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    Ordering a Custom Bongo

    What's up y'all. After much deliberation, I've settled on a Bongo 4 banger. My question is, how do I go about ordering one suited to my choice of color of body, pickguard and type of neck wood? Part two of my question is how would one compare the sound of a HH Stingray to that of a HH Bongo?

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    Contact a dealer to see what your options are for ordering vs. what they may have in stock. Basscentral.com or Dubaldo's or The Perfect Bass are all great independent stores to work with. There is also guitar center. As far as i know, currently bongos can only be ordered with a maple neck that is painted to match the finish on the body. But you may find a dealer that still has a roasted maple neck in stock. CHeck out guitar center's platinum room. Just know color choices are going to be limeted. If i were going to be ordering a new bongo. I'd Be calling up Beaver or Grasshopper at Basscentral.com
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    About "part 2" .....

    They're very different. The Ray ranges from mashed mudd
    to very aggressive, but little of its range approaches "clean
    tone". The Boingo, oh contry aire, is "Mr Clean".

    If you're a slappy daddy you may be annoyed by the longer
    scale on the Boingo. Control-wise, the Boingo has 4 bands
    of EQ and, most signiifcantly, a fader/balancer for the PU's.
    The Ray can play the inner or outer pair of single coils, but
    the Boingo simply balances/fades between its 2 PU's which
    are always humbucking [never single coil].

    The Boingo has an 18 volt very-low-noise system, just in
    case you do modern sessison work. OTOH, the Ray is very
    hiss resistant for its genre [i.e. Leo-derived basses].
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    Both the bongo and the ray have the same 34" scale. They do have a different neck shape. The bongo is Smaller but not quite as small as a sterling or big al. The stingrays are meatier unless you order an slo special. Which is a sterling profile neck.
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    2010 Black Magic Crystal SR4 SLO Special
    2010 Pearl White Big AL H
    2011 Aqua Purple Big Al H
    2012 Black and Maple Big AL SSS
    2013 Sledge and Rosewood Classic Sabre
    2013 Emerald Green Sparkle Big Al SSS
    2010 Albert Lee HH Rosewood Neck Mint Green

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    By "longer scale" I meant the extra 3 frets on the high end,
    which some consider to be an intrusion into their slap space.
    S.U.B. SL4 - SR4p FL [x3] - SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL [x2]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moscovitch View Post
    how do I go about ordering one suited to my choice of color of body, pickguard and type of neck wood?

    Just to be clear here, there are several color, pickguard and pickup options. Those are what you may choose from, and no, if it's not listed you can't get it. EBMM does not do "custom" orders, period, unless you're an endorsed artist. If you work out the math for all combinations of pickguard, color and pickups, you'll find that there are currently 288 different flavors of Bongo 4 string. If you limit that to just the HH without piezo, the number of available combinations is 48.

    That's based on current production options. There are still some NOS basses out there in the dealer network that sport discontinued finishes.

    There isn't a great deal of stock out there especially since Guitar Center stopped buying Bongos except on a special order basis, but it does exist. All EBMM basses are built when a dealer orders one, and most dealers don't order Bongos for inventory. A black/black/maple SR4 is a safe thing to hang on the wall because it's the single most popular color/fretboard/bass combination. A Bongo... not so much.

    The notable exceptions are the dealers already noted. I'm fortunate enough to have Pete DuBaldo almost in my back yard (well, an hour away) so he's my go-to guy.

    If you don't find what you want in stock and decide to order, the production backlog generally runs about four months. The wait IS worth it.
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    soooo does anyone know, if i was willing to wait for it, could i get the purple sparkle set up with the blacked out hardware like on the stealth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsratso View Post
    soooo does anyone know, if i was willing to wait
    for it, could i get the purple sparkle set up with
    the blacked out hardware like on the stealth?
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    Last edited by Golem; 02-16-2020 at 10:12 PM.
    S.U.B. SL4 - SR4p FL [x3] - SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL [x2]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
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    By "longer scale" I meant the extra 3 frets on the high end,
    which some consider to be an intrusion into their slap space.
    Just more dusting to do for me, but I’m guessing it works for some

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsratso View Post
    soooo does anyone know, if i was willing to wait for it, could i get the purple sparkle set up with the blacked out hardware like on the stealth?
    Certain parts are available in Black (so I’ve heard) and have also seen on this form someone who has sparkle finish and swapped the chrome parts for black.
    If I come across it again I’ll link it to this post

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    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
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    Check out Reverb. If there is a custom color combo, you might find it there. If you are willing to do a 5 string, there seem to have been more custom colors with roasted necks.... mine is a good example and Guitar Center still has some. The Barolo 5HH with roasted maple, ebony board, black hardware.



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    Quote Originally Posted by itsratso View Post
    soooo does anyone know, if i was willing to wait for it, could i get the purple sparkle set up with the blacked out hardware like on the stealth?
    You can purchase a Fuchsia Sparkle and then MM will sell you the Stealth hardware.

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