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Bongo Pickups? 1 vs 2?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kuroth, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Kuroth


    Dec 2, 2012
    Why is it some Bongos I see look like they have only 1 pickup and some look like they have 2 pickups?

    I noticed on the Music Man Website it says Standard is 1 pickup..

    I am looking at a Bongo that has just 1 pickup.. Is that good? bad? Dont really matter?

  2. Kuroth


    Dec 2, 2012
  3. Bassist Jay

    Bassist Jay Commercial User

    Dec 28, 2009
    Sterling, CO.
    I have several Bongo's. Here are the pickup configurations they come in H, HS, HH, Hp, HSp and HHp. I have 4. I have the H and Hp as my main players. If you looked at them, they would only have the one humbucker pickup shown and the one would have a piezo option added to it but you still only see the one humbucker pickup. The other two I have are a HH and a HHp that both have the dual humbeckers shown on them. In all honesty, each pickup configuration is unique in and of itself but they all sound great. My two favorites are the single H configuration and the Hp configuration. The piezo is really a neat added option to these basses. When the Bongo's first came out, you could only get them in the HH configuration so therefore as a result, it is the most popular ordered model but the single H's are really good and a lot of people prefer them over the other configurations. The pickup is also in the sweet spot on that configuration for a little more comfortability. I have not played a HS or a HSp pickup configuration yet but I have been told it is very similar to the sound you get out of a Sterling in the same configuration. Those may be my next ones added later on doen the line but we will see because I am really satidfied with what I have right now.
  4. Kuroth


    Dec 2, 2012
    Thanks Jay..
  5. Session1969

    Session1969 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2010
    I like the single pickup version due to the pickup placement being in the sweet spot.