OVATION MAGNUM II
PRODUCED: 1974 - 1982
TYPE: Double off-set cutaway body, Active 4-string
BODY: Solid one-piece Honduras mahogany
NECK: Mahogany, graphite reinforced, glued and bolted, 20 jumbo frets
SCALE LENGTH: 864 mm (34-inch)
FINGERBOARD: Rosewood stained ebony with pearl dot inlays
HARDWARE: Chrome, cast aluminium tailpiece with individually adjustable solid brass saddles, Schaller semi-open gear tuners
PICKUPS: Humbucker with individual volume controls, Double coil with U-shaped pole pieces
CONTROLS: Master Volume & 3-band EQ, 3-way pickup selector switch
FEATURES: Lever action string mute, aluminium bezel around pickups
COMMENTS: An all active unit that provided even more tonal response and opportunities.
The 3-band EQ offered Bass, 400Hz and Treble each as a double slider with +/- 12dB adjustment. To power the circuit two PP9 batteries were housed in a compartment by the lower cutaway underneath a separate section of the scratchplate. The individual volume controls for the pole pieces on the humbucker were accessed through the four holes provide using a regular screwdriver. When adjusted well this was produced a very well balanced instrument from string to string.
This highly sophisticated circuitry gave the Magnum II a cleaner yet meatier sound than the passive version and was way ahead of its time but still failed to find favour with enough players to keep it in production any longer.
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