Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5 HS Fretless - Firemist Purple

5-string Fretless Electric Bass with Basswood Body, Maple Neck, Pau Ferro Fingerboard, 1 Humbucking Pickup, and 1 Single-coil Pickup - Firemist Purple
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Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5 HS Fretless - Firemist Purple
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New Firemist Purple Finish with Eye-catching Black Hardware

The Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5 HS is a beautifully balanced 5-string fretless electric bass with a resonant basswood body, fast-playing maple neck with a pau ferro fingerboard, and inlaid fretlines. The Bongo bass has been embraced by top bassists, such as John Myung and Dave LaRue, and it's easy to see why. A generous double cutaway design gives you effortless access to the upper register, while powerful humbucker and single-coil pickups, each with neodymium magnets, deliver boatloads of beefy tone. An onboard 18-volt preamp with a 4-band EQ completes the Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5 HS, delivering an extremely wide array of tones.

The Bongo: unconventional and awesome

Designed in collaboration with BMW Designworks, the Bongo boasts clean lines and stunning, unconventional good looks. Around the time of its 2003 January NAMM show unveiling, Dave LaRue of the Dixie Dregs put the Bongo version through its paces and proclaimed that the next generation of Music Man basses had indeed arrived. With its active electronics, amazingly versatile controls, neodymium-magnet humbucking pickups, and a bevy of other innovations, the Bongo proves that when it comes to creating the finest basses, Music Man is moving the art forward.

Music Man innovations

Ernie Ball Music Man Bongos feature many innovations that put them at the forefront of musical instrument manufacturing. Their truss rod adjustment wheel makes it easy to fine-tune neck alignment. Just take anything small such as an allen wrench, nail, or small screwdriver, and turn the wheel in small increments until your neck relief is just right. The bassists here at Sweetwater have a deep appreciation for the Bongo's patented Compensated Nut, which delivers precise intonation across the entire neck. It's just another way your Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo will help you sound your best.

Music Man — the pro's choice

Music Man guitars and basses have been staples in the music scene since their introduction in the '70s. In fact, some of the world's best-known players have their own signature Music Man models. Always striving for a better instrument, Music Man introduced the first active EQ in production basses, unique tuner placement, and much more. Musicians across a wide range of musical genres have played Music Man guitars and basses over the years, including Steve Morse, Albert Lee, Tony Levin, John Petrucci, Steve Lukather, Flea, Dave LaRue, John Myung, and countless others.

Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5 HS 5-string Fretless Electric Bass Features:

  • Forward-thinking 5-string fretless electric bass guitar
  • New Firemist Purple finish with eye-catching black hardware
  • Lightweight, resonant, basswood body with generous double cutaway
  • Fast-playing maple neck with a pau ferro fingerboard and inlaid fretlines
  • Humbucker and single-coil pickups, each with neodymium magnets, deliver fat, punchy bass
  • Active preamp with 4-band EQ gives you tons of control over your tone
  • 5-bolt neck attachment for perfect alignment with no shifting
  • Sculpted neck joint gives you easy access to upper register
  • Adjustable truss rod wheel
  • Graphite acrylic resin-shielded body cavity and aluminum control cover

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Bongo
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color Firemist Purple
Body Material Basswood
Body Finish High Gloss Polyester
Neck Material Select Maple
Radius 11"
Nut Width 1.75"
Nut Material Melamine
Fingerboard Material Pau Ferro
Number of Frets Fretless
Scale Length 34"
Bridge/Tailpiece Music Man matte black hardened steel bridge plate with steel saddles
Tuners Custom Music Man tapered string posts tuning machines
Neck Pickup Neodymium Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Neodymium Humbucker
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x balance control, 4-band active EQ
Strings .045, .065, .080, .100, .130
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 164-C4-33-01

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