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Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups   

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Totally killer design looks like tomorrow, sounds incredible.

The selected basswood on the Music Man 4-String Bongo Bass Guitar 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
  • Continuous pickup balance
  • MM designed light weight tuners
  • Tapered string posts
  • Hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
  • Easily accessible truss rod
  • Matching headstock
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Ernie Ball Music ManBongo 4-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups
 
4.8

(based on 44 reviews)

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    (40)

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    (3)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Rock concerts (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

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Beautiful Sound

I don't think I could be happier with a four string bass. I've played about every configuration that MM offers on both Stingrays and Sterlings (5 and 4 stringers) and had settled on...Read complete review

I don't think I could be happier with a four string bass. I've played about every configuration that MM offers on both Stingrays and Sterlings (5 and 4 stringers) and had settled on a Stingray with maple neck and fingerboard with piezo on the bridge. Then I walked into the local shop and saw this oddity hanging on the wall. I picked it up and instantly loved the fat warm tone I got playing with the controls flat split between both Humbuckers, and talk about punch! I can literally make this bass sound like anything I want. I've played top end Warwicks, Modulus, Tobias, and this bass beats them all for tone. I bought my stingray and also added a whole arsenal of bass sounds that the Stingray can't recreate. It can sound HUGE or it can be the most articulate instrument you've ever played (of course I owe a lot of that to meticulous setup) I know it looks funny, but give it a chance. At half the price of a Modulus or Warwick; I couldn't be more pleased. I've been playing on this four string for five years now and I want to get a matching five string to keep it company.

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Bongos not what I expected.

Ugly shape and ugly sound. It didn't feel right in my hands. Ernie Ball was high when he designed this piece not worthy of the name of bass guitar.The one thing I liked about...Read complete review

Ugly shape and ugly sound. It didn't feel right in my hands. Ernie Ball was high when he designed this piece not worthy of the name of bass guitar.The one thing I liked about it was the pickup groove for your thumb.

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5.0

one oddly shaped bass, but awesome

By 

from dallas, tx

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Lighter Then Most Basses

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

      This was an awesome find, it was this or a warwick, and i've love the MM bass family. Although its oddly shaped, it feels right in my hands and strapped around my neck. The thing I have an "ehh" on is that the control eq. knobs are way too sensitive, but its a small con. And I must admit that if you don't have a good rig it's like taking a Ferrari out during rush hr, it gets you to your destination but isn't what its made for. I've done some sets where i'm on a few 4x12's and its magnificent!!!(what wouldn't be with those babies) but sometimes i'm on wedges and running only house\subs, and it's good, but have to re-eq more so i'm not over powering. It has very good high end for a funky slappy feel, and a fat but not lose the note low end, I'm also using a compressor with it just because i can control it better when i'm on small house pa's. So use it wisely or the guitarist get's jealous because you over power him and the drummer and you drown out everything, (unless you're using in-ears, and the sound tech knows how to level things right).

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      5.0

      Bongo Rules !

      By 

      from New York

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

        I have a Fender Jazz, a Fender P bass, a 5 string Spector which I am very pleased with. But, the tone selections available from my new Bongo are unreal. I'm lovin' it.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        excellent quality

        By 

        from SJ, PR

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

          This bass sounds completely different from all the other basses I own. For the style of music I play it does an excellent job. I am very pleased with this purchase.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My favorite Music Man bass!

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          from Sterling, CO

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

            I own 4 of these basses, all in different pickup configurations. 4H, 4Hp, 4HH and 4HHp. This bass was made in connection with BMW and the code name for it was Bongo thus the name. Originally designed to be the next step in musical instruments like the Fender Precision was in the 50's. These basses are the most versatile I have ever owned! Good for every kind of music and in any setting from live to the studio. Some key advice though. Because this bass is so versatile, it has very hot pickups! Don't max all of the knobs out. Start at 50% and make slight adjustments to the sound you want from there. I also prefer to set my eq on my amp completely flat to allow the bass to give it's true tones. This bass was a labor of love by Sterling Ball and I am so grateful that he made this bass and wasn't afraid to go againt the tradition of everything else!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            From a Fender player, this bass is incredible.

            By 

            from Minnesota

            Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

            Again, from a playability perspective it is an exceptional bass perhaps the best I have ever played. Tone quality and variety is absolutely superb. It is an imensely flexibility bass that can fit exceptionally well into any music genre. An amazing instrument that I would buy again 1,000 times.
            For the past 15 years I have played almost exclusively my '72 Fender Jazz. I have played and owned Ricks, a Spector, an Alembic, a Warwick, and an Ibanez so I have some basis for comparison. I had never played an instrument I enjoyed as much as I enjoy my Fender...until I picked up my Bongo. The neck is so fast I had to slow myself down, it is much faster than my Fender and as fast as my Alembic Epic V.

            I can get a sound with the big bottom end I love in my Fender but I also have the ability to make it trebily or make flat, in short the on-board EQ gives my a very wide variety of tone choices.

            I have a 4HH and I have no problems with muddy-ness or getting lost in a mix when I take it live. If anything I have pull myself back out of the mix a bit to prevent it from overwhelming the other instruments.
            No issues with the quality, it seems like a well-built robust instument as would be expected from Musicman. I have used it and played out with it for almost a year with no issues, haven't even needed to change out batteries.
            I bought mine used, so the value was fantastic

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Wow

            Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

            I have been researching basses for a while, and i was determined to go with a musicman. the only problem was that i was torn between this and the stingray, and i knew the only way to decide was to play them both. The main differences are that the bongo has a 4 band eq against the stingrays 3 band, a pick up blend switch instead of the stingrays blade switching (on the HH), and the bongo had a higher out put. I plugged in the bongo with the ez on the amp flat and the volume at half, and it blew me away. it was LOUD. it picked up two hand tapping as well or better than regular finger style. on other basses ive tried, i had to turn up the vol to max to get the tapping to be heard. I plugged in the stingray and it was quiet compared to this (but the battery was probably dying). The only downside ive found is the slap sound just isnt there.After all my research and debating, I'm going with the stingray, but thats not to say anything bad about the bongo. if I had the extra cash i'd by both in a heart beat. But i personally prefer the stingray feel.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful Sound

            By 

            from Wichita, KS

            Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

            I don't think I could be happier with a four string bass. I've played about every configuration that MM offers on both Stingrays and Sterlings (5 and 4 stringers) and had settled on a Stingray with maple neck and fingerboard with piezo on the bridge. Then I walked into the local shop and saw this oddity hanging on the wall. I picked it up and instantly loved the fat warm tone I got playing with the controls flat split between both Humbuckers, and talk about punch! I can literally make this bass sound like anything I want. I've played top end Warwicks, Modulus, Tobias, and this bass beats them all for tone. I bought my stingray and also added a whole arsenal of bass sounds that the Stingray can't recreate. It can sound HUGE or it can be the most articulate instrument you've ever played (of course I owe a lot of that to meticulous setup) I know it looks funny, but give it a chance. At half the price of a Modulus or Warwick; I couldn't be more pleased. I've been playing on this four string for five years now and I want to get a matching five string to keep it company.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great bass

            Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

            This bass is phenomenal! The features are great, 4 band EQ works wonders. Musicman quality and sound. You can't go wrong with this thing.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Playing Bass!

            By 

            from New York City, NY

            Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

            Plays like an absolute dream. I love the look of it, although it may turn some off. The full EQ is a godsend and all of the other features are great. I cannot stress enough however, it plays absolutely AMAZING. Super fast neck, and with the workmanship of MM/EB, you know you are getting a solid instrument. It has the classic MM tone, but it is also very versatile.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Most Diverse Bass Sounds!!!

            By 

            from Midwest

            Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4-String Bass with 2 Humbucker Pickups:

            I just bought one this weekend and WOW!!! I have always been a Stingray fan because of how punchy they sound. I got a deal on this bass. I sounds like the Singray, then I can change pickup blend and get a P-Bass or Warwick sound. Truthfully I set the blend in the middle and the EQ on the bass and my Eden preamp flat and it sounds better than anything I have ever heard. Did I mention WOW!!!

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