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anybody see a bongo yet????

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Jun 6, 2003.


  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    i saw mm's other new bass in the musicians friend catalog. anyone see a bongo bass anywhere yet? still would like to know an accurate street price too.
     
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  3. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
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    Sorry, couldn't resist :D
     
  4. personally, i think it looks like a monkey should play it...

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    I don't really like it...
     
  5. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
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    1/4/2037 
    
    LONDON (Reuters) - A guitar sold at auction today
     became the highest-priced instrument ever sold 
    when it fetched just over seven billion dollars. 
    The instrument, a rare Ernie Ball Musicman Bongo 
    Bass, was built in 2003. 
    
    Known at the time as the "Toilet Seat Bass", the 
    instrument did not prove popular and production 
    was halted after only 13 were built. They 
    remained at the factory, neglected, for almost 
    five years. Nine were destroyed when the factory 
    was sacked by a marauding horde of 
    Australopithecus Afarensis in the Clone Revolt of
    2008. Three went into private collections shortly 
    thereafter, and one disappeared, only to 
    resurface yesterday on the Sotheby's auction block. 
    
    The winning bidder was Johnathon R. Turner, an 
    American. He paid the sum of $7,233,565,000 - 
    including almost $34m in auction fees - for the 
    rare bass. Mr. Turner, worth an estimated $1.2 
    trillion, made his fortune pioneering the 
    electronic delivery of steamed carrots. It is 
    rumored that the orange color of the bass, and 
    its personal signifigance to Mr. Turner, played a 
    large role in the auction.
    
    Mr. Turner could not be reached for comment.
    
    
     
  6. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    Geshel,
    It was a really tough day today. You brightened it considerably

    Mike
     
  7. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Dayton, Ohio, USA
    personally, i think it looks like a monkey should play it...

    I'd love to! I seem to be about the only one on TB who likes the look of them. Bongo is a stupid name, though...

    It would look cool to put a little toilet-paper dispenser on the flat end of the bottom horn.
     
  8. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Geshel

    :D :D :D :D
     
  9. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Yay! :)
     
  10. Killdar

    Killdar

    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    HAHAHAA!! *uncontrolable laughter*

    good god geshel...... never saw that coming!
     
  11. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    :ninja:
     
  12. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    Geshel -

    Ya killin' me!

    :D

    Joe -

    Actually, yes, I've played both a 4 and a 5 fretted Bongo, and know where a fretless 5 resides. Hopefully, I will get a chance to play it soon as well. They're interesting basses, the 4-band EQ sounds like it would be overkill, but it's voiced very well actually. The bass plays great and sounds wonderful...

    ...it also looks better in person than it does in photographs.


    I still think it looks goofy though, and wouldn't own one myself! :p
     
  13. xcental34x

    xcental34x

    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    Holy cow. Do you know that thing reminds me of now? A Daisy Rock....take a good look at it. Then look at the Daisy Rock bass. There are some similar features...Then of course theres the toilet comparison. Someone take a dump right on the pickguard, then start messing with the controls to see which one flushes....Sometimes I just shouldn't speak...

    ~Patrick
     
  14. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    It looks like a toy. No serious player would want to be seen with one. Unfortunately, we'll probably see a lot of punk pop type players with these. You'll never see me sporting one though.
     
  15. reachjkh

    reachjkh

    Nov 21, 2002
    Lee's Summit, MO
    "known as the toilet seat bass"...that's the funniest post I have ever read.
     
  16. xcental34x

    xcental34x

    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    I can promise you, not many pop-punk bass players would play it. Pop-punk bassists are attracted to Fender P-basses and the Mark Hoppus Signature because of the never ending endorsed pop-punk bands. Only truly smart players will even consider an Ernie Ball.

    I spoke personally to Ian from New Found Glory, who switched from a Stingray to Fender American P-Bass, and obviously he has been brainwashed by Fender. He complained that Ernie Ball's were to twangy and P-basses has the perect punch. Plus Mark Hoppus switched from the Stingray to P-bass/Jazz. I've seen an occassional pic of him with a Stingray though.

    So its not likely many pop-punk players will choose the Bongo as their weapon of choice. I myself, a lover of pop-punk, can say I'd never use one for that style. I would like to have one for some finger/slap style, though, but this thing would look ridiculous with a pick...

    ~Patrick
     
  17. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    The bottom horn makes it look pretty uncomfortable in a sitting position.

    Me no likey.
     
  18. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    Uh, ok...now I agree, it's not the most attractive of instruments, and I wouldn't have one myself. However "no serious player would want to be seen with one" is a pretty strong statement. Would you call Dave LaRue a serious player? Not exactly a "punk pop type" player either, eh?

    He's been touring with the Dixie Dregs (Guess they're not serious either ;) ) using a pair of Bongo basses for the past few months. As I said in the earlier post, the bass plays and sounds great, that is what really matters. If you don't like the looks, do what I'm gonna do: Don't buy one - but don't say that no one else will.

    Just because something isn't to your taste doesn't mean it isn't a viable and useful instrument. I don't like the looks of many basses, but I'd never say anything as strong as you did...


    ...unless it's a Daisy bass! :D
     
  19. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    of course, as we all know that serious bass players care most what their basses look like. i was really considering getting one, but i think i'm changing my mind now. i don't want to play something that looks like a toy. i don't want people to start saying the nerve is pop-punk either. thanks for the info. could ya imagine if i mighta actually bought one?