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An easy-to-play, super affordable bass.

With its slim 30"-scale neck and lightweight body, the Squier Affinity Series Bronco Bass Guitar is an easy-to-play bass. Features a double-cutaway body, maple neck and fingerboard, 19 frets, a single-coil pickup, master volume, and tone.

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  • A perfect starter bass for students
  • Delivers a great tone and feel
  • A solid value that no other bass can match

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SquierAffinity Series Bronco Bass Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Recording (8)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

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Bronco Bass

The Squire Bronco is really a great small bass. The short scale is perfect for me as I mainly play guitar. The specially wired bass pickup does a good job and the controls have...Read complete review

The Squire Bronco is really a great small bass. The short scale is perfect for me as I mainly play guitar. The specially wired bass pickup does a good job and the controls have excellent variations for tone and volume. The bass came very well set up and the intonation was right on. The two point saddles are not a problem at all. Also the bridge is just right and comfortable for muting with the palm.
The bass will be used for recording.

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Decent starter instrument

The Squier Bronco bass is a good first bass, especially for the younger crowd since it has a short scale. The build is pretty solid. The satin neck is comfortable and fast, however...Read complete review

The Squier Bronco bass is a good first bass, especially for the younger crowd since it has a short scale. The build is pretty solid. The satin neck is comfortable and fast, however temperature and humidity changes can cause the wood to contract and cause the fret edges to protrude past the sides of the neck. The little single coil pickup is surprisingly versatile, but tends to hum more than most single coils I have seen. Overall this is a good starter instrument, especially for kids, but consider spending a little more if you want a higher quality bass.

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2.0

Not impressed

By JB

from WOODSTOCK VA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Squier Affinity Series Bronco Bass Guitar:

Nice little bass,but wasn't crazy about the tone and the fret buzz....Just using it for practice,I didn't want to spend the time on the adjustments.I would probably spend a little bit more money and get a Squire Precision....

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Bass for money, Modder's Dream

By Isher

from Little Rock, AR

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Bridge Discrepancy
  • Oddball Size Tuners
  • Plastic Nut
  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Squier Affinity Series Bronco Bass Guitar:

I ended up using this bass for songs where long scale can be a bit difficult. My main bass is an imported '54 P Bass copy, Alder body and maple neck/fingerboard. It had to go into a local shop for some major nut repair, and I needed something to play around with.

Off the rack, it was a pretty great bass for the price. The neck is very well crafted, no sharp fret edges like some imported instruments. It's an agathis body, so the tone can be kind of bland, but compared to older Squier Broncos, it seems that all of the bridge and neck contact one piece of wood on the multi-piece construction, so sustain isn't too bad.

The bad: The tuners are pretty sorry and are an oddball size, which makes replacement with good tuners very difficult. My E and A tuners rattle some, but all four do hold tune pretty well for cheap tuners. Also, the stock pickup is a six-pole ceramic Strat pickup, so it can sound...odd when bending strings. The other bad is the bridge: although it intonates pretty well, two saddles can make proper intonation difficult to achieve along with proper radius. Also, the bridge mounting pattern is almost impossible to replace with another bridge--four hole lock-down and quick-release style bridges DO work, but the bridge is mounted a little too far forward, and intonation is almost always sharp on the upper end of the fingerboard. Gotoh 201's are also very difficult to adapt to fit.

But for its price point, some of these cons are easily fixed. I have a Mojotone Alnico V lipstick Strat pickup in mine with CTS 500K pots. It sounds excellent--it fools some of my buddies about how cheap it is. This bass could probably also benefit from a bar retainer near the nut. It went from an around the house beater to a mainstay for certain songs.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bronco Bass

By Austin (Little Silas)

from Hendersonville, TN

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Bronco Bass Guitar:

    The Squire Bronco is really a great small bass. The short scale is perfect for me as I mainly play guitar. The specially wired bass pickup does a good job and the controls have excellent variations for tone and volume. The bass came very well set up and the intonation was right on. The two point saddles are not a problem at all. Also the bridge is just right and comfortable for muting with the palm.
    The bass will be used for recording.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for Multi-Instrumentalists

    By Brandon "Drummer" Jackson

    from LaGrange Park, IL

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Affinity Series Bronco Bass Guitar:

      I play violin, viola, mandolin, ukulele, and usually other short scale instruments. I know how to play bass, but when I do, my fingers can't stretch far on a full-scale bass easily. Usually when I play full-scale, I need about a 15-20 minutes to acclimate my hands to it. I found this at a music store, and fell absolutely in love. I was able to play all the things I know and that I've written so easily, and the price!?! its EXTREMELY affordable! This is a great bass for anyone, from young hands, to seasoned hands to any on-the-go practice to pit orchestras to stage!

       
      5.0

      Love this bass

      By Paul

      from undisclosed

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Bronco Bass Guitar:

        Wanted the smaller bass since my wife plays the upright bass, sometimes when we play it is not acoustic & this way she can play this one. Smaller, good fit for her plus I also like it very much.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Bass Guitar

        By picker49

        from Corinth, Miss.

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Easy playing
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Neck
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Handles Great

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Church Work
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Stage shows

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Bronco Bass Guitar:

        I am very "picky" about my guitars, bass, acoustic or electric. If I buy or trade for one that isn't comfortable for me to play, it leaves me soon. The Squire Bronco bass is light weight, comfortable & plays well. The sound is well balanced & is suitable for both beginners & very experienced players. Very well worth the price!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great deal great feel

        By Rockin' Rick

        from Memphis,TN

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great For Guitar Players

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Bronco Bass Guitar:

          right out of the box I was happy . the Epiphone stuff I buy needs adjusting BUT NOT Squire I have 2 squire guitars and now a bass. The first time I saw somebody use one in a Chicago rockabilly band I played drums for,'Rattelbox' was Casey McDonough 10 years ago, now he plays in NRBQ. The next were Jack Oblivian and Harlan T. Bobo when I played a gig with them 6 years ago in Detriot. They share an old beat up Bronco. It works well for them so I thought I'd give it a try. It fits in my guitar gig bag and I love it. The look kinda matches the Squire '51I have. I really enjoy the deals at Musicians Friend thanks folks

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          very good bargain for the price

          By Picker 1949

          from Corinth, Miss.

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Very Comfortable

          Cons

          • None at all

          Best Uses

          • Good Church Instrument
          • Great For Band Work
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Bronco Bass Guitar:

          When I received this instrument from MF, I was amazed. Action was perfect, very low without buzzing. I play thru a Hartke & they match perfect for the sound I like. I had a genuine Fender Bronco several years ago that I adored, but it was stolen. I was once considered one of the top bass players in this area & this Squire Bronco is just as good, maybe plays better.I have small hands for a man & it feels great, easy to play. I have no complaints at all.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          perfect for modding

          By rfd

          from usa

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Bronco Bass Guitar:

          the bronco bass is the perfect platform to make an excellent, fully professional short scale bass. i replaced that dumb strat guitar pickup with a real '51 p-bass pickup that i built and wound (there are after-market pickup vendors that offer this pickup), and replaced the cheap pot and jacks with quality components. then i went a lot further with the mods and replaced the twin saddle bridge with a real p-bass 4 saddle bridge (for better string-to-string intonation), put in and cut a bone nut, used gotoh sealed tuning keys, leveled and crowned the frets, and strung up with d'addario chrome flatwounds. the last mod was to employ a hi-z dummy coil under the pickguard, and in series with the magnetic pickup, to kill most of the single coil humbuzz. ah. so much mo' bettah! :)

          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          buckin' bronco!

          By rfd

          from usa

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Short Scale Mod Delight

          Cons

          • Poor electronics
          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Can Do It All If Modded
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Bronco Bass Guitar:

          the overall materials and build make the bronco short scale (30") bass a great value for modding into a professional instrument.

          as is, it's a fine beginner's bass for short fingers - great neck and frets, good overall ergonomics. but, upgrades are required for both sound and functionality, and that begins with replacing the ceramic magnet strat pickup with a real bass guitar pickup - lots of bass guitar pups to choose, just take your pick. for my franken-bronco, i built a '51 p-bass pup and enlarged the pickguard pup opening to accept it. it mounts directly to the pickguard. at the same time i replace the junker pots and jack with better electronics (cts and switchcraft).

          ah, mo' bettah! this is what's needed for TONE and one can stop right here and start gigging and recording.

          however, the rest of the mods are more for functional playability. some of these mods are easy, others are best left to a good tech. they include - wilkinson sealed tuning keys (smaller butterfly tuners keep a better scale size look with this smaller bass, instead of the larger elephant ear keys), replaced the large chrome flathead knobs with white strat knobs (the smaller knobs just look better in size scale), an unbleached bone nut, a fender p-bass 4 saddle bridge (individual string intonation), and my personal string choice is a set of d'addario chrome flatwounds (100-45).

          lastly, and for the experienced only, i routed a cavity under the pickguard and added a hi-z dummy coil wired in series with the '51 pup - this effectively kills most of the single coil humbuzz without any tone sacrifice.

          simply put, a great short scale bass for novice or pro.

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