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Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI 6-String Bass Guitar

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Product Description

The Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI 6-String Bass Guitar makes available the unique tone, looks and playability of a truly classic instrument to the masses! The original Bass VI of 1961-1975 was used on recordings from the Beatles to the Black Keys, Cream to the Cure, and many others. The Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI delivers the vintage-style look and tone with a few modern touches such as a comfortable ‘modern C’ neck and 9.5-inch fingerboard radius, and 3 custom Jaguar single-coil pickups.

Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI 6-String Bass Features

  • Classic 30-inch scale (standard tuning one octave lower than a guitar)
  • Maple neck with ‘modern C’ profile
  • 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)
  • Two black plastic control knobs (master volume, master tone)
  • Vintage-style six-saddle bridge with non-locking floating vibrato

Product Specifications
Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI 6-String Bass Specifications
  • Body Material: Basswood
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Neck Shape: Modern C
  • Scale Length: 30 inches (762 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5 inches (241 mm)
  • Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650 inches (42 mm)
  • Position Inlays: Pearloid Block
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Squier
  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Jaguar Single-Coil with Claw
  • Middle Pickup: Custom Jaguar Single-Coil Reverse-Wound/Reverse-Polarity with Claw
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Jaguar Single-Coil 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
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
  • Pickguard: Tortoiseshell
  • Control Knobs: Black Plastic
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Phone:  480-596-7195 Warranty:  1 Year
J. Wilson
What is your overall opinion of this product?
I've wanted one of these for years. Couldn't ever swing the prices for the vintage models or the MIJ reissue. I can't put this axe down. It's got a great vintage tone that works well with the 60's era music I primarily play. Great bass for guitarists and a great bass for bassists looking for something different and unique to experiment with.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
Quality was great for the cost. I inspected it closely, and the only issue I noticed (as some others have) was that the filing on the nut seemed a little rushed and sloppy, but not enough to detract from playability, hence my rating of a 4. I think it will work great for country tic-tac bass, vintage 60's surf, 60's British Invasion and probably some jazz.
Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features?
The floating tremolo is interesting. I don't anticipate using it that much, but it will be cool to experiment with. I like the 4 bank switching system. I studied the Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI, and decided to go with the Squier based on the 4 switch bank as opposed to the Strat-style blade switch. The bass strangle switch really makes this instrument! This switching setup allows for so many versatile pickup combos that you can really get any sound you're seeking out of it.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Not as heavy as my Jazz Bass, pretty close in weight to my Telecaster. It doesn't seem like it'll be a shoulder/back killer. The neck was a little wider than I had anticipated, but it's not a problem. The low E string is a little "floppy", but that can be remedied with a little modification to your playing style. I play bass with a pick and mute the strings with my palm, so the complaints many players have about the closeness of the string spacing is not an issue for me.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
Tone was great. I played it through my Orange bass combo and was able to get smooth, mellow bass sounds very similar to my Hofner Ignition violin bass (also a short 30" scale bass). I was impressed with the bass tone, given other players seem to complain that it didn't have enough low-end sound. Also got great treble sounds using the bass strangle switch and the bridge pickup. No complaints. I don't any reason why I couldn't use this as a primary bass guitar at a gig. It doesn't have the extreme low end like my Jazz Bass, but it's got some interesting character and versatility.
How did the stain or paint job look?
I thought the finish was pretty good. Not as great as an American, MIJ or MIM Fender, but for the price it's a great looking instrument. I'm happy with it.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
Great value for the price! I can't complain at all. I haven't purchased or played the newer Squier instruments in years, but the Bass VI is making me seriously consider purchasing the Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster too.
How was the action out of the box?
Intonation was spot on, neck was straight, saddles were well adjusted and everything was fully functional. All I had to do was tune it up and plug it in. I was impressed that it shipped in such great condition, for not being shipped with a case or even a gig bag. I wish Fender/Squier would remedy this by throwing in a padded gig bag for a little added protection. Even w/o a gig bag, it was double boxed and arrived in perfect condition.
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