Bass of the Week: Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4 HH

Music Man Bongo 4 HH Bass

This week we’re checking out the Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4 HH, a bass they describe as “well balanced, comfortable, resonant and expressive with effortless playability.” The Bongo was introduced in 2003 with a modern double cutaway body design that complements the flagship StingRay model.

It’s built with a basswood body in six color options: Black, Tangerine Pearl, Sky Blue, Firemist Purple, Firemist Gold, and Stealth Black. The Bongo’s maple neck is topped with a rosewood fingerboard featuring 24 frets marked with custom half-moon inlays.

While the bass can be ordered with a few pickup options, the HH version is fitted with a pair of humbuckers with neodymium magnets and an 18V active preamp with a 4-band EQ. Check out how it sounds with this demo by Vulfpeck’s Joe Dart:

Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4 HH Bass Specs:

Scale Length:34″ (86.4cm)
Neck Attachment:5 bolts
Body Wood:Basswood
Body Finish:High gloss polyester
Neck Wood:Select maple neck
Neck Radius:11″ (27.9 cm)
Frets:24 - High profile, wide
Neck Width:1-5/8″ (41.3 mm) at nut 2-9/16″ (65.1 mm) at last fret
Fret Markers:Custom Half-Moons
Neck Finish:Opaque satin
Truss Rod:Adjustable - no component or string removal
Electronic Shielding:Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum control cover
Controls:4-band active preamp; vol, bridge/neck pickup balance, treble, high-mid, low-mid, bass
Pickups Standard:Dual Humbucking with Neodymium magnets
Bridge:Standard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
Tuning Machines:Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic design
Weight:8 lbs, 4 oz (3.74 kg) - varies slightly

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