Bongo Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Vincent P, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. A buddy of my son is looking at one of these and asked me a few questions which I could not really give him an answer to.

    1. Standard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles, or Optional - Piezo bridge with nickel plated brass saddles.

    2. Standard - Single Humbucking with Neodymium magnets, or Optional - Dual Humbucking with Neodymium magnets, or Optional - Humbucking/Single coil with Neodymium magnets.

    I'm a Fender Jazz guy and don't know to much about these baby's.
  2. black lake

    black lake Guest

    Apr 3, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    The info you have posted looks correct, but what was your question?
  3. budget bassist

    budget bassist Guest

    Jan 4, 2009
    uh yeah... what is it you want to know?
  4. Deaj

    Deaj Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Kingston, WA
    I'd say dual humbucker w/ 4-band EQ (I don't think this config is available with a piezo bridge). The tonal flexibility of this instrument is staggering!
  5. jdieh1

    jdieh1 Guest

    Nov 28, 2007
    Queensland, Australia
    I'm guessing that he wants to know which of the options to choose...
  6. Ya sorry all, yes he would like to know what options would you choose for all round best performance.
  7. palmann


    Sep 3, 2006
    Well, I guess, it depends on your needs. Why'd they offer all those options to choose from?

    Gruesse, Pablo
  8. black lake

    black lake Guest

    Apr 3, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    Choosing the double humbucker is the most flexible for tone choices, but it is always best if your son's friend can play a few to find out which configuration he likes best. Personally, I like the growl of the single humbucker the best, but to each his own.
  9. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    Great point for trying them first; there's more options with the 2 pickup models but you don't get the single pickup sound from those basses. I like the two humbucker sound myself, but I haven't had the pleasure of trying the piezo basses.
  10. steveinohio


    May 27, 2007
    I thought the piezo was really only usefull if you were going fretless. I have a HH bongo and love it. Its pretty much the swiss army knife of bass.
  11. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I never played a single H so I don't know what they sound like. Some people like the simplicity I guess, and if it sounds right - then why go for anything more.

    I personally love versatility because I like to tweak for dfferent situations, and I play in a lot of different kinds of groups. I've got a 2H Bongo, BUT I have an HS stingray and feel I get even a little more versatility out of that. The reason I have an HH instead of HS bongo is that the 5 string HS Bongo has (or had - don't know if they changed anything) 60 cycle hum on the neck pickup and I'm not a fan.

    As for the piezo - I've got one. If your son's friend is playing any kind of loud rock, it's pretty pointless. I can't notice any difference if I dial it in. For quieter music it can bring out a different character in the high end, but it's fairly subtle when mixed with the other pickups. When soloed it has a clangy dubby kind of sound that I've never found a use for, but I'm sure some might in a jazz or acoustic situation. Just my experience.

    I wanted the most versatile bass I could get - so I got it all. No regrets. I'm sure one day I'll come across something that calls for the piezo. :)

    In short my opinion is this: What's going to work best for your son's friend is going to depend on the kind of guy he is and what he wants to play. If he loves versatility and likes to tweak - 2H, if he's a P bass kind of kid, single, if he's a rocker, no piezo, if he's into everything, piezo...
  12. Thanks for all the great input all. I have passed this on to my son who will convey this to his bud.
    I have to chuckle, the first suggestion I made to him was to sit down and play one of each, especially through an amp thats close to what he owns.
  13. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw

    Father knows best.
  14. black lake

    black lake Guest

    Apr 3, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    Joe you have to try a single H bongo, the sound is anything but simplistic (I used to think that same way before I tried one). Pure Bongo growl. The single coil in the HS has a dummy pick up, so there is no hum what so ever. If I had to describe the sound of the HS, I would have to say it is a more civilized sounding Bongo. IMHO of course.