My brand new Bongo and color questions.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, May 7, 2005.

  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    Yeeehah! Got my new Bongo 5 yesterday and immediately took it to a cover gig so I could force myself to get used to the 4. I have to use for a gig I have with Bumblefoot ( next saturday and wanted to make sure I'm thoroughly used to the 5th string.

    I am unbelieveably in love - even more than with my 4 and believe this may very well become my one and only axe. The sound of these basses is absolutely incredible, the piezo adds an even new dimension, and I honestly believe with all my heart and soul that if anyone who ever owned any bass in this pricerange took one of these basses on a gig they'd buy one instantly. It just responds and sounds better than anything I've ever laid my hands on - and I've pleyd some pretty decent basses. Anyway... I have a dilemma and really need help because I'm torturing myself. I'll try to keep this short:

    I was originally getting the bass in radiance red. There was a screw up and my bass wouldn't be ready by the time I needed it. I was offered one in burgundy. I said no, I don't like burgundy. I was offered a $300 discount if I took the burgandy. Suddenly brugandy was on my list of favorite colors. I was also told that I could swap it back if I were really unhappy - pay the extra, and get the red one I originally wanted.

    I got the bass and the setup is absolutely amazing. It fell right into my hands and feels even better than my other bongo. I completely love it. I'm ok with the color too, but I don't LOVE it. There's a problem with the piezo electronics and I'm going to have to send the bass back. Is it worth the $300 extra bucks and the gamble that I'm not going to love the feel of the other one as much as this to get a color I know I'm going to love? I'm incredibly torn.... money is tight but I can afford it....

    Also added to my confusion is the fact that I like to play with a lot of groups. Radiance red could stand out like a sore thumb if I land a good darker natured gig - the burgandy fits all. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Here's 2 pics of other guys basses so ya can see the difference. Thanks to whoever these basses belong to and sorry for stealing them. I've stolen so many bongo pics though that I don't know who's belongs to who. Feel free to claim your bass. :) My burgandy has a black pickguard which I like more than the tort.
  2. Hey, if you're not completely happy with it get the radiance red Bongo, anyway what's $300.00 and a couple of months of waiting if you will end up completely satisfied?

    think about it...
  3. cgworkman


    May 14, 2004
    This might be a bit OT, but I really dig Desert Gold...

  4. dlloyd

    dlloyd zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apr 21, 2004
    Cool, I've heard of them (him?)... Ron Thayall (?) was featured in Guitarist magazine (UK) a couple of years back. Is this a regular gig?
  5. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    That's OK. Bongo pictures are porn to me. :) I've studied the colors for months. I like that one... I love the radiance red... if I didn't get the radinace red I think I'd go for black. My other one is graphite pearl - It's amazing.

    As much as I hate to admit this I know my girlfriend of 9 years is going to hold a lot of weight in this decision. She hasn't seen it yet, but I know me well enough (as much as I hate to admit it) that if she says she loves it, suddenly it's going to look a whole lot nicer to me. If she hates it... well then, my decision becomes even harder.
  6. Bongos are one of those instrument shapes that I dont love, but I dont hate either....but in this case, that radiance red makes it look stunning. I think I'd rather wait a little bit longer and get that beautiful radiance red, it would definately be worth it IMO.
  7. cgworkman


    May 14, 2004
    I dig the graphite pearl also. I saw that when you posted it some time back. Very nice!!
  8. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    Personally i dont like red basses other than fiesta red and especially on the bongo...out of the 2 however I find the burgundy ever so slightly nicer... But it could be due to the PG colour.. I really like the graphite, but I think desert gold is my fave, and a colour that would only look good on a Bongo. They need ot make a peach bongo.
  9. WarwickFan


    Feb 7, 2005
    I like the burgandy better. That desert gold looks cool also.
  10. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Sorry, bro. These kinds of questions are based on subjective value judgments and are inherently personal, so how can anyone else advise you? Based on what criteria? Do you love radiance red more than the ability to color-coordinate with other gigs? How would anyone know this? Is it worth the extra $300? I dunno. How much importance do you attribute to money? :confused:

    As to whether you're likely to find another Bongo that feels "just right", you probably know from years of experience that no two instruments feels exactly identical. You seem to know Bongos pretty well. You'll just have to make an informed guess based on how much the quality typically varies from one Bongo to another - then take a chance...

    The only real suggestion I can offer is this: Don't overthink it. Go with what your gut tells you - regardless of what you think is practical. This seems to be what you want to do anyway. So I hereby give you permission... :smug:


    P.S. I personally prefer the burgundy - hands down. But I suspect my taste is quite different from your taste. Although that graphite pearl you've already got is a knockout... :cool:
  11. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    I take this one a day at a time. He know scores of bass players, and has em in many states and countries. He lays down all the bass on all his CDs himself, and doesn't gig all that often. This is his 2nd show in NY in several months (years actually), and the 2nd time I'm playing with him. He also took me along to play some gigs with him and this other guy Q-ball ( My schedule conflicted too much with Q-balls though so he got someone else. I guess as long as Ron's happy with me I'm gonna be the guy hopping on stage with him. He's an unbelievably cool dude - I thoroughly enjoy playing with him. He has no ego whatsoever, and he's one guy I'd let get away with it if he did. I've never ever heard anyone alive or dead do the things he can do with a guitar. John Petrucci even said in an interview once that he didn't know how he did some of the things he does.

    So shouldI keep the burgandy or go for the radiance red and 3 bills? :)
  12. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    the bright red would prolly look cooler onstage with the yellow and black and the craziness..., maybe you could go burgundy and get some really wacky picguards to match different occasions...
  13. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    I must say that that was brilliant and 100% on the money. Thank you. I couldn't agree more. Almost feel stupid, but that ain't nuthin new. :) I guess I'm putting it out there either to hear exactly what you just wrote - or maybe to flesh out my own thoughts a little more. Ultimately I know I'm going to have to get quiet with myself and then just trust my gut with whatever comes to me.
  14. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    Keep the burgundy and save the bucks. It won't make a bit of difference in your playing, and that is what you really want noticed anyway.
  15. RLT


    Jul 10, 2004
    South Central OH
    If it feels right keep it. It's a big gamble ordering another and hoping it feels right. Besides the blending in is a plus in my book. Bright red makes a good bulls eye.
  16. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I REALLLY like the Burgandy. It looks really nice!!!!!!
  17. pdusen


    Aug 18, 2004
    I have never cared for any bright red solids. I prefer dark red and burgundy, especially with that pickguard. The only place I like brighter reds are transparent with nice quilts.
  18. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Personally, I like the burgundy.

    If it was me, I would stick with the bass that you already know "just feels right". What happens if the red one comes and you just can't get it to feel quite like the burgundy bass?? And you just went and blew an extra $300 on it.

    The final choice is obviously on your shoulders. But you have in your possesion right now a bass that, from what you say, could be "the" bass. And it looks great, to boot, IMHO. Do you want to take the chance on the red one?? I say get the piezo issue fixed and keep the burgundy bass.

    And some of us have spent years and thousands of dollars and still haven't found a bass that feels to us like you say this one does to you.

    Just my opinion. ;)
  19. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
  20. philthygeezer


    May 22, 2002
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    I like the look of the Egyptian smoke too: it has a serious kind of look that would fit anywhere in style. I like it with the black ice rather than the python PG. The burgundy is also really nice.

    I have a Carbon blue one and I like it too.


    Straight black is just sexy:


    The bass fits like a glove. That would make me think twice about exchanging it for a different colour. You have a bird in the hand.