Squier Bronco Bass RD

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Electric Bass

  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body: Poplar
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Scale: Short scale
  • Pickups: 1 Single coil pickup
  • Colour: Torino red
available since August 2009
Item number 233297
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Red
Body Poplar
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 19
Pickup System J
Elektronic Passive
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Incl. Gigbag No
£170
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Poor fretwork, incorrect spacing on saddle notches.
TrEr 20.09.2019
This turned out to be a bit of a disappointment...

Each saddle have the notches for the strings too close together. This causes the spacing between the A and D to be far too wide and the distance between E-A and D-G to be too narrow. There's no way to adjust this HUGE flaw. It's bad enough to be easily visible at a distance and I'm actually shocked that this passed inspection at the factory!

Luckily I had an spare older Bronco bridge so I installed that one instead. It was a perfect fit and the string spacing is now correct.

If I hadn't happened to have that spare bridge I would have returned the bass for a refund. Since I managed to sort out the problem myself I decided it wasn't worth the hassle with customs (I'm outside the EU).

I can only assume that the saddles for all recently manufactured Broncos have the same problem. I mean, the saddles are probably mass manufactured in great numbers from the same mould and will most likely affect an entire production run of Broncos. If that's the case this model should be avoided until this serious problem has been sorted out by Fender.

I might also add that the fretwork on mine was very poor. I had to spend quite some time doing setup and filing frets to make it playable.

Also, the pickup isn't the greatest but I had already expected that and ordered a Seymour Duncan Cool Rails as a replacement.

It sounds pretty good now and it's a fun little instrument.

Still, I can NOT recommend this bass. There are far better basses even in this price range. Thomann's own Harley Benton range being one of them. And if the problem with the saddles isn't fixed the Bronco is practically unplayable in my opinion.
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good for the pice
Anonymous 28.03.2016
A really nice low priced shortscale bass for beginners or guitarists, who sometimes want to jam on a bass. The build quality, sound and playability exceeded my expectations for such an affordable instrument.
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Nice Budget Short Scale
Ron Iork 07.09.2020
For the very budget price, it sound very good with a good playability.
A little difficult to get in tune, but for the low price it's the best you can get
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Beware of nut width
Limerot 01.08.2020
All in all, better bass than expected. Tuners better than expected, but worth an upgrade. Wanted a slim jazz bass style nut width, and ordered this bass to upgrade. But, the nuth width was 40.5mm - NOT 38mm! Discovered this midway thru the upgrade - did not use it stock after checking the neck and so on - wanted to modify as soon as possible. DEEPLY DISSATISFIED! Double checked the specs on Thomann AND Fenders webside. Would have THROWN the bass back to Thomann if I discovered this earlier!
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