So, I guess I had truly stereotyped the Music Man Bongo bass. Last night I saw a band that played the standard cover band set list. They did some funk, soul, R&B, oldies, classic rock, and the obligatory Brown Eyed Girl and Mustang Sally. The bass player was playing a Stealth 5 string Bongo. He was running DIRECT to the board (no stage rig at all). Total DI box with no preamp. The player was good. I didn't catch his name. The good: It sounded really warm. Like REALLY warm. I didn't get to talk to the guy much but I'm assuming he was running the neck pickup (possibly in single mode.... I'm not familiar with the controls). But it fit perfectly in that old school music. It got downright gooey (in a good way) in places. And the guy was plucking right over the bridge pickup the whole time. So the point here is that a Bongo is not so much the "modern only" bass I thought it was before last night. The "bad": I put bad in quotes because what comes next may not be the bass at all. That Bongo he was playing was a lined fretless. What???? Yep. This guy was tearing up old Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind & Fire on a fretless. However, it didn't sound like a fretless at all. Now, from my own experience I determined that the player might have more to do with this than anything. I used to own a Warwick Corvette fretless. When I played it, it sounded nothing like a fretless at all. ZERO mwah (like the guy last night on his Bongo). But I have heard other players on the same bass that were able to take it places I couldn't (or at least refused to learn how anyway). To keep this from being a long boring story, I'll get to the point. I'm assuming I'm not the only one who thought that the Bongo (based on looks) is a bright, modern only bass, made for metal, new age jazz, or whatever other modern genre you care to put here. But it's not. I'm not a huge fan of the looks. But if you are, and have been straying away from this bass thinking it was kind of a "one trick pony" then don't. The double buck version that guy was playing last night did it all....... and did it well. It was very much a chameleon bass. It went wherever it needed to from CCR to Tina Turner (Ike era) to pure funk and even Simon and Garfunkle(sp). That bass will go wherever you ask it to. I was really impressed by the thing lined right into the board. Sure, a Stealth Bongo didn't look right at home on that stage, but tone wise, it made me not care that its aesthetics were a bit out of place. That is all I have to say about that.