Originally Posted by JimFiore
Thanks. Unfortunately no place around here sells Music Man or G&L. How do the Big Al and Bongo compare to the Sterling 5, sound-wise? !
When I was playing my own music, the Bongo was my main bass. It's got a character all it's own, and I loved the way it fit into the music we were playing. Since I started playing a lot more of other people's music, and since I bought a Big Al my feelings about the Bongo have changed a bit. The Bongo is a super agressive MoFo, and it takes a little work to tame it. At least for me. I set my active basses flat, and then start tweaking from there, but with the Bongo I now set all the knobs about 1/3 of the way up and consider that the flat setting. The Bongo has a definite personality, much like the Stingray has it's own personality, and I think after playing it for so long I just grew a little tired of it and started wanting something different. If you listen to pretty much any Bongo youtube vid, you'll hear the personality I'm talking about. Hard to describe, but it's a certain element that I don't hear in other basses.
The Big Al on the other hand covers a few more bases (pun intended). It can pretty much nail the sound of lots of other basses, including a P, a J and a stingray. IMO you can't really ask for much more. It goes both passive and active, has a seperate tone control for passive mode. It can be super aggressive, or thick, mellow and rich. I own lots of basses, love lots of them too, but if I was only able to hold onto only one of them it would without question be the Big Al.