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Bronco vs Vintage Modified Mustang

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Casting Thunder, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

    Oct 7, 2012
    I thinking about getting a SS with a maple fret board. Do ya'll got anything say about them?
  2. Are we talkin basses or Fords?
  3. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

    Oct 7, 2012
    shoot, wrong forum!

  4. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    The mustang is MILES ahead in quality, I am a lover of all short scale fender products but the mustang is just simply a better bass in all points.
  5. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I have a Bronco mod'd with a Gretsch 2202 pickup and it's a really good bass with a big sound.


    I have a Squier Mikey Way Mustang with humbucker pickup on the way...should be here this week. I've never even heard the guy the bass is sig'd by, I just like the idea of the setup.


    Bang for the buck, I think the Squiers are a great buy.
  6. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I have a Bronco with LaBella flatwounds that I put a Bartolini 8S pickup into. If I had to thin my herd it would be one of the keepers. I haven't tried the Mustang.
  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I'm the same way with that Bronco with the Gretsch pickup. It's not going anywhere...it's probably my #1 go-to bass in preference to some that cost 4x as much.
  8. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    I like the Bronco with an AERO Musicmasterer pickup, CTS pots + Switch-Craft jack, Resolite tuners and custom pick-guard!
  9. I haven't tried the mustang, but I just recently got a bronco and I haven't been able to put it down, it's a lot of bass for the money and I always prefered the musicmaster-styling over the mustang styling.

    I recommend the bronco, but I may be biased as I've never tried the mustang (Although I'm sure it rocks).
  10. depalm

    depalm Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Nice Bronco. What about the intonation?
    And nice mustang!
  11. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    There are shortscale Thunderbirds and Explorers, too.
  12. Don't try and find him. He and his band are terrible.... :rollno:
  13. I've been asked this a few times recently.


    If you want/can mod... get the Bronco. It's a VERY easy bass to 'upgrade', and you can get a VERY good sounding bass for a very minimal cost.

    If you want something to plug and play... get the Mustang. The VM Mustang is an exceptional value as-is, and is completely gig-able out of the box. However, like the Fender version, the upgrade options are pretty small.

    I have a Bronco that i've upgraded, and it's one of my main players for the past 3 years.

  14. AuntieBeeb


    Dec 12, 2010
    My first bass was a Bronco - really nice it was too. The only thing I would say is that, nice as the tone is, it's quite a "small" sound, as I found when I moved up to long-scale basses. Can't comment on the Mustang, but it looks like there are plenty of quick fixes in this thread alone to get a "bigger" sound out of your Bronco, and they're pretty inexpensive to start off with.
  15. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
    My first bass was a Bronco. Seem to remember the tone was nice, but that was before I knew about tone. I routed the pickguard for some sort of PAF pickup which I covered in black tape. I then got a black pickguard for it and had a hotrails thing in there (which ended up in an Aria Strat I sold to a mate).

    Then the body was stripped (badly) and hand painted with blue Hammerite paint. That body is now safely in the landfill and the neck is mounted on a 3/4 Strat body with the original Bronco bridge mounted down at the strap button.

    TL:DR I'm an idiot.
  16. sven kalmar

    sven kalmar

    Apr 29, 2009
    i kind of like the bronco too..so simple and inexpensive its almost iconic..
    put a dark star into it?
  17. I haven't seen it with a Bronco... but here's both a Mustang and a Musicmaster with Dark Stars:

    VincentB likes this.
  18. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    Both of them boot the raw maple necks... which I can't stand so I say neither. Go with a Danelectro if you want a cool SS
  19. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

    Oct 7, 2012
    Has anyone had any issues with the Bronco's neck? I keep hearing that since it doesn't have a fretboard it won't last...
  20. I've been giging mine (and regularly practicing) for about 3 years... no weird neck/fret issues to speak of. Though, i can understand where these worries would come from. But yeah, personally, i haven't had issue.

    Honestly, the neck on the Bronco is my favorite part.