV Solidbody Bass
was Ovations first solidbody bass. 'Solid' is an
understatement. This is one of the heaviest basses I've ever
played. But if you've got a strong back, this instrument will
reward you with some awesome performance. The body is solid
Honduras mahogany and the neck is mahogany reinforced with three
graphite strips. The example shown below is the Magnum IV.
This is a long scale 34" bass with an interesting active
electronics setup. The massive neck pickup is a 4 pole humbucker
and an added double pole bridge pickup. A three way toggle selects
the pickups and there is a master volume control. Tone control is
handled by a three band graphic EQ with +/- 12 dB adjustment for bass,
midrange and treble. All hardware is chrome plated Schaller with
semi-open gear tuners. The Magnum III is similar, except has
individual pickup volume and tone knobs instead of the graphic EQ.