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I've been converted.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Don't_Fret, Feb 14, 2004.


  1. Don't_Fret

    Don't_Fret Justin Schornstein

    Dec 10, 2003
    East Coast, US
    Today I bought a Bongo. I apologize to all Bongo lovers for my ignorance. I love the super-flexible electronics and the smooth feel. It is easily capable of every style I throw at it, even though its look might not fit in everywhere (I can't wait to see the looks I get at church). :D All anti-Bongo TBers should at least give one a try; you might learn to love the "retarded toilet seat."

    :bassist:
     
  2. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    im a long time stingray GAS'er and im afriad that if i try a Bongo, i might like it more..
     
  3. bovinehost

    bovinehost

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Ah, another member of the tribe! Congratulations on what was obviously a difficult but incredibly intelligent decision.

    So - color? How many strings? Photos? You know we require photos.
     
  4. Introvox

    Introvox

    May 21, 2001
    Ontario, Canada
    Wasn't sure what you were talking about, so I checked out this link

    http://www.basscentral.com/musicman/bongo.shtml

    I totally see the "toilet seat" connection...I think if I did get one, I'd get the pickguard the same color as the body, which has a very interesting shape to it...

    Introvox
     
  5. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    If i ever were to get a Bongo, i would get one with a humbucker and a single coil.
     
  6. bovinehost

    bovinehost

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    The dual humbucker model really kicks it in the butt. I'm waiting on a white moto guard for both of mine.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Don't_Fret

    Don't_Fret Justin Schornstein

    Dec 10, 2003
    East Coast, US
    Well, bovinehost, it's the same color as yours, the pickguard is pearl white, and it's a 5 string. Pics will come later today.
     
  8. SlimT

    SlimT

    Feb 27, 2002
    Eden Prairie, MN
    Don't_Fret:

    Congratulations! And, thanks for sharing your experience with the
    new baby.

    I've got the same as yours, but in Black, on it's way right now.

    I'm fully aware that many people find the things ugly, but when I saw one and saw that I could get it with two HBs I just totally freaked. I think they look great!

    This was the most severe case of GAS I've ever had!

    I couldn't afford to get one, but I did anyway.

    Before this, I was thinking of throwing a new bridge, new pickups, and a new preamp in my Peavey G V. That project is now on the back burner.

    Eagerly awaiting my new bongo.

    :hyper:
     
  9. SlimT

    SlimT

    Feb 27, 2002
    Eden Prairie, MN
    :hyper:

    :bassist:

    The Bongo has arrived!

    I slapped some slowounds on there and am just loving it!

    The neck is fantastic! I loved the satin finish - feels real nice.
    The relief on the neck was good enough so I just adjusted the
    bridge and it feels and plays great.

    Sound is good, too. I had to raise both pickups to my preference
    and after doing that, man are they hot! It's been a few years since
    I owned a G&L L2000 (the hottest pickups I've played on), so I can't
    compare them objectively, but it did make me think of it.

    Punch and growl!

    Comments about these being heavy are a little overblown, IMO.
    I've owned much heavier basses. It compares quite favorably to
    my Peavey G V as far as weight and I find that to be a very light
    bass.
     
  10. sethlow3

    sethlow3 Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Nashville, Tennessee
    I must say I was rather impressed with the first Bongo 5 I tried the other day. Has anyone seen a fretless one anywhere?

    Does anyone here agree with me about the Bongo tone sounding bongo-ish? (the drum)

    They sound warm and fat with some nice overtones like a bongo drum gets vs the fenderish, high mid tone of the stingray. The double humbucker model sounded the best to my ears. It has what other musicmen have been lacking IMO. I have been amazed at the sound and playability despite the looks. The weight was actually less that the rays I was trying that day also.