Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on February 07, 2002 at 06:43:19:
In Reply to: my son's new bass! posted by Mark F. on February 06, 2002 at 22:27:42:
: I have a 5 year old that is dying to learn bass, and he learned all he could on my long
: scale, so I bought him a bronco bass today. For those of you who have not seen
: one, it looks like a P-bass, but in 30" scale. One single-coil pickup, which sounds
: better than it has any right to. I was shocked at how good the sound was, but a little
: troubled by the amount of hum that it produces. The bridge is total crap, with no
: way to intonate individual strings, that really bothers me.
: The funny thing is, after playing a long scale, I thought his would be really hard to
: adjust to, but it's not. In fact, If i could get a better bridge, and pop a pickup in it that
: didn't hum so bad, I might consider using it myself.
: Anyway, the bass looks great on him, and in one day he already got through the
: pages in his lesson book that were hanging him up on my bass.
: Any thoughts or experience out there on how to sup-up a bronco?
: thanks in advance,
Well, I'd probably start by getting hold of a P or J-Bass bridge; that'll give you the intonation you need.
I'm not sure about the pickup, though; I don't recall if anyone like Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio makes a direct replacement for the Bronco. One thing you might think about, though, is putting some shielding in, which should reduce the hum quite a bit. :-)
Hope that helps!
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