Had this for about 2 weeks now. Fun & easy to play...using my practice rig: Hartke 4000HA and a LDS 2 x 10 cabinet. So, there's decent juice through a modern head and a nice cabinet. At the very least a no-slouch rock gig rig. As always, YMMV.
Am not sure of the year of this Bongo, there aren't many of them any way so, with the 2nd Martini starting to hit I am still wondering why I have to adjust to this bass from flat settings (which my P-Basses handle just fine) to near Pluto on my amp to get low end outta this thing.
Yeah, it's a 'modern' sound these MM products produce and I gotta get with 'it' and come off my Stax & Volt, Motown, grey-haired old-school, creaky bones attitude of "...look here Sonny, in my day, we didn't have all these new-fangled ___________'s. We just plugged the damn thing in. Fender Bass, blah, blah blah."
Set flat, this thing was thin & nasally. Honking like geese through an MXR Phase 90 over my house in late October. The setup was like buttah, intonation was off but I fixed that in a 'Jersey nanosecond. The pickups were humpin' the strings like it was mid-March & I dialed them back...little good it did.
Loved the Danelectro-Hofner like weightlessness. My cancer-beaten bones could'a beat on this thing 'till next Thursday and run rings around Flea without the aid of 5-Hour Energy EXCEPT
...having to EQ this damn thing to get thump & bump.
get these things to sing...in about one dimension. I guess that's what's somewhat disappointing. FWIW: I figured out what the damn knobs do!
Experienced folks tell me an MM "...is kinda counter-intuitive". Folks buy 'em & love 'em and they sure are built well. But, when I, or any other uninitiated bloke run the rack at GC, we're usually dialed in for instant gratification while competing with wife beaters takin' it out on every Ibby in Oakland county because restraining orders keep them away from home. It's not the easiest instrument to sell to a guy like me.
I just don't get it...but they are beautifully built...the whole line.
I really want to like a Big Al s-s-s. I wanna GAS for something besides a classic color Precision.
NEXT UP: A 1977 Stingray.