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    Bongo fretless neck?

    Can I get from EBMM a Bongo 4 fretless neck? How much and is it easy to install?

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    Not available.

    You might find something from Modulus
    or from the other graphite neck makers.

    Price will be shocking [if available].

    Installing a used EBMM neck would be
    easy if you ever find a used one due to
    some very unusual circumstance. OTOH
    installing a graphite neck is not rocket
    science, but is trickier than if you had a
    real EBMM neck. Unfortunately, unlike
    hoping to find a StingRay neck [a very
    unlikely thing in itself] you will face the
    additional challenge of finding a color
    that matches or compliments your bass.

    IOW the most cost effective solution is
    to have a good luthier defret your neck.
    An ebony replacement FB is always the
    ultimate, but not really necessary.

    I have several defret jobs in play, all of
    good workmanship, no problems. None
    happen to be EBMM necks, in case you
    were wondering, but that should not be
    any difference.
    Last edited by Golem; 02-03-2018 at 03:03 PM.
    S.U.B. SL4 - SR4p FL [x2] - SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

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    Thanks Golem. After I posted this I found out what you have said. I love my Bongo. I just wish it were fretless. I was hoping to find a cheap way to make it fretless. I can see that is a pipe dream.

    I have a cheap squire VMj fretless and love the fretless thing. But, I won't play it on gigs because it literally sucks compared to the bongos overall playability and sound. Maybe I can sell a car.

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    Returning to your original query, and adding your
    new remark about hoping for a cheap solution, if
    you were in a position to order a neck from EBMM
    it would NOT be cheap, about $500, IF you had a
    damaged FL neck to surrender. The only parts you
    can buy without surrendering an identical part are
    the tuners, nut, PG, and bridge [not so sure about
    the bridge !]. Emphasis on "identical" ! Even if you
    can afford a replacement neck DO NOT even think
    of cracking your fretted neck to qualify. MM offers
    only IDENTICAL replacements ... can't switch from
    speed bumps to FL :-(

    Ooops ! forgot about strap buttons. Available, LOL.

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    And now for something not-so-completely-different:

    My "Cutlass III"
    Last edited by Golem; 02-04-2018 at 11:56 AM.
    S.U.B. SL4 - SR4p FL [x2] - SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

    Golem is NOT engaged in social networks.

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    Cool cutless.

    I saw a week ago a bongo 4h fretless on Reverb. I can't justify the cost and not sure I want to alter this bass with anything not EBMM.

    Oh well. I can keep dreaming. I don't want a fender fretless. I love the the 24 frets on the bongo. I may have to go another way.

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    I have been looking for an unlined fretless Bongo HSp for a while. Saw one available for a short time and sold before had funds for it. Have a 4 and 5 fretted HSp. Someday will probably break down and look into a replacement ebony board like Golem mentioned above. A little reluctant to do it because they are both PDN models. But on the other hand, not really planning on ever selling it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmang View Post

    I ... Have a 4 and 5 fretted HSp. Someday will probably break
    down and look into a replacement ebony board like Golem mentioned
    above. A little reluctant to do it because they are both PDN models.
    But on the other hand, not really planning on ever selling it.
    On Planet Golem, the idea of "wasting" a rare-ish discontinued Piezo
    Boingo body by playing it with a fretted neck is a situation crying out
    ... screaming ... for a fix. Find an FL Boingo 4 or 5 in the same color,
    or in some compatible color, swap necks, keep the resulting Piezo FL
    Boingo ..... and then sell the fretted bastard offspring down the river.

    Just how worthwhile is such a project ? Myself, my diva, and all who
    actually listen [those rarest of audience folk] are simply bonkers for
    my Boingo4 1Hp FL, a rare surviving member of an extinct species
    that was born that way ... didn't hafta splice any genes for this one !


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    Hopefully, both of your PDNs are in muted, fairly neutral colors, but
    as they are PDNs, i'm sad to be thinking "rotsa ruck" :-( I've got a
    fretted SR 30th that needs a neck swap to FL but its trans crimson
    finish is a special edition color, IOW it's a problem.

    That bass is now for sale on consignment locally. If no one buys it,
    I'll re-assemble my fretted SR4 HH, which currently rocks a Moses
    Graphite FL neck, and put that neck on the SR 30th. Then acoarst
    the re-assembled fretted SR4 HH will go on consignment. Swapping
    necks has become pretty routine for me, given my mad craving for
    FL [plus piezos ... when the planets align favorably].
    Last edited by Golem; 02-11-2018 at 12:27 PM.
    S.U.B. SL4 - SR4p FL [x2] - SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

    Golem is NOT engaged in social networks.

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    Be hard to match this color for sure on the 5 HSp. Radiance Red LE

    The 4 HSp is Honeyburst, mahogany with fire roasted neck and pau ferro board. If I did do a neck swap, would not sell the bastard offspring because of the roasted neck. So gets real pricey. Weirdly tempted to get an ebony board put on this one because I think it would be really great fretless. But really reluctant to because of the uniqueness of the bass.

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