Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smperry, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. Kerplunk


    Sep 29, 2015
    The Bongo is such a great bass. I agree that it's versatility would likely make any new string sound great, but, I found the Cobalt, rounds at least, to sound exceptionally good. Then after a fortnight they seem to have died, and become dull. I can't afford that sort of maintenance. A shame really.
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  2. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I've liked roundwound Cobalts on StingRays, especially my rosewood fingerboard StingRay, but I’ve found them to be to bright on my Bongo — they ping when fretted. No problems for me with the longevity of Cobalts.
  3. Briton


    Apr 4, 2009
    I use Cobalt flatwounds on my Bongo and I agree Rounds are a little to bright. The Cobalt Flats really do even things out. Oh and they last for ages too!
  4. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2011
    I use Chromes on my Bongo. I'd like to try Cobalt Flats.
  5. Briton


    Apr 4, 2009
    I have tried Chromes on my Bongo and they sound great, but I found Cobalt Flats retain more of that Bongo tone which you can lose with some Flatwound strings.
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  6. Monyet


    Aug 25, 2018
    My Bongo is in the shop (preamp issues) and now I miss it. I have decided I need a second one.
  7. salutations y'all
    probably getting a Bongo4 and it's got the older style tuners-
    noticed they're huge and they've got 4 screws each holding the key in place from the back.

    there are newer lightweight tuners available on more current basses, are they exchangeable with these older styles and do they need different holes drilled or are they direct replacements?
    will they cover any possibly unused original holes?

    have a set of hipshot ultralights I'd prefer but they have only a single screw mounting and will never cover all the older screw holes in the headstock.

    anybody looked into this?
    thanks very much!
  8. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    No, the new, lightweight tuners will not cover the holes of the older tuners. They are not direct replacements. Here are the new ones:

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  9. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2011
    There is zero neck dive on my Bongo with old tuners so I've never even thought about it. I have a Hipshot drop tuner also which even adds a bit of weight. That's on a 4 string. Can't speak for 5 or 6.
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  10. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Let me add that I prefer the look of the older Bongos (and Big Als, too) with the clover tuners.
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  11. hey thanks that was really quick and definitive, and appreciated!

    the newer ones were certainly a major rethink.

    runnerman your point re neck dive is helpful and great to know. seems as we know some manufacturers are more able to build in this kind of balance without neck dive- or the need to modify from stock to make it work.
    cheers EBMM
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2019
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  12. 96Brigadier

    96Brigadier Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2015
    I have two Bongos, one with the old tuners and one with the new. To me they both feel and balance the same.

    JEDI BASS Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Knoxville, TN
    Yeah my Bongo4 has older style tuners plus a matching Hipshot D-tuner and the bass is still one of my lightest out of 20+ that I currently have. No neck dive at all.
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  14. Monyet


    Aug 25, 2018
    I have one with the old tuners and no neck dive.
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  15. Mine is a model from 2012. I also have no neckdive.
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  16. Monyet


    Aug 25, 2018
    My Bongo is back from the shop. I still need a second one, I concluded my backup is more than fine but it's no Bongo. It's either going to be a 4HS or a 5H.
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  17. craig0316

    craig0316 Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2017
    [​IMG]Is this the right club for this?
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  18. Rich_Briere


    Jul 31, 2003
    Without sounding like a Wanker, on a fair number of encounters with players having problems with neck dive on almost ANY instrument I've found that it's most often a problem with the strap being used. I've never quite understood paying $1500 to $10,000 for a bass and using a $3 ACME strap with it yet I see it all the time.

    May I also make another recommendation that makes a WORLD of difference? Thanks...I shall. :) With LOXX your strap is held tightly against the Bongo (or any instrument) and that helps a bunch in keeping your bass well balanced. I highly recommend that you get the XL version for any high quality strap. It comes in several colors including Chrome and Black. Once you pop these on you'll never use anything else. #bassilicious


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  19. Shaggai


    May 7, 2018
    New Jersey
    Any one get new BFR Bongo (Cherry with the Ash body) that already has a Bongo? Just wondering if the change in body wood with this model is better, worse, or just meh compared to just about every other Bongo since they're basswood. GASsing hard and not sure if this is something which sets it as a must get or something to avoid.
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  20. coyoteboy

    coyoteboy Bongo destroys villages and does my laundry Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2000
    Sactomato, CA
    I really want. As a yin to the yang of my Barolo.
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