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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
 
4.5

(based on 33 reviews)

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    (21)

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    (8)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (28)
  • Good feel (27)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Solid electronics (15)
  • Good pick up (13)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (15)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (26)
  • Recording (23)
  • Practicing (20)
  • Rock concerts (11)
  • Small venues (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (11)

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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4.0

Wonderful instrument for those willing to adjust.

By JKFraser

from Michigan

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Pickups a tiny bit microphonic when all on.
  • Strangle switch turns tone pot into volume.

Best Uses

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

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

I waited 3 weeks to review this, so the new gear thrill would wear off. First, there are few videos that give an accurate representation of what the bass VI can do. I'd encourage those interested in this instrument to find the Rob Chapman video on YouTube to hear an accurate representation.

Tone: The VI sounds best to my ears with all pickups engaged, strangle switch off, tone and volume rolled back just a hair. Play the instrument with a light touch on the fretting hand and with a guitar fingerstyle (not 2 or 3 finger bass style) and there are no intonation issues. Played this way, the tone in the bass register is between a J and a P. Very usable and fat. Slapping and popping can be done easily by using a hybrid guitar technique, rather than a bass style, since lighter strings are easy to whack sharp. sounds like an upright bass when you use a pick and palm mute. Other pickup settings are useful, but I nearly always keep the middle pickup engaged, both for humbucking, and that great reverse wound airy quack. I will say that when these strings go, I am definitely getting a flatwound set, since the string squeak on slides requires a bit too much finesse to avoid.

Uses: I've been primarily using my VI as a bass, though it works very well using arpeggiated or chorded triads to fill out a light mix. Also, I've been using it to add a 2 octave up bass part to lighter parts of songs, just to give more dynamic range to a tune. If your electric guitarist can't show up, you feel like a song needs a cello line, or you are missing a drummer, creative use of the VI can easily fill up that missing sonic space. Add a little chorus, delay, & reverb and you can fill a keyboard's roll as well, creating synth-like pads & melodies.

Fit and Finish: I have the Olympic white version & it is nearly perfect. However, the nut was repaired in the factory (low E) & there is a tiny chip in the headstock finish near the nut. All in all 4.8/5 for a budget instrument.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice hybrid

By Mario

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

I play it like a bass, and for the most part it can handle it pretty well. However, the low E string can sometimes venture into rubber band territory, but asides from that I'm loving it. I played with the setup to get it where I wanted it, and the other musicians who have seen it were impressed by the tones it's capable of producing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

In great shape, needed setup though.

By Al B

from Port St. Lucie Florida

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

Instrument was used but in great shape. It needed a setup very badly as many other people have said. After a setup that included a fret job. This thing is an excellent instrument.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great guitar to add to your collection....

By Nowforontheverge

from cailifon, nj

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Proper hard case not readilly available.

Best Uses

  • Gig with
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

Opened and found a beautiful instrument that played pretty well before set up. All finishes were good with the exception of a slightly noticeable marking on the lower body(mine is white). BUT, this instrument is so well made otherwise, it's not worth complaining about. I performed a slight neck adjustment that was easy to perform. Neck finger board action is great.

Tone is where instrument really shines. It has three pickups and with the combinations, the sounds are varied and complex. There is a forth switch which changes the bass dynamics keeping the tones brighter for a very haunting sound. I'm primarily a guitar player that uses drop "D" for tune choices. This new guitar gives me all the other creative choices I wished for further expanding my playing options. The only complaint I have is the Fender bass case that was recommended by MF that I purchased that can not be used with this guitar as it had a molded interior that prevents the guitar from fitting inside at all. MF needs to know their product better before making such a recommendation. I am confident MF will get me the proper hard shell case for it since Fender is now advertising one specifically for it. The Fender item # is 0068076000.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Bass, after a good setup and shim...

By Jim Bob Jones

from The Middle of Nowhere OKLAHOMA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

Bass arrived in a timely fashion, playable out of the box. INtonation and setup were good until the bridge moved... It is a floating bridge setup, and after a bit of research, I shimmed the neck, fixed the bridge, and have a great playing bass. I am in the process of waiting for new flatwounds, but that is a matter of preference. The low e string needs to be a bit bigger than what it came with, its a bit floppy and just doesn't sound right. That being said, thsi bass is great! I can't stop playing it like a guitar though...

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

poor set up

By goldtop61

from sgf mo

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

big e will not tune

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Strangely Wonderful

By JWBradley

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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Nice Instrument

    By 50 Down

    from Central 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.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Well worth the price!

      By MarkyMark

      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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bridge

      By Mike

      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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