Your opinions on squier bronco bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zapuz, Feb 18, 2019.


  1. zapuz

    zapuz

    Jan 25, 2019
    write your thoughts below. I think it is kinda the musicmaster bass of 21st century ( and you can probably put the musicmaster or mustang bass pickguard and they would look alike)
     
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  2. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    One of the most comfortable necks I've ever played and a great candidate for modding.
     
  3. Luke S Mouse

    Luke S Mouse Guest

    Jun 5, 2009
    Have had several of them and yeah. Just comfortable as hell to play, I know some folks find the pickups a little plain due to it essentially being a strat pickup. Everything you need, nothing you don't, nice and cheap so you won't feel bad about changing stuff around if modding is your thing.
     
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  4. Picton

    Picton

    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    the Affinity? I tried one yesterday in a GC, and if I'd had the room to store it I'd have bought it. Nice comfortable neck. The neck wood actually had the most beautiful flame figure I've ever seen in any neck in a long time; I posted a pic of it yesterday or the day before.
     
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  5. jonnybass1

    jonnybass1

    Dec 9, 2011
    Brampton, On
    I had one that I modded. I sold it for some reason...I wish I hadn’t. It was light and comfortable to play. D9E4476D-2ED8-4EDF-A256-03B7DC6EFD34.jpeg
     
  6. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    Vermont
    I steered a beginner toward this bass just yesterday. Wondering - does the 2-saddle bridge intonate ok?
     
  7. jonnybass1

    jonnybass1

    Dec 9, 2011
    Brampton, On
    Actually mine intonated pretty good. Better than I expected.
     
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  8. My Musicmaster was set up with that type of bridge for years and never had an issue. When I let my son paint it I upgraded to a string through body bridge and that has individual saddles. And I changed out the strat pickup to a four pole SD model. Those changes seemed up the low end and sustain in my opinion.

    I've actually never played a Bronco though either.
     
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  9. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I got nothing supreme to offer but am hoping for a Bronco NBD very soon, been wanting one for a while and like that some prefer the stock PU for having a unique voice, whether I'll dig it is yet to be determined.
     
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  10. I've owned 2. Currently own 1.

    My favorite bass. Honestly. Once modded to liking it's a sweet light and ergonomic instrument.

    Quality is there as most modern Squier and the platform to mod is endless because of the Strat pickup (just go look at how many Strat pickups there are out there.) Simple wiring and electronics like any single coil.

    A go to pickup for me and what I had in my last one was a GFS 15k Strat Bridge Lil Killer Hotrail. Wow!

    I used to play through a Carvin R1000 head with a Peavey Black Widow 1x15. The Bronco with that hot rail and some GHS P flats was a monster. It drove that setup to the max even at lower volumes.

    My current Bronco is still stock. But I've got another Hotrail, a GFS Lipstick tube and one of the new GFS Brian May "Brighton" pickups I'm dying to try out.

    String choices depend on what I'm feeling in particular for. The factory Fender 5250's are are a great roundwound. Other than that I like GHS P flats or LaBella white nylon tapes.
     
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  11. jonnybass1

    jonnybass1

    Dec 9, 2011
    Brampton, On
    To be honest the original strat pick sounds pretty good, however it is a little noisy the 60 cycle hum was a bit more pronounced than I like. But the tone was similar to a standard jazz pickup, however it had a much lower output. The white cover of it makes the bass look boring and cheap, even though it is a very fun, useable instrument stock.
     
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  12. reddog

    reddog Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Philly burbs
    Got one ready to mod... Mustang pickup, mustang pickguard, bondo, medium scale neck. Before I die, i swear.
     
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  13. screefer

    screefer

    Nov 7, 2017
    The Island
    Love mine! The Artec 7.18 k pick up is DEAD quiet but also low volume. It is easy to dial in a great tone on my Rumble 40. I'm not crazy about the DaD Chromes but hope they "break in" as some say they should. If not, then a set of LaBella LTFs are on tap. Super neck... Great little bass! IMG_0984.JPG
     
  14. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Here's how my 4 saddle bridge looked when intonated correctly.

    BroncoBridgeIMG_8784.jpg
     
  15. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    Vermont
    Well, that supports the 2-saddle supporters :)
     
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  16. pudge

    pudge

    Sep 13, 2008
    NY
    Bronc.,Great modding platform.Neck and body good as they are.2 saddle bridge can get close enough.Tuners and pickup have to go tho.Almost any thing is an upgrade to the stock tuners and pickup,so use what you can get cheap or have on hand.Put an emg 35 sized pickup in it and you have a skid row version of the squier mikey way.I have a older musicmaster body that's getting a small case chi-sonic in it.

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  17. Great looking project. Love the look of that pickup. Love the body wood exposed like that. The Bronco maple necks always seemed to have a very nice grain and look to them compared to other maple fretboards.

    Tuners are something I've never delved into because they are an oddball size.

    Do you have any drop in replacement recommendations?
     
  18. pudge

    pudge

    Sep 13, 2008
    NY
    I usually drill to fit what I have on hand,that body is a mustang guitar body repurposed into a musicmaster bass.The orig. color was red.
     
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  19. screefer

    screefer

    Nov 7, 2017
    The Island
    Looks great! Where did you get the phenolic saddles and whatr's your opinion of them?
    Thanks
     
  20. pudge

    pudge

    Sep 13, 2008
    NY
    I picked those up from a guy maybe 5 yrs ago.No sure if was here or not , he was discussing making some.I contacted him and got a set for a look -see.Never did use them.They look really well made,but can offer no real use info,for now.
     
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