Thursday, June 12, 2008
Fender Bronco Amp
Finishing up amp week (although I've got many more amp stories to tell), I'll go with one that would be fine for sitting around in the living room with, but not much else. This is a modern era Fender Bronco amp with blonde tolex and ox blood grill. I think I got this around the time they came out with the Blues Junior amps, which I highly recommend, and I thought maybe this was a baby version. I didn't really do my homework. I found it in a pawn shop nearby and talked them into a price that I couldn't refuse. In fact, now that I think about it, I wasn't even all that excited about the amp, but I talked them into such a good price I felt obligated to go ahead and buy it.
I got it home and realized it was really just another cheap Fender practice amp wrapped in a pretty package.
I wonder if there are any cool mods for an amp like this out there...anyone? It's definitely a cool lookin', retro styled amp complete with the leather handle and the chicken head knobs. It's got an 8" speaker and puts out 15 watts RMS. Otherwise, pretty basic. I'll keep this story short...cool lookin' amp, not much meat. I would definitely recommend passing on this one for the most part. For not a whole lot more, if you really keep your eye out, you can find a Blues Junior and be much happier. I just looked on the eBay and it looks like recent Bronco auctions sold for anywhere from $85-150. I found a pristine Blues Junior on Craig's List recently for $225, so keep that Bronco money in your pocket and you'll be much happier.
UPDATE: I fixed the incorrect wattage I had listed previously. Sorry for that brain fart. Also, lots of comments about people liking this amp. I think that's great. I still stand by my personal opinion...the one I had sucked. Yes, I realize there is a price point difference between this and a Blues Junior...what I'm saying is, keep the $100 you'd spend on this amp in your pocket and wait until you can afford a Blue Junior or something similar and you'll be happy you did. I see Blues Juniors for sale on Craigslist for as little as $200-250 regularly. A MUCH better use of your money. OR, if your budget is low, find one of the Fender Sidekick Reverb amps used or especially check out the Fender Sidekick Switcher. This is a small solid state amp with fantastic sounds, footswitch, great distortion and nice reverb. I see them on Craigslist and eBay all the time for as little as $40! My buddy Dave gigs with his with me and I plan to find one for myself as well. I would personally recommend these above the Bronco that I had. Now...on to all the comments below telling me what an idiot I am...