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Opinions on bronco bridge?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by chuck norriss, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    What opinions in general, have you applied it to other Frankensteins, is it applicable to a 32 or 34" scale? Reminds me of lakland bridges which it is obviously not.
  2. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX

    The bronco bridge is a two-saddle bridge and can be difficult to intonate. Scale doesn't really matter for a bridge, but the bronco bridge also has 17mm spacing which is tighter than the 19mm standard for four-string Fender-style basses.

    A vintage-style, Fender or Fender clone bridge should would fine.

  3. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    That's what I was after thanks bob
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Chuck - I have the original bridge on my Bronco, and I have always been able to intonate it properly. I find no fault with it.
  5. ponticat

    ponticat Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2005
    Alexandria, Virginia
    What he said.
  6. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    It should be fine. Telecaster players have intonated 2 string saddles for a looooooong time.
  7. GBassNorth


    Dec 23, 2006
    Not being able to intonate the Bronco bridge is a myth. Mine intonates just fine and holds with no issues. You could argue it's a cheap bridge but as far as bridges goes it gets the job done. As for hardware on the Bronco, I'd consider upgrading the tuners or nut before I replaced the bridge.
  8. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I don't have "a dog in this hunt" in terms of what bridge someone uses.

    But, the string spacing on this bridge is narrower than standard. If you want 17mm, that's great.

    I personally prefer 18mm and up.

    All the best,

  9. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    El Bronco Magnifico, with Gretsch 2202 pickup....I really like the look of the Bronco bridge.

  10. mrbell321


    Mar 26, 2012
    N. Colorado
    I replaced the bridge on my bronco "just because". I never had issues w/ intonation or staying in tune or anything.
  11. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    If you get much wider than the 2" spacing of the Bronco bridge, the outer strings get very close to the edge of the neck. The Bronco neck is fairly narrow at the heel. I tried a 2 1/4" spaced bridge on one and didn't much care for how close the outer stings were to rolling off the neck.