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Ack! Bongo 5 color?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jammadave, Jan 30, 2004.


  1. jammadave

    jammadave Rudderless ship Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    I am thinking of gettin' a bongo 5, and since there doesn't seem to exist one in my fave color, and it'll take months to get one from EB, i'm down to this: Graphite Pearl with 2 pickups, or Desert Gold with only one?

    bovinehost - where are those pics of you actually playing your gold one?

    anybody seen Graphite in person? is it as dark (almost black) as it looks in photos?

    I *really* wanna Egyptian Smoke one like the neato 4-string =0)

    but waiting is bad! :spit:
     
  2. xcental34x

    xcental34x

    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    I've seen the Graphite color on a Stingray Nothing special. A dark grey. Thats it. I saw an amazing Rolls Burgandy at my local shop. Its like a dark maroon. Really cool.
     
  3. bovinehost

    bovinehost

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Here's the graphite you're thinking of:

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    Here's the Desert Gold:

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    If you want better (more accurate) shots of the colors, check:

    http://www.bovinehost.com/79ray/currentbasses.html

    Good luck!
     
  4. Got to try me one of these, go nice with my NAMM 'ray, are you guys finding them as versatile as what the pick up configurations suggest they should be?
    Would be cool if they did a kind of retro modern look with some clear stains on wood with clear pick gaurds, would it work or would the old meets new thing kind of fall flat on it's face!

    Not seen these in the UK yet, not up north anyway! there's a few down in London, 200 miles away (thats a long way in the UK!)

    Tony
     
  5. jammadave

    jammadave Rudderless ship Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    hey Bovine buddy - I thought your 5 was "sapphire black" actually - looking at the BassCentral site they've still got one like yours in 5 but above they show a photo of a graphite 4. I may be wrong.

    The desert gold is growin' on me - one one hand i love the color, on the other i dont know if it's too gaudy for a laid-back-rock show (hard to describe, we're somewhere between straight rock, blues, and swamp rock). Image isn't that important but I dont wanna stick out TOO much. I like hangin' back in pocketville.
     
  6. bovinehost

    bovinehost

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    <IMG SRC="http://www.ernieball.com/mmonline/color_chart/images_lg/colorchart_04.jpg">

    Eh...heh heh. You're right, of course - mine IS Sapphire Black. Sure looks like it has some grey in it, though.

    the easily confused
    Jack
     
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    They are even more versatile than the pickup configuration suggests, thanks to the 4 band preamp. This preamp beats anything else out there, including aftermarket onboards, for versatility and musicality. I wish I could put one in every one of my active basses!
     
  8. Stephen Soto

    Stephen Soto

    Oct 12, 2003
    i'll tell you what man. at NAMM 04', that bass looked sweet! all of them looked cool, purple, red, blue, orange. but that one looked the best, and "most professional" also!
     
  9. jammadave

    jammadave Rudderless ship Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    as a woohoo update, I split the time-to-wait difference and had Gard order me one in Egyptian Smoke (the color I really wanted) and it should be in before end Feb. Better than EB's estimate of end March and i am getting the color I wanted. So, Evahbuddeh Happeh now! I'll just curl up with my 4-strings and wait patiently. (patiently must really mean "like a mental patient"...)
     
  10. jammadave

    jammadave Rudderless ship Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    I personally think the BoNgo would be awesome in Natural with a Black Ice pickguard. Hi-tech lines but with a more classic finish. *imagining...* and maybe a rosewood fretless fingerboard... :bassist:
     
  11. groovetool You stole my name!! :bawl:
     
  12. hey bovine, hows the bongo compare to the brad houser?
     
  13. Groovetool - member since Feb 03
    Groovetools - member since Dec 03

    Got my name whilst I was playing a Bill D 7 string!

    Tony
     
  14. bovinehost

    bovinehost

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Well, they're both likely to cause comments when played in public venues.

    I've strung my Fish with TI Flats for old school thump while the Bongos are both sporting rounds of one sort or another so the comparison is a bit difficult, but....

    Fish = passive, Bongos = active. So there's that, although the Houser's output is so hot, you'd THINK it was active, too. The 5L sounds like a really thick, fat passive Fender. The Houser sounds like that same Fender but with a bad frickin' attitude problem...and off its meds.

    The Bongos are versatile. More tone shaping capabilities. You can get some thump out of 'em, and you can get some Stingray growl and you can get damned near anything you want, really. The Bongos are also considerably heavier.

    Comparing fivers, the Bongo necks are slimmer, although even the Houser with its wide, flat profile is pretty comfortable - much like a Lakland, the wide board doesn't seem to be a hindrance, even to someone like me. (I tend to like Jazz bass type necks.)

    I have to say, if I were stuck on a desert island with either a Fish or a Bongo, I just couldn't complain. Great basses. It depends on whether you're more of an active or passive guy, maybe....I like both!