Fender Bronco Amp!
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What goes around comes around, and the Fender Bronco amp has come around twice so far.
But never mind, it’s gone again.
Fender isn’t currently making a Bronco model, but they do have similar low-priced student and beginner amps.
You’ll have to search on ebay if you want a Fender Bronco -- either kind.
While there are lots of places to look, you can’t go wrong starting at eBay, a site that offers more electric guitars and amps than any other.
The original version of the Bronco was a silverface amp offered from 1967 to 1975.
It was a student amp that came packaged with a matching Bronco guitar, a guitar that had the body and neck of the Fender Mustang but with only one pickup and a different tremolo design.
(The guitar remained on the market six years after the amp was discontinued. Like everything in the Mustang series, the Bronco guitar was created for students.)
A relatively low wattage amp, perhaps the Bronco’s greatest claim to fame is that it was the first amp to feature the Fender tailless logo, a hallmark of modern Fender amps.
The controls and schematics for the Bronco are the same as for the Vibro Champ, although there are some minor cosmetic differences.
Because of when it was introduced, original Broncos feature real vacuum tubes instead of electronic circuitry, giving them some value to modern collectors and players.
There’s always a market for tube amps.
The Fender Broncos of the 1990s were something entirely different -- although they were aimed at similar audiences.
Featuring an eight-inch speaker and solid-state technology, integrated circuits run this version.
Controls for the newer Bronco are on the top rear, another difference from the original version.
This second version was long ago discontinued as well, but they’re commonly available used for $20 to $50.
If you’re looking for a similar low-end model, try the Frontman 15G -- or have a look at the currently available Champion 600 vintage reissue model.
It’s a tiny and cute amp that might do the job for you just fine.
The Fender Bronco has carried a number of young players through their early days, but like so many other things of youth, the Bronco has ridden off into the sunset.
Choose a used Fender Bronco of either era and pay very little -- or shell out a few more dollars and start fresh with a new alternative from Fender.
Either way, you’ll get the name you want and a decent sound.
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