- Poplar body
- Maple neck
- Maple fretboard
- Scale length: 76.2 cm (Short Scale)
- Nut width: 40.5 mm (1.6")
- Pickup: 1 Single coil
- Colour: Black
Short and sweet
The Squier Bronco Bass is an affordable short-scale bass with a 30" (76cm) scale length, i.e. with a significantly shorter neck than found on conventional basses. This makes it ideal as a first instrument for young players and beginners with small hands and as a supplementary or alternate instrument for guitarists who occasionally switch to the bass and want it to feel as familiar as possible to play. And its affordable price and excellent playability also make the Squier Bronco Bass a good choice for music schools that want to give their pupils a high-quality instrument on which to refine their bass chops.
Essentially, everything about the Squier Bronco Bass is smaller and more streamlined, but that doesn't make it any less sturdy. The Bronco features a bolt-on maple neck with a maple fingerboard and 19 medium jumbo frets, and being a short-scale bass, it has a lower string tension and narrower fret spacing than basses with a conventional scale length. This ensures that the player will not experience premature fatique in their fretting hand, a common problem among beginners in particular. But don't be fooled: The Squier Bronco Bass is anything but a toy. Despite its reduced dimensions, it still delivers a full, punchy sound thanks to its single coil pickup, and the passive tone control can be used to dial in more vintage tones in no time at all.
Expand your horizons
Whether you are young or old, beginner or pro: There are plenty of reasons to try out a short-scale bass like the Squier Bronco. These basses were out of fashion for decades and saddled with various preconceptions, but even professional musicians are now once again paying serious attention to them. These basses are also no stranger to the world of studio recordings, where their reduced string tension makes special playing techniques such as string bending easy. Whatever the scenario, however, the Squier Bronco is always fun to play.
Fender is without doubt one of the most legendary guitar and amplifier manufacturers of all time. The company was founded in 1946 by its namesake Leo Fender († 1991), whose innovative ideas brought a breath of fresh air into the musical world. His Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass, and Jazz Bass are not only classics – they also continue to shape the styles of musicians in countless genres to this day. Incidentally, Squier has existed as a company since the 19th century. It supplied Fender with strings right from the start, before being acquired by the company in 1965. Fender has been producing its iconic guitar and bass models at beginner-friendly prices under the Squier brand since 1982.
The gentle touch
Short-scale basses tend to have less sustain than their long-scale cousins, i.e. the notes do not ring out for as long, and this gives them a more percussive sound that has an appeal all its own. These basses are more responsive to the player's picking hand, and the strings do not have to be plucked hard in order for the notes to ring properly. The Squier Bronco can nonetheless easily cover a lot of musical ground, including slap-bass and plectrum-style techniques, and it will work equally well with all types of amplifiers. What is more, its smaller dimensions make it an ideal travel companion for those trips where taking your expensive instruments with you is not on the agenda.