Bronco with a Precision Pick Up

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ii7-V7, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    I'm thinking about getting a Bronco and replacing the pickup with split coil p-bass pickups. I can figure out the routing, cut the pick guard, etc. But, what I don't know is if the strings will line up with the pole pieces, and where the "Sweet Spot" will be on a shorter scale bass.

    Help.....or talk me out of it.
  2. HalfPlayer


    Jun 9, 2013
    Go for it, unless it will be an expensive project
  3. Bronco's string spacing is narrower. StringĀ“s won't match pole pieces
  4. Teacher


    May 3, 2012
    If you get a P with blades, or the P-46, spacing won't be an issue.
  5. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    The strings won't match the poles exactly.

    But, you can take each coil and center it
    on the two strings on each side. It worked
    for me and it sounds really good with even
    response on all 4 strings.

    No joke,


    I already had the pickup on hand. It was a
    cheap upgrade that made a lot of difference.

    Go for it,

  6. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    I'm looking into your responses (p-46, centering, etc.). But, this just crossed my mind. What if I install the pick ups at a diagonal? I can't think of any reason why that wouldn't work.
  7. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    Would vintage threaded saddles solve the issue? Interested in this for a future shorty project.
  8. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    Love that bass by the way. You did a great job.
  9. GlennW

    GlennW Inactive

    Sep 6, 2006
    Here's a Bronco with a regular Fender threaded saddle bridge and a reworked scpb pickup.

    If you have room for the split P pickup, your strings should line up as on a regular P Bass. The neck is wide enough for the wider string spacing, mine's set at 2.25".
  10. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
  11. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    That might be a little too small.
  12. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    I foresee a Squier Mustang in my modding future...
  13. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    I tried a Short Scale Jag today for the first time. Now I'm in a bit of quandry. I prefered the way that the Jag far. But, I preferred the neck of the Bronco.

    So, changing out pickups on a Bronco is much easier than changing the neck on the Jag. However, I'd also want to change out the bridge and tuners on the Bronco as well. So, the final cost of the modded Bronco would end up being much higher than that of the Jag. And there is no guarantee that putting a P-Bass PU in the Bronco will make it sound like I want it to.

  14. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I put a Bartolini in mine and it works great due to the bar magnets. I spent a bit of time constructing my own pickguard. I know that I have pictures on TB somewhere. Do a search.

    I agree about the neck. It has a really nice feel to it.
  15. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    Yeah, I also like that the Bronco is a lot lighter than the Jag.
  16. neo 7

    neo 7 The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    Start saving for a Mustang, you won't regret it.
  17. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    Got a Mustang on the way. I had to order one because I couldn't find one locally. It should be here on Friday.:bassist: