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Reasons not to mod a Squier Bronco

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pablo Fanque, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. Pablo Fanque

    Pablo Fanque

    Apr 1, 2009
    I like the size, simplicity and price of the Bronco but it has no ummph.

    Would it be worth it to drop a more powerful pick up in there?
  2. RobertPaulson


    Dec 11, 2008
    Des Moines
    If you really like the bass then I don't see why not. A lot of people will say you shouldn't put a bunch of money into a cheap bass, but if you dig the way it plays then why the hell not.
  3. have you messed about with the pickup heights? i know at least one person on here changed the pickup but then went back to the original one.

    also, search for the "m2b2" club (short scale fender/squiers) there's a few modded bronco's in there!
  4. Pablo Fanque

    Pablo Fanque

    Apr 1, 2009
    I don't have one but I've been tempted because one can be bought quite cheaply and it's a short scale bass. I just know (or maybe assume) I wouldn't be happy with the pick up in it. Maybe messing w/the height would do the trick.
  5. well, i'd suggest trying it first before planning any pickup changes.
  6. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Marietta, Ga

    This is TalkBass, where you plan your mods before you even touch the bass ;)
  7. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    To me, putting a better pickup in a Bronco is like hating the weak-ass singer in your band, so you buy her a better microphone.
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    That was me.
  9. uaudio


    Apr 11, 2008
    The unmodded bass may have plenty of umph with your gear, in your music.

    But its the Internet, so whatever.
  10. becker4567


    Jul 26, 2008
    And I'll second that! If you like it, make it your own!
  11. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I just bought a black Bronco on Ebay this weekend - should arrive around the end of the week. I've played them before and they sounded OK to me, but as an inexpensive bass I may eventually mod it. Depends on what it sounds like after I install Labella flats on it.

    There was a Bronco that I missed on which had a Quarter-Pounder installed, and there's a review on Harmony which mentions a Bassline 6 pickup and another which mentions an EMG Select strat-style pickup. I also think a classic SCPB (single coil P-bass) pickup like the Seymour-Duncan Antiquity and Antiquity II series would work fine...and lightly used pickups like that are available on Ebay all the time. Some routing would be required for regular bass pickups - I believe the original in the bass is a strat-style pickup.

    Or if you want to be radical, drop a used Gibson/Epi mudbucker-style pickup in. That would be a different look!
  12. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Reasons not to mod it:
    Not enough strings to be worthy of a mod.
    Not enough cash to buy mod materials.

    Reasons to mod it:
    Every other reason in the book and 38 that aren't yet written.
  13. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
    Throw a Strat rail style pickup in it. Artec sells some for around $15-$20, and it'll sound way better than the stock pup. Don't go for the "distortion" style ones, just a nice rail pup. GFS also sells a "vintage style" rails pickup for something like $25 or $30.
  14. your idol

    your idol

    Oct 13, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Bronco+Darkstar=Sub compact Bazooka

    DO IT!
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  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

  16. Course somebody here owns Chef's ol badboy Bronco:

  17. Why not mod a Bronco?
    It's cheap, easy and fun!
    These four I've done have Duncan Quarter Pound single-coils and LaBella flatwounds in common.
    Small bass, big sound!
  18. mtizzle


    Mar 23, 2008
    Do it! I dropped some EMG's in my Squire P and I love it. I pretty much got a great bass for $150 once the mod was complete. It's not my gigging bass, but it has its purpose.

    Maybe you wouldn't even need to mod it if you just messed around with your amp's EQ?
  19. I wouldn't. These may not command a lot of resale value now, but I predict they are the next "pre cbs" valued instruments to hit the vintage market. Mod it now and you'll kick yourself later.
  20. I put a Dimarzio "Pro-Trak" in mine and it's way nicer a "polished turd" for it. I also put a Musicmaster bridge on it(for four saddles), and some Gotoh tuning heads(7/16" posts).
    Worth it? Hell yes. (Of course NOT). I have a lot of fun with my Badtz-Master!