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The Bongo 5 represents everything a modern five string bass should be: well balanced, comfortable, resonant and expressive with effortless playability. The double cutaway basswood body design is of superior construction and along with a 24 fret finished neck offers unimpeded access for high register two octive fretwork. Availble in single humbucking, double humbucking and humbucking single configurations the Bongo along with it's 4 band eq, Neodymium pickups and 18V active preamp deliver a powerful combination of unparalleled tonal diversity.

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Powerful preamp and neodymium pickups
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24 frets and custom half moon inlays
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ergonomic light weight tuners

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The Bongo 5 represents everything a modern five string bass should be: well balanced, comfortable, resonant and expressive with effortless playability.

Watch Sweetwater's Bongo Review

Billy Imperial from Ernie Ball Music Man demonstrates the Bongo 5 bass for Sweetwater Sound.

MAKING A
MUSIC MAN

From concepts to final set-up,
learn how we craft your instrument

CONCEPT

What can the guitar be? Every new Ernie Ball Music Man concept represents our quest to answer to this question, guided by our design team's pursuit of perfection and molded by the demands for performance from our artists. Starting from the ground up is never easy, but we believe innovation means never being satisfied with the status quo.

Design

Every Ernie Ball Music Man guitar has been meticulously designed and crafted with the utmost attention to every detail. With each new model, our world-class team of designers and engineers delivers the best playing experience possible.

Millwork

Our wood mill employs the perfect balance of machine-driven precision and the personal touch of an experienced handcraftsmen. High-quality wood is sculpted into beautiful instruments.

Big Bird

Big Bird is a recently-added member of the Ernie Ball Music Man robot family, feeding the wood raw materials into the computer-controlled cutting and drilling machine with automated precision.

Fretting

All frets are hand-applied to exact specifications, ensuring each guitar or bass has the playability you'd expect from Ernie Ball Music Man.

Sanding

Ernie Ball Music Man necks and bodies are hand-sanded multiple times, creating flawless finishes and maximum playability.

Paint

Three layers of high-gloss polyurethane are applied to each color-coated instrument body, producing a luxurious state-of-the-art finish.

Buffing/Ursula

We use state-of-the-art technology like Ursula, our beloved buffing robot. Automation ensures a high-quality and cost-effective product, every time.

Electronics

Each instrument is hand-soldered using the latest technology in our San Luis Obispo factory.

Setup

When you purchase an Ernie Ball Music Man guitar or bass, it has already been personally tested and tuned by one of our experienced setup technicians, ensuring you can play right out of the box.

Specifications, Schematics & More

Specifications Bongo 5
Model Bongo 5
Size 12-3/4" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 47-5/8" long (32.4 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 121.0 cm long)
Weight 9 lbs, 4 oz (4.20 kg) - varies slightly
Body Wood Basswood
Body Finish High gloss polyester
Bridge Standard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
Scale Length 34" (86.4 cm)
Neck Radius 11" (27.9 cm)
Headstock Size Only 9-3/4" (24.8 cm) long
Frets 24 - High profile, wide
Neck Width 1-3/4" (44.5 mm) at nut 2-13/16" (71.4 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood Select maple neck
Fingerboard Fretted - Rosewood; Fretless - Pau Ferro with or without inlaid fretlines
Fret Markers Custom Half-Moons
Neck Finish Opaque satin
Neck Colors Color matches body
Tuning Machines Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic design
Truss Rod Adjustable - no component or string removal
Neck Attachment 5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
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, 4-band active preamp; vol, bridge/neck pickup balance, magnetic
Pickups Optional - Dual Humbucking with Neodymium magnets; Optional - Humbucking/Single coil with Neodymium magnets
Left Handed No
Strings 45w-65w-80w-100w-130w (Regular Slinky Bass #2836)

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Specifications Bongo 5
Model Bongo 5
Order 0
Size 12-3/4" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 47-5/8" long (32.4 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 121.0 cm long)
Weight 9 lbs, 4 oz (4.20 kg) - varies slightly
Body Wood Basswood
Body Finish High gloss polyester
Body Colors
Body Bindings
Bridge Standard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
Pickguard
Scale Length 34" (86.4 cm)
Neck Radius 11" (27.9 cm)
Headstock Size Only 9-3/4" (24.8 cm) long
Frets 24 - High profile, wide
Neck Width 1-3/4" (44.5 mm) at nut 2-13/16" (71.4 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood Select maple neck
Fingerboard Fretted - Rosewood; Fretless - Pau Ferro with or without inlaid fretlines
Fret Markers Custom Half-Moons
Neck Finish Opaque satin
Neck Colors Color matches body
Neck Binding
Tuning Machines Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic design
Truss Rod Adjustable - no component or string removal
Neck Attachment 5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
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, 4-band active preamp; vol, bridge/neck pickup balance, magnetic
Switching
Pickups Optional - Dual Humbucking with Neodymium magnets; Optional - Humbucking/Single coil with Neodymium magnets
Left Handed No
Strings 45w-65w-80w-100w-130w (Regular Slinky Bass #2836)

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Thanks for choosing Ernie Ball Music Man. By registering your instrument within the initial 12 month warranty period you are entitled to an additional 3 months of warranty coverage. That is 15 total months of factory warranty protection from the initial purchase date.


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