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

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Totally killer design looks like tomorrow, sounds incredible.

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
 
4.8

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

5 string that feels like a 4 string

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...Read complete review

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.

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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 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent bass that TRULY delivers!

By StealthPlayer

from Atlanta, GA

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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!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5 string that feels like a 4 string

By IronLung1986

from Seattle, WA

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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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nothings perfect but this is close

    By Johnryeh

    from Washington, DC

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

    Just got mine. The playability and clarity of this instrument is top notch. I've owned an Alembic, Peavey, and Fender Jazz and tried a lot of others. This by far is the most player friendly instrument that I've had. The feel of the neck is silky smooth. I thought at first I was playing a graphite neck. It's fast with frets that stay out of your way without buzzing. Just setup perfectly. Those two octaves per string really give you a lot of options. One nice little thing I've noticed is that harmonics are sharp and clear. Whether this was intentional or not, your right hand is forced to sit in just the spot to hit harmonics squarely and cleanly. Maybe the best electronics I've ever had in a bass. The lowest signal/noise ratio in a bass that I've heard. You have so much control over your tone. The highs are crisp and don't give you much hiss or buzz and the low end is nice and fat.The weight is surprisingly nice on my back after all those years with my Jazz. Not as light as a Turner Renaissance, (which I have), but can stand all day with it.The only negative I have is slapping. I don't do it much, so I'm no expert, but there's not much room with those big humbuckers to really dig your fingers underneath for pulling back up. It'll take some getting used to.Other than that, if you're looking for a five string, give the Bongo a good hard look.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bury me with this bass

    By Steveobeasto

    from Auburn, WA

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

    I purchased my Bongo-V two years ago, in the humbucker/single coil configuration, in Rolls Burgundy. I've been playing bass for over 30 yrs, and currently own a Warwick Thumb V/bolt-on and a couple of American Fenders IV's..and while those are all excellent basses in their own right, they are just not in the same league with the Bongo. When I brought my Bongo home and plugged in, my totally non-musical wife came into my practice room and said "Wow - now that really sounds like a great bass!" I had to agree with her, and two years later I can honestly say I would not change a single thing about this bass; the workmanship is superb, the physical layout is perfect (as soon as I picked it up it felt as if it was custom-made for me)and the sound is truly massive across the entire freq spectrum. If you can only own one bass, then without a doubt this is the one to own. I've told my wife that when it's my time to go into the Great Beyond...she can bury me with it (just kidding:))

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolutely Stunning

    By John H

    from North Augusta, SC

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

    It was absolutely worth the wait!!!I've been playing bass for almost 10 years. Previously I was playing a Schecter Stiletto Elite 5-string, which I liked. Until I got this!The wave of sound that comes from this bass in unreal. It has more low end than any bass I've ever played. The thing is though, you've got nearly ending tweaking options with the 4 knobs for for EQ! Plus, you've got a pick-up pan knob and a single volume knob.I always have to turn everything down when I plug this baby in, because most places I've played, didn't have the equipment to handle this bass properly. Another sweet thing this bass has got is an incredibly thin neck. Now, I don't mean it's puny, but a lot of times, the necks on 5 string guitars are pretty thick and sometimes wear your hand out. Not this one! The first thing I thought when I played it for the first time was, "This neck feel like a 4 string". To me, that was huge. It doesn't affect the sustain or the huge, meaty tone at all! It just helps you play longer!If you're in the market for a GREAT 5 string bass with absolutely KILLER tone, buy this! Plus, it's got the coolest body! I've gotten LOADS of compliments, just for how good this bass looks. Not to mention how good it sounds when you play!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolutley the BEST

    By BongoBalls

    from SE Virginia

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

    The EBMM Bongo 5HH is absolutley the best bass I have owned and played in my 30 years of playing. The neck is slim and fast, the 18v EQ/Pu config.has an enormous tonal range second to none. The finish is brilliant and the overall weight and balance is perfect. If you can afford one,get it NOW! You'll love it! Your bandmates will love it. It WILL become your 'go to' bass. Awesome quality.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible buy

    By Cris

    from Houston, TX

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    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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Bongo Out Of Balance

        By BassMonster

        from New York

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

        Nice Guitar sounds great. It's just weird to play. It feels like the body is out of balance and the headstock feels heavier than the body side. Overall, nice instrument but it has not mase #1 in my arsenal. Great low "B" punch though.

        (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!!!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best bass ever and then some

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

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

        I love the tone of this bass. I got mine in desert gold with a white ice pickup and it blows the crap out of me. I like the battery cavities easy to access. I just wish they'd send an owners manual so that i could find out what the 6 knobs did

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