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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!

SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Modified Bass VI

  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)

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SquierVintage Modified Bass VI
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

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    (20)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (23)
  • Good feel (22)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (12)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (22)
  • Recording (18)
  • Practicing (17)
  • Rock concerts (9)
  • Small venues (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (8)

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

Strangely Wonderful

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from Belmont, NC

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    I picked up the Bass VI to noodle around with. Love it it has a great sound and a funky feel. As soon as you can get used to the string spacing, you can find some great tunes. The pickup selectors and bass strangle are very impressive.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Nice Instrument

    By 

    from Highspire, PA

    About Me Professional Musician

    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:

      I have had two of these for a year now. The craftsmanship is surprisingly very comparable to my early eighties Fender Precision bass.

      These have done very well in the studio... very quiet electronics

      Action on mine is extremely low with little to no fret buzz... I am using La'bella Bass VI strings. BIG difference in how this instrument plays as opposed to the original factory strings.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Well worth the price!

      By 

      from Worcester, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

      I had a hankering for a new toy, and while I did not need another bass (haha of course I did), I bought one of these without every playing one. I was a little leery of the whole Squier Made in Indonesia brand, but with no hassle returns, I figured it was a worth a chance. Anyway, I'm very impressed with the quality and fit/finish of the bass. It's fun and easy to play, so I will definitely keep it.
      Here's a few observations:
      Another poster mentioned the Musician's Gear Deluxe Bass Case Black Item #: 540946000001000, so I bought it here. The upper bass bout needed to be shoved down a bit the first time, but now it fits perfectly.
      Fret buzz - yes it definitely had nasty buzzes on the low E and A even after raising the action a bit. Saw lots of posts about putting LaBella 767-6F flats on it, but I wasn't ready to shell out extra for them. The standard strings are 24-84, and way too thin. I bought a set of D'Addario EXL160S - Short Scale 4-string, medium gauge - 50-105. I put these on and left the original B and high E and it plays much better. A little buzz on the low E, but very minor. They also make a light gauge (45-100) and are probably good too.

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      5.0

      Bridge

      By 

      from Falls Church, VA

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            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

            Finally ordered one after reading multiple reviews. Does anybody know if the intonation problems where people had to flip the bridge could have been because the bridge was installed backwards from the factory in the first place? (Mine seems fine so far.)

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic deal!

            By 

            from CA south bay

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

              I've been jonesing for a Bass VI my whole life. I Missed out on the early 90's reissues and have been kicking myself ever since. Other reviews have complained about string spacing and intonation, but mine was literally in tune out of the box. This bass is an incredible bargain. I'll probably switch to flatwounds at some point, but dang, this bass is a hell of a deal. Thanks, Fender!

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              5.0

              What a BARGAIN

              By 

              from Pittsburgh, PA

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

                Wow! After 40 years of thinking about trying to find a Bass VI, for the price it is UNBEATABLE. I read many reviews of new owners having to have a guitar tech intonate the bottom strings, so I went online to get some tips. Flipping the tailpiece bridge to "backwards" (adjustment screws facing UP instead of down) worked like a charm. I had to remove the low E saddle spring to get the saddle far enough toward the tail to intonate the low E. Worked like butter on toast. Love to play this thing, love the sounds the 4 switches allow, love it with Flatwound strings.

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                (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                VERY cool instrument!

                By 

                from Rice Lake, WI.

                About Me Professional Musician

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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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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good For What It Is!

                By 

                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 

                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 

                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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