Squier Bronco Bass Review – Why You Need One Now

Fender Squier Bronco Bass

After purchasing one of these awesome Bronco bass guitars as a Christmas gift for my daughter, we knew we had to do a Squier Bronco Bass review and make some recommendations. If you couldn’t tell from the title, we really like this bass guitar. Lots of people will get great use out of this bass, and some will fall madly in love with it. To find out if the Fender Affinity Series Bronco bass is right for you, read on.

TLDR: The receiver of this gift is lucky they still got it. We couldn’t keep our hands off of it, but it might not be for everyone. (But it probably is for everyone…mostly.)

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Flatwounds vs. Roundwounds

flatwounds vs roundwounds

I’ve spent some time, and money, holding my own flatwounds vs roundwounds experiment over the years, and I can say confidently which strings I like best. However, the sound you get from your bass is a really personal thing. So, which is the better bass string for you, flatwounds or roundwounds?

For the last few years, there’s been a shift in the bass world with many players switching from the more popular roundwound bass guitar strings back to the old-school flatwound strings.

When looking at flatwounds vs roundwounds, there are several interesting things to look at. From the history of the bass guitar industry to the musical style of individual bass players, the different types of strings have also played a big role in shaping the sound of each artist.

So what’s the difference between these two types of bass strings?

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Flatwound String Reviews

There are so many flatwound string brands and options available now that it can be a little overwhelming to make an informed choice. In general, all flatwounds will give you a warmer, mellower tone than roundwounds will, but there are differences with each brand. I wanted to do one of these flatwound string reviews, first of all, because I’m such a huge fan of them. But I’m also hoping just a bit to nudge some other bass players who’ve never tried them into stepping into the flatwound world.

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Tube Amps vs. Solid-State Amps

Ever since solid-state amplifiers emerged in the 1960s, the debate has raged over which type of amplifier is better for bass. There has been a virtual tube amps vs solid-state amps war that has been waged in music stores, online, and between otherwise good musical friends.

For us bass players, the choice isn’t quite as volatile as it is for guitar players, many of whom would rather drink poison than play through a solid-state amp. Still, there are those bassists that swear by that natural, warm, fat tone that a tube amp delivers.

So the question is, what’s the difference between these amps, and what’s best for you? Oh yeah…and there’s also a third option.

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What Does a Bass Compressor Pedal Do?

Most bass players have heard of compressor pedals, but not many really know what they do for your bass tone. Bass compressors come in several different forms, but all serve the same basic function. Whether it’s a cheap stomp-box compressor or a fancy high-end rack-mounted version, the idea is essentially the same: to compress your bass signal’s dynamic range. And if you’re still asking, “Yeah, but what does a bass compressor pedal do?” then read on.

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Jazz Bass Pickups Review

There are so many Jazz Bass pickups on the market today that it’s a little overwhelming. But if you’re looking to upgrade your current J-Bass, there’s no better cost-effective way than to change the pickups. Thankfully the huge selection of J-pickups gives you lots of options to nail down that tone you’re looking for. I … Read more

The Fender Bass Player Gift Guide

Buying a bass player a gift can be a tricky thing. The first thing to consider is the level of the player. Buying a gift for a beginner is the most straightforward because you most likely will be looking at budget basses and accessories. For more experienced players it can get a little more involved but I put together some bass gift ideas that hopefully will help.

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Fender Rumble Bass Amp Review

I recently picked up a Fender Rumble Bass Amp, so I thought it would be a good idea to write a review about it. To be totally honest, I had never been a big fan of the Rumble series amps in the past. I always thought they sounded kind of sterile and didn’t look that … Read more

How to Install Bass Strings Correctly

Changing strings for most bass players is usually no big deal, but some bassists still have trouble with it or they’re doing it wrong and don’t know it.

And while there is no one completely agreed upon method, I’ve found over the years that one way…especially for Fender Basses seems to work best.

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