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    Bongo question

    Did the Bongo ever ship with a square battery cover that had to be completely removed to replace batteries? Every one that I've seen has the rectangular cover with release tabs. I ask because I saw one recently and not sure if it was modified or came from the factory like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOEinCA View Post
    Did the Bongo ever ship with a square battery cover that had to be completely removed to replace batteries?
    Afaik, no.
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    No they all have a double flip top battery compartment. Newer models have a Musicman logo.
    The only EBMM I know of that has a cover is Old Smoothie and the SR Classic (and obviously vintage models)
    On a couple of my basses I’ve removed the plastic compartment in favour of a plate but not found a double cover.
    What ever you have seen is an aftermarket mod.

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    Bongo 5HH. Firemist Purple. 2019
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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    No they all have a double flip top battery compartment. Newer models have a Musicman logo.
    The only EBMM I know of that has a cover is Old Smoothie and the SR Classic (and obviously vintage models)
    On a couple of my basses I’ve removed the plastic compartment in favour of a plate but not found a double cover.
    What ever you have seen is an aftermarket mod.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    No they all have a double flip top battery compartment. Newer models have a Musicman logo.
    The only EBMM I know of that has a cover is Old Smoothie and the SR Classic (and obviously vintage models)
    On a couple of my basses I’ve removed the plastic compartment in favour of a plate but not found a double cover.
    What ever you have seen is an aftermarket mod.
    Yeah, it's either a mod or a sign of a knockoff. I know I've seen some online ads for cheap knockoff bongo basses.
    StingRay Special BFR Fretless Vintage Sierra Burst (2019)
    StingRay Special HH BFR Dargie Delight 3 (2019)
    StingRay Old Smoothie Butterscotch (2019)
    StingRay5 True Gold (2010)
    Bongo 6 Egyptian Smoke (2009)

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    Quote Originally Posted by N4860 View Post
    Yeah, it's either a mod or a sign of a knockoff. I know I've seen some online ads for cheap knockoff bongo basses.
    I’ve seen them too. Funny looking things, they look like they have be squashed, they’re all out of shape.

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    Bongo 5HH. Firemist Purple. 2019
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    I’ve seen them too. Funny looking things, they look like they have be squashed, they’re all out of shape.
    Yeah, anyone that is somewhat familiar with the design I think would be able to tell something is not quite right with the shape of those knockoffs. I always seem to see them as a suggested ad when I search on Kijiji (Canada's version of Craigslist).
    StingRay Special BFR Fretless Vintage Sierra Burst (2019)
    StingRay Special HH BFR Dargie Delight 3 (2019)
    StingRay Old Smoothie Butterscotch (2019)
    StingRay5 True Gold (2010)
    Bongo 6 Egyptian Smoke (2009)

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    Quote Originally Posted by N4860 View Post
    Yeah, anyone that is somewhat familiar with the design I think would be able to tell something is not quite right with the shape of those knockoffs. I always seem to see them as a suggested ad when I search on Kijiji (Canada's version of Craigslist).
    In all fairness I’ve not seen one for a while, they used to pop up on a google search with a different price value on each one. Even to the untrained eye the differences between the real thing is huge.

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    Bongo 5HH. Firemist Purple. 2019
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

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

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