Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI - Black

6-string Electric Bass with Basswood Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3 Single-coil Pickups, and Vibrato - Black
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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 Black
Body Material Basswood
Body Finish Polyurethane
Scale Length 30"
Number of Frets 21, Medium Jumbo
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 9.5" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape C
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 Master Volume, Master Tone; 3 on/off slide switches; bass-cut "Strangle" circuit switch
Strings Fender, (.025-.084)
Manufacturer Part Number 0305600506

Customer Reviews

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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.

Perfect for me

I'm incredibly picky when it comes to guitars. I picked this mode for the following reasons: the rosewood fretboard is incredibly smooth, the inlays and binding are very classy looking (got the black mode), and the scale length obviously. I have restrung it as a baritone guitar B to B with a lighter string gauge (tricky, but doable), and it sounds incredible. Chords are rich and there is a woody/resonant nature to the guitar once strung this way. I play mostly post rock and shoegaze with some high gain indie or post hardcore and this handles all of it. Incredible value and I'll keep it until it breaks.

Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI - Black

I bought this bass after eye-balling it for a year. I went to my local music store, which is a Fender/Squier dealer, and inquired about ordering one. He said it would take quite a while to get one shipped to the store. So I went to Sweetwater's ebay listing, and bought it there. I was surprised at the quick shipping, and how well it was packaged. But what blew me away is the customer service. I contacted SW about a question I had, and ended up talking for ten minutes about guitars. You can tell they are musicians and are very friendly. That means a lot to me, when I'm giving someone my money.The bass is awesome, I play it like I'm finger picking an acoustic guitar. I can't wait to record this monster!
Music background: guitarist, songwriter, composer

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I'm mainly a bass player, but I occasionally play guitar and I find this bass very fun to play.When I got this bass in 2014 at Sweetwater and from the unboxing to the guitar setup, it arrive to me in an excellent condition. SO DO YOURSELF A NICE FAVOR AND BUY ONE NOW!!
Music background: hobbyist/semi-pro bass player

the in between you've always wanted

This is the in between you've always wanted. Play it like a Bass, flip acouple switches and shred it like a guitar. Can't beat the price.
See also: Squier, Squier 6-string Bass Guitars