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    Bongo name Origin

    hey everybody
    wondering how a guitar ended up with a name like Bongo...?
    searches haven't revealed a clue so far....
    thanks!

    here's my 2013
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    When Sterling went to the BMW Design Group and they decided they could make something together, the code name for the project was "Bongo".

    Sterling decided he liked it and kept it as the name for the basses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bovinehost View Post
    When Sterling went to the BMW Design Group and they decided they could make something together, the code name for the project was "Bongo".

    Sterling decided he liked it and kept it as the name for the basses.
    Cool ! Learn something new every day
    It’s definitely a very fitting name. It sounds like how the bass looks

    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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    When you play one the name becomes "OhBoy". It has some of the same letters in it.

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    apparently this is a family of Bongos' haven't a clue whether they're active or passive but I could see a fiver in that colour...I mean there's a Zebra wood out there somewhere so....
    thanks for the info I saw "boNgo" somewhere associated with the bmw team but lost the link.
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    Big Poppa also said that when he decided to keep the name, "A lot of eggs were thrown at me."

    It certainly wasn't like the other basses in the line at the time!

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    well, eggs as a percussion instrument and bongo as a drum...
    I see the light !
    or hear it i guess

    glad they went with the design it took (b**ls) nerve
    Last edited by timplog; 03-14-2019 at 12:07 PM.

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    Hah. You throw eggs at Big Poppa and he will probably make an omelet. Well, he cooked up something different with the Bongo and it took a lot of years for me to appreciate it but now they will pry my Bongo out of my cold, dead hands.

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    Always liked the name Bongo. And they are my favorite kind of MM bass!

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    what jackie said.
    Two requests, please
    Please contact customer service prior to posting instrument issues
    Please don't PM me
    Thanks

    Please dont add me as a friend on facebook....my life is an open book here as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bovinehost View Post
    It certainly wasn't like the other basses in the line at the time!
    Or anywhere else! I was intrigued the first time i saw it. I just didn't "need" any more basses at the time, so it took me a few years to finally get one (and then four :-).
    93 SR 5 H trans teal fretless
    90 SR 5 H trans red fretted* (orig. lined fl)
    07 SR 5 HH Dargie I
    07 SR 5 Hp black fretless, white pg
    08 SR 4 HH BFR Redwood top, mahogany neck
    09 SR 5 H Dargie II, ebony fb
    09 25th Anniversary 5 HSS
    10 Reflex 5 Lamborghini orange burst
    09 Reflex 5 rosewood neck & top
    04 Bongo 5 HHp Sapphire
    14 Bongo 5 HSp Cardinal red sparkle fretless
    17 Bongo 6 HS Starry Night fretless ebony w/roasted neck
    70s EB Earthwood acoustic bass
    72 EB Earthwood acoustic guitar

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    Probably the most underrated/under appreciated bass guitar ever made. Not really sure what made me get one as I had never seen/heard one in person but really glad I took the leap. They are kind of like Pringles “once you pop you can’t stop.” Have since added a Fretless along with the 5er and am eyeing up a fretted 4 in either Fuschia sparkle or Aqua sparkle along with the Stingray special I’m lusting after. Quick question can I list a kidney for sale on the forum ;-)
    Bongo 5 - Sapphire black
    Bongo 4 Fretless - Black

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