Squier brings you the welcome return of a long-vanished Fender classic in the deeply satisfying form of the Vintage Modified Bass VI six-string bass. The original model of 1961-1975 has provided distinctively voiced low end for everyone from the Beatles to the Black Keys, Cream to the Cure, and many others.
The Vintage Modified Bass VI delivers authentically vintage-style look and tone, with a few modern touches such as a comfortable “modern C” neck profile and 9.5” fingerboard radius (the originals were 7.25”), and three custom Jaguar single-coil pickups with notched “claw” shielding rings (reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup).
Other features include the model’s classic 30” scale (standard tuning one octave lower than a guitar), maple neck, bound rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets and pearloid block inlays, four two-position slider switches (on/off switch for each pickup and one bass-cut “strangle” tone circuit switch), tortoiseshell pickguard (three-ply white-black-white on Black model), two black plastic control knobs (master volume, master tone), and vintage-style six-saddle bridge with non-locking floating vibrato. Available in Black, Olympic White and Three-color Sunburst.
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I have always dreamt of owning one of these V1 basses since I saw one in a Fender catalog back in 1996 but never thought I'd be able to afford one until now.
With a decent set up the bass is outstanding all round and ticks all the boxes for me.
Though a period style hard case would be nice....
Erm when are you bringing hockey stick neck 12 string out - that would be my dream 12 string.....
Yes I have played Rickenbacker and Epiphone live for over ten years on stage and in the studio - but now this Vintage range has made me switch over.
Do you do band endorsements?
jaymarriott owns this item
Had never heard of the Bass VI until this re-issue but looked into it and found it was a must have! Both me (guitar player) and bass player use it depending on the song and need. Often our bassist uses it to play bass lines but during solos etc., she can play chords to fill out the rhythm section (we are a 3 piece so need a lot of integration to fill out our sound).
I can't believe how cheap this thing is! It's cheaper than my Squier Jaguars, it's insane really. In reality this is an 8/10 instrument. It's finish and quality is outstanding (check out those fret block inlays - better than some Gibsons costing 4 figures!) Sure there are a few flaws - the bridge is total rubbish and Squier are giving out false info on the string sizes (it's an .085 E, not the heavier gauge it suggests). But seriously buy a Stay-trem heavy bridge, swap for better strings and maybe switch in custom Jag pickups and it's better than a custom shop model. I also got a gold brushed metal scratchplate made for bling factor - now it's a crazy beautiful hybrid sound machine.
auraboy owns this item
Wow! I am sooo excited! I wanted to own a BASS VI for years and I could not afford the exorbitant prices on the second-hand market. When the Pawn shop version came out I was slightly disappointed, as they took away the famous "bass strangle switch," which to me is an essential part of the charm of this beautiful instrument. It lets you switch this beautiful beast from deep, growling bass to a deeply-voiced GUITAR sound, and it being tuned E to e you can either play it as a bass or as a deep-tuned guitar. This instrument lets you choose what voicing you need and I found myself recording some demos with both bass and guitars standing by, tuned and ready for recording, yet I found myself playing ALL of the tracks on the BASS VI! If you are playing the bass line and suddenly have a great idea for a guitar track, you won't even have to put this instrument down to get another one, just flick the "strangle" switch and go on playing. I have wanted this one for years, and now that I actually have one, I see how right I was all the time! It is an indispensable oddity and absolutely has great punch as a bass as well as a guitar...you will find yourself playing endless & "tic-tac" basslines in country and rockabilly styles, add some spring reverb and you will find yourself in surf heaven or just simply confuse people by playing basslines and adding "impossibly high-pitched" notes or even chords and watch bass players scratch their heads when they hear your music! This necessary oddity is finally available again at a really great price, affordable for nearly everyone. GET THIS INSTRUMENT! Trust me, you will find yourself playing endless hours discovering the rich tonalities this instrument covers, much wider in spectrum than a regular bass ever could, much deeper and tonally more dense and intricate than any guitar can deliver, a MUST-HAVE! Thanks to everyone at FENDER and SQUIER for making this dream come true and giving a new generation of musicians the means to discover it!
pyk72 owns this item
I was fortunate enough this past year to acquire a new Fender Bass VI from Japan. Needless to say, for the money it is a beautiful, well-crafted instrument with an amazing sound. But after waiting my entire life to get a Bass VI, I wasn't too anxious to chance damaging it by taking it a lot of places. So when I saw the Squier version two months later, I knew I wanted one as a "player" so I wouldn't have to worry so much about road wear and tear.
After a five-month wait since ordering it, I finally got my Squier Bass VI. I certainly had plenty of time to read reviews from people who had managed to get their hands on one, and I was wary of a few of the issues that were echoed in some reviews.
I will concur that out of the box, the setup needs a lot of work. Intonation and fret buzz had to be addressed. Another common problem mentioned in a lot of the reviews I read was that of the rough finish of the nut. Mine was no exception unfortunately, as the nut definitely needed a clean-up, but at least the string grooves were cut straight. Other than those two fixable problems, this is a very nice instrument for the money. The three-tone sunburst finish looks great. The neck with its block inlays and bound fretboard is not only good looking, but feels very comfortable with its modern profile. The electronics and hardware are more than adequate in value and performance. Sound-wise the bottom end is somewhat comparable to a Jazz Bass, and for a short-scale bass, that is pretty fair, to say the least. The famous "tic-tac" sound is easily obtainable as well with some pick-up switching. And with two more strings than a regular bass the sonic possibilities become even more interesting.
If you've ever wanted to own a Bass VI, and one that is fairly close to the original model of the sixties and seventies, this is a very reasonably priced and more than passable version of that classic. I've owned just about every Fender bass model ever made, but nothing else is like a Bass VI.
TaleOfTheTiger owns this item
The SVMBVI is a blast to play. The neck feels great and contoured body is very comfortable. This thing sounds awesome. A lot of tone possibilities from the three pickup design. The stock strings are much too light. I've switched mine out to 95s and it sounds a lot better. The bridge is the main design flaw. Very hard to intonate the low E. Other than that, this thing rocks. Buy it if you can find one!
mtwtrf owns this item
You can't beat it. It's beautiful, fun, and WAY affordable! While I've been working on a project, I realized I needed the type of voice that this guitar has and man, it fits the bill. BUY IT!!!!
redpolkadotbuddy owns this item
I'm so happy for the new Squier Bass VI, I've bought a few days ago, it's a very nice guitar, and in my opinion not much difference with some high cost bass VI guitars in the world!
about the gauge strings on this Squier VI...the informations say: .025 - .095...but this is not correct...in fact the strings I've found are D'Addario .024 - .084 like in modern production of Fender Bass VI included US Custom Shop, Japanese and Pawn Shop Mexican models...but is not a big problem, I will replace the E low string(too "floppy" for me)with a single string for bass D'Addario .090......a good compromise, I think.
anyway, I'm really satisfied, an excellent product and very good price
zardoz3 owns this item
|Model Name:||Vintage Modified Bass VI, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||30" (762 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Pearloid Block|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Squier®|
|Bridge Pickup:||Custom Single-Coil Jaguar with Claw|
|Middle Pickup:||Custom Single-Coil Jaguar Reverse-Wound/Reverse-Polarity with Claw|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom Single-Coil Jaguar with Claw|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||3-On/Off Slide Switches (One for Each Pickup)|
|Special Electronics:||2-Position Slide Switch for Bass-Cut "Strangle" Circuit|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style with Non-Locking Floating Vibrato|
|Control Knobs:||Black Plastic|
|Strings:||NPS, .025 to .095 Tuned E to E (1 Octave Down)|
|Unique Features:||White Bound Fingerboard with White Pearloid Block Position Inlays, Single Wing String Tree|
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