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Thread: Does anyone own the Ball Family Reserve Rosewood neck basses?

  1. #16
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    well your mrs should be glad you buy basses instead of going out chasing 25 year old bimbos in a newly acquired wiener-enhancing convertible lexus

    MrM
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    roundwounds for the fretless!

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    do NOT use cheap tools to adjust with. they break and scrape up your bass!

    if you have a 100th namm sr4: the truss works the other way around on those!

    i have no affiliation with eb other than i love their basses

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMusashi View Post
    well your mrs should be glad you buy basses instead of going out chasing 25 year old bimbos in a newly acquired wiener-enhancing convertible lexus

    MrM
    Amen to THAT man....Have to put it that way next time I get any sort of flack
    2009 Bongo HH4 Desert Gold BFR Rosewood neck
    2009 Stingray HH4 Ice Blue BFR Rosewood Neck
    2008 Stingray Limited Edition HS 4 Sequoia Gold
    2008 Bongo Limited Edition HS4 Sequoia Gold
    2002 Stingray H4 Silver Sparkle

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    I have said this before and I'll say it again. My 25th 5HH BFR Rosewood Neck has ruined me for so many other basses. Punch, definition and tonal options for days. Comparison to my previously owned Maple necked EBMM's I find the Rosewood has more of a Piano characteristic to the low B and also a more even sound across all strings. I found it to have more of a warmer and rounder tone to my SR5, but still able to growl very easily.

    I recently attended a Bass GTG a few weeks back where a local EBMM rep had brought along a standard 25th 5HH with Maple Neck and Rosewood board. Both very special basses in their own right, but the consensus at the GTG was that there was something in the tone of my 25th BFR 5HH that gave it a significant edge over the other 25th.
    One of my friends who spent majority of the GTG A/B-ing both of the 25th's made the following observations:
    - That he thought that unfinished feel of EBMM necks were the best around, but feel of unfinished Rosewood was something else again
    - The Rosewood 25th had definitely more mid presence and a nice growl that was very transparent.

    I'd say if you have the opportunity to own a Rosewood Neck EBMM, then go for it. I can't see you regretting the decision. If you find for any reason that you don't bond with it, it will always be a desireable instrument in the marketplace.
    Cheers
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    Hey thanks for sharing the info and story.
    The rosewood neck just looks like it would be amazing..
    I am working on this and hope to pull it together and be the owner of this rosewood BFR ray!
    Thanks again!


    Quote Originally Posted by smokey View Post
    I have said this before and I'll say it again. My 25th 5HH BFR Rosewood Neck has ruined me for so many other basses. Punch, definition and tonal options for days. Comparison to my previously owned Maple necked EBMM's I find the Rosewood has more of a Piano characteristic to the low B and also a more even sound across all strings. I found it to have more of a warmer and rounder tone to my SR5, but still able to growl very easily.

    I recently attended a Bass GTG a few weeks back where a local EBMM rep had brought along a standard 25th 5HH with Maple Neck and Rosewood board. Both very special basses in their own right, but the consensus at the GTG was that there was something in the tone of my 25th BFR 5HH that gave it a significant edge over the other 25th.
    One of my friends who spent majority of the GTG A/B-ing both of the 25th's made the following observations:
    - That he thought that unfinished feel of EBMM necks were the best around, but feel of unfinished Rosewood was something else again
    - The Rosewood 25th had definitely more mid presence and a nice growl that was very transparent.

    I'd say if you have the opportunity to own a Rosewood Neck EBMM, then go for it. I can't see you regretting the decision. If you find for any reason that you don't bond with it, it will always be a desireable instrument in the marketplace.
    Cheers
    2009 Bongo HH4 Desert Gold BFR Rosewood neck
    2009 Stingray HH4 Ice Blue BFR Rosewood Neck
    2008 Stingray Limited Edition HS 4 Sequoia Gold
    2008 Bongo Limited Edition HS4 Sequoia Gold
    2002 Stingray H4 Silver Sparkle

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey View Post
    That he thought that unfinished feel of EBMM necks were the best around, but feel of unfinished Rosewood was something else again
    amen to that!

    have you ever barefooted on a untreated douglas fir floor?
    if you havent you should try it because the floor feels warm, even if it is cold outside..

    this is the same feeling your thumb gets when it feels the nekkid rosewood
    smoooth smoooth warmth!

    MrM
    flats for the bongo!
    roundwounds for the fretless!

    eb customer support:
    E-mail: musicman_customerservice@ernieball.com
    Telephone: +1 866-823-2255

    trussrod adjustment:
    Click here for an image!
    less relief / flatter = lower action
    more relief / bow = higher action
    do NOT use cheap tools to adjust with. they break and scrape up your bass!

    if you have a 100th namm sr4: the truss works the other way around on those!

    i have no affiliation with eb other than i love their basses

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattOfSweden View Post
    .... and should you ever want to pass it on I'm here waiting. (Really, I am!)
    I'll be #2 in line!

    The all rosewood necks are ridoncolous! They feel like pure unadulterated awesome in your hands.

    Grab it.... and if not, let me know where it is
    -Matt the "Manfloozy"

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    Yes, fingers crossed you get it mrfstop - and if not give the coordinates to Matt - this BFR soooo should end up within the forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattOfSweden View Post
    Yes, fingers crossed you get it mrfstop - and if not give the coordinates to Matt - this BFR soooo should end up within the forum.
    ughhhh trying to get it...I am waiting for this guitar to get payment...then I can roll that into paying off this Rosewood ray...
    Man this G.A.S. + Mid Life crisis stuff really takes years off a persons life huh? LMAO
    but gotta love it good ole G.A.S.
    I REALLY want to add this one to the stable.
    Working it out, hope to be the new owner?
    2009 Bongo HH4 Desert Gold BFR Rosewood neck
    2009 Stingray HH4 Ice Blue BFR Rosewood Neck
    2008 Stingray Limited Edition HS 4 Sequoia Gold
    2008 Bongo Limited Edition HS4 Sequoia Gold
    2002 Stingray H4 Silver Sparkle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhunter420 View Post
    You have a very nice collection already, so you really do not need another bass. But as long as you can afford it, why not? Let me know if you ever decide to move your white Reflex.

    I have two EBMMs with all rosewood necks and they are very comfortable to play. One is Venetian 25th BFR 4HH and the other is a one off 2005 Buttercream Bongo 4HH made for Juan Nelson.



    In honor of this thread, I had a dream last night that I was playing this bass. Probably explains why I woke up in a puddle of my own drool...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayDawg View Post
    In honor of this thread, I had a dream last night that I was playing this bass. Probably explains why I woke up in a puddle of my own drool...

    hahaha too funny...
    I also love this bass...gearhunter is one lucky guy to own this baby!!
    A Bongo in Buttercream with a rosewood neck???? EI YI YI.....one serious bass!
    I would put in my will I want a buttercream colored casket and rosewood color lining and bury me with the bass please!! lol
    2009 Bongo HH4 Desert Gold BFR Rosewood neck
    2009 Stingray HH4 Ice Blue BFR Rosewood Neck
    2008 Stingray Limited Edition HS 4 Sequoia Gold
    2008 Bongo Limited Edition HS4 Sequoia Gold
    2002 Stingray H4 Silver Sparkle

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    Good basses. The back of the neck feels a little different at first, but once I start playing it, I really don't notice any difference in feel. I think - I could be making this up entirely - that it does have a little extra oomph in the mids from the rosewood neck.

    This one might be FS in a bit. I still have to think about it some. It's one hell of a piece, but I have another 4 string Bongo HH (the Flaming Biff) so it's redundant, not that this ever stopped me before.

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    bovinehost;845815]

    I think - I could be making this up entirely
    so it's redundant, not that this ever stopped me before.
    +1 to those two lines!! hahahaha!! cracked me up!
    Pm me if ya decide to roll this bongo.
    I think this is the same one I was stalking in the for sale thread when you snagged it first.
    And I mentioned letting me know if ya ever roll it.
    If I am unable to let go of any basses to fund it, Maybe I can go donate some organs or something?
    what the heck...all for the sake of a killer rosewood necked Bongonioio
    2009 Bongo HH4 Desert Gold BFR Rosewood neck
    2009 Stingray HH4 Ice Blue BFR Rosewood Neck
    2008 Stingray Limited Edition HS 4 Sequoia Gold
    2008 Bongo Limited Edition HS4 Sequoia Gold
    2002 Stingray H4 Silver Sparkle

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    Quote Originally Posted by bovinehost View Post


    Good basses. The back of the neck feels a little different at first, but once I start playing it, I really don't notice any difference in feel. I think - I could be making this up entirely - that it does have a little extra oomph in the mids from the rosewood neck.

    This one might be FS in a bit. I still have to think about it some. It's one hell of a piece, but I have another 4 string Bongo HH (the Flaming Biff) so it's redundant, not that this ever stopped me before.

    hey man, kick a*&^% pic by the way...working on those photograph skills I see...impressed!
    2009 Bongo HH4 Desert Gold BFR Rosewood neck
    2009 Stingray HH4 Ice Blue BFR Rosewood Neck
    2008 Stingray Limited Edition HS 4 Sequoia Gold
    2008 Bongo Limited Edition HS4 Sequoia Gold
    2002 Stingray H4 Silver Sparkle

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    how goes the battle mrfstop?
    2001 STERLING H/ black/black ice pg/rosewood board
    2003 SUB active white/black pg/rosewood board


    SterlingStudios

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    Best bass ever, but real hard to photograph.

    bovinehost: Yes, I do agree with that, but if there's nothing wrong then there's nothing wrong.
    Beth: I would compare Bongo to Tommy Lee Jones. Bad a$$ and just hot in a weird way...
    cheezewiz: They should take their lace thongs off and play bass.

    HEINZ

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