#1


I saw this band live @ a club last week, and this is one of the pics I found on facebook from that day, still I kinda liked the bassist's tone but I had never before seen a bass like that. I have no clue what kind of bass it could be, any help? The only thing I know about the band is that they played funk and that bass sounded amazing when slapped.

So what bass is it? Is it any good?
#2
That would be an Ernie Ball Bongo, I will own one one day once I have enough money.

EDIT: It's great for more than just funk, I'm saving up for the 6-string version which is what John Myung currently uses. Those are about $2000, the 4 string ones should be cheaper.
Last edited by pwrmax at Jul 3, 2010,
#3
yeah its a bongo. I would sell my left testicle (and probably would have to) to get a bongo.
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#4
Mmmmmm, Bongo's. Wonderful, versatile basses. A bit expensive, but top notch stuff from MM.

It's a pity I really don't like them at all
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#5
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Mmmmmm, Bongo's. Wonderful, versatile basses. A bit expensive, but top notch stuff from MM.

It's a pity I really don't like them at all


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#6
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Mmmmmm, Bongo's. Wonderful, versatile basses. A bit expensive, but top notch stuff from MM.

It's a pity I really don't like them at all

But why exactly don't you like them?
#7
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But why exactly don't you like them?

One of my friends claims the neck is too fat. I personally like it that way, makes it good for funk.
#8
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But why exactly don't you like them?

I just find that their bodies are uncomfortable and awkwardly shaped, and while I have nothing against basswood, I'd prefer some nicer, non-transparent tonewoods if I'm spending $1500 or more on a bass.

Plus I think they're ugly as sin tbh. But its all IMO of course, if you like them, they're fantastic, well put together basses.
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#9
greaet sound but personally i find them so vissualy unappealing
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#10
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greaet sound but personally i find them so vissualy unappealing


Agreed. I used to own a Bongo 5 HH and it sounded amazing, but everytime I looked at it next to my Stingray it looked ugly as sin
#11
Quote by JessyB96
greaet sound but personally i find them so vissualy unappealing

yeah xD dunno why but they remind of them being half finished designs dunno why lol.
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#12
Quote by JessyB96
greaet sound but personally i find them so vissualy unappealing

You reckon? I think they look fantastic. I guess it's just personal opinion though.
#14
Musicman seem to have a habit of making wonderful things look so unappealing. The big Al 5 is an AMAZING bass versatility wise but I cant imagine myself ever being comfortable with it aesthetically
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#16
I think they are ugly as all hell, and after playing a couple I really just don't like them at all. I've never been much for Musicmans anyways, though.
#17
They are a really odd shape (and the pickguard doesn't help in the toilet analogy), but god they are the epitome of a sonic labyrinth. Versatile doesn't begin to describe them. And they are great for funk.