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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A while back I was looking for a Bass that was a bit more versatile than the Jazz bass I own. My style is a mixture of many, and mostly I use a fingerpick "Banjo" style with my right hand. This lead to some issues with the four string Jazz Bass. I was looking for a five string, and passed up quite a few made by other well known names at various prices. Then, along came the Squier VI. As far as comparison to the more expensive Fender branded Bass VI, I prefer this Squier version for the choke circuit. Plus, fingerpicking Banjo style as I do is much easier, and i have discovered that after owning and playing this bass for a few months, my hands are going faster on the fretboard as well as picking. As far as the sound, I can go from a punchy low range, to a more bass twang as heard in some of the 60's Country Music that featured a six string bass. Would I buy this Bass again? Most definitely, but Im glad I have the one I do. Thank you who ever had the Idea to reproduce these fine instruments.
Blackcatnine9 owns this item
I went to guitar center and saw this in the middle of a Fender Display in the center of the store. Plugged into a Hot Rod Deluxe. The setup was really good off the stand, i think the tech set it up for display. Every pickup had it's own voicing and the strangle switch was a perfect addition. I had planned on buying the Pawn Shop Fender version in the future. Both felt pretty comparable to each. I didn't like the strat switch on the Pawn Shop version and it didn't "Twang" as well. The guy at the store said the Squier Versions last a day or 2 then sell, the Pawn Shop one sat there. Both were great but for my ear and the vintage vibe I had to go with the Squier. My guitar is Sunburst. I have 19 Fenders and Squiers and no Sunbursts in any of them, just not my color. This little guy grabbed me and begged me to take him home. The color has grown on me the last few hours.
The fit feel and finish do not fit the price range, this doesn't look feel or play and sound like a budget instrument. Reminds me of my first bass a MIJ 1987 Squier that is on the same stand as the Bass VI.
I absolutely LOVE this instrument. The grain pattern on the neck and body is really nice, excellent fretwork, I have the action as low as my telecasters.
I highly recommend this instrument and It's all over my Facebook Page. I love it and you knocked the ball out of the park on this one. LOVE IT
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Taken a while to get hold of this, out of stock at all the usual dealers but finally snagged one from GAK. Olympic white, what a beauty!
First impressions, can't believe how good it looks for so little money.
On closer inspection you can see where corners have been cut, the fit of the neck in the pocket isn't perfect and the paintwork there looks a little messy. The nut is made from some soft grey material, looks like chewing gum, not very well cut and will be the first thing to be changed after the strings.
Ah, the strings. If there's one thing to stop this guitar achieveing its' potential out of the box it's the standard strings fitted. I want to use this as a bass but the strings just aren't up to it, too light from E to E. Tuned an octave below as a bass it wouldn't hold tune on the low E and the intonation was sharp on the E, A & D and not enough adjustment on the bridge to deal with it. Fitted some LaBella custom size nickel wound and reversed the bridge as recommended on various forums. BIG improvement! It now intonates perfectly and stays in tune. Loving it!
I may have started out slightly negative about this guitar but it is a thing of beauty and doesn't need that much work to make it perfectly acceptable as a bass. More I play it the more I think it's the bargain of the year, go get yourself one and have some low-end fun :)
Stu6120 owns this item
Been wanting one of these ever since I learned that Jack Bruce used one on the first two Cream albums but could never afford a vintage or a Custom Shop model. Saw this in a Guitar Center advertisement and knew I had to get it!
Nigel's Fender VI (Spinal Tap - DONT LOOK AT IT!!!) recently went for $35,000 on Ebay. A Custom Shop Fender VI goes for around $3,500. For $350, there is no excuse NOT to get one and as one guy said, you will not be afraid to use and abuse it as it was intended! Go ahead and get it! The wife will forgive you.....eventually!!
I called the Guitar Center and one store in Houston had one. I'd like to think I am the first person in town to get one up but someone brought one to a jam a few days prior so perhaps I am the second?
Took one out of the store and straight to a gig I was playing that night. Played a couple of jam tunes with my band then started noticing some issues with dead spots on the fretboard so I set it aside and played my regular bass the rest of the night. It is the same issues everyone else here is talking about - really crappy setup and Guitar Center never does anything with the guitars before putting them out. Made some tweaks and took it our again the following night. Better but still have a bit of work to do!
Killer tone and great looks. GET ONE! Just make sure you get it to a competent tech to have it properly set up!
TinCadillacBassist owns this item
When I saw Squier released a version of the classic Bass VI, I was thrilled. And it's everything I hoped it would be, the sound, the feel, the look...the "oh cool" looks from people. But...there's just one little problem, and it has to do with....STRINGS!!!
It's listed as a 30" scale, but I can't get strings to fit right. The string gauges listed for the bass were not what they said. I have a hard time finding strings for this bass, and I also need to find some flats for it...but the only ones I see are from LaBella and they are quite pricey indeed. If anyone knows of others, let us ALL know please
glennsquared owns this item
I am totally impressed by the performance of this piece! Way to go Fender in finally bringing back one of the coolest instruments to have ever been discontinued! The VMBVI pickups sound great, you put good hardware on it, nice detail installing the neck binding, and the switching is perfect.
In my opinion, the ONLY mistake made with the VMBVI, is the lack of flatwound strings! I'm stringing my Bass VI with a set of LaBella 767-6F Stainless Steel Flat Wound strings, which are the exact strings Fender used in the 1960s. You can hear Grady Martin playing them on "Don't Worry About Me" by Marty Robbins. Pure vintage.
howianna owns this item
I bought saw this bass/guitar/whatever this magnificent beast is at a local guitar shop (so it was probably already mostly set up), and the odd design intrigued me, so I took it off the wall and fell in love almost instantly. I only had one problem that I couldn't get around, and one of the staff at the shop told me what I needed to do to fix it. Out of the box, it's semi unplayable, but after destringing and turning the bridge around, everything was different. It was like a whole new instrument. Much darker tone and a lot easier on my right hand, picked or not. I'd much rather own this homage to the origin than the Pawn Shop because of the price, and the Bass Strangle. the strangle switch sold it for me. I didn't understand it or how I'd use it, but I adored it for some odd reason. I've never known a bass to pull the low end out.
My band has even decided to give the bassist the limelight on a few songs because of the new capabilities I have with this instrument, playing full chords and echoing through the auditorium. The smooth sound of a C7 chord an octave low is the closest I'll probably ever come to a state of total nirvana.
Rhyno0331 owns this item
Very nice instrument that let you explore areas of sound that you cannot reach with a normal guitar or bass. It opens great possibilities. Also it is true that is very nice if you are a guitar player.
There are two bad points from my point of view:
1-The non-locking vibrato, but this feature I knew in advance that it was going to be a problem if you play too much with the vibrato, so I don't really complain.
2- Other instruments you can play them out of the box. In my case, this was impossible because of the bridge. Very bad set the intonation. Impossible to have the higher notes in tune so I had to change a couple of screws from the saddles to be able to have the higher notes of the neck in tune. You can always ask a luthier to do this for you.
It has inspired me to write a new song based on this very particular instrument :-)
So over all I am very happy and I recommend it. I think it is a very nice instrument.
hetpampa owns this item
I love this instrument. A unique sound and gloriously appointed, and so affordable!
The narrow string spacing takes some getting used to for bassists, but don't be deterred. Every bassist- and guitarist, for that matter- needs one of these.
Eliot McCann owns this item
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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