Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI - Olympic White

6-string Electric Bass with Basswood Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3 Single-coil Pickups, and Vibrato - Olympic White
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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 Olympic White
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 Master Volume, Master Tone; 3 on/off slide switches; bass-cut "Strangle" circuit switch
Strings Fender, (.025-.084)
Manufacturer Part Number 0305600505

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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.

Every Bassist Needs One!

I'm primarily a bassist and I absolutely love this instrument. While these don't quite deliver the level of depth that a traditional bass does, there is zero doubt that you are in fact playing a bass once you plug in and let the first notes ring out. The Bass VI's are more than capable of providing solid bass live or in the studio. No, this won't completely replace a standard bass in most ensembles and nor is it designed to. The Bass VI is designed to offer a bassist tone color variety they deliver! My favorite use for this instrument is as a compositional tool, it's nice to be able to pick up a bass and be able to write music without having to compromise the chords you want to hear. I've heard a number of players comment in videos that these aren't great for chording but I don't find that to be true whatsoever, in fact that makes absolutely no sense. Another great advantage to the bass VI is the fact that they are considerably more comfortable to lug around in public than my Jazz basses, I love that I can sit in a local coffee shop, plug into an ipad and work on tunes without having to settle for composing on a guitar because it's simply easier to carry around when I know I'm going to be out and about. I can't say enough nice things about the instrument. Typically they need a decent setup out of the box and you may find one or two little issues concerning the construction but they tend to be extremely minor things like a loose screw and in most cases a quick once-over does the trick to correct any issues. The sound quality is great and the instrument feels solid and road-worthy. I can't say enough nice things about it and I urge any bassist to check one out.

Squire Vintage Modified Bass VI (White)

Love it! Just what I, as primarily a guitar player, wanted and needed, in an instrument, for occasional "Bass" (and Baritone) needs, or duties. Fit, finish, playability (right out of the box) and versatility, also, are outstanding. Love the 30" (short) scale, as well! I've only had it a short while, but it's a KEEPER, for sure! Congratulations, (Fender) "Squier," on a Great, Modern interpretation, of a outstanding bass format! It's an absolute "Hoot" to play! Nice weight (not light, but not too heavy, either), and good balance! I use a Levy Neoprene Bass strap, and it's all very comfortable. My "Sales Engineer," Jon Faloon @ Sweetwater, was great to deal with, and upheld the Sweetwater CS traditions, nicely! Thank You, Jon! We'll be doing more business, in the future, I'm sure!

Squier Bass VI

Received this beautiful instrument from Sweetwater in perfect condition,as always the Sweetwater guys are great to work with, good people. the instrument is really nice, after adjusting my playing style, I really got some unique and wonderful sounds. flawless build , compares to anything else. I love it
Music background: Pro

Squier deserves praise for this one

i gave this instrument a 5 star review, that being said the guitar shipped to me in a weak box (almost no reinforcement/padding) and the setup was unplayable. i took it apart, shimmed the neck, reassembled it and i now have my favorite instrument. i played it so much the first week that my fingertips hurt. i have no idea how they make this for $349.
Music background: luthier, noodler
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