NBD - BFR Bongo

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassJuju, Oct 23, 2020.

  1. BassJuju


    Jul 9, 2016
    Bongo, Baby! This bass is stunning to look at and a pleasure to play. To me, the shape is very comfortable and seems to be more ergonomic than what the oval would suggest. I could go on... Yes, I am a fan. This one is Honduran Mahogany through and through. A beautiful Satin Honey Burst finish is quite nice. I played it last night and the tone is just what one would expect from EB. I have a set of La Bella flats standing by which should make this sound as warm as she looks. I know, shut up and give us the photos. Ask any questions... I love the Bongo's!






  2. :drool:

    Very nice, congrats on your new bass! I love the finish on this BFR Bongo. I'd love to get my hands on a Bongo some day. I've been rather interested in them lately.
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  3. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    that's all that really counts! but i'm with on the good looks --- it really does look warm and inviting. congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
  4. 2milehighspike

    2milehighspike Supporting Member

    Oh hell yea! I almost bought that same model last week but went with the Stingray fretless instead, wish I could afford both! Very nice and congratulations on a very nice Bongo!
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  5. BassJuju


    Jul 9, 2016
    I have one of those too, but mine is a 4. Those are wonderful too! I saw your NBD and loved it.
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  6. BassJuju


    Jul 9, 2016
    Yesterday, I spent some time with the bass, replaced the strings, did a mini setup and I'll work on finishing that over the next few days. This one plays/feels a lot like my other Bongo, no surprise, but the tone is vastly different. I did add flats, big move toward warm. Even with flats the growl is really sweet. Great basses and a really nice version.
  7. Prof.Dr.Metz


    Mar 26, 2009
    Wow! What a gorgeous bass! Enjoy
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  8. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    One million times better looking without the pick guard!
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  9. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    Congrats and enjoy!
  10. BassJuju


    Jul 9, 2016
    i like it without the guard as well, but with the right guard, it can look good.

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  11. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    What other Bongo do you have? This one is easily one of my very favorite Bongos I’ve ever seen.
  12. BassJuju


    Jul 9, 2016
    The one in the post above... I replaced the P/G. The Bongo Fam...

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  13. I too prefer it sans pickguard, but I'm pretty anti-pickguard in general so that goes for almost all basses :roflmao: Looks are of course secondary to feel and sound though, so if they play great then I can live with any kind of pickguard!
  14. BassJuju


    Jul 9, 2016
    I can understand that for sure. The surprising thing for me, as I shrink the heard, is just how few of my Basses now have guards.

    Still, as similar as these two are, the tones are quite different. But you know, tone wood doesn’t matter. :roflmao:
  15. Bredian


    Apr 22, 2011

    An HH4 has been my main player for about 2 years. Huge open tone, most comfortable and balanced, neck size similar to Jazz.
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  16. bassjamn

    bassjamn Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    great looking bass, i was thinking of picking one of these mahogany body bongos up too and have a older 2008 bongo.
    how would you compare tone between your bongos?
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  17. bigswifty1


    Dec 8, 2011
    Well I love Bongos (although yet to own one). And this one must be the coolest looking one I've seen. Congats, awesome bass!
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  18. BassJuju


    Jul 9, 2016
    The tones from the Bongo with the pre and blend knobs, is quite varied. That is available on both basses. The thing that I would say is this, with all settings in the middle on each bass, volume dimed, and both pickups on full, the basswood bass is snappy and articulate and the mahogany has a warmth to the tone. I accented those attributes by using rounds on the one and flats on the other. The B string on every EBMM I’ve played is the best around. I know, every one says that about their 5, but I’ve bought and sold a lot of 5’s of various scales and materials. I’ll never own another brand of 5.

    So, when I need big raucous rock like aggressive growl, the Barolo with rounds comes out. When I need rich mellow warmth with punch in the fundamental and just a touch of growl in the sustain, the Honeyburst comes along. Hmmm.... it just occurred to me that they kind of live up to their names. One a fiery Italian woman and the other a lady as smooth as honey. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    Hope that helps and enjoy. You can’t go wrong.

    PS. I played the BFR Honeyburst at CME a while back. If they still have, it’s really special. Ask for Scott, he’s amazing and a bass player.
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