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Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI Rosewood - 3-color Sunburst Reviews

4.5 stars based on 3 customer reviews
  • from Buffalo, NY February 18, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI

    I had never play a non-US made Fender before and was very plesently surprised at the overall quality and playablity of the instrument. You can get a wind range of sounds from this bass and it is very easy to play. I would definity look at and consider other Fender Pawn Shop series instruments. I would have liked a hard shell case, but for the price, the gig bag is very convienent.

  • from Philadelphia, PA July 24, 2013Music Background:
    Semi-Pro Musician

    Dual Identity

    I play both guitar and bass (for over 40 years) and this instrument can truly iive in both worlds. I find myself playing bass runs on low E & A while chording on the top 4 strings which are playable all the to the 20th fret! The guitar arrived with quality issues from Fender....pickups intermittently worked depending on pickup height adjustment...that Sweetwater took care of as fast as humanly possible AND gave it a great set-up (nice guitar tech work!). Finish is a good as I have seen on the sunburst. The tonal range runs from all bass to a punchy chord monster with each of the 5 way switch positions giving a unique tone. I play it through a Eden Metro or a Roland DB-500. Even between amps i got a slightly different range of tones. This may just replace my 7 string custom jazz box! Most of my work is with a piano player and this guitar blends nicely. It responds extremely well to chorus and flanger effects. However, this is not a bass for slap and pop.

    Overall I am extremely pleased with the instrument and it puts my bass & guitar brains to the test. Lots of unique tones, even good for blues licks with a little distortion. Remember, at the 12th fret it is back in standard guitar range. It is not a replacement for my P-Bass, but a nice creative alternative.

  • from Martinez CA April 5, 2013Music Background:
    Ex pro bass player 40+ years. Retired. Casual gigs.

    Great guitar..............but

    Nice craftsmanship. I would prefer a double acting truss rod but the one in this guitar is ok. I loosened the truss rod nut completely and oiled it. As the rod came from the factory the nut was very hard to adjust. The oil smoothed it out a little. I also replaced the low E and A strings with D'addario 95 & 75 gauge bass strings. The heavy gauge strings sound much better on this instrument. The low E string saddle spring must be removed to properly intonate either the stock low E or the heavy Low E string. I had to fit a small spacer behind the E string saddle screw to keep the screw from angling to high and touching the bottom of the E string. The tremolo arm was not set up correctly from the factory so that took some time to adjust. I also installed a set of Labella Bass VI flatwounds. Those strings sounded great for this instrument as a Bass guitar or some real retro guitar tones. I went back to the roundwounds just because I like the "twang" tone better. Everything else on this instrument functions very well. It's a bit heavy but well put together and a lot of fun to play. I might add a shim under the neck to lower the action a bit more.

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