Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 6 HH - Stealth Black

6-string Electric Bass with Basswood Body, Maple Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Stealth Black
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One of the Most Rewarding Bass Guitars You'll Ever Play

The Music Man Bongo 6 is a beautifully balanced electric bass with a svelte, resonant basswood body and a fast-playing maple neck with an ebony fingerboard. Upon its introduction, the Bongo bass was immediately embraced by top bassists like 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 two powerful humbuckers with neodymium magnets deliver boatloads of beefy tone. An onboard 18-volt preamp with a 4-band EQ completes the fabulous Music Man Bongo 6.

Music Man Bongo 6 Electric Bass at a Glance:
  • The Bongo: unconventional and awesome
  • It's easy to keep your Music Man in top playing condition
  • Music Man - the pro's choice
The Bongo: unconventional and awesome

Designed by Music Man president Sterling Ball and the company's R&D department, the Bongo is a looker. BMW Designworks was largely responsible for the instrument's clean lines and stunning, unconventional good looks. Around the time of its 2003 January NAMM show unveiling, Dave LaRue put the 5-string version through its paces at a Dixie Dregs concert and afterward proclaimed that the next generation of Music Man basses had indeed arrived. Dave's been a Bongo player ever since. Another early adopter, Dream Theater's John Myung was a driving force behind the creation of the 6-string Bongo. 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 basses, history isn't doomed to repeat itself.

It's easy to keep your Music Man in top playing condition

Music Man instruments sport an innovative truss rod adjustment wheel that makes it easy to fine-tune the neck. Simply take an implement like an allen wrench, small screw driver, etc., and insert it into the truss rod adjustment wheel. Turn the wheel in small increments until the neck feels just right, and your Bongo 6 will be ready to rock. You won't have to do it often, but this innovative feature just goes to show you that Music Man instruments are made for hard-working, hard-playing musicians.

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 guitar players have their own signature Music Man models. Always striving for a better instrument, Music Man introduced the first production active EQ in basses and guitars, 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. Join the pros and get a world-class Music Man instrument today!

Music Man Bongo 6 Electric Bass Features:
  • Lightweight, resonant, basswood body with generous double cutaway
  • Fast-playing maple neck with an ebony fingerboard and 24 wide, high-profile frets
  • Two humbucking pickups with 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 - no component or string removal required
  • Body cavity and aluminum control cover coated with graphite acrylic resin for superior shielding
  • Hardshell case included
Ready for a next-gen bass? You need the Music Man Bongo 6!

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Tech Specs

Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Color Stealth Black
Body Material Basswood
Body Finish High-gloss polyester
Scale Length 34"
Number of Frets 24, wide high profile
Fingerboard Material Ebony, 11" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Neck Material Select maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape Bongo
Nut Width 2.25"
Bridge/Tailpiece Music Man Chrome Plated Steel with Stainless Steel Saddles
Tuners Custom tuners with tapered string posts
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Neodymium-magnet humbucker
MIddle Pickup No middle pickup
Bridge Pickup Neodymium-magnet humbucker
Controls Master volume, pickup balance, 4-band active EQ
Strings Ernie Ball Slinky, .32, .045, .065, .080, .100, .130
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 182-66-64-P2

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Bongo HH 6 String Bass

Bottom Line Up Front: This is the best bass I have ever played. Straight out of the box. If you browse the internet for reviews of the Bongo basses, you will read some pretty stellar reviews. Now I have also read equally stellar reviews of basses that turned out to be mediocre at best, so I was skeptical at finding almost no negative review on this instrument. However after playing this bass I was blown away by the excellence in tone, in playability, and in appearance that the Bongo 6 delivers. The first thing that stands out is the tone and harmonic quality of this bass. My old 6 string had $700 of aftermarket electronics (Delano pickups, aguilar preamp, etc.) and this bass straight from the factory blew my old sound out of the water. The string spacing is wide enough for slapping, yet narrow enough for some quick runs. The string tension is neither too floppy nor overstretched. The EQ allows for a wide array of tones from sparkling highs and punchy mids to a smoother more mellow sound. Appearance wise, the bass is instantly recognizable. You instantly know this bass is a Bongo from across the room, and the BMW designed mixture or curves and straight edges yields a cool looking instrument in my opinion. The finishes are very clean and my tangerine orange finish has an iridescent hue. All in all the pictures do not do justice to the appearance of this bass. I had recently finished recording over half of my band's new album, and after receiving this bass and playing it, I called my bandmates and said I'm re recording all of my fretted bass tracks just to get the tone of this bass on the album. Some people complain about the weight of this bass, and let me say for a 6 string it is very light. If you picked it up after playing a small 4 string bass it would likely seem heavy. But after playing only 6 string basses for the past 5 years, this bass is much lighter and more comfortable to play than any I have ever owned. Cost wise, it is an expensive bass. I have played many basses such as American Fenders, G&L, and even other Music Man basses that are in this price range, and none of them seemed worth $2000 to me. This bass is. It makes me sound better, and brings out many nuances in my playing that were hidden in the mix before. There are not many basses I would recommend buying before playing them, but this bass delivers straight out of the box. There's a reason John Myung from Dream Theater uses this bass with its stock electronics. While many guitars and basses get pigeonholed into various genres, this bass will sound good in just about any setting by simply adjusting the EQ. I have been playing for 10 years, and I have never owned or played a better instrument.
Music background: Bass player with 10 years experience in Classic Rock, Metal, Jazz, Blues, Funk, and Country
4.5/5

Bongo 6 HH Stealth

I've owned a Bongo 6 stealth for approximately 2 years now and honestly it still blows me a away. Those double humbuckers are GNARLY! I primary use the bass in a rock/metal setting and I have never played a bass that can be so round when you want it and punchy when you lay into it.Now, If there's one draw back, it's the neck width. It's honestly a boat paddle. Getting around on this thing in a hurry can be exhausting, especially if you're into Prog metal and the like. Up near the neck joint it's very very wide and does take a little getting used to, and it's also quite thin, I was very concerned that with it being so wide and thin and only being a one piece neck that it would warp or crack or something, but the neck is very very solid and has never given me any problems even with gigging on it for about a year.I highly recommend this bass so anyone looking for a great rock/metal bass tone, this is a great starting point.Pros:- Pickups/overall tone- 4 band EQ- Build quality- Solid neckCons:- Wide neck
See also: Ernie Ball Music Man, Ernie Ball Music Man 6-string Bass Guitars