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Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups Sky Blue White Pickguard

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Selected basswood is carved into THE most distinctive body style ever-very well balanced and responsive with a super-tight 5-bolt joint to a selected maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Dual neodymi... Click To Read More About This Product

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Selected basswood is carved into THE most distinctive body style ever-very well balanced and responsive with a super-tight 5-bolt joint to a selected maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Dual neodymium humbuckers with 4-band EQ on 2 concentric knobs and continuous balance provide huge tone with precision command. Schaller BM tuners with tapered string posts, easily accessible truss rod, matching headstock, and a graphite acrylic resin-coated body cavity for supreme noise shielding add up to true MusicMan luxury.

Features
  • Selected basswood carved body
  • Radical body design
  • Selected maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 5-bolt neck joint
  • Dual neodymium humbuckers
  • 4-band EQ
  • Hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
  • Continuous pickup balance
  • MM designed light weight tuners
  • Tapered string posts
  • Easily accessible truss rod
  • Matching headstock
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Ernie Ball Music ManBongo 5-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups
 
4.9

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Incredible weapon

I decided to bought it after a short test, but when I had the opportunity to play it along with my band I realize that was far better than I expected. The two humbuckers...Read complete review

I decided to bought it after a short test, but when I had the opportunity to play it along with my band I realize that was far better than I expected. The two humbuckers with individual treble/bass control plus the balance control allows a wide variety of tone control to satisfy any style you can play. The design by the BMW design team gives this instrument a very special look and is very comfotable and ergonomic to play for hours. Incerdible weapon!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Definetly not worth it :(

I've owned this bass for about 2 years and I sold it a year ago. Overall I was very disappointed about this bass the sounds I could get out of it were mediocre cruelly...Read complete review

I've owned this bass for about 2 years and I sold it a year ago. Overall I was very disappointed about this bass the sounds I could get out of it were mediocre cruelly lacked punch in the mid range, the bass was too boomy and the high were too shrilling althought it is pretty versatile because of it's 4 band active preamp I was never able to dial the tone I wanted. The bass wood body was much too light weighted for my taste I prefer Mahogany to me the heaviest an instrument is the heavier it sound. Another huge drawback for me was how noisy the preamp was. I play metal and I like to use distortion on my sound but when I did the hiss got so loud it was like if a snow storm was covering up my sound, terrible electronic. To be honest the only positive point I have to say about this bass was it's playability. The bass felt awesome the neck was slim and fast and the string spacing was perfect for pick, finger style and slap playing. Overall the value of this bass is terrible, incredibly overpriced save yourself a lot of money and buy something else this bass it is definetly not worth the investment.

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5.0

One Killer Bass

By Stevirebob

from Los Angeles

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

      Thick, well-defined tone, with a killer B-string. Smoother than a Sting Ray. 4-band EQ provides great flexibility. Comfortable neck and string spacing. Excellent craftsmanship. A great all-around bass.

       
      5.0

      Sweetness Personified!!

      By CLIFFORD WOODWARD

      from Motown, MI

      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

      This Bass is just sweet, in every aspect. The body styling just speaks positively to quirkiness, spunk, and in your face funk. The Humbucker pickups paired w/the 4 band EQ is exceptional. This dynamic duo will easily dial in what ever tone most skilled bass players will be looking for. I have been playing bass in excess of 40 years. I've owned a 73 Telecaster Bass, Inbanez SR505, & BTB 776PB. I had never had an interest in Musicman Basses, they just reminded me of Fender style basses. No WOW styling factor. That is until I layed eyes on the Bongo. Having now purchased one, this week, in Tangerine w/Black Pearl Pick Guard, I honetsly believe that I have purchased the last, best bass guitar of my life. I really do. If you can afford it...it is money well spent. Look at it as a tone and style investment. ;)

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      soo sweet!

      By joshua mosley

      from all over america

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

        well I am a 15 year guitar player that wanted to learn bass better so I picked this bad boy up! I love it, I could've went cheaper to learn but i thought if i'm gonna do something better do it right,this bass is beautiful and funto play love the HH on it, I would highly recommend.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        5 string that feels like a 4 string

        By IronLung1986

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

          Ok the Bongo bass. Really cool, little tricky at first. I'm normally a P bass guy so all the bells and whistles are sometimes a little distracting. But the Bongo is great and I think it looks awesome too. As with 99.9% of Music Man products, the construction quality, fit, and finish are immaculate. The attention to detail and overall execution are superb for a mass produced instrument. Mine is the Sky Blue color and it is pretty stunning.

          The best thing about the 5 string Bongo is that it feels like a 4 string. This was a big deal because I'm usually pretty awkward on 5 strings. The neck profile and 17.5mm string spacing make it feel very natural. The back of the neck has a super smooth matte finish, not the high gloss found on the body - GREAT feature. It's also very well-balanced and comfortable especially when standing up. The bottom horn can be kind of a pain when sitting down.

          The Bongo is arguably Music Man's most "modern" bass. It certainly looks modern, or futuristic, or retro futuristic. I don't know but it turns heads that's for sure. It has 24 frets, a 4 band EQ, neodymium pickups, blend knob, and a built in magnet for old men who want to talk about gear. You're not going to find those features together on any other MM basses. It's a pretty bad bear. BMW helped design it for God's sake.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Incredible buy

          By Cris Dunn

          from Cypress, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

              I am quite pleased with the Bongo 5 I recently purchased from Musicians Friend. This is my first 5-string so I don't have a frame of references. This bass is much heavier than others I have held, however, it plays very well. The action from the factor was spot on. The low B has an awesome growl. The wide neck gives me some trouble thanks to my arthritis, however; I will work through it. The electronics are amazing on this thing. I'm quite pleased with the four band eq and preamp powered by an 18v system.

               
              5.0

              Outstanding!!!!

              By Barry Conaway

              from Palm Bay, Florida

              Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

              I've been a Warwick player for years. But, I picked up this bass a couple days ago and truly have never experienced the quality and performance it gives. The tonal range is amazing. The high notes on upper strings are crystal clear and the low end still holds solid definition. The 4 band eq conforms to any style of playing, whether it be hard rock, like myself, or jazz/funk. The 18 volts of power definitely adds to the monstrousity of this gorgeous bass. Besides the mechanical features, this bass is incredibly light. My Warwicks are all tanks compared to the Bongo. It weighs in just under 10 lbs. The very sleek and curvy body gives an impressive look that catches the eye as well. In under 20 minutes of playing the Bongo, and comparing it to the Music Man Sterling and Stingray, I was instantly sold that the Bongo was exactly the bass I was looking for. There is no other bass like the Bongo, and I am now fully addicted to its spectacular tone/controls and catchy looks. Definitely try out this bass.

              (1 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Definetly not worth it :(

              By Cedric Angers-Leclerc

              from Quebec

              Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

              I've owned this bass for about 2 years and I sold it a year ago. Overall I was very disappointed about this bass the sounds I could get out of it were mediocre cruelly lacked punch in the mid range, the bass was too boomy and the high were too shrilling althought it is pretty versatile because of it's 4 band active preamp I was never able to dial the tone I wanted. The bass wood body was much too light weighted for my taste I prefer Mahogany to me the heaviest an instrument is the heavier it sound. Another huge drawback for me was how noisy the preamp was. I play metal and I like to use distortion on my sound but when I did the hiss got so loud it was like if a snow storm was covering up my sound, terrible electronic. To be honest the only positive point I have to say about this bass was it's playability. The bass felt awesome the neck was slim and fast and the string spacing was perfect for pick, finger style and slap playing. Overall the value of this bass is terrible, incredibly overpriced save yourself a lot of money and buy something else this bass it is definetly not worth the investment.

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent bass that TRULY delivers!

              By StealthPlayer

              from Atlanta, GA

              Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

              I own the 6 string version of this bass in all black Stealth with the ebony fingerboard. First of all, I was never into Music Man basses and was never into their sound. However, I saw the Stealth version and it immediately intrigued me. The design of the bass is a take-it or leave-it with most people. I personally like the design more than what I dislike it. Second, I decided to get the bass and from the moment I opened the case I was blown away! The craftsmanship, finish, playability, weight, and overall feel are IMMACULATE! I mean, it just rocks!Third, the sound is HUGE! This thing is loud! I have had no need to turn the volume knob past 2! The 4-band EQ is genius and a God-send! The fretboard is thin and the best I have ever played for a six string! Fourth, at first the only thing that dissapointed me was the slap sound. I just couldn't really find it when I played it through a headphone amp. I am a tone snob. HOWEVER, I just played this bass at church through my Ibanez Promethean rig running 500 watts and I was hooked! This thing really comes alive with a good rig and the slap sound was incredibly modern and it was one of the sounds I was looking for. I guess this bass really comes alive and shows all its bells and whistles when played live or through a good studio.You will not be dissapointed. This thing is worth its weight in gold and now I'm a believer!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent bass the TRULY delivers!

              By StealthPlayer

              from Atlanta, GA

              Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

              I own the 6 string version of this bass in all black Stealth with the ebony fingerboard. First of all, I was never into Music Man basses and was never into their sound. However, I saw the Stealth version and it immediately intrigued me. The design of the bass is a take-it or leave-it with most people. I personally like the design more than what I dislike it. Second, I decided to get the bass and from the moment I opened the case I was blown away! The craftsmanship, finish, playability, weight, and overall feel are IMMACULATE! I mean, it just rocks! Third, the sound is HUGE! This thing is loud! I have had no need to turn the volume knob past 2! The 4-band EQ is genius and a God-send! The fretboard is thin and the best I have ever played for a six string! Fourth, at first the only thing that dissapointed me was the slap sound. I just couldn't really find it when I played it through a headphone amp. I am a tone snob. HOWEVER, I just played this bass at church through my Ibanez Promethean rig running 500 watts and I was hooked! This thing really comes alive with a good rig and the slap sound was incredibly modern and it was one of the sounds I was looking for. I guess this bass really comes alive and shows all its bells and whistles when played live or through a good studio. You will not be dissapointed. This thing is worth its weight in gold and now I'm a believer!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Just what I've been looking for

              By Bongo Dan

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

              I've been playing different music styles for 10 years now, mostly rock, and I had a hard time looking for the correct sound. Now that I have this Bongo baby I'm totally playing with a fresh and unique sound. Only if you tweek here and a little there, you have yourself a different sound.This Bass is totally awesome!!!!

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