Big Al SSS or Bongo 5HH with roasted maple neck?
I like the unique aesthetic and tonal versatility of the Big Al (and the narrower neck). Here’s a pic of the one I’d be purchasing:
The only thing I don’t love about the Big Al is that it’s not a roasted maple neck, but those are really scarce (not a lot of Big Als get listed for sale, period).
Speaking of roasted maple necks, here’s the Bongo 5 I found:
The seller didn’t include a full pick of the back of the neck but here’s what the headstock looks like:
Very nice birdseye maple. I guess this was a Guitar Center exclusive? The only other non-painted bongos are I think Ball Family Reserves (please correct me if I’m wrong).
I don’t currently know how to play a five string but it doesn’t come in a 4 string and a few months ago I didn’t know how to play a 4 string. Anyway, rambling over, will be joining the Ernie Ball family very soon, any advice appreciated.