Hi everyone... OK, I know this is one of those deeply subjective things that probably has no clear answer, but I thought I'd throw it out and see if anything sticks. I've never been a Fender player, but my son has been playing a short-scale Fender Bronco for a couple of years now, and strangely, I really like its sound.
If you're not familiar with it, there's absolutely nothing special about the construction or components. The body is made of Agathis, whatever that is; the fingerboard is not even separate from the neck itself, but there's a wooden, organic tone to the instrument which pleasingly reminds me of the classic 70s Fender tone. It's not the pickup... unplugged, the instrument retains that same wooden-ness acoustically, though it's translated through the pickup nicely. I've recorded with it a few times, and the Bronco sits very well in a mix effortlessly, which I can't say about my beloved Rickenbacker.
No matter how many new Fenders I play, Ps or Js
, American or Mexican, my ears don't hear what I imagine a classic Fender bass should sound like, but I'd really like to build a Fender and capture that warmth in a full-sized bass. I love the feel of the Warmoth necks, and I know I can get them in Maple/Rosewood. If I use a Fender Alder body, I'm looking for insights into what dynamics the other components would bring to the table.
Nut material - big differences?
Bridge - seems logical to stay with a Fender standard bridge?
Any insights would be helpful and interesting. I appreciate anyone who would like to go down that theoretical rabbit hole with me! Thank you.