Squier Bronco Pickup Wars

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Michael Dalia, May 27, 2021.

  1. Michael Dalia

    Michael Dalia

    May 25, 2021
    I have a Squier Bronco that I just picked up recently, I really like how it feels and plays (except for the actual sound of it). So I'm thinking of putting some mods on it. I've been looking at some cool rails and a Gretsch 2202 pickup. I'm kinda torn between what to buy, any recommendations? (It does not have to be the two listed above). I'm just looking for a solid vintage sound similar to a 70s mustang, but also something that I can jam out to with today's newer stuff... The Killers, Blur, etc
  2. J-Mags


    Jun 18, 2018
    Durham NC
    I thought a Lace Sensor Red sounded pretty cool. Gave it some output and body without too much nonsense.
  3. jallenbass

    jallenbass Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I put one of these in mine:


    I really like it.
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  4. claudel

    claudel Supporting Member

    Most Strato pickups will fit without woodworking.

    Many like to use rails to avoid polepiece/string offset problems.
  5. andare


    Oct 4, 2016
    My Bronco is my quirky pick bass that looks cool on stage, not a tone machine.

    I put in a cheap dual rail humbucker. About 10k. I don't like the sound but it was either this or the hum-fest stock pickup. I can't afford a Dimarzio or Seymour duncan or any boutique pickup, they cost half the price of the bass or more. If i had the bread I'd put in a true gold foil pickup like Nick Campbell.
  6. sunbeast

    sunbeast Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Denver, CO
    What about the stock pickup bothers you? That’s a good place to start
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  7. markanini


    Jun 25, 2008
    Shannon and Becky might make another run of microcoils for bass if there's enough interest. Should be the liveliest true single coil for Bronocos and Telebasses if you are into that.
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  8. Metallifan101


    Mar 5, 2019
    I used an EMG SA active pickup and it definitely gave my Bronco more volume and control over tone, things that the original pickup severely lacked. Came with all of the wiring and the control pots with easy plug and play wiring.
  9. Metallifan101


    Mar 5, 2019
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  10. Bill Thorsberg

    Bill Thorsberg Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2019
    I got one of these (link below) made to fit in the existing PU cover on my bronco and the tone is really great. No other mods - original bridge, tuners, pots, etc. With just a little bit of fretwork, this bass has become a really nice little piece to play and I'm really enjoying it as of late.

    '51 P-Bass — Schuyler Dean Pickups
  11. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    I had a Bronco for about a year.
    The pickup cavity under the pickguard is already large enough to accommodate a wide variety of pickups without any woodworking, you just need to customize the pickguard. The cavity was also completely unshielded so the original single coil was an antenna to the world and intolerably noisy. I also didn't find it to have a very bassy tone.
    I swapped it for a ultra cheap Musilily dual rail Strat pickup, which eliminated almost all the noise and improved the tone, but it still wasn't to my liking. If I were to keep it I would have gone with either a Sentell, Gretsch Filteron, or some other humbucking solution, but I couldn't bear to install a pickup that cost more than what I paid for the instrument.