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MusicMan Bongo

Post by BrendonM » Fri Jul 06, 2007 1:29 am

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Dave LaRue - G3 Tour 2006

The Bongo bass guitar was introduced on March 21, 2003 at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA by Music Man, a division of Ernie Ball. Ernie Ball president Sterling Ball designed the guitar in conjunction with the Music Man Research and Development department and BMW's Designworks team. It features a 4-band preamp designed by Dudley Gimpel with help from Cliff Hugo and other Music Man artists. It also features color coordination, a sleek, carved basswood body, and a 34" scale neck. These bass guitars are generally known for their dual humbucker pickup models, as they are the first dual humbucker pickup models released by Music Man since their Sabre.

The Bongo endured a rocky start due to its unique looks, but is now a very successful bass guitar for Ernie Ball due in large part to its tonal versatility.

Some popular artists who play the Bongo bass guitar include Dave LaRue, Cliff Hugo, Tony Levin, John Myung, Colin Edwin, and Phil Chen.

Music Man's other popular basses include the Stingray and the Sterling.

More info at:
http://www.ernieball.com/musicman/bongo/
http://www.ernieball.com/news/194/
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Re: MusicMan Bongo

Post by beagle » Fri Jul 06, 2007 12:04 pm

That's awesome.. I think you should change your profile name to 'The Professor of Bass'! 8)
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Re: MusicMan Bongo

Post by ryla » Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:51 pm

nice bass shame about the name - i mean"bongo" seriously? :roll:

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Re: MusicMan Bongo

Post by Dan » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:29 pm

It might just be me, but I think it looks awful! Looks like a fancy dinner plate with a neck sticking out of it :lol:

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Re: MusicMan Bongo

Post by beagle » Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:33 pm

Yep it's weird but I think it's cool to try something new rather than same old... if it had big endorsement by current artists on the charts then opinions would change.
Maybe it's the influence BMW had in the design? Basses must be a natural progression from cars! :roll:
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Re: MusicMan Bongo

Post by BrendonM » Fri Jul 06, 2007 5:17 pm

lol...
professor - I am not worthy :wink:

funny name huh... Bongo. Makes me think of the Mazda Bongo van...
That being said I have heard these are great basses to play from the guys at the Bass Centre in Melbourne. It's unique design certainly does challenge the current standards of aesthetic design, that being said however tone is note produced by the look of something and if it felt great to play and sounded awesome then who could resist. Dave LeRue played this on last years G3 tour with John Petrucci and it's seriously cool.
While the links still work check Dave and his bongo out on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icJW1_YQ2CA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY2hEeJt_ss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84mBiETtiF8

search YouTube for bongo http://www.youtube.com/results?search_q ... ss&search= and there is heaps of stuff to see and hear related to this bass.
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Re: MusicMan Bongo

Post by Miss Piggy » Sat Jul 07, 2007 12:14 am

Thanks for all those YouTube links Brendon and all the info.

I quite like the look of the Bongo - well the body. I'm not sure about the shape of the head though. I know some people think its ugly, but it's different strokes for different folks. There are some basses I find really horrible looking, but their owners think they look great.

I bet it sounds pretty awsome.
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Re: MusicMan Bongo

Post by beagle » Sat Jul 07, 2007 7:47 pm

BrendonM wrote:tone is not produced by the look of something and if it felt great to play and sounded awesome then who could resist.
Hit the nail on the headstock dude ;)

Those youtube vids were great. Esspecially liked the 2nd one where he goes over his setup. Very impressive muso.

Access to the upper frets looks excellent and the body shape looks anything but restrictive. I'd only be afraid of hurting someone inadvertantly with the head! :)
Miss Piggy wrote:I bet it sounds pretty awsome.
Ditto! Would love to try one a.
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Re: MusicMan Bongo

Post by Mr Glyn » Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:44 pm

Wow, thats the first one of those I've seen. I like the body but not too sure about the headstock.
Yea it looks cool and I'm sure it sounds good too - MM only make good stuff.
I'm really pleased they exist but I don't want one.

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