A little bit of intrepidation stepping into this "Full-O-Flames" thread but, I'll toss my $.02 into the friendly discussion. I have a 2001 Precision American with Fender flatwounds and I love what it does with that thump and woody bark that we all have come to know and love on countless tunes. I think my Fender would be the "last bass standing" if I had to sell everything, it just has a "vibe". On the other hand.... The time I test-drove a Bongo a couple of months ago, I was amazed. The tone out of the upper registers was just so open sounding and true, the evenness of the response up and down the neck and across the strings was very impressive. I sounded better than my meager talent gave me any right to. Very versatile, very playable (I've only played the 4-string), and it really has its own "vibe". It's different from the Fender, but has a unique feel in its own right. The Precision's not entirely a one-trick pony but face it, it kinda is. This debate is like apples and oranges, both are needed for a balanced diet. The styling of the Bongo is in some ways a turn-off to me with a sort of 80's glam look to it, and in some ways doesn't make sense. Why do they use traditional old-school cloverleaf tuners with that head-stock style???? If MusicMan could put the Bongo preamp and the double humbuckers in a 35" scale Stingray, I'd buy that bass.