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Bronco or EB3???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr Improbable, Aug 6, 2013.


  1. Dr Improbable

    Dr Improbable

    Apr 15, 2013
    Wisconsin
    So, I asked my local music sture (an Epi/Gibson) dealer to get me an Epi EB3 (Pelham Blue!). Love that mudbucker sound, figured I'd throw a Hipshot bridge on there, good to go. Well, money's a bit tight lately (I'm laid off 'till Sept-School Bus Driver) and the local pawn shop has a Squier Bronco for $100.00 (plays well, good shape). Now I'm torn! I play blues/Blues rock stuff, so a Hot Rail + Flats on the Bronco would be pretty awesome. So here's my options:

    Get The Epi - no Bronco

    Get The Bronco - no Epi

    Don't get either, save $$$ (my wife says it's up to me, bills are paid)

    of course, this being TB most of you will add the option "get neither, save up for a P bass"...

    What do you guys think? I got GAS!
     
  2. Do you have another bass already? If money is tight, put to use what you got!
     
  3. Mark Nye

    Mark Nye

    Sep 18, 2012
    Columbus, OH
    Broncos are a good platform for mods if you like to tinker. If you've happened upon one of the rare "magical" ones that for whatever reason plays/sounds WAY better than it should, I say go for it. So long as it's structurally sound, new electronics and new hardware can make those things every bit as good as some Mustangs that cost 6X as much.

    (Obligatory disclaimers: IMHO, YMMV, blah, blah, blah ;) )
     
  4. TeeZeeMee90

    TeeZeeMee90 Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2013
    North AL
    I have a bronco I modded into a musicmaster clone. threw in an old duo sonic pickup and tinted the maple neck then sealed it with poly... I dont like raw necks...
     
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  6. Dr Improbable

    Dr Improbable

    Apr 15, 2013
    Wisconsin
    *Ahem* Two actually. I wish my wife discouraged my GAS more (pretty much the opposite of everyone else's wife).
     
  7. ncapone

    ncapone

    Nov 17, 2010
    Sounds like your wife and my girlfriend have something in common, then.
     
  8. TeeZeeMee90

    TeeZeeMee90 Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2013
    North AL
    If you get the EB-3 let me know if you like it though, I am in a toss up of getting one...or a VM Mustang
     
  9. What type of basses do you already own?

    EDIT: According to your page, you already own an Epi EB-3?
     
  10. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    Colorado
    Just so you know, the Bronco's Agathis body-wood is completely dead sounding. So much so that it sounds slightly hollow!

    This will have a big impact on your choice of pickup.
     
  11. Dr Improbable

    Dr Improbable

    Apr 15, 2013
    Wisconsin
    I anticipated getting the EB3, however, when I went to the store I tried it out and it felt a bit "stiff". I really didn't like the way it felt. I've had an older EB3, and an Epi EB0, I don't think it was as good as either.:confused:

    So I've gone (for now) with "neither". I go back to work soon, and sunday my pockets will be weighted down with gig money, so the Bronco's not off the table yet...
     
  12. Dr Improbable

    Dr Improbable

    Apr 15, 2013
    Wisconsin
    I was anticipating getting it. I have a OLPmm3, Epi EB0, Peavey Milestone (oddly, my favorite and "go to" bass).
     
  13. FourBanger

    FourBanger

    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    Of the two I would pick the Bronco. With a hair of work the Bronco should be a pretty versatile bass, whereas the EB-3 might always sound mostly like an EB-3.
     
  14. Dr Improbable

    Dr Improbable

    Apr 15, 2013
    Wisconsin
    To me, it didn't sound like an EB3. Big disappointment. The store happily hung it on the wall. No hard feelings, I'm sure someone else will buy it.
     
  15. Dr Improbable

    Dr Improbable

    Apr 15, 2013
    Wisconsin
  16. MakoMan

    MakoMan

    Oct 17, 2011
    I'd get the Bronco. I threw a $25 GFS Hot Rails pickup in mine and it absolutely rocks. The neck is amazing, very fast and quite comfortable.
    The Bronco is also quite light and - perhaps more importantly - is a very well balanced short scale bass. It has absolutely zero neck dive, unlike my other 4 short scales.