Ernie Ball Music Man announces the John Myung Bongo 6

The Dream Theater bassist’s first signature bass with the brand

Ernie Ball Music Man has announced its first signature six-string bass for Dream Theater bassist John Myung, which was developed with a “decade long refinement process”.

The instrument draws from the design of the brand’s Bongo bass models, and features a basswood body and roasted maple neck finished with oil and wax. Its most visually striking feature is the instrument’s rosewood/roasted maple fingerboard, which is split neatly in half, and outfitted with 24 high-profile wide frets and White Half Moon inlays. This design works in tandem with the five-string nut width that offers a tighter string spacing.

The bass guitar sports a pair of humbucker pickups with neodymium magnets. In keeping the instrument’s operation simple, the EQ on these are preprogrammed. There are also just two knobs in the control section, one for master volume, and the other which acts as a five-way pickup blend control.

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The John Myung Bongo 6 also includes a chrome Music Man bridge with stainless steel saddles and a set of custom Music Man tuning machines, which are touted as lightweight and ergonomic.

Ernie Ball Music Man John Myung Bongo 6
Image: Ernie Ball Music Man

The instrument comes in a black high gloss polyester finish and is strung with a set of Ernie Ball Cobalt bass strings. Check it out in action below:

The John Myung Bongo 6 is priced at $2,999. Learn more about it at music-man.com

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