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N(U)BD: Squier Bronco

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by T-34, Apr 5, 2020.


  1. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Hello everybody, didn't post here for a long while...
    Had a little spare time recently (for obvious reasons :( ) so decided to go back to my past bass hobby!

    Picked this Bronco cheap, 3 weeks ago, let it "quarantine" for two weeks and now have it played daily for one week.
    It's my second short scale ever, the previous one was a Gibson LP Jr DC that I had to send back a month ago to the store because of delaminating fingerboard... it's a shame because it sounded wonderfully!

    Because of carpal tunnel situation I'm trying to limit myself to the shorties now so searched for a new one and finally got this Bronco, for 8 times less money than the Gibson...

    You've seen it maybe thousand times already but I'll post my photos anyway because why not!

    Solo
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    or with my another cheap thing:
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    I was even able to almost properly intonate this bridge:
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  2. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Decided to put GHS Brite Flats (shortscale) on it - never had them before, my first time. I was kinda surprised those aren't flatwounds but grounded down roundwounds. I did try the bass with D'addario Half-rounds just before, and the GHS' have much less zing even when new. They tried to emulate flats apparently, not sure yet this is a good idea. Still lots of noise gliding along the strings and they're rather grabby and not smooth... Also, too much difference in sound between the strings - the G is rather bright and E rather dull. We'll see how all this changes over time, I learned to not judge strings on the first day...
    Pretty silks, I'd say "lake placid blue":

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  3. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I did something similar a few weeks ago but made a few modifications. I'm really enjoying it.

    NBD - Bronco + upgrades
     
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  4. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Cool, I'm planning to do something to the stock pickup too.
    It has decent sound actually, but being a single coil it picks up all the electrical noises flying around, and especially computer noise that's bothering me the most.

    I recorded two covers yesterday and today - be nice I'm a bit rusty yet :)

    New great song from Vulfpeck - "3 on E"!No, I can't move as much as Joe Dart, my head and hands will fall off :D


    Old great tune from The Meters, "Funky Miracle" (man, this thing is hard to play well, still trying but failing!)
     
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  5. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Not satisfied with this one, oh well. At least you can hear the bass.
     
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  6. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    When I got my Bronco, it had rounds on it, and sounded so bright and clangy, like I was banging tuned pots and pans together. It was bad, to the point of sounding sharp, despite the tuner saying I was right on.

    Anyway, I used GHS Precision Flats on mine, and am well satisfied with the low, throaty boom I get now.
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    I love my Hello Kitty Badtz Maru Bronco! Such a wonderful instrument! The neck has got to be the most comfortable I've ever played on. It's a tossup anymore as to whether it, or Jenny, a "Bronco P" clone, is my favorite bass.
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  7. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Maybe in 20 years when my strings go bad :D

    By the way, the Brite flats start to settle down nicely after 2 weeks of playing 1 to 2 hours a day. The G string is still too bright but looses its highs progressively. I'll see how it all goes.
     
  8. Cool bass, love the neck on the Bronco!
     
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  9. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Another The Meters cover

     
  10. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
     
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  11. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    So far very happy with this bass but I still want it to be better :D

    Maybe the most limiting part of this bass is the single coil pickup that picks up lots of electric noise. So I decided to add another single coil in the bridge position - yes, great logic I know :D

    Like the original one, the second pickup will also be of a regular "strat" type but with a reversed polarity like in a Jazz Bass, so the hum cancels out with both pickups at the same level. Don't think this kind of upgrade qualifies for the "Luthiers Corner", I'll just post the mod steps here.

    So this is the idea of how it'll look at the end:
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    I cannibalized my Squier Affinity Strat for that (I don't ever play this guitar, so...)
     
  12. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Already made a routing template, will try to route the pickup cavity tomorrow
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  13. Did the same on my Affinity Precision, I used double sided tape to adjust the template on the shape drawn on the body.
     
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  14. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Well well, if this isn't a good surprise!

    While routing, I was surprised by a very familiar smell, and lo and behold - do you see what I see here?
    This wood 100% looks (and smells :D ) like ash!

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  15. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Ash on a Squier Bronco? How did that happen - no idea, but I'm ok with that :cool:
     
  16. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    What year is that? The first two numerals in the serial number.
     
  17. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    2014
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  18. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Next:
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  19. T-34

    T-34

    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    aaaaand
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  20. BB Brian

    BB Brian

    Apr 15, 2020
    West Texas
    That's lovely.
     
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