Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI - 3-Color Sunburst

6-string Electric Bass with Basswood Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3 Single-coil Pickups, and Vibrato - 3-color Sunburst
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The Bass VI Is Back, and Affordable!

The Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI is descended from the historic Fender Bass VI (1961-1975) that was embraced by guitar and bass luminaries alike. Jack Bruce played one in the early days of Cream. George Harrison sported one in the Beatles' "Hey Jude" video. Squier has updated the baritone classic with a trio of custom Jaguar single-coil pickups, and routed the potent elixir through a versatile switching scheme. A non-floating vibrato completes the setup. If you want unique textures for your music, Squier's Vintage Modified Bass VI will do the trick.

Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI at a Glance:
  • Your ticket to new musical frontiers
  • This beast is playable
Your ticket to new musical frontiers

Whether you consider the Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI a baritone guitar or a bass, it will bring amazing new textures to your music. Are you a guitarist? With its E-E tuning (an octave below the guitar) the Bass VI will be a seamless transition for you. Add a low-down counterpoint to a guitar figure. Use the versatile pickup selector switches and innovative low-cut "Strangle" circuit to dial the perfect scooped tone and double your bass line for a cool otherworldly effect. Deploy some demonic baritone overdrive. From subtle to in-your-face, the Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI is your ticket to new musical frontiers.

This beast is playable

With its 30" scale and fast maple neck, your fingers will fly on the Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI. And the buttery rosewood fingerboard, medium-jumbo frets, and .025-.095-gauge strings certainly do their part to keep your fretting hand nimble. Execute single-note runs at ludicrous speed. Launch licks that start in the basement and end in the attic. And yes - by all means, play bass lines! But don't ignore harmony. Discover new chord voicings - even double stops take on a whole new dimension with the Bass VI. And don't stop there: put up a massive wall of sound with thick, ginormous chords. With the Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI, the sky's the limit.

Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI Features:
  • Comfortable, toneful contoured basswood body; 30" scale length
  • Fast maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • Three custom Jaguar single-coil pickups (middle pickup reverse-wound/reverse-polarity)
  • Three on/off slide switches (one for each pickup); bass-cut "Strangle" circuit
  • Master volume and tone controls
  • 6-saddle vintage-style bridge with non-locking floating vibrato
  • Vintage-style tuning machines safeguard your fingers from sharp string ends
Give your music the lowdown, with the Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Bass VI
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Color 3-tone Sunburst
Body Material Basswood
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 9.5" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 21, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 30"
Nut Width 1.650"
Bridge/Tailpiece 6-saddle vintage-style bridge with non-locking floating vibrato
Tuners Vintage-style
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Custom Jaguar Single-coil
Middle Pickup Custom Jaguar Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Custom Jaguar Single-coil
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone; 3 on/off slide switches; bass-cut "Strangle" circuit switch
Strings Fender NPS (.025-.084)
Manufacturer Part Number 0305600500

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Squier Bass lV

This guitar is an amazing piece of Fender history, I first heard one back in the sixties and was always impressed with it's sound. Whether you play bass or guitar, you will love the low down solid end it puts out. From what I've seen, most players don't take advantage of what this instrument can really do, and play it in the higher registers. From a bass players point of view, I like the bottom end growl it produces. It's a great example of Fenders commitment to reproducing vintage sounds. The fit and finish are absolutely perfect and IMO, is equal to my American basses. The service and attention provided by Sweetwater's staff (Chris N.) has always been at the top and a great buying experience. Thanks Chris
Music background: Bass Player/Drummer

Very Cool Sound

Of course any guitar is only as good as the person playing it to some extent, as you also know each guitar has it's own characteristics. I wanted this review to be about Sweetwater because I have several guitars I've ordered online, all of them great. I hand - picked them so it would have been stupid to pick out something because I thought other people would think it was cool. I digress. Back to the point, The 55 point check Sweetwater got me the first guitar I've EVER received in the mail that I DIDN'T have to adjust the neck.Back to the Squier VI itself. There are 4 switches on it as you can see. If you're familiar with probability combinations, I extend the advice that if you find a sound you REALLY like, as the switch combinations can get out of control, seriously. So write down any combination of settings that especially appeals to you.A final note from me: the 3 pick-ups. Wow. They're bright, or they can be. (I just mentioned the finite but large number of potential switch settings.) The final note: I saw somewhere in the description of this baby that George Harison used one like it in the Beatles 'Hey Jude' video and that Jack Bruce used one in the early days of Cream. Yeah, if you play a standard Blues Scale (for a 6 string guitar) you can hear 'Badge,' taking form. I think that was on "Good-Bye." Whatever. I LOVE this guitar. I'm glad I bought it I really, REALLY hope you hear some original song played with it on the radio or something and I especially hope I'll be the guy playing it. (I can't say the band name right now due to a copyright not yet in place. You never know. Bottom line, if you're considering getting one of these, you won't be sorry, I'm pretty sure. AND if you DO decide to get it. THIS is the place to get it from. They've taken GREAT care of me so far. Not a single complaint. I hope and trust they will keep up the good work.

Squire Vintage Modified Bass VI

Great sounding and easy to play. I love it and highly recommend it. Not to replace a regular bass, but as an an added "tone" variation for guitar players who want a "baritone" sound. And the price is amazing!
Music background: Berklee grad and former instructor there.

Fun tone machine you cant put it down!

For $350 and the Squier name, you sometimes think this cant possibly be a quality instrument. Not so - the Squier Bass VI exceeded my expectations for playability, build quality, and tone! Oh, the tone you get from these...its so much fun to play. There is just ONE thing that is an absolute must: change the strings immediately, then re-adjust action & intonation. Not sure what Squire/Fender is thinking putting a whimpy 84 on the low E...its floppy & buzzy. Get yourself a set of Kalium bass VI strings that are balanced. I used: 98,73,55,41,31,22 but they also have heavier like 102-23 and even 106-24. But I really like the 98-22 set I put on them. Just right for keeping the low end, but still being able to easily play occasional chords and leads higher up the neck. You can play this with your fingers, albeit a bit of a challenge, but a pick is much easier and gives you a better attack and clearer mids & highs. Its hard to put this bass down once you start playing it. I just ditched the whammy bar...it just falls out, and I dont find it useful at all. Some people replace the bridge with a Staytrem, which I'm actually thinking of doing. The stock bridge isn't horrible, but it's a wonky design and a bit tricky when trying to adjust intonation & action correctly. Overall, I am completely satisfied with this instrument!
Music background: Rock, folk, various

great product, great service

the bass is very good sounding and playibility is off the charts. and it looks great too. the service from Sweetwater is the best. I would not hesitate to call them for any music need I have.
Music background: hobbist
See also: 6-string bass guitars, Squier, Squier 6+ string Bass Guitars