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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
Single wing string tree

Add some vintage sound to your setup today!

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 34 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (29)
  • Good feel (28)
  • Good tone (23)
  • Solid electronics (16)
  • Good pick up (14)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (15)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (27)
  • Recording (24)
  • Practicing (21)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Rock concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), 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.

VS

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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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(27 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The missing link between instruments

By Angry Cripple

from Potato, Idaho

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Pros

  • Fun
  • Nothing Else Like A Vi
  • Plays Well With Effects
  • Reasonable Low-end
  • Sounds Good
  • Very playable

Cons

  • Bass Vibrato Is Limited
  • Knobs Are Cheap

Best Uses

  • Experimenting
  • Jamming
  • Performance
  • Recording

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

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.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally!

By trackingstation

from Sierra Vista, AZ.

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great Pickups
  • Looks great
  • Nice Hardware
  • Plays great
  • Solid Electronics
  • Sounds Great
  • Very Nice Reissue

Cons

  • So-so Pickguard
  • So-so Tuning Keys

Best Uses

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

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

I had one of the original Bass VI's years ago. I sold it when I got an offer for it that was in the thousands. This one sounds and plays every bit as good as the original. It offers a sound that is unlike any other guitar, even a baritone.
Great for leads, "clicky bass" (with flatwounds), surf, blues, and everything in between.
This is a great reissue, unlike the tube amps that look the same as vintage amps on the outside, but inside there is no resemblance.
I had to wait 2 months to get it but it was well worth it. Now I will customize the wiring (as I always do) to get more sounds but look exactly the same cosmetically.
The price is fantastic! I don't care where it was made, they did a great job.

(7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!!!!

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

fun to play!

By Steroplayer

from Michigan

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Nice Build Fretwork Nice

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Had To Setup

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues
  • Writing

Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

Very nice build and quality, plays and sound great after my set up. The nut was a little rough, but I cleaned that up.
Very nice for the amount spent.

You need this instrument.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good For What It Is!

By J K

from Seattle

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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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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

By nowforonetheverge

from 8826

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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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good stock, great with mods!

By Spazzmaster

from Austin, TX

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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.

(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

poor set up

By goldtop 61

from sgf mo

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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

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice Instrument

By 50 Down

from Highspire, PA

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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:

    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

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    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.)

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic deal!

    By munsell10yr

    from CA south bay

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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
      • 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!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The coolest bass ever

      By Lazybullet

      from Hawaii

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      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.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This Is A Great and Unique Instrument!

      By Urthstudio

      from St. Louis, MO

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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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Finally, a Bass VI for the masses!

        By BigWhiteGuitar

        from San Francisco Bay Area, CA

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        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!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Value for the Money

        By StratmanSteve-OEF9i

        from South Florida

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Songwriting

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

        Like many other guitarists, I wanted a Bass VI for a long time, but for me it was going to be a niche item, that is, something I wouldn't use every day so I wasn't going to spend a lot on one. I considered the Fender Pawn Shop model, but passed on it. I thought it was too much money for a guitar I knew up front I wouldn't play nearly as much as the others.

        The Bass VI was beautiful right out of the box and I wondered how it survived the trip from Indonesia as well as it did with such flimsy packing. Beautiful (and thick poly) sunburst finish with tortoiseshell pickguard and I always loved the block markers Fender used in the late '60s/early '70s. The binding on the neck is there only to capture the look of the original Fender.

        Playability was awful. I got it tuned up and I encountered the fret buzz problem immediately, especially on the low E. Really needs a professional setup and new strings, though, unlike some others I probably won't switch to bigger strings, but I'd like to get flatwounds. Apparently the build quality, fit and finish, good as they are now, were actually even better before the orders poured in and manufacturing had to be sped up to meet demand.

        The sound is great and I love the tones from all three pickups. The "bass strangle" switch provides even more tones. It really gets extreme when used with a fuzz pedal as the tone becomes even more trebly. It seems people love or hate the switch. I love it. And then there's the whammy bar. It just slides in, no threads, no mechanism to hold it in place, and there isn't much vibrato action, either. Mine won't see a lot of use, anyway.

        All in all I'm very pleased with my purchase. The Bass VI is not perfect, but the value I received for the money I paid is more than fair. My only real complaint – I waited over four months to get it!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not too shabby, but not perfect, either.

        By blackblackbeastpa

        from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

        I've wanted a Bass VI for years as a fun, unique thing and a backup bass, but they were always so prohibitively expensive and hard to come by, that I settled for a Danelectro Baritone for awhile- not anywhere near the same thing. I was overjoyed when this came out, and dropped strong hints to my wife since it came out right around my birthday this year. She listened, and ordered me the black one.

        Out of the box, the finish and appearance was really great, but it was pretty rough, playability wise. Lots of fret buzz, and the nut was pretty gnarly and unfinished. I took it for a setup, and while it plays much better now, it's still fairly buzzy if you apply more than a moderate amount of right hand pressure and don't fret perfectly, especially up high on the neck.

        Otherwise, it's a pretty neat guitar. Plugged into a bass amp, it delivers about as much low end as a Jazz Bass, but I definitely wouldn't use it as my main bass. That isn't to say it doesn't sound like a bass, because it certainly does, but where it really shines is when it's played through a tube amp with reverb and the requisite effects- it's a really versatile instrument. I'm hoping the buzzing and flimsiness can be solved by using flatwounds or heavier gauge strings, though it may just feel "flimsy" because I'm so used to playing an actual bass.

        In any case, I'd say it's worth the money for what it is. Great fit and finish, just needs quite a bit of setup. If they continue making it, I hope the quality improves in that realm, though the guy I go to for setups said it's nearly impossible to get a "perfect" sound out of a short-scale bass, which is essentially what this is, with two extra strings.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice hybrid

        By Mario

        from undisclosed

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        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.

        (2 of 3 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

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        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...

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What a BARGAIN

        By Skip LeDoo

        from Pittsburgh

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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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