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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:58 am    Post subject: 1976 Bronco Reply with quote

Found this while poking through Guitar Center's used site, and I got curious. I called and the salesman said that the electronics were replaced, and that it has a pretty rough swimming pool route. Since the price was low enough, I decided to take a risk.

Should arrive next week - let's see if it's a keeper or not.










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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it’s not I got a crisp 20 spot for ya
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kingkiller wrote:
If it’s not I got a crisp 20 spot for ya


I go up to Orlando often enough that we can do an Epcot swap out.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tracking number received. ETA is Monday.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:57 am    Post subject: Re: 1976 Bronco Reply with quote

mkt3000 wrote:
the salesman said that the electronics were replaced, and that it has a pretty rough swimming pool route


Man, I'm gonna shit a frisbee if it's the SickenedEmotionStang.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks like a DiMarzio SDS-1 in the neck position.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:05 pm    Post subject: Re: 1976 Bronco Reply with quote

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mkt3000 wrote:
the salesman said that the electronics were replaced, and that it has a pretty rough swimming pool route


Man, I'm gonna shit a frisbee if it's the SickenedEmotionStang.


The what?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fakir Mustache wrote:
That looks like a DiMarzio SDS-1 in the neck position.


That's what I thought. Or a G&L pickup.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look who's here!







The routing

[img]https://i.imgur.com/KMw4BVw.jpg
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And the pickguard/pickups(pardon the weird crop and angle - My leg appears in it because it was on my lap, and there's a pretty nasty bug bite on it.. so I cropped it out)




Impressions - it's comfortable, but quite heavy - heavier than my Vista Jagmaster and much MUCH heavier than my SG. The neck is slim-ish, identical to my old 78 Musicmaster. I forgot how much I like 7.25" radius necks. I also like that it came with an old hardcase.

I'm unsure what the pickups are, and switch is a 5 way switch, with positions 1-2 going to bridge, position 3 bridge + neck, position 4 neck, and position 5 kill switch - but with no grounding (as well as no shielding), so it hums like crazy.

Beyond that, I'm not really a fan of the pickups. They don't sound good separately, nor do they sound good together.

So if I keep it, at minimum it needs shielding and new electronics. Might go GFS to remain budget friendly. For now, I'm going to sand the interior and hit it up some shielding paint, and put some shielding tape inside the pickguard.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a B/W/B pickguard from warmoth and a 5 dollar solid pickup cover allparts
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That really is an SDS-1:
https://electricpickupartist.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/dimarzio-sds-1-bridge-single-coil-pickup/

Maybe try moving it to the bridge position if you don't like it in the neck position.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally back home after almost a week out of the US waiting out Hurricane Dorian and a weekend in Orlando, because wife and I are Harry Potter geeks and I am also a major Simpsons geek.

This morning, I started on the project. Took the guitar apart to inspect better - I had already decided on all new electronics across the board, but after opening it up, it confirms it. Whoever modified this originally did it poorly. Also, not relevant, but interesting, I dated the pots to 1997, so I guess that the work was done in the late 90s/early 00s.

I've already started work on shielding the cavity and the pickguard, but for today that's pretty much all that'll get done, since it's a workday and I'm also not feeling 100% (I blame the theme park food).

In the meantime, most of the parts I need/want already arrived, (pickups, pots, switches, black pickup covers), but I am missing a few tools (soldering iron for one), so until those arrive, the guitar will just be hanging out in its case.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And done.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mkt3000 wrote:
And done.



*wolf whistle*
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All completed, strung up, and has a trem arm now (Allparts BP-0274-005 and some anti-seize, just if anyone needs a trem arm that'll work with a Bronco).












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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What pickup did you put in there?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fakir Mustache wrote:
What pickup did you put in there?


It's a GFS strat sized gold foil under the cover

specifically, this one https://bit.ly/2kzYoBB
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's super awesome. Looks classy as hell
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a killer, great work. Where'd you get that excellent pickguard?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks lovely.
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