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Thread: No more Bongo 5H or 6H?

  1. #16
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    Hmmm....well, yeah, I'm pretty relieved I have mine as well but now it makes me look at them a bit differently - like...do I still feel comfortable leaving it overnight at the church gig? Yikes!! I mean...world wars have been started for the sake of this kind of unobtainium!!

    All the guys who didn't buy them...well...guess you missed out. There were precious few on the used market before and now that market is going to shrivel to nothing.

    The other thing is...where has the time gone? October 31 2015 was the deadline? Man...that seems like it was just 6 months ago.

    Also.....Wem....just to clarify (if it wasn't clear already)...the Bongo H models have the pickup in the "sweet spot" - same as the bridge pickup position for all of the Stingrays, Sterlings - whereas, on the Bongo HH and HS models the bridge pickup is mounted closer to the bridge. So, bottom line is...the Bongo H sounds way different than the HH or HS and, IMO, there is no way to make a Bongo HH or HS sound like a Bongo H. They're just different and some people...like me (and Jack, and BP, obviously!!) really, really like the Bongo H.

    Bongo 5H, BFR Roasted, Black Sugar
    Bongo 5Hp Fretless, Mahogany, Roasted, Honey Burst

  2. #17
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    There is always the 4 string version. At least that is still available.

  3. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmang View Post
    There is always the 4 string version. At least that is still available.
    That bass is broken -- it's missing a string! :-)
    SR 5 H trans teal fretless, 1993 - my first MM
    SR 5 H trans red fretted*, 1990 (orig. lined fl)
    SR 5 HH Dargie I fretted, 2007
    SR 5 Hp black fretless, 2007, white pg
    SR 4 HH BFR Redwood top, 2008, mahogany neck
    25th Anniversary 5 HSS fretted, 2009, rosewood fb
    Bongo 5 HHp Sapphire fretted, 2004, black ice pg
    Bongo 5 HSp Cardinal red sparkle fretless, 2014
    Bongo 6 HS Starry Night fretless ebony, 2017, w/roasted neck
    EB Earthwood acoustic bass, 70s
    EB Earthwood acoustic guitar, 1972

  4. #19
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    This ^^


    Bongo 5H, BFR Roasted, Black Sugar
    Bongo 5Hp Fretless, Mahogany, Roasted, Honey Burst

  5. #20
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    And I was just getting ready to order one. Well, looks like no Bongo 5 strings for me. Bummer.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v342/JRalston/7d65a184-4304-464d-9f3a-c83a9712dbe8_zps69d1fb3d.jpg
    Stingray Classic 4H D.O.B. 07/09/10 Breast Cancer Awareness Bass Shell Pink
    Bongo 4H D.O.B. 12/28/10 Black Sugar BFR Roasted Neck
    Bongo 4H D.O.B. 03/26/14 Candy Apple Red All Rosewood Neck
    Stingray 5H D.O.B. 06/25/13 Black
    30th Anniversary Stingray 5H D.O.B. 02/28/17 Transparent Buttercream
    Bongo 5HH D.O.B. 03/16/17 Barolo Metallic Purple w/ Roasted Maple Neck

  6. #21
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    I bought one BP! I ordered my lefty Bongo 5H new in 2009 and am so glad I did as its gotta be pretty rare. She plays like butter, has a B string that slaughters pretty much any other bass in existence and definitely has that particular something that I have never found on basses with more then one pickup.
    1. Trans Gold SR5, (Alnico)
    2. Trans Orange SR5, (Ceramic)
    3. Black Cherry Burst SR4.
    4. True Gold Bongo 5 H with Torte
    5. Trans Red Sterling 4 Fretless
    6. Blue Dawn LE SR4
    7. Black and Maple Silouette Special

    All Lefty

    - Dwelling on the banks of the deep end.

  7. #22
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    And at last I did it: NBD !
    I bought the last(?) new Bongo 5H VTB available here in Germany, or maybe in the world ;-)
    The topic made me so nervous that I decided I needed a Bongo 5 H for backup.

    No more Bongo 5H or 6H?-101_1558_snap-jpgNo more Bongo 5H or 6H?-101_1562-jpg
    1977 Stingray natural, MN
    1983 Stingray 4H trans red, MN
    2010 ? Stingray classic 5 H, vintage white, RW
    2012 Bongo 4 HS honeyburst PDN
    2015 Bongo 5 H PDN Neptune Blue MN
    2016 Bongo 5 H Vintage Tobacco Burst PDN RW

  8. #23
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    Very nice. Congrats on securing that rare beast. Enjoy!!

    Bongo 5H, BFR Roasted, Black Sugar
    Bongo 5Hp Fretless, Mahogany, Roasted, Honey Burst

  9. #24
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    So you bought that beast...! I was on the verge of buying it, too.
    Congratulations on pulling the trigger faster

    90s Stingray Teal with birdseye maple neck.

  10. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by stu42 View Post

    Also.....Wem....just to clarify (if it wasn't clear already)...the Bongo H models have the pickup in the "sweet spot" - same as the bridge pickup position for all of the Stingrays, Sterlings - whereas, on the Bongo HH and HS models the bridge pickup is mounted closer to the bridge. So, bottom line is...the Bongo H sounds way different than the HH or HS and, IMO, there is no way to make a Bongo HH or HS sound like a Bongo H. They're just different and some people...like me (and Jack, and BP, obviously!!) really, really like the Bongo H.
    Thanks for the description, I'm still learning the difference active electronics makes at this point, and really having some fun.

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    Just as an aside, I was doing some recording for a friend and they had a passive F and a small-ish F combo ready to roll, so I held my nose and said, "Okay, this is fine."

    But it wasn't fine. It wasn't fine at all. I went home, grabbed my Emerald Green Sparkle Bongo 5H and my Markbass rig and sped back to the proceedings.

    And there was a great celebration and cheering and everyone agreed that my idea was MUCH better, the end.

  12. #27
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    Yes! Bongo 5H wins again. Not to mention Markbass as well. Excellent!! This is also my preferred combo!

    You almost need to carry that combo around in your vehicle at all times - kinda like a spare tire...just in case....


    Bongo 5H, BFR Roasted, Black Sugar
    Bongo 5Hp Fretless, Mahogany, Roasted, Honey Burst

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