Players continue to praise the Pawn Shop Series for evoking the more eccentric Fender creations of the mid-'60s to mid-'70s while delivering thoroughly modern sound and quality with a wealth of variou... Read More
Players continue to praise the Pawn Shop Series for evoking the more eccentric Fender creations of the mid-'60s to mid-'70s while delivering thoroughly modern sound and quality with a wealth of various Fender elements. New for 2013, the Pawn Shop Series introduces yet another pleasingly unconventional assortment of "guitars that never were but should have been," in which new models take the stage and long-vanished classics return in modern form.
The Pawn Shop Bass VI marks the revamped return of a historic Fender instrument, the seldom-seen Fender Bass Guitar (also known as the Bass VI) of 1961-1975. This updated version of the baritone classic features the traditional short scale (30") and is armed with Special Design Hot Jaguar single-coil neck and middle pickups and a powerful JZHB humbucking bridge pickup.
Other features include a "C"-shaped maple neck with 9.5"-radius rosewood fingerboard and 21 medium jumbo frets, five-way pickup switching, four-ply tortoiseshell pickguard (Three-color Sunburst and Black models) and three-ply parchment pickguard (Candy Apple Red model), two Jazz Bass control knobs (volume, tone), vintage-style adjustable six-saddle bridge with "floating" tremolo tailpiece, and vintage-style tuners.
Includes gig bag.
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When I found out Fender was releasing the Bass VI at a more affordable price as part of the pawn shop series I just had to own it. Pros: Guitar sounds great. I think the strat style switching is better than the standard switch plate, makes it much easier to switch pickups in the middle of a song. Guitar plays great after proper setup. Cons: Expect to perform a setup after getting this guitar new from the factory. The factory setup on this guitar was poor, high action, poor intonation. The low E string is quite floppy as well with the stock set of strings and a thicker set is needed to fix this problem. I am also kind of disappointed with the loss of the bass strangle option that the original bass vi and the squier models have. Personally I don't care for the bridge humbucker but that is more subjective, it doesn't sound bad I just prefer single-coil Having said all of that, after a new set of strings and proper setup this bass sounds and plays great and I would definitely recommend it.
This is not a baritone guitar (as advertised) but a true bass guitar. I've been a guitar player and a bass player for over 30 years with 13 studio CDs on my resume. What I love about this instrument is the tight spacing of the strings. What that means as a bass player is that chords are MUCH easier to play. My current band is a progressive rock outfit, and we expect as much chordal contributions from the bass as we do every other instrument. This BASS instrument will help you elevate your bass contribution from single root-note runs into chordal epiphany. Every bass player should have one of these instruments in the arsenal.
The string spacing and 30" scale may appeal to guitar players looking to double on bass. And that's the ONLY rub. Build quality was excellent. The tone? It's blowing people away through a variety of amps. Personally, I play it through both bass and guitar amps depending on the situation. It "sits" perfectly in a variety of styles from Rockabilly to Electronica. It may take a while to get used to the string spacing, but I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
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