This Week in Obscure Instruments: Candiria’s Michael MacIvor and His 1978 Ovation Magnum I Fretless Bass

The story of Candiria bassist Michael MacIvor and His 1978 Ovation Magnum I Fretless bass works on 4 levels:

1) It totally sounds like he’s saying his last name is MacGyver.

2) That 1978 Magnum is quite a bass. I’m completely in love with the look of the aluminum rail system atop of that natural mahogany finish.

3) The story of who he wound up picking up the bass from, and that man’s association with the band, is mildly entertaining.

4) Seriously, it really sounds like his last name is MacGyver.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.