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2003 Music Man Bongo 4HH Bass Guitar w/ Active Electronics, Egyptian Smoke


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Up for sale, a 2003 Music Man Bongo 4HH in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, finished in rare custom color Egyptian Smoke. As Music Man tells it, the Bongo is a "well-balanced, comfortable and resonant modern bass with effortless playability." Tonewoods comprise a basswood body, maple neck, and a thick 24 fret slab rosewood fretboard, and the instrument has a smooth, balanced natural acoustic quality that provides the ideal platform for a pair of Music Man's Neodymium magnet humbuckers.

Combined with 18v active circuitry and a four-band EQ, the Bongo has a powerful and versatile range of tonalities. Granted, the extra-stout pole pieces and wide windings provided by the humbuckers ensure a solid sonic foundation, and with the 18v preamp, the Bongo benefits from excellent headroom. As a result, everyone from shoegazer-era rockers to funk masters have enjoyed the extreme punch this instrument has to offer. This Bongo weighs 9lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 45-100 roundwound strings, comfortable action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with a bit more roundness and shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. The thick rosewood slab fretboard features lightly rolled edges for added comfort, retaining flawless medium jumbo fretwire, The bass plays easily up the 34" scale, and the compensated nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The headstock features clover button tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

All of the electronics function as intended, with stacked knobs for the four-band active EQ, a center detent pickup Blend knob, and a Master Volume. The chrome plating is positively gleaming on the bridge, and the sculpted five-bolt neck plate rounds out the hardware, with an unusual small split in the metal adjacent to one mounting screws of no structural consequence. The Egyptian Smoke gloss finish is accented by a snakeskin pickguard, and cosmetic wear is limited to one small ding near the rear strap button, a faint rectangular sticker tan line central to the back, and a few additional minor marks on the back and body perimeter.

A padded Music Man gigbag is included.