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    Got me a Bongo (finally).

    Recently took possession of this beautiful thing. Bongo 5HS in Sapphire Black.

    I played it unplugged for about half an hour (something I do with most new instruments) just to get an unbiased 'raw' kinda perception of playability without being distracted by amplified sound. I was extremely impressed with what I held in my hands in this regard.
    Then I plugged it in and got busy. My youngest daughter came in and sat down and watched/listened to me play for a few minutes before exclaiming, "you sound really good Daddy". I didn't have the heart to tell her it was not me but the bass .
    I spent yesterday afternoon restringing with EB rounds and setting up as per factory specs. Without a doubt this is the best bass I have played in the last 23 years. It actually makes me want to be a better bass player. I am now taking stock of other basses I own and believe their days are numbered.
    '95 Fretless SR4 Black
    '07 Bongo 5HS Sapphire Black
    '01 Fretless SR5 Hp Vintage Sunburst

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    by the way - great pic!!!

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    Wow. Anyone disliking Bongos should look at that. Such a good looking babe.
    Now rocking with :
    Jennifer -> Sterling 5 HS Natural
    Previously owned :
    Johnny -> Bongo 5 HH Sterling Silver

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    you don't know what you've gotten yourself in...
    it's unputdownable
    bongo 5 H/H u|n|l|i|n|e|d stealth

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    Nice Bongo...congrats and welcome.
    John

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    Bongo 5 PDN 2014 HH
    Genzler MG800 + Fearless F112
    Fender 500C + 210

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    Without the right fingers even a Bongo could sound crapy.....but such a fine bass helps

    Congrats and welcome to the tribe.
    EBMM Stingray 5 black/snakeskin maple
    EBMM Stingray teal/plexi maple
    EBMM Bongo 5 HH stealth black
    EBMM Bongo 4 HH egyptian smoke

    www.wolfen-reloaded.de

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    Congratulations! Beautiful specimen.
    Bongo 4HH Sapphire Black/Black Pearloid DOB: 2/14/06
    (plus assorted other non MM basses)

    Peavey TNT115 Tour Series + 2x10 Mesa Boogie Diesel Cab

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    Welcome aboard gafman, congrats on a smokin' Bongo, love to see some more great pics of that beauty.
    Balls:
    '08 Sterling 5 HH Vintage Burst Rswd board & painted headstock
    '10 Big Al 5 SSS Candy Red/Maple/ Vintage pearl gd.


    '12 SBMM modified Silo 30
    '15 Mesa Subway D800
    Mesa Powerhouse 212
    '06 Sommatone Roaring 40 112 Combo

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    Congrats, nice bass.

    I see it has EB Group 3 flatwounds - prepare to damage buildings and other nearby structures with that tone and punch monster.
    2018 SR5HHS Cruz Teal - roasted/ebony
    2018 SR4HHS Aqua sparkle - roasted/ebony
    2016 SR4H 40th Anni Old Smoothie - Chocolate burst - maple
    2014 Neptune Blue Classic Sabre - roasted/maple, mahogany body
    2010 SR4 classic coral red/birdseye/maple with Flatwounds
    2008 Bongo 5HHp lava pearl/RW
    2007 SR4HH Blue Dawn LE/RW
    2003 SR5H Natural/maple
    2003 SR4H Natural/RW
    2003 US Sub 5H White/RW
    1993 SR4 Fretless Sunburst - birdseye maple/Pau Ferro
    1993 SR4 blueburst - flamed maple/maple

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    Quote Originally Posted by drTStingray View Post
    Congrats, nice bass.

    I see it has EB Group 3 flatwounds - prepare to damage buildings and other nearby structures with that tone and punch monster.
    How can you TELL?
    John

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    Bongo 5 PDN 2014 HH
    Genzler MG800 + Fearless F112
    Fender 500C + 210

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    Blue windings
    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

    http://www.coolshoesband.com

    BP: "I am very proud of many of the creations at ebmm but none more than the Bongo. Every day the cult grows and it makes it all worthwhile."

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    I too like to play unplugged for first impressions. The Bongo impressed me in the same way. It was like holding a living thing.

    The Al, as cool as it is, is not like that.
    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

    http://www.coolshoesband.com

    BP: "I am very proud of many of the creations at ebmm but none more than the Bongo. Every day the cult grows and it makes it all worthwhile."

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    It looks blue on one end, and red on the other? I have Group IV flats, but they are blue on both ends.
    John

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    Bongo 5 PDN 2014 HH
    Genzler MG800 + Fearless F112
    Fender 500C + 210

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlepre View Post
    It looks blue on one end, and red on the other?
    Oh yes you are right John - I didn't notice the top - my Hercules Poirot skills are waning! Perhaps non EB ones then. However, Bongos can cause structural damage no matter what strings, I believe. I also agree about the acoustic nature of the Bongo - the harmonics are fantastic also.

    Enjoy your bass it looks great.
    2018 SR5HHS Cruz Teal - roasted/ebony
    2018 SR4HHS Aqua sparkle - roasted/ebony
    2016 SR4H 40th Anni Old Smoothie - Chocolate burst - maple
    2014 Neptune Blue Classic Sabre - roasted/maple, mahogany body
    2010 SR4 classic coral red/birdseye/maple with Flatwounds
    2008 Bongo 5HHp lava pearl/RW
    2007 SR4HH Blue Dawn LE/RW
    2003 SR5H Natural/maple
    2003 SR4H Natural/RW
    2003 US Sub 5H White/RW
    1993 SR4 Fretless Sunburst - birdseye maple/Pau Ferro
    1993 SR4 blueburst - flamed maple/maple

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    Bongos are absolutely the best basses.
    -Ben

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