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Bongo w/out pickguard?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bman, Feb 23, 2004.


  1. bman

    bman

    Dec 4, 2000
    Sandown, N.H., USA
    I've been considering getting a MM Bongo. I've liked the orange with white pickguard.
    But I just saw a photo of Dave Larue playing one without a pickguard. Has anyone seen this out in the stores yet? I really like the way it looks without the pickguard...
    So, whaddaya know? Is it custom shop? Where does it fall price-wise compared to the regular Bongos?
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  2. Oooh, purty! I can't wait to try a bongo!!! :)
     
  3. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    That picture looks photoshopped...
     

  4. actually, it hink MM holds some truth, those pickups dont look... real?

    still, imo the bass looks purteee! :smug:
     
  5. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
     
  6. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    IMO, the Bongo looks much better without the pickguard. No more "retarded toilet-seat" look :D .

    Now, how 'bout that "can-opener" headstock :D .

    I'd like to see a metalic red or black Bongo without the P/G...
     
  7. bovinehost

    bovinehost

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Dave LaRue has a couple of Bongos you can't buy, including a fretless. That looks like one of the Bongos you can't buy. Not only does it not have a pickguard, there are no exposed pole pieces on the pickups.
     
  8. Killdar

    Killdar

    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    Picture this: Burnt apple Bongo w/o pickguard. THAT would be MAJORLY tasty.

    and Bovine, there are pole pieces in the pic, they're just not very visible, kinda dark.
     
  9. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    I'm really not surprised that he has some 'not-available-to-y'all' basses from EB.... I think that I remember from 'Tube Works' Ad that his touring/gigging EB was more of a downsized offset body shape that wasn't offered to the public.


    Maybe Gard could shed some light on this...
     
  10. marklinca

    marklinca

    Nov 11, 2003
    So Cal
    Losing the pickguard does help counter the "toilet seat" comments that are all too common for the Bongo. The sans-pickguard Bongo looks great.
     
  11. Fred312b

    Fred312b What if I want to play jazz precisely? Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    I must agree- without the pickguard it does look a lot better. of course, anything dave larue plays will sound better too but...