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20 minutes ago, sprocketflup said:

I'm usually a fan of 'non traditional' shapes, but the non reverse thunderbird is a monstrosity. Looks like a melted ice cream tub.

 

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I'm with you on that. It looks a bit awkward where the normal Thunderbird looks fantastic. 

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Weirdly, the all time award winning ugliest bass ever has not been shown. Now it even comes in a colour fitting the shape...

 

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When designers have sh*t in their brain, this is what happens. How wrong can a design be ? Check the photo above...

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8 minutes ago, Hellzero said:

Weirdly, the all time award winning ugliest bass ever has not been shown. Now it even comes in a colour fitting the shape...

 

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When designers have sh*t in their brain, this is what happens. How wrong can a design be ? Check the photo above...

 

I actually really like the quirkyness of these. I much prefer them to the standard Music Man. 

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2 minutes ago, Newfoundfreedom said:

God forbid. With my art skills, if I designed a bass it would come out looking like Mr Sneeze from the Mr Men books. 

This must be one of your early attempt then...

 

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27 minutes ago, Hellzero said:

Weirdly, the all time award winning ugliest bass ever has not been shown. Now it even comes in a colour fitting the shape...

 

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When designers have sh*t in their brain, this is what happens. How wrong can a design be ? Check the photo above...

I still quite like the old Bogseat. That said I've always thought it looks unfinished - a couple of slight changes would give the design a lot more flow & integrity while retaining the shape. And I'd ditch the stoopid scratchplate.

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28 minutes ago, Hellzero said:

Weirdly, the all time award winning ugliest bass ever has not been shown. Now it even comes in a colour fitting the shape...

 

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When designers have sh*t in their brain, this is what happens. How wrong can a design be ? Check the photo above...

 

Potato/Pataaaaarto.

 

Bongos are stunning instruments on so many levels, I wish I still hand my 5-string one.  There's absolutely no way these should be included in a fugly bass thread.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, NancyJohnson said:

There's absolutely no way these should be included in a fugly bass thread.

 

Given that a lot of people don't like the way Bongos look, that may not be accurate!

There was a white and gold one on here recently which was simultaneously stunning but also really upped the appearance of a bathroom fitting.

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14 minutes ago, Jus Lukin said:

 

Given that a lot of people don't like the way Bongos look, that may not be accurate!

There was a white and gold one on here recently which was simultaneously stunning but also really upped the appearance of a bathroom fitting.

They are definitely Marmite. They do sound amazing though and everyone seems to really enjoy playing them. I suspect they are the Stingray’s more able sibling but sadly hit every branch of the ugly tree.

Edit: I don’t ever want to play one for this reason as I suspect it would be better than my Stingray and I would have to swap one of the best looking basses ever made for one of the all time fugly basses!

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The first time I saw a Bongo (just to clarify, that's the model of bass, not the percussion instrument...) I recoiled in horror. Now, I think I quite like them. I like the way the headstock almost reflects the body shape. That's a nice touch. I wished the knob placement mirrored the curve of the lower bout of the instrument, but I am an ex-art school saddo, which probably completely derails my argument.

 

I'm not sure about colonic irrigation brown sparkle as a colour choice though.

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Bongos are phenomenal basses that look absolutely awful, tbh I think all 4 string Rays look like bog seats anyway (because they do) so the Bongo is no different in that regard, it's the comically bad body and headstock design that does it for me.

 

Genuinely great basses though, the only Musicman I've got on with in terms of sounds.

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I think I either: own, have owned, or would like to own, every bass featured in this thread except the Bongo.

 

I've tried one on several occasional and have always been underwhelmed by both the playability and sound, especially when you consider the price, and the fact that's it is essentially a mass-produced instrument.

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