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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 call... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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
Specifications
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
    Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
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SquierVintage Modified Bass VI
 
4.5

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (27)
  • Good feel (25)
  • Good tone (20)
  • Good pick up (15)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (15)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (26)
  • Recording (21)
  • Practicing (19)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Rock concerts (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The missing link between instruments

First off, absolutely zero issues with the playability or sound of the instrument. My 'burst VI rocked out of the box. It does all the stupid VI tricks you could want, providing...Read complete review

First off, absolutely zero issues with the playability or sound of the instrument. My 'burst VI rocked out of the box. It does all the stupid VI tricks you could want, providing you're not expecting to ludicrously drop tune it with light strings.

Vibrato is limited, but that's not the fault of Squier or Fender, bass just doesn't lend itself to lots of bar silliness due to frequency range alone. It's much more of an accent than a vehicle for histronics.

Low-end is similar to a Jazz Bass. You realistically won't find P Bass territory here, but that's again, AOK. It's what the instrument does. The higher registers are very, very pleasant and guitar-like, and it lends to a feeling of literally being the missing link between electric bass and guitar.

Don't expect this to be anything other than what it is: a grand thing to experiment with and find sonic choices with. I doubt I'd want it as my sole guitar or bass, but it's a grand thing on its own.

The only real negative I can say is while it's a nice cheap sunburst, the fact is that it's still a cheap sunburst, and cheap sunbursts, well, look cheap. In a perfect world I'd like to see more color choices/matching headstock, but I understand this is a niche instrument as is and the 'boring three' of SB/white/black were what I expected to see.

If you've ever wanted a VI, grab one while they're around - I missed the boat on "inexpensive" MIJ reissues in the mid-90s and was kicking myself since I turned one down for what would be considered a steal today. These play well and sound good.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fine for the $

Pros: sounds great, nice neck, finish better than I expected Cons: A few ... for starters, the stock strings are pretty bad. The low E is floppy, to say the...Read complete review

Pros: sounds great, nice neck, finish better than I expected Cons: A few ... for starters, the stock strings are pretty bad. The low E is floppy, to say the least. Forget about detuning it until you get a heavier guage. GC doesn't do any setup, and the factory setup was awful. Intonation is a major issue. Either the bridge saddles don't have enough travel, or there's something else that's wrong. I had to flip the bridge 180 degrees (as recommended on some forums), and while that helped a bit, my low E is still probelematic. I'm experienced in setting up instruments; I refuse to pay someone to do it to a brand-new instrument, and the issue is making me consider returning it. There are some fit-and-finish issues, too: my PUP swithcplate was missing a screw--I'm not the only one this has happened to---and the pickguard isn't as flush with the VT knob control plate as it should be. I vacillated between giving this 4 stars just because it sounds awesome and has given me a new sonic palette to work with, or 3 stars for the intonation and quality control issues. But an instrument that sounds great only uip to the 9th fret isn't totally usable, no matter how great it sounds. So, 3 stars it is. Great value for the money, but you get what you pay for.

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5.0

Very good experience once straightened out.

By Kennis

from Parma, Ohio

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • very slight fret buzz on low registers

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

I am using this bass as a new experience in playing. Crossing a bass with a normal guitar. It sounds well rounded with all of the tonal options. I stared playing using an early 60's Silvertone solid state 100 loaded with 2 Jensen 12" speakers that I had purchased almost 25 years ago. I will be using a Fender Rumble 200 with a !5" Hartke extension speaker. Overall the BassVI has had many mixed reviews. The one that I had ordered in due to the one at store was almost unplayable, plays and feels fantastic after a minor set- up was done at the store. ((north Olmsted, Ohio.) The one that I purchased is Olympic white. I must say that this is a beautiful instrument. Fit and finish is excellent. This is my second Squier VI. The one that I originally had purchased from another vendor never felt quite right.I would like to thank Gino, Eric and Gus for all of their help. At this point I am quite pleased.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Was somewhat disappointed

By Take Lead Bass player

from Orlando, FL

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

      Its definitely a unique instrument, but did not deliver the punch or tone I was looking for, this guitar would be best suited for someone looking to spend money on just something to add to their collection. Not someone looking to perform live with it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Wonderful instrument for those willing to adjust.

      By JKFraser

      from Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Pickups a tiny bit microphonic when all on.
      • Strangle switch turns tone pot into volume.

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

      I waited 3 weeks to review this, so the new gear thrill would wear off. First, there are few videos that give an accurate representation of what the bass VI can do. I'd encourage those interested in this instrument to find the Rob Chapman video on YouTube to hear an accurate representation.

      Tone: The VI sounds best to my ears with all pickups engaged, strangle switch off, tone and volume rolled back just a hair. Play the instrument with a light touch on the fretting hand and with a guitar fingerstyle (not 2 or 3 finger bass style) and there are no intonation issues. Played this way, the tone in the bass register is between a J and a P. Very usable and fat. Slapping and popping can be done easily by using a hybrid guitar technique, rather than a bass style, since lighter strings are easy to whack sharp. sounds like an upright bass when you use a pick and palm mute. Other pickup settings are useful, but I nearly always keep the middle pickup engaged, both for humbucking, and that great reverse wound airy quack. I will say that when these strings go, I am definitely getting a flatwound set, since the string squeak on slides requires a bit too much finesse to avoid.

      Uses: I've been primarily using my VI as a bass, though it works very well using arpeggiated or chorded triads to fill out a light mix. Also, I've been using it to add a 2 octave up bass part to lighter parts of songs, just to give more dynamic range to a tune. If your electric guitarist can't show up, you feel like a song needs a cello line, or you are missing a drummer, creative use of the VI can easily fill up that missing sonic space. Add a little chorus, delay, & reverb and you can fill a keyboard's roll as well, creating synth-like pads & melodies.

      Fit and Finish: I have the Olympic white version & it is nearly perfect. However, the nut was repaired in the factory (low E) & there is a tiny chip in the headstock finish near the nut. All in all 4.8/5 for a budget instrument.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice hybrid

      By Mario

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

      I play it like a bass, and for the most part it can handle it pretty well. However, the low E string can sometimes venture into rubber band territory, but asides from that I'm loving it. I played with the setup to get it where I wanted it, and the other musicians who have seen it were impressed by the tones it's capable of producing.

       
      5.0

      A whole new frontier

      By Jumping Flea

      from Apalachicola, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

        Fit and finished quality surprised me, very nice! Electronics makes for a large tonal pallet with a lot of capabilities. Huge slab of wood larger than my Fender Jazz bass! Long neck is a little narrow for bass players and strings way heavy for guitar players, but it fits its own nitch!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        In great shape, needed setup though.

        By Al B

        from Port St. Lucie Florida

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

        Instrument was used but in great shape. It needed a setup very badly as many other people have said. After a setup that included a fret job. This thing is an excellent instrument.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Unique tone...and concept.

        By Eskimo Mo

        from Fairbanks Alasma

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Unique Instrument

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Unique Tone

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording
        • Songwriting

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

        If you are looking for tones that are thick, fat, and rich, like a traditional bass, this isn't your best option. However, it is a very fun and unique instrument that encourages creative exploration.

        The price is reasonable as well.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Nice Instrument

        By 50 Down

        from Highspire, PA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

          I have had two of these for a year now. The craftsmanship is surprisingly very comparable to my early eighties Fender Precision bass.

          These have done very well in the studio... very quiet electronics

          Action on mine is extremely low with little to no fret buzz... I am using La'bella Bass VI strings. BIG difference in how this instrument plays as opposed to the original factory strings.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing value, unique instrument

          By JOSEPH

          from Alton, Illinois

          Site Member

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

          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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing value, unique instrument

          By JOSEPH

          from Alton, Illinois

          Site Member

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

          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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