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Old 12-01-2013, 10:52 AM
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EBMM Reflex - Impressions?

So I have recently deepened my fondness for the Music Man Bongo and wished my Big Al had a similar neck. A little research indicates the Reflex has a neck which is dimensionally-similar to the Bongo (sadly, missing a couple of frets, but I'll live) and has a 3 pup system similar to the Big Al but with a bucker in the rear! I love the sound of a MM with rear-humbucker only. And with active and passive modes... could this be my perfect bass??

I haven't been able to find much info here on TB about the Reflex. I would love to hear from people who have owned or played them in various configurations, especially the HSS (not as concerned with that Game Changer tech). FEEDBACK PLEASE!!

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If you don't get any answers here, then check out the EBMM forum:

http://forums.ernieball.com/music-man-basses/

I'm a Stingray guy, so I can't be of much help with your question.
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:06 AM
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Yea... i tend to like talkbass because its full of helpful people but plenty of haters too! Haters dont show up as often in the manufacturers forums, since they're all up on Ernie's balls ;-) I like dissenting voices too.
Thanks for the link! I'll keep digging while i wait for people to sound off.

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Old 12-01-2013, 02:40 PM
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I own a reflex 4HH and from what I recall playing Bongos, while the neck widths are the same at the nut (1 5/8") and the last fret (2 9/16"), the reflex neck feels thicker front-to-back than the Bongo (depth/thickness, whatever you want to call it).

Either one would be a tone monster, though. I just gigged my reflex last night!

Perhaps you can check in with TBer keko, as he owns both a reflex & a Bongo (in 5-strings).

I don't see it mentioned in your OP, but if you're fond of the Bongo neck, instead of a reflex OR your Big Al, why not just get a Bongo?
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:18 PM
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Thanks for the input, especially on neck thickness. Thin / narrow necks just don't work as well for my hands. Especially for chords.
I have a bongo and one more on the way, but one may be sacrificed for a reflex if the opportunity arises. I've never held a bass that fit my playing style as nicely as the Bongo. Sold the Big Al SSS because the neck was too small (reminded me of a fender Jazz) but i LOVED the tonal variety, especially the passive sounds! If i could get bongo type neck (thicker might work) with the passive option like on the Al, it might be the perfect bass.

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Old 12-01-2013, 08:00 PM
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I own the bass of which you speak. You may not have it.

I'm not a very good player (I am unworthy) so I will not be able to tell you much of what you want to know, probably. Feel free to pm me anyway if you like.

The neck is a little chunkier than I prefer, but I have short fingers. You might find it perfect.

The body is quite small. This does not mean it's light!

Tonally, the bass will do anything, I think.

As someone else said, look up keko. Mrfstop would be another guy to talk to - I bought my Reflex from him, and he's probably still sorry he sold it.
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I have owned and been gigging a reflex since they first came out, ordered one as soon as ordering opened on them. I don't regret my decision at all (i am aone bass at a time sort of guy), but it won't be for everyone. Natively I find it warmer and less aggressive than the sterlings I have played and the bongos that I have heard.

The preamp is very versatile as has been stated.

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Old 12-02-2013, 12:16 PM
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I would categorize the Big Al that way, tone-wise. Less aggressive than the bongo by far. Bongo with the eq. flat is an "in your face" monster... i like that about it
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3 pup system similar to the Big Al but with a bucker in the rear! I love the sound of a MM with rear-humbucker only. And with active and passive modes... could this be my perfect bass??
I believe the rear humbucker on a HSS Reflex is in a different spot (closer to the bridge) then the standard position on a 'ray (and possibly a Bongo?). So it will sound slightly different.
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