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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... Read More

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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
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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Amazing value, unique instrument

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...Read complete review

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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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

A whole new frontier

By Jumping Flea

from Apalachicola, FL

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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!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Unique tone...and concept.

    By Eskimo Mo

    from Fairbanks Alasma

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    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.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing value, unique instrument

    By JOSEPH

    from Alton, Illinois

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    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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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing value, unique instrument

    By JOSEPH

    from Alton, Illinois

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    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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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Tool To Have Excellent

    By Raye

    from Springfield, Oregon

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    This is a very well made instrument fit and finish is very very nice, it is bargain. For less than $175.00 in upgrades it will play and sounds as good or better than others costing three times. It can use three upgrades one is a must get the Staytrem bridge from the UK it is really needed. The stock bridge will work sort of ok but you will not be able to intonate your low E spot on and you will have to mess with the antiquated vintage height adjustment screws for your radius. The Staytrem bridge has the correct radius. The second, is the the Staytrem trem arm if you don't want the trem arm to fall every time you let it go and hang loose. If you don't use the trem arm then this is not really needed. The third is the nut, mine was not cut very well, and the plastic was real poor quality. I understand this is not always the case, so if your nut is fine leave it alone. This problem is easily solved, just get a new nut like a Tusq PQ-5042-00 drops right in, widen the slots a bit and you are good to go. The stock pickups are surprisingly fine no need to upgrade them. You can get lots of tones with the switches. I can't ad anything else to all the positive reviews, they are all true and I would just be repeating what has been said.. Great Buy and total cost with all upgrades under $500.00.

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    5.0

    DEMAND a pro set-up BEFORE purchase

    By WILLIAM

    from Evansville, WI

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    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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    4.0

    Great value for a Bass VI

    By John

    from Sun City, CA

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    These Squiers are a real bargain once one understands that they will need some TLC and a good setup right out of the box. I've wanted a Bass VI for a long time but couldn't afford a vintage or even a MIJ reissue. At this price point I could not resist. Mine had great finish and weight, but needed some fret leveling, neck relief adjustment and of course intonation and heavier strings. With all that done it now plays and sounds the way it's supposed to. BTW I also have a Squier Jaguar that did not even need this amount of setup. Each one is different I suppose.

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    5.0

    Great Little Bass

    By JEFFREY TRIBBY

    from Lakeland, Florida

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    When I got a wave of bass nostalgia, I looked into the Fender Mod. Bass-VI and the Squier version as well. I've always wanted one, but the originals cost thousands now. I did a lot of research and decided to go for the Squier for one main reason, the controls. The Squier has a separate on-off switch for each pickup and a bass boost switch just like the original did. The new Fender version has a Strat-style 5-way selector switch, which limits your choices of pickup combinations. Bringing back the whammy bar was a nice touch, especially for a bass, and yes, this is a true bass with a short (30-inch) scale and tuned like a guitar but one full octave lower. I ordered the three-tone sunburst, and it arrived in perfect shape. Once I got it tuned, I had NO setup problems, NO fret buzz, NO intonation issues, no tuning issues using the whammy bar and NO flaws on the bass. Everything came just right and ready to go right out of the box. It's a lot of fun to be able to chord the thing, too. A guy named Phil X on You Tube has a few demos of the 60s Bass-VIs, and I can duplicate all the sounds he got out of a '61 model, even the "spaghetti western" twang. He's funny and a really great player, so it's good to be able to get the same sounds he did. I'm most pleased with this little bass. It's a great addition to my collection, and I'll be happy and proud to play it in public. Thanks for doing a great job, Fender, and thanks, Guitar Center for helping to make it available to me.

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    5.0

    Sweet Little Machine

    By JEFFREY TRIBBY

    from Lakeland, Florida

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    I thought long and hard before deciding to get a Squire Bass-VI because of some reviews that had complaints about the intonation and/or fret buzz and/or craftmanship of this bass. What sold me on it was the controls, a separate on-off switch for each pickup vice the 3-way Strat style selector switch on the Fender model. For half the money, I got total control of the combination of pickups. That gave me a big bunch of different voices inhanced a bit more by the bass boost switch. This is how the original 1960s and 1970s Bass-VIs were wired. The whammy bar on a bass is pretty neat, too, and lots of fun. I compared mine to a couple of the You Tube demos, including two by Phil X. I got all the tones I heard, then I put mine through many settings on my Boss ME-50,(played into my MarkBass P121). WHOA - NELLY! Let me state here and now that I have NO intonation problems, NO fret buzz, and the work on it is impeccable all over. Maybe God blessed this thing as I will be playing it for Him at church and doing some recording with it, but I'm very happy and pleased that I got my money's worth. I like being able to chord it, too. Every note rings clear and true. Thank you, Fender, for doing mine right, and thank you, Guitar Center for your help in getting this baby ordered and to me. BTW, I got the 3-tone sunburst, because I just think it's prettier than just black or white. My wife really likes the color, too, so she's also glad I got that one.

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    5.0

    Great Little Bass, Big Bang for the Buck

    By JEFFREY TRIBBY

    from Lakeland, Florida

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    I did some research on this bass - yes, it really is a bass and not a baritone guitar - before getting the 3-tone sunburst model like the original 60s-70s basses had. The main selling point for me was the set of pickup controls. This bass has a separate on-off switch for each pickup whereas the Fender re-issue has the 5-way Strat-style select switch. That limits the choice of pickup combinations. I'm also happy Fender/Squier brought back the whammy bar - so neat on a bass. My baby came in perfect condition. Once I tuned it up, I found no issues at all with intonation, setup, tuning, fret buzz, no problems at all. I played it in public for the first time yesterday and had a blast. The action is low and very smooth. With the pickup selection and the bass boost switch, I have a very wide range of voices to play with. It's also fun to be able to chord it like a guitar, which I did during the set. This bass is a very nice and welcome addition to my little collection of basses. I got a great big bang for the buck with this bass. Thank you, Fender, and thank you, Guitar Center!

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