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    Bongo Electronics Question: H vs HS/HH

    I'm currently playing a Bongo 4H that's slowly becoming my number one. I'm thinking of getting a Bongo 6 to go along with it.

    I'm wondering why the H is only available on the four string and not the six string?

    Also, why does the H get a three band eq while the HS/HH get a four band eq?


    Are there tonal reasons for no six string H and no four band eq on the H? Or is it more of a supply and demand kind of thing.

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    I believe its a supply and demand thing.

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    Used you can find a Bongo H in 5 and 6 string versions. The H was discontinued on everything but the 4.

    Not sure why they decided to go with only 3 band EQ for the H.

    But if the H also has a piezo pickup, it has a 4 band EQ. (These are also discontinued)

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    I own a Bongo 6 HH and love the electronics. The tone is to die for. Just my $.02.

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    I can understand the economics of offering the 5 and 6 string Bongos without the single pickup.

    I don't see any economic advantage to using two different preamps however. Is it a case of the single pickup Bongos sounding better with the three band over the four band eq? That with a single pickup in the sweetspot, adjusting a single mid frequency works better than two mid frequencies?

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    Placement could be part of it. Also the 4 band may be more optimized for a 5 and 6 string range.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    I owned a 5H and a 5HH, Different tone but both sounded great! With the 4 way and balance knob there are many variances and I liked it better and let the single H go. Find one with piezo and you have even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leond View Post
    I can understand the economics of offering the 5 and 6 string Bongos without the single pickup.

    I don't see any economic advantage to using two different preamps however. Is it a case of the single pickup Bongos sounding better with the three band over the four band eq? That with a single pickup in the sweetspot, adjusting a single mid frequency works better than two mid frequencies?
    Mebbe just a way to offer "point-and-shoot" simplicity ?
    No PU blending, no coil switching, and just a simple EQ.
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    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL

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    Kind of what I was thinking. Just about as "plug and play" as you can get.

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    The preamps are PCB based, and they have the PCB for the two pickup versions, and the pickup for the single H version, which may be the same as the stingray/sterling PCB. They would need to have a PCB especially for the Single H bongo if they wanted to retain the 4 band EQ.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    Single H with piezo has the 4 band, correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
    Mebbe just a way to offer "point-and-shoot" simplicity ?
    No PU blending, no coil switching, and just a simple EQ.
    I’m still working mine out, the lay out is the same as my StingRay’s just with a lot more room either side of the eq. I’m currently running the eq flat and volume at about 70%. It doesn’t get more point and shoot than that !
    Next bass will be HH either a Stingray or Bongo. What ever comes along first

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
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    Quote Originally Posted by five7 View Post
    Single H with piezo has the 4 band, correct?
    Correct

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    Thanks for all the comments; much appreciated.

    I recently took delivery of a Bongo 6HH which has the four band eq. It's been less than a week so I'm very early in the learning process.

    That said, my initial impression is that I can get a LOT more extreme with the four band than the three band. With the three band, I have to work to make it sound bad. I have to be a lot more careful with the four band.

    Time will tell if this is my imagination or not but so far, it's been fun finding out.

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    I find that it is difficult to make my Bongo sound bad unless I really crank on the EQ. I also found it is very easy to go from sounding great to sounding magnificent with that 4 band EQ.

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