Show your Bronco!

Discussion in 'The Squier Bass Place' started by RoyalWe, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. fuelish

    fuelish Squier-Meister

    Yeah, I have a black one as well, currently bone stock but have considered a lipstick pup..
    Would look better, and surely couldn't be any worse than the stock pup. NOW, if only I could play/think like a bassist...I definitely sound like a guitarist playing a bass, if that makes sense
     
  2. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Chicago
    As posted in my original Bronco thread:
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    Unfortunately, the Shop selling them (guitarheads), is out of this model, but they abound (albeit at higher prices) all over ebay with similar specs. The extended versions (with full plate) have the same spacing.
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    There’s more than enough room for this bridge as well.
     
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  3. chimneysweep

    chimneysweep Squier-holic

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  4. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-Nut

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    You apply brown shoe polish to the neck much the same way you would a pair of shoes. The way I personally did it was as follows: Light show polish on fire to melt the top, extinguish. Now that its liquid its a little easier to apply, apply with a soft cloth. After letting it harden, I hit it with a hair drier to kinda get it to set as much as it will, then buffed it all off. REPEAT.
    I only did 2 "coats", but I've heard of many people doing more. The buffing process takes a bit of time and elbow grease, but finally the sticky/gripping feeling of the polish will be gone and the neck will still have a good tinting.
     
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  5. LDS714

    LDS714 Squier-Meister

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    Very cool. Similar to the way we used to hot wax the barracks floors in the Army way back in the day.
     
  6. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-Nut

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    Hahaha, pretty much! I got most of my skill and expertise in shoe polish from my days polishing my jump boots for inspections lol
     
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  7. MOD-VM70

    MOD-VM70 Squier-Meister

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    How do we know that bottom bridge is going to be an improvement over stock, like the the one you installed? I see one on ebay that looks like that for about $9 with shipping on the slow boat. My son has a Bronco and I might buy this for him but how do we know we won't end up with something no better than the stock unit?
     
  8. chimneysweep

    chimneysweep Squier-holic

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    If you read the other thread that radio tech made reference to, he made a firsthand comparison
     
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  9. MOD-VM70

    MOD-VM70 Squier-Meister

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    I just reread it and only saw reference to the new half music man bridge. Maybe my question need not have been asked since anytime we buy something like this, it's a crap shoot. I don't recall if someone recommended that bridge to radiotech or if it was more of a random purchase. I'd like to buy one on someone's recommendation, since I don't have the experience to pick the winner out of the bunch of cheap choices out there. If anything, I'll probably try looking to see if anybody else is selling that particular bridge that radiotech installed.
     
  10. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Chicago
    I can’t speak for every MusicMan Bridge on the planet, only the one I bought (though that other one is very similar, same spacing, and range of adjustment, it just has a longer plate).
    I have setup that style bridge on a friends OLP (MM knockoff), and it was fine.

    But I can say: No matter what, with either style bridge I pictured, you’ll have a bridge you can set intonation, action, and radius, on properly. That in itself will be an improvement.

    With the stock bridge, at best... it’s a compromise.
     
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  11. chimneysweep

    chimneysweep Squier-holic

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    I agree that stock bridge is a waste.

    You won me back to the bronco. I had given up.
    I want to do the MM humbucker in it.
     
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  12. MOD-VM70

    MOD-VM70 Squier-Meister

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    Anyone know the c-t-c and overall spacing for the Bronco bridge?
     
  13. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Chicago
    18mm saddle to saddle (aprox, via my digital caliper), just a smidge over 54mm for the span. On the stock, the offset from the height, & angle to get it aproximately intonated gives you a larger gap between the A & D Strings.

    Any 19mm spaced Bridge will do, but if you want to cover the dents/holes from the stock, you’ll have to go with something with a bigger plate. If you want the spacing to be identical, file the saddles .5 mm in between to get it the same. The Bridge I used above didn’t need it, but it’s an easy thing if you want it the same.

    *Edit* Fender says 2 1/16” spacing, which translates to 52.4 mm, and 17.4 mm between strings, well within measurement error given the groove width.
     
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  14. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Chicago
    Back on topic: Here’s mine completed, Bridge (w/inserts), CV ‘50’s pup, and Kiwi’d Neck.
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  15. chimneysweep

    chimneysweep Squier-holic

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    pickup is a drop in or did you have to open up that hole?
     
  16. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Chicago
    I responded to, that and tagged you in my “Ridin’ the Bronco” thread about that.
     
  17. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-Nut

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    Finally got those ‘72 tele Knobs on my bronco, and picked up a mustang too. My budget off set family.
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  18. Sjtanona

    Sjtanona Squier Talker

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    Little late, here's the wife's bronco! Hot rail pickup is the only mod, sounds way better than the stock pup :) IMG_20180603_141630.jpg
     
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  19. Strat-Daddy

    Strat-Daddy Squier Talker

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    Fresh out of the box. No Mods YET. got it to give my Hofner a rest.
     

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  20. MOD-VM70

    MOD-VM70 Squier-Meister

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    That amp looks familiar. Is that the 108 it's plugged into?
     
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