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Has anyone modded a Squier Bronco Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JBPB, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. JBPB


    Oct 10, 2009
    I love short scale basses, but don't have a lot of $. I have a 1975 Musicmaster Bass Pickup a friend gave me, and the chance to get a used Squier Bronco Bass for $100. Is it worth it to do this, and what other mods would be recommended besides the pickup to make it better?

    If anyone has modded a Bronco Bass please post pics. Thanks!
  2. the picup definitely needs to be replaced, the stock pickup is a cheap strat pickup. My first bass was a squier bronco. Make sure to work on grounding and shielding, mine hissed a lot. good mod would be upgrading the tuners, the stock ones are really cheap. They make it difficult to tune and dont stay in tune well. also you might want to upgrade the bridge as the stock one is a 2 saddle.
  3. Lots of people.
  4. JBPB


    Oct 10, 2009
    Thanks! I know what my next project will be.
  5. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    Squier Affinity P tuners, fake Ford Mustang sticker on headstock, regular Fender threaded saddle bridge, rewound Strat pickup at neck with no-holes cover, rewound scpb pickup, cap/pickup selector rotary switch (volume knob), volume and series/parallel push/pull (tone knob), LaBella DT760FM's (TI's in pic).
  6. That's Rad!!!

    I'm modding a Bronco bass right now into a psudo musicmaster.

    I was also toying with slapping the bronco neck and bridge on a Squier VM Duo Sonic body... essentially making your picture :D
  7. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    aside form the pick up/shielding, I'd vote for the bridge and the tuners.
    unless cosmetics are an issue.
  8. From what i've read the bridge is tricky.

    The Bronco bridge is preeeetty simmilar to a Musicmaster bridge, from what i understand... so the other logical upgrade would be to a Mustang bridge, but that bridge requires string-through drilling...

    There are a ton of pup options though. I've heard good things about toaster style strat pups!
  9. Lotsa times:

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  10. Every time i see that bronco/jazzmaster i smile.


  11. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009

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  12. Then you will love the sequel...coming soon.
  13. Man... where'd you get a black bronco pick guard? Or any, for that matter?

    @Ponticat: waiting with antici......pation! :D
  14. JBPB


    Oct 10, 2009
    Amazing, Amazing Broncos. I never really thought about how many possibilities there is with these basses.
  15. madmachinist


    Dec 28, 2008
    Mine has a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails Tele pickup.

    it actually sounds better for bass than it does in a telecaster !
    what's more is that it fits the stock pickguard with minimal
    destruction: you have to square-up the rounded corners
    because the hotrails is rectangular . since it is a humbucker,
    you lose the noise from the cheap stock pickup , gain lots
    of bottom ,it has a nice fat 11.5k ohm impedance , and its narrow
    width stays focused and snappy -not tubby like a big gibson
    style humbucker .

    the blade poles don't have to align with the strings ,
    like the stock 6-pole guitar pickup doesn't . you don't get
    string-to-string volume differences with blades.

    couldn't fender bother to make a 4-pole pickup for the bronco and
    musicmaster ? no-doubt in the 1960's it was
    a short-cut to keep prices low for these crudely executed
    bargain-beginner's instruments .

    the modern mustang has a p-bass split pickup , but it no longer qualifies for bargain -basement status @ $999.00 list.
    (i love the new mustangs! they're every bit as good as a
    standard P-bass)

    it would seem logical that a four- pole or six -pole chinese
    pickup would cost roughly the same to produce in mass
    quantity (especially for one of the largest guitar mfg's) :meh:
  16. Oh yeah! More Ponticat Bronco magic, please.
  17. boristhespider7


    Jan 27, 2008
  18. Super D

    Super D

    Apr 9, 2011
    Hey Guys. I am in the middle of a little Bronco project right now. I am waiting for my pots to show up, hopefully tomorrow.

    I am taking a little different path, one that I have not seen before. I am using a full size rail humbucker pickup, along with a push pull pot to select from single to humbucker. My pickup is 10K in dual mode for hopefully a nice vintage sound, and 5K split for a stockish single coil sound. I have completely shielded the pickguard and the pickup cavity to cut down on noise. I am looking for tuners as the stock ones could be improved upon, the bridge actually seems to be ok and I will most likely keep it stock. Heres some pics, enjoy.

    Jhclark likes this.

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