WhyLater
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#1
Ok, I've heard random snippets here and there about one or the other. But I want to hear the people's voice: which bass is better? The MusicMan Stringray or Bongo? And more than just which is better, tell me the pros of cons of each. Er, please.

I was in possession of a Stingray for awhile, so I generally know how (awesome) they are. However, I've only fiddled with a Bongo for about 5 minutes in a music store, and the next time I went, it was gone. I never even plugged it in...

Now, I know how some feel about the aesthetics of the Bongo, and that's all well and good, but let's talk about playing the instrument here, shall we?

And... BEGIN.
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#3
Bongos: Sonically, they are wonderful, and have 24 frets, which frankly I love on a fretted bass. The necks are great and fast. However, the body shape is not just esthetically an issue for me, I find them uncomfortable and awkward to play because of the body shape. I have tried them several times and its been the same result each time.

Stingrays: I own one. Enough said. I just wish EB would make a 24 fret version
tr00 punx 666
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#4
bongo - overpriced, out of preportion, sounds average, looks terrible, feels bad.

stingray - overpriced, sounds average, too sterotypical, feels bad, look terrible.

if you cant tell, i hate musicmans and everything about them.

just get a warwick, you get what you pay for, unlike a musicman.
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#5
Stingray wins because it's not an uggo toilet bowl. End of. Bumper hath spaken. Yes, spaken.
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#6
Isn't the past tense of "spoke" spuck?

Anyway, you're gonna get that humbucker ribbit from both basses regardless, but you can blend pickups instead of pickup switching, and there's a 4-band EQ, which I've never seen on another bass (cue someone sending me a link to a $10,000 boutique bass saying HAHA FITZY! YOU'RE WRONG!).
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Quote by thefitz
Isn't the past tense of "spoke" spuck?


Then is the plural of folk....nevermind that one. And if the plural of mouse is mice shouldn't the plural of spouse be spice? WHY GOD!? WHY CONFOUND ME SO!?!?!
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#8
Quote by thefitz
Isn't the past tense of "spoke" spuck?


I hope you're joking. it's spoken. as you tend to be intelligent i'll assume you were joking.

I hate the stingrays personally. they're just not comfortable for me.

bongos on the other hand feel better and when i played one at gc it had a nice deep tone. i seriously suggest you spend time with it at multiple amps before you buy to make sure you like it though.
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I hope you're joking. it's spoken. as you tend to be intelligent i'll assume you were joking.

Uh... good call. Also, about my blogs, I wasn't being serious about Viagra, those poems were a joke, and no, that racing model wasn't really my girlfriend.


Anyway, the Stealth Bongo is a striking looking bass. Check it out. It makes the toilet bowl look like some sort of stealth bomber.
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#10
Quote by anarkee


Stingrays: I own one. Enough said. I just wish EB would make a 24 fret version


god that would be amazing

when Moses brought down the plagues upon Egypt one of them involved Behringer amps


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#11
Quote by Revelation
I hope you're joking. it's spoken. as you tend to be intelligent i'll assume you were joking.

I hate the stingrays personally. they're just not comfortable for me.

bongos on the other hand feel better and when i played one at gc it had a nice deep tone. i seriously suggest you spend time with it at multiple amps before you buy to make sure you like it though.

Though I appreciate that advice, I guarantee you I will not be buying a $1400+ bass anytime soon, haha. But if I were, of course you're right, I would play the hell out of those basses. I just wanted to get opinions on the matter for my own education.

Just so the little people can appreciate their threadstarter's opinion (it's a delusion of small dominion, but dominion nonetheless!), I personally LOVE the Stingray. The thing's sleek, hot, and powerful. I quite honestly don't get you people who don't like them. You must be lesser in some way.

Yeah, that's it.
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#12
Quote by thefitz
Isn't the past tense of "spoke" spuck?

Anyway, you're gonna get that humbucker ribbit from both basses regardless, but you can blend pickups instead of pickup switching, and there's a 4-band EQ, which I've never seen on another bass (cue someone sending me a link to a $10,000 boutique bass saying HAHA FITZY! YOU'RE WRONG!).


HAHA FITZY! YOU'RE WRONG

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Believe me I tryed hard to find that one.

And you're double wrong because its only $4000

Anyway, on similarly douchebaggy note, don't many acoustic electric basses have 4 band eqs?
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#13
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if i had to choose between these two, i'm going Bongo. i already have a Jazz, so the Stinger would be just a nice alternative. the Bongo, on the other hand, is a very modern sounding "hot rod" of a bass.
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#14
Well **** me! That boutique bass is only $4000!

The acoustic basses themselves don't really have EQs - they typically have spots for preamps that can have any number of controls. Typically, acoustic preamps (namely Fishman) have a 3 band EQ plus presence control, which does some sort of shelving something-or-other. Acoustic amplification is a can of worms you don't want to open, with piezos, laser soundboard vibration detectors, notch filtering, frequencies that change depending on boosting or cutting, buffers, and the like (i.e. all acoustic instruments sounding the same plugged in no matter what the actual instrument is).

So, basically,

PS, way to make me have to buy another widescreen monitor to view the page, Z(m)ar(tass)938, if that really is your name.

EDIT: Also, just because the bass exists doesn't mean I've seen it. Wait a sec, that made me sound mortal. Nevermind. Erm... not only have I seen every bass, I've played it, built it, and planted the tree it was made from. In the case of the Curbow, I hand-picked the toilet seats from the junkyard that the bass was made of. That better? The moral of the story is if I had just said "seen it on a production bass" that would have saved us a lot of trouble... yeah, I'm bored too.
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#15
Although I don't mind the Stingray's tone (not always the best, but it's generally good), I don't like the feel of the basses so much.

I've never played a Bongo. However, the aesthetics really turn me off. I can imagine it being very uncomfortable, as anarkee mentioned
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#16
I wanna kill the warwick guy.(I love musicmans and hate warwicks)

But I think the bongo looks better... and sounds better, and has 24 frets and 5 strings .
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#17
Well, get used to opinions kid. The world is full of them.

And the Bongo comes in both 4 and 5 string models.
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#18
After playing a Stingray, i felt as if my hands had gotten smaller. the neck is too darn thick. it sure sounded good though.

Never played a Bongo, couldent be seen playing one of those, no matter how good it sounds. Unless it was a six string, those look sexy as'.

My personal pick is the Sterling, compfortable, sounds good, looks good.
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#19
Quote by Neo Evil11
But I think the bongo looks better... and sounds better, and has 24 frets and 5 strings .
All I seek in a bass...


Stingrays can have five strings too....
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#20
Quote by tr00 punx 666
bongo - overpriced, out of preportion, sounds average, looks terrible, feels bad.

stingray - overpriced, sounds average, too sterotypical, feels bad, look terrible.

if you cant tell, i hate musicmans and everything about them.

just get a warwick, you get what you pay for, unlike a musicman.


As a Warwick freak, I can tell you some of the Warwicks are overpriced for silly little things (e.g. contoured bodies on streamers and thumbs. Despite being nice to play, it isn't necessary and bumps the price up a few hundred pounds).

Musicman do have some very good basses as well. I have played a Stingray briefly (very nice, but not for me) and am currently lusting after a Bongo after hearing one. However, I would need to play it a huge amount before even begining to save for a beast like that.
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#21
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After playing a Stingray, i felt as if my hands had gotten smaller. the neck is too darn thick. it sure sounded good though.

Never played a Bongo, couldent be seen playing one of those, no matter how good it sounds. Unless it was a six string, those look sexy as'.

My personal pick is the Sterling, compfortable, sounds good, looks good.

They're making a sixer Bongo somewhat soon, I think. This year, maybe. Any more info on this?
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#23
I want a Bongo more you could ever possibly imagine.
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#24
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/thread

No. No, not /thread. The question involved comparing Music Man Stingrays and Music Man Bongos. There is no Option C, except for maybe the Sterling, since it is essentially a Stingray. There is no need to bring unwarranted attention to yourself by being such a clever little boy, taking a golden opportunity to use a cute little forum meme and making it obvious that you like Spectors. If I asked you if you liked Carnegie Deli or Tavern on the Green better, and you said "Taco Bell. Slash discussion." I would probably punch you in the face for being a spammy douchetard. If I asked you to compare George Clooney and Sean Connery and you said "Rob Schneider. Slash--" I'd cut you off and change it to SLASH LIFE and throw you out of a vehicle traveling at high velocity over very rocky terrain to end your worthless non-contribution to what is otherwise a worthwhile conversation!!

You spam my very existence!!

Go away for a very very long time!!



...So! Any more thoughts guys?
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#25
Quote by WhyLater
No. No, not /thread. The question involved comparing Music Man Stingrays and Music Man Bongos. There is no Option C, except for maybe the Sterling, since it is essentially a Stingray. There is no need to bring unwarranted attention to yourself by being such a clever little boy, taking a golden opportunity to use a cute little forum meme and making it obvious that you like Spectors. If I asked you if you liked Carnegie Deli or Tavern on the Green better, and you said "Taco Bell. Slash discussion." I would probably punch you in the face for being a spammy douchetard. If I asked you to compare George Clooney and Sean Connery and you said "Rob Schneider. Slash--" I'd cut you off and change it to SLASH LIFE and throw you out of a vehicle traveling at high velocity over very rocky terrain to end your worthless non-contribution to what is otherwise a worthwhile conversation!!

You spam my very existence!!

Go away for a very very long time!!



...So! Any more thoughts guys?


But still....

Spectors > ALL!!
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#26
well, I have played both, but only the stingray through the amp, it's really a nice bass, I thought it felt nice, even though I only have a fender jazz, I would like to get either the stingray or a warwick corvette with the double jazzes
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#27
I'd be willing to bet most of the people down on the Bongo have never actually played, or heard one. Hearing is believing with the Bongo Craziest tone I've ever heard came out of that bass. Can't wait to get me a five string in Egyptian Smoke
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#28
Quote by SuperSnake2012
I'd be willing to bet most of the people down on the Bongo have never actually played, or heard one. Hearing is believing with the Bongo Craziest tone I've ever heard came out of that bass. Can't wait to get me a five string in Egyptian Smoke


For the record (and if you even care), I will not argue the tone. Its wonderful, its a 24 fret Musicman and it should be all things perfect for me. But that body shape. I have tried this bass numerous times (and as recently as last Sunday) and its just not comfortable for me. I'll be sticking with the 'Rays and the Sterlings, thank you.
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#29
So how do you guys find the B strings on the Stingray 5's? Do you consider them floppy, tight, or in the middle? My two candidates for my next bass are a new American Standard Precision and a Stingray 5. I'm not a fan of the stingray 4's, no idea why. I just like the 5 more, in the ray's case. I'd be skeptical of the precision 5, but I definitely wouldn't mind giving it a test run
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