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Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI
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The missing link between guitar and bass with authentic vintage-style and tons of low end.

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 that delivers excellent low end. Although it's called a six-string bass it has the feel of a baritone guitar without the extended neck. The strings aren't extra thick so it's a great transition from guitar. 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.

Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI Features:

  • Basswood body
    Gloss polyurethane body finish
    Maple neck
    Gloss polyurethane neck finish
    Modern "C" shape neck
    30" Scale
    Rosewood fingerboard
    21 Medium jumbo frets
    Synthetic bone string nut
    Pearloid block position inlays
    4-Bolt Squier neck plate
    Custom Jaguar Single-Coil bridge pickup with claw
    Custom Jaguar Single-Coil reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup with claw
    Custom Jaguar Single-Coil neck pickup with claw
    Master Volume and Master Tone controls
    3-On/Off slide switches (one for each pickup)
    SSS pickup configuration
    2-Position slide switch for bass-cut "Strangle" circuit
    6-Saddle vintage-style bridge with non-locking floating vibrato
    Chrome hardware finish
    Vintage-style tuning machines
    3-Ply white pickguard
    Black plastic control knobs
    NPS strings, .025 to .095 Tuned E to E (1 Octave Down)
    White bound fingerboard with white pearloid block position inlays
    Single wing string tree

Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI Specifications:

  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
    Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)

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  • Amazing value, unique instrument

    As reviewed by JOSEPH on 3/15/2015

    Years ago, I was reading a book about Fender basses, and I saw the Fender VI for the first time. Finally, there are a couple of affordable versions, and the Squier is the most vintage-accurate version (without going to the custom shop versions). This instrument is really fun to play. The electronics are all solid and sensible: each pickup has an on/off switch, and there's a bass cut switch to really bring out the "guitar" of this bass guitar. My instrument arrived at the store needing no adjustments to the setup (other than tuning, obviously). It looked, felt, and played great right out of the box. The fretboard radius is modern (the vintage instruments had a very small radius), and the vibrato bar imparts a very subtle vibrato that won't wreck your tuning. Through a Blues Junior in the store, coaxing some vintage Fender guitar tones (an octave down) was easy. With the bass cut off, it sound like most short-scale basses, although the lighter gauge strings will flap against the frets if you really dig in and play hard. But, this isn't a bass for digging in: this is built for a more guitar-like approach, and for experimentation. It's quirky and fun, and I can't put it down. Through my bass amps at home (from a Squier 15-watt amp to my Sunn 300-T all-tube head, a 2x15, and a 4x10+T), it sounds just as good, especially with the bass cut turned off. The bass tone is surprisingly good, given the short scale and light gauge. The build quality of Squires has gone up a lot over the years, so don't let the name on the headstock scare you away. This is a solid, unique instrument for an almost too-reasonable price. If you're willing to expand your playing and composing horizons, this is for you.

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  • DEMAND a pro set-up BEFORE purchase

    As reviewed by WILLIAM on 5/31/2014

    Once a set-up was done, this thing is just plain FUN. Easy to play for either a bass or guitar player. The three PUs can be used in any combination as each has separate on/off switch, master Volume & Tone after that. All this leads to great voice variation. Mine was on back order for about 6 weeks. On arrival string buzz & lack of intonation rendered this instrument UNPLAYABLE. GC tech spent about 20 minutes with it and transformed it into a very playable (and FUN) instrument. I join other reviewers in really liking this instrument but hating the condition (playability) upon it's arrival from the factory. Demand a proper set-up before taking it out of the store!!

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  • Epic

    As reviewed by Jonah Prall on 10/21/2013

    I was lucky enough to be one of the first to get the squier vintage modified bass VI. This bass sounds and feels exactly how you imagine it! One small word of advice remember to adjust the neck and bridge right away. My high e string snapped after the first time I tuned it. With the price being this low the bass is honestly a steal.I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a new bass experience that is truly like no other.

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