How close can a Bronco sound to a Musicmaster?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ThePerfectBeard, Jul 10, 2017.


  1. ThePerfectBeard

    ThePerfectBeard

    Dec 15, 2015
    I've been looking to grab a Bronco for like $80 and modding it, but I wanted to know how close it can get to an actual Musicmaster? Here's some tones for reference:





    (2:30)

    ...And, what would I have to do to get it there?
     
  2. ejaggers

    ejaggers Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Fort Worth, tx
  3. ThePerfectBeard

    ThePerfectBeard

    Dec 15, 2015
    That is a beautiful looking bass! Something I noticed was that you put a string through bridge on it. I thought Musicmasters were top loaders. Either way, do you think it sounds like a Musicmaster now? Seems to have cost quite a bit lol
     
  4. iamprowla

    iamprowla

    Nov 28, 2016
    UK
    Just turn the tone down to zero and put some old flats on it - that should do the trick.
     
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  5. CalBuzz51

    CalBuzz51

    Mar 11, 2016
    Seattle
    IMG_6185.JPG IMG_6194.JPG IMG_6208.JPG IMG_6210.JPG IMO the most likely way to make it sound like a Mm is to put a .022 and .05 capacitor on the tone pot.

    I just picked one up yesterday, here's a diagram I drew. AFAICT, this is a stock '78 and I'm the 3rd owner.

    In the diagram I am missing the black lead from the volume to tone pot, and the ground from the volume pot to the bridge.
     
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  6. ejaggers

    ejaggers Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Fort Worth, tx
    Don't know if it actually sounds like a MM because I've never done a side by side, but I've gotten lots of compliments on it. And yes it wasn't cheap, I have a tendency to go over board with mods.

    Fender MM's are top loaded but Squiers are string thru. This is actually a MM bridge.
     
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  7. ThePerfectBeard

    ThePerfectBeard

    Dec 15, 2015
    I might just search for the actual MusicMaster tone pots. I know nothing about adding capacitors to pots lol. Thanks for the info though.
     
  8. CalBuzz51

    CalBuzz51

    Mar 11, 2016
    Seattle
    Somewhere on this forum is a chart that shows frequency curve when turning the tone knob for different capacitor values.

    It turns out with the tone rolled off, or close, there's actually a low-mid bump that changes based on capacitor. I'll
    post that if I can find it again.
     
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2017
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