I went into the local music shop this afternoon to check out some things and saw a brand new Bongo sitting on the wall. I'll be honest, I think they are ugly, but I thought I'd be a bit open minded and see how they sounded irrespective of looks. I asked the guy if I could plug it in and give it a spin. After talking with him for a minute or two he told me that it was the first Bongo to be imported into Australia. So, I plugged it in. I don't want to offend people who love Bongos, so please keep in mind that what I am about to say is just my opinion. I wasn't impressed. I was expecting it to at least sound as good as a stingray, but it didn't. The one I played had the Humbucker/single coil pups in it. The first thing I noticed is that the pups are now really uncomfortable to rest your thumb on. For me, the ability to rest my thumb on a pup when playing fingerstyle is a must. The EQ did nothing for me. Too many knobs to fiddle with to get a decent sound out of it. I spend maybe 10 minutes just stuffing around with the EQ and I couldn't find a sound even close to anything I would want to actually play with. The other thing I noticed was that the construction and the finishing/detailing was pretty average for a bass it the >$3000AUS price range. The knobs looked cheap, as did the neck and cavity cover on the rear of the body. I payed less for my Stingray brand new and I think it shows the quality of craftsmanship a lot more. Apparently, I'm not the only one around my area who thinks so. According to the guy selling basses at the store, it's not likely they will be ordering more anytime soon. I suppose I was pretty disappointed after hearing so much hype about them when they were first released in the US. I'm very curious to find out why so many people like them. Bongo lovers, feel free to enlighten me!