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Fender Steve Bailey VI 6-String Fretless Bass  

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    Play the 6-string fretless that bears the name of a living bass legend.

    Playing the 6-string Fender Steve Bailey VI Fretless Bass puts you behind an electric bass backed by the success of Steve Bailey himself. Bailey is known as a player's player, an instructional author with an impressive list of performing and recording credits—including Dizzy Gillespie, the Rippingtons, and Jethro Tull.

    The Fender Steve Bailey Jazz Bass VI is a phenomenal vehicle for self-expression that offers you the opportunity to explore a virtually limitless tonal palette in the quest to define your own voice on the bass. From silky singing cello-like tones to the thundering bottom end that only a beautifully executed low "B" string can produce, this Fender bass guitar is one of the finest examples of the marriage of art and engineering.

    The fretless Fender J-Bass has a select alder body and a quartersawn maple neck with an asymmetrical profile with a 9.5" to 14" compound-radius 2-octave ebony fingerboard. Other appointments include custom Fender bass pickups, 18-volt active electronics, an onboard mute switch, onboard active EQ, a heavy-duty fully adjustable Fender locking bridge and Bailey's initials on the back of the headstock.

    Fender includes a hardshell case with the Steve Bailey VI Fretless Bass.

    Features

    • Body: select alder
    • Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer
    • Neck: asymmetrical quartersawn maple
    • Fingerboard: ebony with compound 9.5" to 14" radius
    • Scale length: 34"
    • Nut width: 2"
    • Hardware: chrome
    • Tuning keys: hipshot ultralite
    • Bridge: locking CVM (Convertible Modular) bridge
    • Pickguard: 4-ply brown shell
    • Pickups: custom 6-string jazz bass pickups
    • Pickup switching—blend knob with center detent

    The finest combination of art and engineering. Order your Steve Bailey VI 6-string fretless bass today.

     
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    FenderSteve Bailey VI 6-String Fretless Bass
     
    3.0

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Cool looking but disappointing overall

    By Lambasster

    from Stationed Overseas

    Comments about Fender Steve Bailey VI 6-String Fretless Bass:

    This bass looks so cool and the sound is pretty good. But, overall this a poorly made instrument and doesn't deliver the goods unless you plan on spending some extra money with a good repair guy to get this in pro-level playing shape...which I did and still was dissappointed.
    The bridge is way too complicated to adjust. The stand- by switch is OK, but not much need for that. Love the pickguard.
    This bass has serious grounding problems. Got a lot of extra hum in the studio. Back of the neck is sticky no matter how my repair guy sanded it. Fretboard needed serious leveling to make it playable. Big neck dive issue due to shorter strap horn. Very disappointed with the overall quality. Taking off the pickguard revealed finish damage from rush job drilling.
    Should be priced way lower; was expecting a lot better quality for the price.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    One of the only production Jazz-style 6ers!

    By N/A-u2lPK

    from NYC

    Comments about Fender Steve Bailey VI 6-String Fretless Bass:

    I have the fretless version of this bass in black, and with a little tweaking it absolutely kills. The one bummer was that it was difficult to get super-low action, but I slapped some tapered (exposed core) strings, and now I can get it right down to the fingerboard.Excellent single coil growl, nice balance, the neck feels like butter, and the ebony fingerboard is a joy to play on. Also, the pickup positions allow for a wide variety of tones with just volume and blend controls.

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    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Hear me out...

    By MackMan

    from branson, MO

    Comments about Fender Steve Bailey VI 6-String Fretless Bass:

    Don't get me wrong, this bass sounds good. It plays easy for a 6 string monster, BUT the curse of cranking instruments out is poor quality. When you pick it up, you instantly realize theres not much to it. Yes, its light and that can be a good thing, but not in this case. You could get a high quality, better sounding, neck thru, from a lesser known maker for the same price. I was a little upset about it, but I still love Steve. Even though he tricked me.

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