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

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    Does anyone own the Ball Family Reserve Rosewood neck basses?

    I have had a Rosewood neck EBMM bass high up on my G.A.S. list for sometime.
    Never saw one in person.
    Never played one.
    BUT!!!
    They look like they would be truly amazing to play.
    And have to guess the tone and resonance is amazing.
    I just found a brand new one for sale.
    Price is not too too bad I guess.
    Was thinking about letting go of yet another bass I most likely should not let go of, to buy this beast before someone else grabs it.
    But wanted some opinions of them from players using them before jumping the gun and letting go of yet another beautiful bass out of the collection to TRY one.

    Any input?
    thanks

    Last edited by mrfstop; 11-16-2011 at 08:57 AM.
    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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    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.



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    Thanks for reaching out and the input.
    Well yes I have a good amount of beautiful basses at the moment.
    I am very attached to them all.
    As I am sure you are with your stellar collection as well.
    In troubled economic times I would not say I can " afford it" ....
    So much as I would make myself let go of something to obtain something.
    SO the $$ Factor does not really come much into the plan.

    Selling the White and black Reflex had actually crossed my mind.
    Being I now have two Big Al basses with similar traits.
    But I quickly came to my senses and shelfed THAT idea hahahaha!!
    This Reflex is truly special!! the rosewood board has soooo Much red in it.
    And the neck plays like butter. And the bass has a ton of eyeball appeal!

    If I DO end up going for this BFR Rosewood Ray.
    I will most likely Sell something else to get her.
    IF I do decide down the road to let go of the Reflex, will for sure PM ya right away.
    Shipping from NY to Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada might be a steeeeeep shipping charge though.
    And It would need be packed bomb proof for such a long trip.

    By the way, that Bongo is truly amazing!! At some point I will find something in buttercream!
    Such a great color!
    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 own a Stingray 5 bfr rosewood. It feels, plays and sounds amazing with a big low end.

    Go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cellkirk74 View Post
    I own a Stingray 5 bfr rosewood. It feels, plays and sounds amazing with a big low end.

    Go for it!

    Thanks man, I think I just might.
    These do not come along often...ya need jump on things when ya find the chance.
    Or wish ya did!
    I have a brand new G&L ASAT Classic 6 string in Bel Air green with double binding and birdseye maple neck and fb, fitted tolex case.....very loaded guitar!
    Should sell quickly for like $1,300.
    Which would be about 80& of the cost of the BFR Ray.
    A fair trade considering I suck at guitar and would love this bass!! hahaha!!
    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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    The all rosewood neck is the best! I've owned a couple.

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    I love my Stingray, I wish I had bought a 4 string Bongo with the rw neck when they were available.


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    Thanks for the input guys...Sure does look nice.
    Need to decide what can go up on the block for sale to make a move !!!
    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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    Bass Central has a really nice Sterling with an all Rosewood neck. Sharp looking bass!

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    i have a bongo with rosewood neck.. it is not of this world!

    nice chocolate brown with black stripes running.. i want to sink my teeth into it and take a chunk!
    oil and wax finish that is sooooo smooth.
    non painted headstock that allows you to refinish the bass in whatever color you like without loosing headstock decals.

    it also resonates a little differently than my regular bongo. the d on the g string sustains like mad while the c# is a little less vibrant. on my regular bongo its the d that is a little less alive

    if i were you id sell the stealth 4 hh and get the rw neck instead.. but thats just me..
    what you do is up to you. no matter what you do you will have a good bass.

    its just that the rw necked one will be an exceptional bass

    MrM
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrfstop View Post
    I have had a Rosewood neck EBMM bass high up on my G.A.S. list for sometime.
    Never saw one in person.
    Never played one.
    BUT!!!
    They look like they would be truly amazing to play.
    And have to guess the tone and resonance is amazing.
    I just found a brand new one for sale.
    Price is not too too bad I guess.
    Was thinking about letting go of yet another bass I most likely should not let go of, to buy this beast before someone else grabs it.
    But wanted some opinions of them from players using them before jumping the gun and letting go of yet another beautiful bass out of the collection to TRY one.

    Any input?
    thanks

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    Mrfstop... I think i have been eyeballing the same bass as you for a while. Rare color/Rare PG and Rosewood neck. You should have already bought it. I would of if i had the cash (and didn't have a thing for Bongo's). JOSH

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    Damnnnn seems it is unanimous......get it get it GET IT!! hahaha!!
    Thanks for the input everyone, truly.
    I figured the feedback on these rosewood necks would be all good!

    I hear you about stop eyeballing and pull the trigger before it is gone.
    Seems it was made back in 2/2009....so it has been sitting in a case for going on years now???? weird??!!!

    A fellow bass player friend has a never played mint in a wrapper twin of this one in the HS pup config which is my favorite.
    Waiting on him to give me a firm price , if he can bring himself to sell his. Said he might want to, soooooo?
    Would rather have an HS than the HH if possible.

    Annnd would need sell something to buy either of them.
    HAVE to keep making myself live by the "one in and one out" golden rule.
    After all do not want to end up on that Horders television show....hahaha!!
    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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    Sell the stealth?
    Nawww....I love that Stealth!
    It is mint+ and is the only EBMM I have left kicking around with an Ebony board.
    Plus I am going through a mid life crisis I think.
    And have given thought to shaving my head, growing a goateeee, getting some tats and piercings and joining a thrash metal punk kill kittens kinda band.....hahahaha
    So the stealth would HAVE to be the go to bass if I follow through with the thought....LMAO

    Quote Originally Posted by MrMusashi View Post
    i have a bongo with rosewood neck.. it is not of this world!

    nice chocolate brown with black stripes running.. i want to sink my teeth into it and take a chunk!
    oil and wax finish that is sooooo smooth.
    non painted headstock that allows you to refinish the bass in whatever color you like without loosing headstock decals.

    it also resonates a little differently than my regular bongo. the d on the g string sustains like mad while the c# is a little less vibrant. on my regular bongo its the d that is a little less alive

    if i were you id sell the stealth 4 hh and get the rw neck instead.. but thats just me..
    what you do is up to you. no matter what you do you will have a good bass.

    its just that the rw necked one will be an exceptional bass

    MrM
    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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