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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    ...............
    and worries that it might be uncomfortable to play in
    a sitting position with the weird shape horn digging into
    your leg. I suppose if that is the case it is something
    you would just get used to,or it might not be the case
    .......
    There was a thread about that [maybe I started it, but
    don't recall]. Anywho, it's a very divided house here
    concerning the sitting thing and the curve and the horn.

    I never get used to it. I dislike it. But, unlike many here,
    I'm not averse approaching my basses with tools :-) For
    those who keep their basses pristine, be warned that it's
    roughly 50/50 odds that you will not like the sit down
    ergonomics of the Boingo. Thaz the bad news. The good
    news acoarst is 50/50 odds that you'll be just fine with it.
    Last edited by Golem; 05-01-2017 at 10:29 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
    There was a thread about that [maybe I started it, but
    don't recall]. Anywho, it's a very divided house here
    concerning the sitting thing and the curve and the horn.

    I never get used to it. I dislike it. But, unlike many here,
    I'm not averse approaching my basses with tools :-) For
    those who keep their basses pristine, be warned that it's
    roughly 50/50 odds that you will not like the sit down
    ergonomics of the Boingo. Thaz the bad news. The good
    news acoarst is 50/50 odds that you'll be just fine with it.
    Thanks for the info......I think I will need to try one out before forking out my friend. Would a 4 string have the exact same horn shape as a five string in the case of me not being able to try a five string in a seating position?

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    yes

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    Well I decided to go for the Bongo 5 H/S/P and phoned my dealer here in the UK where I was told that the Piezo option is now no longer available. I looked on the Ernie Ball website and there is nothing there stating that this option has now been discontinued. Can anyone give me some info on this!

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    Yeah, it's true. I believe Piezo was discontinued on all basses about 18 months ago or thereabouts. If you go to the Bongo page on the Music-Man website, under Custom Options they show the colour options. Click on the word "Configuration" and you'll see what's available for pickups and fretted/fretless options. There's no more options for Piezo (or, sadly, single H configuration on the Bongo 5). I guess piezo wasn't a big seller.

    Bongo 5H, BFR Roasted, Black Sugar
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    I just saw your question asking about what piezo gives you in terms of tone. It's kind of hard to describe. On a guitar, piezo pickups are often used to create a sound that's intended to make an electric guitar sound like an acoustic (to some extent). On a bass, I can't really say that the piezo makes an electric bass sound like an acoustic bass though. To me, it has a very flat (or relatively mid-scooped) sound which is very smooth. It's a somewhat characterless sound compared to the magnetic pickups. You might call it more "hi-fi" compared to the magnetic pickups.

    That's my 2 cents. Not sure if that helps. Other guys may have more ways to describe the sound.

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    Thanks for that Stu!......It looks like my UK dealer didn't update the options on their website going back to 2015, but hey the HS version is still going to sound great even without the Piezo and I have just saved myself £300 sterling and I guess you don't miss what you have never had. I have just got wait six months now to receive it which is a pain and it is something I cannot get my head around.

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    If you're buying a fretted bass, my personal opine is you
    need not regret the demise of the piezo option. I'm very
    into piezo but nearly all of my [way to numerous] basses
    are FL. On fretless it's terrific, far from characterless, and
    quite versatile.

    While I do have many varieties of FL piezo other than my
    MMs, there is a degree of tonal commonality underlying
    their differences. So, from the variety, I also get to know
    the common thread tone-wise.

    I have only two fretted piezo basses. One, as with a MM,
    has both a humbucker and piezo. From this one example
    I can say say that, for me, the piezo just magnifies the
    metal-on-metal fret sound. Not being a bass spanker it's
    not my idea of a friendly bass. I bought it with intent to
    defret it but never got around to it. Also, consider that
    even without piezos, MMs feature a bit more fret sound
    than most other basses. IOW I would find fretted piezo
    MMs even less friendly than my current unfriendly bass.


    My other fretted piezo is piezo-only, and is a rather big-
    bodied acoustic. When it's EQ'ed to kill the fret clank it's
    not very acoustic sounding ... kinda bloomy and boomy
    at that EQ. Add some midrange and the metal-on-metal
    sound emerges [even with flats, and I NEVER use those
    idiotic bronze/brass RW's].

    Since most bassers play fretted, it's understandable how
    the piezo option didn't sell. Consider we FL players are a
    niche market, and not every FL player will shell out 250-
    300 USD for the piezo option, it was bound to come to a
    sorry end. Anywho, I expect you would've regretted the
    expense if you bought a fretted piezo MM ... unless you
    happen to be a wild spanker ! And there ARE plenty wild
    spankers madly snapping and popping without piezos.
    Last edited by Golem; 05-03-2017 at 08:41 PM.
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    I enjoy the piezo on my fretless Bongo, but I don't think you're missing anything by not being able to get it on a fretted instrument. Of course, no one should listen to me. ;-)
    -Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    Hello Peeps.....I am looking to buy a five string active Bass but cannot decide on whether to opt for a Bongo or a Stingray or a Fender Jazz Elite. I am swaying towards the Bongo HH in stealth black so I just wondered what you thought about the three basses that I have mentioned and how they compare.
    Also is anyone else having trouble changing the guitar colours on the official website as it would be handy to be able to see the real difference between the black and the stealth.

    Thanks.
    I'd say you're looking at three very different basses, and that I would personally choose a Bongo 5HH. It's an amzingly versatile bass, comfy as hell to play and you also get to hear hilarious comments about the looks of your bass. Sound wise it can devastate whole city blocks given ample amplification, but it can also be very smooth and will sit perfectly in any mix.
    Imho F**de*r built one decent 5-string (the Roscoe Beck V), and those elites don't do it for me...
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by strummer View Post
    I'd say you're looking at three very different basses, and that I would personally choose a Bongo 5HH. It's an amzingly versatile bass, comfy as hell to play and you also get to hear hilarious comments about the looks of your bass. Sound wise it can devastate whole city blocks given ample amplification, but it can also be very smooth and will sit perfectly in any mix.
    Imho F**de*r built one decent 5-string (the Roscoe Beck V), and those elites don't do it for me...
    I went for the Bongo 5HH strummer!.......I have just got to wait till November to receive it.......

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    Well worth the wait!
    Did you go for the Stealth?
    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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    Here is a tip for those who don't like the polyutherane finish of the Bongos necks. Mr. Frudua, an italian luthier, explains how to smoothen out a pu finished neck.

    I do this on all my basses with pu-finished necks. There is no damage done, as I did this several times to basses that are 20 years and longer in my collection.

    Btw, the best finish is and will be the wax/gunstock oil finish of my Stingrays. I have two Bongo 5 HH, one with all rosewood neck, one VTB PDN with all maple neck.

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    I'll tell you the truth here: one of the reasons I love Bongos so much is that painted neck. I know, I know, sounds crazy but it's true.

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    I am currently waiting to gather enough funds for my bongo purchase, and I am praying that the guitar center and musicians friends bongo's with the roasted necks are still there in a couple months. I am weary of the painted neck as well, but this would solve all my problems. Also the dark purple with black hardware is just gorgeous.
    PDN Big Al 5 with roasted maple neck

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