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The missing link between guitar and bass with authentic vintage-style and tons of low end.

Squier brings you the welcome return of a long-vanished Fender classic in the deeply satisfying form of the Vintage Modified Bass VI six-string bass that delivers excellent low end. Although it's called a six-string bass it has the feel of a baritone guitar without the extended neck. The strings aren't extra thick so it's a great transition from guitar. The original model of 1961-1975 has provided distinctively voiced low end for everyone from the Beatles to the Black Keys, Cream to the Cure, and many others.

The Vintage Modified Bass VI delivers authentically vintage-style look and tone, with a few modern touches such as a comfortable “modern C” neck profile and 9.5” fingerboard radius (the originals were 7.25”), and three custom Jaguar single-coil pickups with notched “claw” shielding rings (reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup).

Other features include the model’s classic 30” scale (standard tuning one octave lower than a guitar), maple neck, bound rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets and pearloid block inlays, four two-position slider switches (on/off switch for each pickup and one bass-cut “strangle” tone circuit switch), tortoiseshell pickguard (three-ply white-black-white on Black model), two black plastic control knobs (master volume, master tone), and vintage-style six-saddle bridge with non-locking floating vibrato.

Features
  • Basswood body
  • Gloss polyurethane body finish
  • Maple neck
  • Gloss polyurethane neck finish
  • Modern "C" shape neck
  • 30" Scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 21 Medium jumbo frets
  • Synthetic bone string nut
  • Pearloid block position inlays
  • 4-Bolt Squier® neck plate
  • Custom Jaguar® Single-Coil bridge pickup with claw
  • Custom Jaguar® Single-Coil reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup with claw
  • Custom Jaguar® Single-Coil neck pickup with claw
  • Master Volume and Master Tone controls
  • 3-On/Off slide switches (one for each pickup)
  • SSS pickup configuration
  • 2-Position slide switch for bass-cut "Strangle" circuit
  • 6-Saddle vintage-style bridge with non-locking floating vibrato
  • Chrome hardware finish
  • Vintage-style tuning machines
  • 3-Ply white pickguard
  • Black plastic control knobs
  • NPS strings, .025 to .095 Tuned E to E (1 Octave Down)
  • White bound fingerboard with white pearloid block position inlays

Add some vintage sound to your setup today!

 

Vintage Modified Bass VI Specifications:

  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
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SquierVintage Modified Bass VI
 
4.5

(based on 21 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (18)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (11)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (17)
  • Recording (16)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Rock concerts (7)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The missing link between instruments

First off, absolutely zero issues with the playability or sound of the instrument. My 'burst VI rocked out of the box. It does all the stupid VI tricks you could want, providing...Read complete review

First off, absolutely zero issues with the playability or sound of the instrument. My 'burst VI rocked out of the box. It does all the stupid VI tricks you could want, providing you're not expecting to ludicrously drop tune it with light strings.

Vibrato is limited, but that's not the fault of Squier or Fender, bass just doesn't lend itself to lots of bar silliness due to frequency range alone. It's much more of an accent than a vehicle for histronics.

Low-end is similar to a Jazz Bass. You realistically won't find P Bass territory here, but that's again, AOK. It's what the instrument does. The higher registers are very, very pleasant and guitar-like, and it lends to a feeling of literally being the missing link between electric bass and guitar.

Don't expect this to be anything other than what it is: a grand thing to experiment with and find sonic choices with. I doubt I'd want it as my sole guitar or bass, but it's a grand thing on its own.

The only real negative I can say is while it's a nice cheap sunburst, the fact is that it's still a cheap sunburst, and cheap sunbursts, well, look cheap. In a perfect world I'd like to see more color choices/matching headstock, but I understand this is a niche instrument as is and the 'boring three' of SB/white/black were what I expected to see.

If you've ever wanted a VI, grab one while they're around - I missed the boat on "inexpensive" MIJ reissues in the mid-90s and was kicking myself since I turned one down for what would be considered a steal today. These play well and sound good.

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Disappointed

Recieved in thin box with no, repeat no, packing material!! Shocked it survived without major damage. Bridge pickup was pushed wa-ay down into body, I've yet to attempt to move it...Read complete review

Recieved in thin box with no, repeat no, packing material!! Shocked it survived without major damage. Bridge pickup was pushed wa-ay down into body, I've yet to attempt to move it up. Shipped with round wounds - yuch. That said, it looks and feels very close to the original for 10% of the going rate. Hopefully, I can get the pickups straightened out - if not, back it goes. I am hoping for the best, and already have a set of flatwounds waiting for it. The neck does feel nice, the intonation was ballpark, the vibrato works as advertised. The tone choke works just like the original: wasted switch. Cheap, thick finish consistent with Indonesia origin. Frankly, if it wasn't for the shoddy, pisspoor packing job, I'd be fairly happy. MF usually does an excellent job packing, for the life of me I can't understand this. Hopefully, a supervisor will read this, figure out what s#it-4-brains packed this, and fire them asap.

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5.0

VERY cool instrument!

By Albin Gregory

from RICE LAKE, WI

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Looks Right Out Of Th 60s
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Strings

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

Had it for 2 weeks. Took all of that to get it dialed in! Comes with strings set up for a baritone. THROW the low 4 AWAY!!!!! I got a set of D'addario flat wounds. Starting at .095 and used the big 3. Bought a set of fender flats and used the small G. Wanted to keep the smallest E possible. Flats are A MUST!!!! The fender set is your best buy for a straight set. Unfortunately the D'addario scale length for the E was too long! DONT even ask what I had to do!
All that said, the flats remove the fret buzz and tone down the tinny ringing. Leaving the B and hi E is working for now. The rocking bridge is really something until you get these strings on, intonate them, and get minimum height set. At this point i can rock the bridge from front to back max limits, sliding back and forth on the strings and the tuning and intonation remain the same! NO WAY, RIGHT!!!!! NOT KIDDING!!!! There IS a magic setting!
I am a 5 string player. I live mostly above fret 5. Think like that and play some barr E and A chords on this thing! WOW!!! Blow you away! Try open D and A above 12th fret letting open strings ring full low! This thing will give you a drop D effect for all keys just by playing barr chords! It really requires playing with a pick! A little palm mute on the fat boys really pops with power! Best accessory is the David Eden World Tour Direct Box!!!!! Cannot begin to tell you how much improvement this box makes to absolutely ANY instrument! Pretty much eliminates the need for palm muting. I have a bunch of tube amps and i am actually playing thru the Dave Eden box and a CHEAP Johnson Reptone 30 with this thing. Turn it up and play light with lots of headroom. WOW!!!! You would swear you can smell the 7027's smokin' in the V4B. Talk about HUGE sound!
This Jag, in sunburst, looks like an old fender, and Feels like one too! I had to adjust the neck a little, the bridge a lot, and filed the frets over the body bolts. Lots of guitars need that eventually anyhow. I am writing songs especially for this sound. You should see peoples heads turn and mouths shut when i start pickin a bassline lick and play into barr chords!
It won't take the place of my regular five string,( could in a pinch! ) but what it does do is so cool! Sooooo CHEAP!!! Try one!!!!

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5.0

Good For What It Is!

By J K

from Seattle

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up

Cons

  • Cheap Parts
  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

I never expected this bass to be amazing right out of the box, though I did find it quite playable from the beginning. Also, it is not worthy to mention that I thought about returning it since Fender did a horrible job of boxing and packaging it up. If you find major problems with it, don't hesitate to return it!

Long story short, I believe that the Squier version of the reissued Fender Bass VI is more loyal to the original and like I said earlier, never expected it to be in a condition where I can take it right out of the box and take it to a show without a few adjustments. Luckily this bass wasn't that expensive to begin with and I believe that with a professional set up, new pick ups, and a new set of strings, this bass will be amazing.

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4.0

Good stock, great with mods!

By Spazzmaster

from Austin, TX

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

Considering that until recently the only way to get a vintage-spec Bass VI was to pay 10 times this amount for a Fender Custom Shop version, this beauty is a home run even with some flaws. This is one of Fender's most distinctive and versatile instruments, at a price anyone can afford, and that makes it a winner. Get one!

Here are the things to be aware of:
Craftsmanship is surprisingly good, but not perfect. The frets and inlays are smooth and neat, but mine did come with a loose screw rattling around inside it. The setup it came with was poor. And due to the narrow stock bridge channel, intonating the low E string is essentially impossible.

All of these things can be addressed, however. After a professional setup and installing a 3rd-party "wide" channel bridge, the thing is an absolute dream and still a bargain after that investment.

The way I see it, this instrument in stock condition is worth twice what I paid for it, just because it brings a hard-to-find instrument into my hands. With the subsequent investments I made, to me it's now worth *three* times the total amount I've sunk into it. My advice is to assume you will be spending extra for setup and a new bridge, because the return on investment will exceed what you spend.

As-is, it's one of those instruments that demonstrates that Squier's manufacturing has reached new heights of quality. With the upgrades, it's one of those instruments that makes you think "Why buy Fender when I can turn a cheap Squier into this dreamy instrument?"

Seriously, go for it. Regard the instrument as a baseline to be modded and customized to perfection, and you will be pleased with the end result.

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5.0

Bass VI for three fifty? Awesome!!!

By tremelo68

from Boston, MA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • well built

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Needs Setupadjustment

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

This is a great bass at a great price! I have played the Pawn Shop edition, a vintage 92 Fender Japan, and now this Squier and they are all about the same. I didn't like the pickups on the Pawn Shop and couldn't afford a Fender Japan. The Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI is a no-brainer if you have been wanting a Bass VI. The pickups are fine. Not great, not horrible. The electronics seem fine as well. The intonation was slightly off, but easily remedied. The finish and wood are both excellent. While not flawless (mine had the tiniest imperfection in the neck binding near the end of the fretboard). The neck feels great and looks good too. I really have zero issues with this and would recommend it highly.

One thing: I am not a bass player, so it could just be my lack of familiarity with playing bass, but the low E string seems a little flappy and is very hard to intonate. All the other strings are great. Could even be just a bad string (I've had that happen in other sets of guitar strings).

Another minor thing: the vibrato action on this is very subtle. Not a lot of wiggle to it, but enough for classic bends. And the vibrato arm is a little loose in the socket, but again, not much of an issue. Probably 8 out 10 people won't even use it anyway. I do, but I also have the ability to make it work better with a little shim.

I bought the Musician's Gear Deluxe Bass Case Black
Item #: 540946000001000 and the bass fits perfectly. It is a cheap case and you get what you pay for: hard cover protection but minimal interior quality. Not a lot of padding and the two end walls of the accessory pocket are anchored by only one screw on each side, so the flap support shifts and flops into the accessory compartment. Two screws per side on each end wall would have made it a lot sturdier (and that is how it is done on the higher end cases). For the price, it does the job. If I were gigging with this Bass VI, I would invest in a much better case, but for storage in my house and very occasional transport, this case is fine and a great price.

If Fender reads these reviews: THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for finally releasing an affordable Bass VI! The quality level far exceeds the price.

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3.0

Nice novelty for fun and sound

By Uncleknubs

from Pacific NW

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

I purchased this because John Lennon used one a couple of times, or at least an original fender VI, but I didn't feel like spending the higher amount for the fender reissue model just for nostalgia. So I picked this less expensive squier fender VI bass up and it's got some pretty cool sounds, it's a bass but it has some higher frequency harmonics to it and can have a use for recording. It had a shoddy lower neck level which caused low E string buzz, but after some leveling work it plays fine. It's a fun bass for a guitarist. 3 stars because it's not a serious bass and it needed more work than usual to play well, but for the price it's worth every penny imo.

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5.0

The coolest bass ever

By Lazybullet

from Hawaii

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Huge Tonal Range

Cons

  • Bad Pots
  • Cheap Bridge
  • Sloppy Finishing

Best Uses

  • Expanding Your Horizons

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

For the life of me I can't understand how the bass vi spent so much time in the shadows of obscurity. This is the most useful bass I've ever played: in the right hands it fills the gap in the chordal range that usually is missing between guitar & bass. I'm talking about chords usually reserved for the piano. Its just amazing to open up this end of the spectrum. As a straight bass the low end is all the way there, guitar players should be advised: you can definitely blow out your guitar amp with this thing. It is a bass and can cover all of the bass's traditional roles.

The cons: it is a Squier so dont expect the cleanest finish. Mine came with some irregularites in the neck finish but the neck is straight and it played pretty well right out of the box. The binding on the neck is a little sloppy but minor and purely cosmetic. My volume pot came jacked & only useful for the last quarter turn but thats an easy fix. PUPs sound better than I expected and dont need to be upgraded. I will replace the bridge before anything else. All in all for the money you cant beat this instrument. Stoked Squier made this instrument affordable with the classic jazzmaster/ jag looks.

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5.0

Amazing Instrument

By Kuzinov

from Martha's Vineyard, MA

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    This is amazing. The only problem you'll have is explaining what a Bass VI is to people. It's not a bass, it's not a baritone, it's a Bass VI, an instrument designed to overlap the Bass and Guitar. It does leads, rhythms, and heck, probably makes Julienne Fries. Every guitarist needs to try one. It will need a good setup and probably some better strings, but, it's an amazing bargain.

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    2.0

    Nice, but bridge problems

    By retro bass

    from Youngstown, Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Nice Looking
    • Well made

    Cons

    • Bridge buzz
    • Difficult To Intonate

    Best Uses

    • All Around Use

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    Had I known about the bridge problems and the additional cost involved, I would have had second thoughts about the purchase. However, after much work and additional cost, I feel that I now have a very good sounding, good playing instrument.

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    5.0

    This Is A Great and Unique Instrument!

    By URTHStudio-Ui9qI

    from Saint Louis, MO

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

      First, look at what this is, a Fender Bass VI with all the original details, like the lovely block inlays that even the Fender Pawnshop version of the Bass VI does not have, and the vibrato bar is the icing on the cake to me. Then look at the price. Are you kidding? This was such an easy decision to purchase and try it out. When you do get it in the flavor of your choice, get ready to have yourself a blast with this guitar...I mean bass, no, I mean both. Whatever your style it can be adapted and will sound unique. I am very happy with the Squire Bass VI, it has a beautiful finish and I was happy with the setup the way it came. Highly recommended.

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      5.0

      Finally, a Bass VI for the masses!

      By BigWhiteGuitar

      from San Francisco Bay Area, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Craftsmanship
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • Very Affordable

      Cons

      • Limited Case Choices

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

      I've had mine for a couple of weeks now, and I am ready to review it. This is a great instrument for the money! As a guitarist who occasionally doubles on bass (I play a Fender Standard Jazz Bass, my personal favorite), I've always wanted to try out a Bass VI. It is an historically significant guitar that, until now, has been scarce and prohibitively expensive. Most people have never had a chance to play one, including myself. With that said, I am cutting it a bit of slack on intonation and set-up while I find my way around on it. I'm a realist- I expect a guitar at this price point to need a little set-up. I found it to be immediately playable, right out of the box, and almost in tune! (just a little flat). I believe a heavier low E string will cure the buzz, and I'm going to remove the return spring from the low E string saddle so the saddle can pull back a bit further for intonation. When I find the sweet spot, I'll shorten the spring accordingly and put it back in. The build quality is excellent for an Indonesian guitar, fully acceptable and the finish looks great (I chose White/Tortoise to match my Jazzmaster and Strat).
      Tonally, the Bass register can get a decent Jazz bass tone, while the upper strings are just great to experiment with! I think someone here said, "It bridges the gap between guitar and bass"- I can't say it any better than that! I haven't succeeded in getting a passable P-bass tone from it yet, but I'm a J-bass guy so I'm not really trying that hard.
      A guitar this good deserves a hardshell case, and that became a challenge! At the time this was written. Fender was/is backordered on the Bass VI case, and it costs almost as much as the guitar! I'd pay that, to keep it safe, but I am impatient and after a long search I found a solution. If you are handy with a screwdriver, you can do what I did- Buy an Italia Mondial Bass Hardshell case (model 1055), and move the neck support/accessory hatch back about 2-1/2 inches. The case dimensions are ideal for the VI, but the body only fits after the neck support is moved. Fortunately, on the case I bought, it was held in with 4 Phillips-head screws accessible from the outside of the case (and a trace amount of glue, easily separated). I also removed the Italia logo with a bit of lacquer thinner, but you could just put stickers over it as well. These cases are abundant online for just over a hundred bones, though I won't mention any Amazonian competitors on this forum. So, if you don't mind a little screwdriver action, you can have a great-fitting hardshell case for it at a price point that matches the guitar! 'Nuff said! Add one to your arsenal now, and let's get this bad boy back in the public ear!

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