THE BONGO CLUB (Part 2)

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  1. 96Brigadier

    96Brigadier Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2015
    Canada
    Nice, thanks for sharing. Pricey but not unexpectedly so given it's fully custom.
     
  2. Hendricks97

    Hendricks97

    Jan 3, 2017
    Is anyone having noise issues with their Bongo? I've been hearing a lot more noise recently and a clicking when my cell phonegets near it
     
  3. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2011
    No not with the bass but I can see a phone possible having an effect. When I have my Iphone in my front pocket close to my wireless IEM receiver I get a lot of interference. They do put out a significant magnetic field.
     
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  4. I read this exact thing from a couple owners on the Bongo Facebook group. No real cause was determined. It sounds super annoying. My Bongo is a 2003 and I have never had a noise problem. Probably a combination of a few issues
     
  5. Stevorebob

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

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Nope.
     
  6. rmcfee

    rmcfee

    Jul 5, 2012
    Why is the Bongo an extremely high grade axe? Ergonomics? Tone?
     
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  7. Kerplunk

    Kerplunk

    Sep 29, 2015
    Build quality. Balance. Playability. Versatility.
     
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  8. Shaggai

    Shaggai

    May 7, 2018
    New Jersey
    If I could request a number for the club. I've actually been holding out on showing her off, but I figured that everyone could use some bass pics. I picked her up used from GC, tried to visit her since she was sort of local but snow and work both conspired against it. Four year no interest financing was really the selling point other than the bass itself. Worst case it would go back. Obviously since she's still mine.
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    Looks like previous owner was reading my mind. Purchased a set of chrome flat wounds to put on her, already had flats - kept them on since it they couldn't have been on that long to begin with. Neck is close in feel to my Stingray Special 5, maybe the Stingray is just tiniest amount smoother. Very powerful electronics, don't hear any noise otherwise though. It has been pretty much a constant practice stablemate since I got her in December, between a tight rotation of 4 other basses. Gets played about 3 times as often as any of the others. I did get a maple fret wrap after the pics - the one in the pics came off the Stingray.
     
  9. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Nice!!!
     
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  10. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    Question for the Bongo owners. I am maybe interested in a Bongo 6. But what is worrying me is the small lower horn. Is it poking in your leg when playing seated? At home I always play seated without a strap. It the Bongo 6 comfy to play seated that way? Same goes for the Bongo 4 and 5 I guess...
     
  11. BassJuju

    BassJuju

    Jul 9, 2016
    Kentucky
    I have a 5 and it’s very comfortable to play seated. The bass is well balanced, light, and rests easily on my leg. The balance shows up when standing as well. I would presume the 6 would be similar.
     
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  12. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    So no poking of the small horn in your leg? It looks like it does...
     
  13. BassJuju

    BassJuju

    Jul 9, 2016
    Kentucky
    No... I’ve never experienced any issues with that.
     
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  14. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    Ok good to know. I was a bit worried about that.

    How is it for slapping? Is the front pickup not too close to the neck to interfere with double plucking etc.?
     
  15. BassJuju

    BassJuju

    Jul 9, 2016
    Kentucky
    Sorry, not something I do very much.
     
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  16. Honestly I found it a little uncomfortable sitting at first but I think I just got used to it. I don't find it hard to slap
     
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  17. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2011
    I do find my Bongo 4HH more uncomfortable seated than other basses but as someone said, you can probably adjust your position and find a compromise that works.
     
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  18. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    Ok thanks. I have read this from others as well. I guess a Bongo 6 will be worse than a 4 when playing seated without strap? I guess I can only find out when I try one myself.
     
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  19. kevs

    kevs

    Feb 15, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    Just bought a 4HH in the fuchsia sparkle finish. Should arrive in a few days. I've gassed for this bass for so long. It'll join my classic stingray as my main go to fleet of basses. I'm stoked!
     
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  20. Rich_Briere

    Rich_Briere

    Jul 31, 2003
    All Hail the Mighty Bongo !!! music_man_1590706933.jpg
     
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