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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:16 am    Post subject: Squier Bronco Bass questions Reply with quote

Getting interested in to this bass and I did some researches: it seems that the Squier Bronco mounts a ridiculous cheap Strat-single coil. Is this bass playable on a guitar amp (it has the same scale length of the Bass VI, 30")? And how about to upgrade this bass with a better GUITAR single coil pickup (some people put a Lace sensor Red on it) instead of a bass single coil (the other idea was a Seymour Duncan P-bass single coil)? Finally, is the Mustang Bass pickguard and control plate suitable on this?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a strat hotrail is perfect for bronco i put a gfs rail in mine
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

brainfur wrote:
a strat hotrail is perfect for bronco i put a gfs rail in mine

Have you ever tried it on a guitar amp?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah u can play any bass thru a guitar amp but it will not sound very good-- its ok for practice but not performing or recording
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I'm trying to say is if the Bronco bass may be used as a guitar through a guitar amp (I wonder it because of its single coil pickup and its short scale length, the same of the Bass VI).
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

its only got 4 strings so the string spacing is like a bass its not gonna feel anything like a bass VI

but theres not a huge difference between a bass and a guitar they are like different versions of the same thing so if u wanna experiemetn then go ahead-- be careful tho b/c u hear anecdotes of ppl distroying guitar amp speakers w. a bass
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Golden_Sonic wrote:
What I'm trying to say is if the Bronco bass may be used as a guitar through a guitar amp (I wonder it because of its single coil pickup and its short scale length, the same of the Bass VI).
No, not really. It's a bass. Short scale length results in deeper tones with a more fundamental sound and fewer overtones. If you put a better single coil guitar pickup on it, it will sound even more like a bass. Guitar pickups and bass pickups aren't all that different from each other.

Sure, you could play it on a guitar amp, turn up the treble and turn down the bass, to get a noodly sound, but you can do that with any bass with suitably light roundwound strings. Bass VI also sounds like a bass, too, if you treat it like one.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

honeyiscool wrote:
No, not really. It's a bass. Short scale length results in deeper tones with a more fundamental sound and fewer overtones. If you put a better single coil guitar pickup on it, it will sound even more like a bass. Guitar pickups and bass pickups aren't all that different from each other.

And what do you suggest me? what is better between a guitar singlecoil or a Seymour Duncan P bass singlecoil on a Bronco?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't spend any money on modding a bronco if u don't have a bass amp?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

brainfur wrote:
Don't spend any money on modding a bronco if u don't have a bass amp?

And why? I'll buy a bass amp anyway, sooner or later... I need a cheap bass for home recordings and the Bronco is a short scale, that's the reason why I want one.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXRXNJoAQCc
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

brainfur wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXRXNJoAQCc

It's too expensive for me now, the lowest price I've found is on Thomann for 235 + 20 shipping cost = 255 and I don't have enough money. An used Bronco bass + a Lace Sensor/Seymour Duncan pickup would be cheaper anyway.
If I can't find an used Bronco, I guess I'll take this P Bass copy or an Epiphone EB0 in cherry red finish. If I had much more money, I'd buy a Squier VM Mustang Bass and then I could rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Golden_Sonic wrote:
honeyiscool wrote:
No, not really. It's a bass. Short scale length results in deeper tones with a more fundamental sound and fewer overtones. If you put a better single coil guitar pickup on it, it will sound even more like a bass. Guitar pickups and bass pickups aren't all that different from each other.

And what do you suggest me? what is better between a guitar singlecoil or a Seymour Duncan P bass singlecoil on a Bronco?
I made a relatively comprehensive Bronco modding guide a few years ago:

http://www.shortscale.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=42850

I absolutely suggest the Lace Red Sensor, as that is what I am most familiar with on this bass. I have not tried Duncan P or rails pickups because the Red Sensor has worked out so well for me.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I play both my Bronco Bass and my Mustang through the same Gallien Krueger guitar amps (from the 80's). One is a little combo amp and one is just a preamp I use for recording. Sounds great. The stock pickup sounds good to me but I'll probably replace it someday with a Bill Lawrence dual rail pickup, which is what I have in the Mustang.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Squier Bronco Bass questions Reply with quote

Golden_Sonic wrote:
bass single coil (the other idea was a Seymour Duncan P-bass single coil)?


The spacing on the single coil 4 pole P-bass pups isn't the same as the string spacing on the Bronco. I tried it a while ago. You could slant it to work, but then you'd have to make the cavity bigger and make a new pickguard. Could be cool, but also a pain in the butt.

Maybe I'll try that, I have my Bronco and the humbucker I put in it needs to be rewired...and a single coil P-bass pup laying around. I could just make a new pickguard. Yeah I'm bored at the moment!
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