The Squier® Bronco™ Bass is great for guitarists who occasionally need a bass, younger beginners, smaller players, or for anyone who likes the feel of the short scale (30"). It tunes easily and sounds full and rich. Features include a maple neck, die-cast tuners and special design single-coil pickup.
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I bought the red one and replaced the default Stratocaster pickup with a Seymour Duncan Vintage Rails humbucker (same size/shape as the standard Strat pickup). The tone changed drastically and even if the replacement pickup costs almost as much as the guitar itself for me it was worth every penny.
The tone with the default electric guitar pickup is rated ** (sadly, a cheap trick from the factory). After the mod it obviously shoots to ***** (the Seymour Duncan Vintage Rails on the Bronco Bass, kills).
I also had to file down the fret edges because they were too sharp. Masking tape and a metal file set did the trick, along with common sense and patience. I also cut my teeth into this procedure on my Bronco, never done it before myself.
Other negative marks were the 2 pickguard screws overtightened in the essembly phase and resulting in crack-split shafts and non-gripping screws. Sadly one of them is right next to the input jack so I have to be very careful and press the pickguard down with my thumb before pulling out the jack.
The out of the box guitar quality reflected the price but the fun factor and satisfaction levels while playing it are way higher. I recommend this bass guitar for anybody, I've been playing bass for 20 years and also guitar. I know many people choose to bash short scale basses as gimmicks but for me they are different instruments with different sounds. I love them (have 4) and can tell that none of the negative ballyhoo surrounding short scale bass guitars is real.
Pit owns this item
Let me just say that this bass has GREAT value... For what I payed for it at Guitar Center. The bass needed minimal setup and was playable right out of the store. The tone is ok-not-great, slightly lacking in lows to my ears, but that is probably because the stock pickup is actually from a Stratocaster( there is also a lot of "hum" as a result); replacing the stock strings with Rotosound flatwounds solved the low end problem. This bass for me is not very comfortable, with a slab body, a wider modern fretboard radius, and several of the frets sticking out over the edge; the maple fretboard feels nice( though I prefer rosewood); the Bronco is overall, very body-heavy and thus balances flat( which I don't like).
On durability: about 9 months after 1 got my 1st one, the bridge shifted and the fretboard warped. On my 2nd one, the pickup had to be re-wired after only 3 months( the wire connecting the pickup to the volume pot had snapped).
So overall, this bass is fine for beginners, but if you have enough money to get a better bass, get a better bass.
ILoveBassyeahyeahyeah owns this item
I wanted a short scale bass, and this just looked cool. At the time, I owned a number of bass guitars, with at least two being +$1,000.00 instruments. I thought that the Bronco would be a great little knock-about bass that I could drag anywhere to practice with. So, it fits the bill with looks and design. Where it came up a bit short was on playability and tone. A good setup took care of the first. The second was a bit more of a chore. I started at the pickup, where I discovered, after removing the white cover, that it was in fact, a cheap Strat copy. *Yes, for the math experts out there, four strings and six pickup poles, which equaled nothing lining up. Well, I am surprised that Fender didn't do this themselves, the cure was so easy. I ordered up a Duncan &"Cool Rails" pickup. While I had this all apart, I decided to upgrade the pots and jack as well, and now this diminutive bass sounds great!
*Note from FENDER moderation team:
The Bronco Bass was modeled after the original Musicmaster Bass which at the time in the early '70s indeed used surplus Strat 6 pole pickups – covered by a solid plastic top.
rasmith3530 owns this item
This guitar comes easy to any beginner or any professional who is looking for a rich tone and sweet, warm, and heavy sound. The guitar has excellent tuning ability and playing ability whether you like it or not. Over all, an amazing guitar!!!!!!!! :-)
Fender has done it yet again!
harrison_beerg767 owns this item
I bought this bass early this year. it's a 2009 it has a few scuffs on it. i paid $79 for it. All my Fender Basses have rosewood fretboards, I've wanted to get a all maple necked Fender for awhile. The music store restrung it and did a fantastic set up on it. I bought it on the spot, hit a pawn shop and got a 10 gig bag that had a strap inside too. This has a good tone...I play it with the volume and tone up full. This is a one sound bass for me, but I like the sound. The tone knob muddies the tone, but I can get a great sound out of it.
I wanted a short scale Fender to play on a few songs...the cost was about the same as a pair of shoes, So I got a cute little instrument that sounds great and has a very nice neck. I don't know if the music store did anything to it but the fretwork and nut were above average. My only complaint is the tuners are not my favorite, you move them a hair and the note is half a step off. One in tune it stays very well. I may put new tuners on it, but they are working. It's not my main axe so they will probably last the life of the bass. The simple one ply pickguard was done nicely and the bridge is pretty beefy....even with only 2 saddles the intonation was very good. Not perfect but as good as that design will allow. I have seen several kids playing these, one kid was a fantastic player especially at age 11. I told him I was impressed and liked his bass. He said that bass goes everywhere with him.
With a lot of use I could see the tuners wearing out in a year. other than that, this is a nice affordable and good sounding instrument, and the short scale is fun to play
guido owns this item
I just started playing guitar about a year ago and I loved it but every one plays guitar! So I switched to bass! I bought this bass at a pawn shop used and It still is great sounding! I love it!
alyjane1 owns this item
I really love these guitars. Very easy to play for beginners and pleasent for more accomplished players. A nice tone and quite lightweight.
Well worth having one.
denny310 owns this item
I needed just a small throw-around bass for recording, The sound is really nice for the price. This has been to hell and back with me and it still puts out great sounds. This is an awesome beginner bass.
mab2365 owns this item
|Model Name:||Bronco™ Bass, Maple Fingerboard, Torino Red|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||30" (762 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||19|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.5" (38.1 mm)|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Middle Pickup:||Special Design Single-Coil|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Configuration:||Single Pickup|
|Tuning Machines:||Die-Cast Mini|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Dome|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 5250XL Short-Scale NPS, (.040-.095 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Short Scale Length, Dot Position Inlays, Knurled Chrome Dome Control Knobs|
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