Musicman Bongo Issue with the Low B String?
I have been a happy Bongo owner for about 2 years. Recently however there are certain notes on the fretboard (specifically C, C#, D) now produce this pop that sounds like my speakers are popping.
This doesnt happen with any other notes. To have the issue resolved I got a fresh setup, and it is still happening. They fixed intonation, etc. (and he said there was no major warping of the neck or anything).
Has anyone had any similar issues?
Did you raise your pickup (or lower your action) ?
I had that with my SR5 after I finished the last setup. The pickup was too close to the strings.
He had said that he was getting the pickups back to the factory settings. It is the initial thought that I had as well, and I did pull the pickups down when I firswt noticed it (prior to bringing it in), but it is still there.
Good suggestion though.
Any other thoughts?
I had that happen with mine, and it was the pickup. You may have to drop it just a little bit more. Or play a little softer. If it doens't happen when you play it softly, then I'd say it's most definitely the pickup height.
The NEO magnets in those are SUPER powerful.
Raise the saddle?
It would make sense if it was the pickup. Do you think I would hear any kind of sound deterioration by taking the pickups down a bit further?
Also, I have the HH model. Is it safe to assume that the pickup closest to the bridge is the likely culprit?
I don't have the popping speakers issue, but I'm having a hard time dialing in the B on my Bongo to sound like it's part of the same bass as the other strings. I've adjusted the pickups up and down, finally settling on the factory recommended specs, and keep adjusting the EQ, but the B is either too powerful or too weak depending on where the knobs are set.
I'm a bit baffled because I don't have this issue with my other EBMM bass. That one has the best B I've experienced yet.
The Bongo does have very powerful pickups and the low end is absolutely massive. I took me a while to get mine dialed in. I always start with the bass cut a bit. I don't like the tone at all until I do. I also have the pickups lower on my Bongo than any bass I've owned.
I of course missed it terribly after a short period of time and had to get another. It was then that I learned I had to EQ it differently than my other basses. Started considering 1/3 of the way up the "flat" point on all the knobs. I'm now in Bongo bliss. :) And I can make the Bongo fit into any band situation.
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