New Squier Bronco bass upgrade kit!
You may have recently seen on some social media posts that my wife expressed an interest in learning bass. Well I used to own a beautiful PJ bass, full scale, and she struggled to play that due to it's size and scale, so a 30" short scale was the way to go for her! We tried out a few and fell in love with the incredibly affordable Bronco model by Squier. This is an Indonesian made bass, which has classic 'student model' 50s Fender looks, and overall feels great. But a couple of details do let it down tonally, and that's it's standard Strat (6 pole!) guitar pickup, and low quality wiring. So I contacted Tim at McNelly Pickups to ask about options for these and he does indeed make a specific upgrade pickup, in the same sizing and mounting, for the Bronco bass (Also fits Musicmaster basses too). Output - 10.5k

McNelly Musicmaster / Squier Bronco bass pickup

This is a drop in sizing replacement, so still sized like a strat single coil that the Bronco has, but is a specifically designed bass pickup which has a nice high output and produces overall fatness along with great clarity! Upon buying my wife the bronco bass, I delved into the usual google searching to learn more about the model, and what I found was quite a large community buying these cheap and cheerful basses as cool short scale projects. Many people either route out the pickguard and fit something wild pickup wise, but the majority seem to fit Seymour Duncan hot rail strat pickups. I would imagine this is down to output, zero worries of string spacing due to rail magnets, and sizing being a drop in replacement. By the sounds of people's demos online, this a cool sounding upgrade to make, But to me that felt a shame to fit another 6 string guitar pickup rather than a specific bass model pickup. So I've decided to offer the McNelly Musicmaster / Bronco single coil bass pickup as a standalone product now, which is available on the website as I type! I'll be recording a demo video soon of how this pickup sounds, so sit tight if that's of interest to you!

Home of Tone Squier Bronco wiring harness

Why upgrade the pickup to a nicely made item, if I ignore the low quality wiring as standard? Well fear not! I've also created a 'Signature Series' harness upgrade for the Squier Bronco, which features 2x CTS 'TVT' series 250k solid shaft pots, my Home of Tone .022uF USA made Paper in oil capacitor, Pure Tone multi contact jack socket all wired together with some German made 22AWG lacquered cloth covered wire. This harness is drop in (with the exception of widening the pickguard holes to suit the larger USA pot shaft diameter) and helps bring out the best in what the pickup is doing. You can now order this Bronco upgrade harness on the website, and I've also listed the option to order a complete Bronco upgrade kit which is for a Signature Series harness and the McNelly Bronco single coil bass pickup as a bundle. Two specifically designed items with the Bronco bass in mind, a cool upgrade to make to this great value short scale!

Home of Tone 'Signature Series' Bronco wiring harness kit
McNelly Musicmaster / Bronco single coil bass pickup

Squier Bronco Bass pickup and wiring upgrade kit


Adi Joseph

Adi Joseph said:

I have a 2017 bronco bass learning to play.Would like more imfo ?

Charles Coffeyin

Charles Coffeyin said:

Can I put this pickup in myself with not too much trouble will it go in with existing holes Etc

James Gascoigne

James Gascoigne said:

Hi Charles!
In terms of fitting the McNelly Bronco/Musicmaster bass pickup it’s about as simple as can be which I’m sure you’ll be glad to hear! It fits existing body routing and existing pickguard cutout. All you’ll need to do is remove the original pickup and remove the wires from the volume pot. Fit the new pickup and solder the two new wires. So a nice simple, drop in solution.
Hope that helps and thanks for reading the blog!

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