Is this a real EBMM Bongo?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jamestown94west, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. kbass00


    Oct 7, 2013
    Is not real, the seller states "is made in the style of the bongo". The upper horny is different.
  2. stingraysvt


    Jun 20, 2011
    "New Custom Made Bass Guitar" is a dead giveaway...
  3. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2011
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Yaaaaaa NO
  4. sandmangeck


    Jul 2, 2007
    Did you read the description or are you the seller?
  5. Turkeypills


    Nov 8, 2012
    St. Louis
    I have seen this same bass posted in the STL craigslist more than once. The seller must be struggling to find interest or something. I do not trust it though.
  6. Just because someone said it on Craigslist, doesn't mean it's true. It looks very much like a sanded, stained, and clear coated Music Man Bongo. If it's not a fraud, then the person who built it is pretty talented. If it is a real Bongo, then this craigslist ad is a scam.
  7. I am not the seller.
  8. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Definitely not real
  9. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    I think I'd have to sit on it to know if it's legit:D

    Nice toil...oops... nice job anyway!

  10. Manichga


    Aug 13, 2013
    The angles are all wrong.
  11. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    The listing very clearly states:

    "Made in the style of a Music Man Bongo, this is a new 5 string bass custom made by C&P Guitars"
  12. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    64 Audio · DR Strings · Source Audio · Hipshot
    There are a number of things wrong with it, making it very obvious it's not a real Bongo:

    1. Body shape and contours are way off.
    2. Hardware is not EBMM in any way shape or form.
    3. Inlays are wrong. Bongo's have crescent moon inlays, not dots.
    4. Bongo's come with a 4 band preamp, this has none (VTVT). Also, the controls on a Bongo are set into the body, this bass's knobs are on top of the body.
    5. Truss rod access is at the headstock. On a Bongo, it is at the heel of the neck, and is a wheel, not a hex bolt.
    6. Pickups look to be made for a narrower string spacing than on a Bongo, and the Bongo pickups do not have 3 separate ears for the screws... they have one ear on the bottom, and the two at the top are connected together.
    7. Pickguard is way too big.

    It's a valiant effort, but in the end, a failure, IMO.
  13. I'm not a bongo expert, so this was the kind of answer I was looking for.
  14. I guess the bigger question is why you would be interested in one of the ugliest basses known to man....just sayin :)
  15. mantaraya


    Apr 10, 2007
    Read the entire Add. It clearly states " made in the shape... and an so on.." For the Q itself, yes it is REAL since i see pictures, legit? yes since its a "Bongo Style" bass..not claiming to be a EBMM Bongo...
  16. Given the amount of fakes out there, especially the number of Fenders and Gibson's I've seen on my local craigslist lately, and the sociopath that scammed me last year, I don't take things like this home made bongo at face value. I had to ask. I didn't want to upset the owner of the bass if it was indeed legit. That's why I asked here.

    As for why I would be interested, I have access to a body shop, and I thought if this was a real EBMM it may be worth trying to get and refinishing with a nice paint job and anything else it would need to put it back to EBMM spec.
  17. Corevalay

    Corevalay Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    New Jersey
    Are you purposely avoiding this sentence? I don't understand this thread.
  18. "Pickup is on the south side of Columbia."

    BRidge or neck?
  19. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I wouldn't touch that with your 10 foot pole.