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    am I missing out - Bongo HS

    Hello All,

    I'm considering a Bongo 4 HS which I can get a great deal on. As a long time SR5 player, and having not been able to play a Bongo yet, am I missing out on what the bass has to offer by not going HH? Something tells me I should hold out and get the "full Bongo." Any help is greatly appreciated.



    PW

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    What tone variatons you looking for?
    -Tom
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    Bongo only bass in Tom's life.

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    I guess I'm looking for the ability to have a variety of tones at my disposal, as well of course as the familiar "voice of god" that I hear the bass described as. I play everything from country, to hard rock, depending on my mood, and who I'm playing with. I'm not looking for a bass that will necessarily do it all, I just want to make sure I'm getting a bass that does as much as it is designed to do. I don't know if the Bongo was designed as an HH and the H and HS came later, or if they are 3 different animals all with their own design.

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    3 different monsters:

    HH = dirtier, think Godzilla

    HS = cleaner, think Hannibal Lecter

    H = meaner, think Stingray with 'Roid Rage.

    It comes down to personal preference, none of the bongo variations is a slacker. Dudley and the BMW team did a wonderful job. Oh yeah, and you too BP.
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    All the Bongos sound good IMHO. They are different than the SR5 in a happy kind of way.

    IMHO

    tk
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    Quote Originally Posted by puckwall99
    the familiar "voice of god"
    Don't need a Bongo for that....

    http://www.theonion.com/content/node/43189

    bongoBbongoObongoNbongoGbongoObongo

    AL AL AL AL ALALALALALALA LA LA LA LA

    Desert Gold F13843 05 Bongo 5 HHp
    Blue Dawn F11199 07 LE Bongo 5 Hp fretless
    Candy Red F23343 08 Bongo 5 H
    Tangerine Pearl F28251 2011 Big Al 5 SSS

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    I find my H/SC to be the angrier Bongo. Night before last, I played all my basses back to back and concluded, to my endless surprise, that the H/SC had quietly slipped into the favorite slot. It has a fullness (to my pedestrian ears) that the HH doesn't quite match.
    -Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtoe
    I find my H/SC to be the angrier Bongo. Night before last, I played all my basses back to back and concluded, to my endless surprise, that the H/SC had quietly slipped into the favorite slot. It has a fullness (to my pedestrian ears) that the HH doesn't quite match.

    “Ben Johnson’s’ right! … reverend!”

    I have both an H/H and the H/S Bongo and I favor the H/S. The tone spectrum is probably wider on the H/H, but the single coil has a voice of its own and I like it!

    I’m more concerned with it being a 4 string, the SR5 and Bongo 5 have the same neck, or, are you like me and like both?

    For any country music I would definitely grab the H/S Bongo, but then with just a turn of a knob you could play Presbyterian Death Metal.
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    Well I have to say I tried a bongo5 HS this afternoon and if the finance thing and trade in goes ok it might be replacing Clifford....I was pretty impressed I have to say.

    its graphite pearl with a moonstone pg so looks the mutts as well....
    Last edited by roballanson; 05-31-2006 at 07:19 AM.
    BASSES:
    the Double D - Dargie Delight SR4 HS matching headstock (E44380 - DOB 19th Mar 2007 – one of 17 and only one in the UK)
    the Creammachine - White HS SR5, white pg, maple neck and matching headstock. (E34451 - DOB 1st Mar 2006)
    the PurpleDaze - trans purple SR4-H, ashwood body, rosewood fretboard (E29097 - DOB: 12th April 2002)

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    “Ben Johnson’s’ right! … reverend!”
    Just a little authentic frontier jibberish for you folks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtoe
    Just a little authentic frontier jibberish for you folks.
    I recognize lines from Blazing Saddles when I see them...
    JP6 Pearl Redburst
    Y2D Purple Sunset
    Dargie Delight (1) Bongo H
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    The sheriff is...























    near.
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    Bongo only bass in Tom's life.

    Blank-Plank Egyptian Smoke Bongo4H "Nefertiti"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtoe
    I find my H/SC to be the angrier Bongo. Night before last, I played all my basses back to back and concluded, to my endless surprise, that the H/SC had quietly slipped into the favorite slot. It has a fullness (to my pedestrian ears) that the HH doesn't quite match.
    "That Bongo is the Abe Vigoda of basses."
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    And I thank you again, sir.
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