My first "premium" bass guitar. The Bongo: 

Also my first 5 string. Picked it up used for $1000.  This thing has massive tone and the 18V active preamp gives it amazing flexibility although I like how it sounds flat mostly. The B string has the perfect amount of tension. Doesn't feel loose or floppy at all.  It weighs a reasonable amount and is well balanced, comfortable to play sitting or standing. Not what I expected, considering how weird it looks. This one was built in 2013. It has a fair amount of nicks and dings but the front of the body is nearly flawless aside from the scratched up pickguard. None of that concerns me.

There was one issue, though. The neck had quite a bit of forward bow and truss rod was already tighten to the max. Maybe that's why it was sold. Not wanting to return it nor did I have any cash left to see a tech I decided to try and fix it myself. Using the clamp and blocks trick I saw in a Dan Erlewine video I got to work. I was a bit nervous because it was my first time attempting something like this but I was successful! The bass is now strung up with new D'Addario NYXL strings which I'm also trying out for the first time. Currently the neck has a bit of back bow. I'm letting it sit for the day while tuned to pitch before I start adding some relief.

So what do you guys think of the Bongo? Is it an ugly toilet seat or do you enjoy the weirdness like I do?
Last edited by Coach Potato at May 30, 2017,
^toilet seat jokes aside, I've always loved the sound of a Bongo.  My old bass teacher had one and I loved playing it when I had the chance.   That's a beautiful color as well. 
The Bongo works for John Myung, so it must be good.

HNBD!  Enjoy it!
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Sweet bass!  HNBD!
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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When I was younger I wanted a Bongo. I thought my tastes had changed a bit but you just brought it roaring back. Grats, mate, happy, NBD!
I'm still waiting for the John Myung Signature six-string Bongo bass.  It should've been out by now.  Get off of the dime, Ernie Ball!
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The best sounding toilet seat in existence.

My buddy keeps telling me how nice his is, but I'm yet to try one.

You've set my GAS for one off however.

Absolutely beautiful.

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Great score! I would be really careful about that neck though, might actually save you a few bucks in the long run if you get a professional to set it up the first time. Cranked truss rods are never a good sign. 
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No worries, I got the neck issue straitened out (pun intended). Saved me a few bucks and I learned a new skill.