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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Does the Bongo Bass have any redeeming value?

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Riverside
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SoCal

Apr 22nd, 2011 01:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's ugly as all get out.

Why would anyone want one?

iammr2

Lower Slobovia

Pass me the onions..Yeah, the green ones
Apr 22nd, 2011 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It could be a bottle opener for really big bottles. (;^p

amcrory
Moderator

San Diego, Calif.

I am Percy "Thrills" Thrillington.
Apr 22nd, 2011 02:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think they sound good, but I can't get past the looks.

-a, big MM fan

RS

USA

Apr 22nd, 2011 03:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

because they sound and play good - better than most stingrays or sterlings IMO/E

Johnny DeVille

'lan'a

It glows in da back, smells good too !
Apr 22nd, 2011 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

fubugly

waxcomb

Tube City, USA

Yes, I flip my top.
Apr 22nd, 2011 04:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I dig the thumb groove built into the pickups.


Gregwattabe

Chicago

Apr 23rd, 2011 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They're not for me (only partly because of the looks), but the Bongo is a very versatile bass and quite nice.

Russ Imburgia
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USA/OH

Apr 23rd, 2011 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Best sounding/playing basses I've ever played.

mongoonlypawn
Contributing Member
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Austin TX

Most self-referential tagline EVER!
Apr 23rd, 2011 10:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a bass. Isn't that enough redemption?

Dennis_UK
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Cornwall, UK

Play bass with Precision.
Apr 24th, 2011 03:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1! Played a 5er once, thought it felt good.

RS

USA

Apr 24th, 2011 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I don't know about better but as good as most."

Each to their own, of course. Personally I like the 4 band pre-amp and finished neck better vs these features on MM rays or sterlings. I can understand how visually they may not be someone's cup of tea, but the ergonomics are very pleasing to play.

And as long as were being contrary, I am not convinced MM are the best bang for the buck bass value. IME their fit and finish aren't any better than Fender. It's been a few years but I played many , many MM basses for a few years and some were great others needed some work (nuts, frets, finish swirls, etc.)

I am awfully curious to check out one of those Classic series 'rays with the 2 band EQ. $1800 is a little steep though.

DavePlaysBass
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CO

I wish I was a headlght on a N bnd train
Apr 24th, 2011 08:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played a Classic Series. It did not speak to me in any special way. I have tried sweet spot basses over the years and I just don't bond with them. The best MM I have played is a HH Stringray 5. If I had the coin, I would be very interested in trying a Bongo.

Steve Boisen

Tarpon Springs, FL

Apr 24th, 2011 09:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What are "sweet spot basses"? Does this have to do with the traditional location of the MM pickup?

- Steve

HeavyDuty
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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Apr 24th, 2011 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A 5H is my main active bass. Very comfortable, great tone, outstanding workmanship. And I like the looks.

Dis one.

mib

The Coast

Apr 24th, 2011 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"What are "sweet spot basses"? Does this have to do with the traditional location of the MM pickup?"

The term "Sweet Spot" is also used for tennis rackets, baseball bats, and golf clubs so I have little faith in the term being relevant for pickup placement.

DavePlaysBass
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CO

I wish I was a headlght on a N bnd train
Apr 24th, 2011 01:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The sweet spot typically refers to a a humbucker between the tradition bridge and neck locations of a two pickup bass.

I believe we can credit Leo with this invention as well with the Stingray.

(This message was last edited by DavePlaysBass at 01:29 PM, Apr 24th, 2011)

HeavyDuty
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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Apr 24th, 2011 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Jazz basses - they're ugly as all get out.

Why would anyone want one?

;)

Highway Star
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Fairfax, VA

Never confuse gear with talent.
Apr 24th, 2011 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love my Bongo.

Signed,

John Myung

mudbucker

USA

Apr 24th, 2011 09:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I love my Bongo.

Signed,

John Myung"

I bet he misses his drummer ;-)



Riverside
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SoCal

Apr 25th, 2011 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Perhaps I could have worded it better...

There's a guy on the local CL trying desperately (it looks like, sort of) to get rid of one - offering for dumb trades, low price, etc, and I wondered what folks thought of them.

No dis intended, but dang, nobody seems to be denying the ug factor.



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