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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
 
4.6

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Pros

  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (8)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (12)
  • Recording (12)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (5)

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

This Is A Great and Unique Instrument!

By URTHStudio-Ui9qI

from Saint Louis, MO

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

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

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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!

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    4.0

    Needs a Setup, Great Deal Though

    By Eddie. A

    from College Park, Maryland

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Bridge buzz
    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Pick Up
    • Trem Creeks

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    The Bass VI is an interesting instrument, neither guitar nor bass. Some people will like it others will hate regardless, if you really want to experience it for yourself I recommend you get this before they discontinue it. That being said the Squier VM Bass VI is poorly set up outside the box, please please please don't expect otherwise; if you plan on purchasing this instrument be prepared for some head scratching while setting it up. I would recommend to buy some heavier gauge strings for it aswell, I use a custom Labella set however any custom set with a low E above a .95 should do the trick otherwise the intonation on the low E will be impossible to set up without sawing off the intonation screw. I want to keep this short so in summary the Squier Bass VI can be an excellant instrument once you manage to properly set it up, I'm not a huge fan of the Jazzmaster type bridge however with some patience and a bit of improvization ive managed to make it work to my liking.

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    4.0

    Can't beat it for the price

    By berkstin

    from East Bay, CA

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    Pros

    • Fast neck
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Inexpensive
    • Versatile tone

    Cons

    • Definitely Needs A Setup
    • Fret Buzz
    • Tremelo Bar Is So-so

    Best Uses

    • Great Bass For Guitarists

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    I got this as a used or restock. I've wanted a baritone or bass VI for a while and you really can't beat this for the price. It does need some adjusting, as there was a LOT of fretbuzz on the low E out of the box, but otherwise it sounds really great and is an easy player. Being able to turn all three pickups off or on in any configuration is a great feature, and the 'bass strangle' switch can give you a passable guitar sound. I've done some recording using a Behringer Bass BDI21 pedal into my Focusrite and it came out sounding great.

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    5.0

    Fun, unique instrument at great price!

    By katswordfishfish

    from PDX, OR.

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    Pros

    • Customization Friendly
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Unique

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Heavy Setup
    • Intonation
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Composing
    • Jamming
    • Modding
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues
    • Writing

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    I recently received my Olympic White Squier VM Bass VI in the mail, and I'm pretty happy with it so far. It's by no means a perfect instrument right out of the box, but it's honestly like nothing that I've ever played! It's a really fun, unique, and inspiring piece of gear at a very good price. So while I have a few minor nitpicks to point out, I believe that this is a very cool instrument for the money. I should also add that this may be a bit of an unusual bass for first-time owners or bass students; it might be fine, and it would certainly be interesting and memorable, but parents of students and first-time buyers should just be aware that this instrument is a little bit different than the typical passive 4-string bass! If I was looking for something a little bit more 'standard' for a first time bass player, I'd definitely consider one of the other Squier Vintage Modified Series basses (like the Precision, the Jazz, the Jaguar, or others).

    ~ First point is that the packaging was a little bit on the light side. A few bits of cardboard and some thin foam sheets. Having said that, mine arrived without any visual signs of travel-damage.

    ~ As far as the look and feel goes; it's very solid and hefty. It doesn't feel cheap or brittle. However, there are some clear rough-edges that make it obvious that this is a value-market bass; on my bass, there are a few TINY specs of dust within the Olympic White finish, the nut is a little bit shabby and sloppy looking (but it seems to work alright for now), the plastic edges of the scratch guard are pretty rough and uneven also but not so bad that they can't be easily cleaned up. Also, the slot for the truss rod access on the head is a little gross on mine, and the truss rod seems a bit 'gunked up' (not hard to turn, but a little bit sticky and difficult to get the hex key in and out). There's a lot to like about the look and feel of the instrument though. The neck looks and feels great, and the rest of the guitar cleans up pretty easily with a soft rag and a little bit of time. The metal parts look good, and the work, but unfortunately I've noticed the quality of the screws and other non-critical hardware to be pretty low (a lot of the adjustment screws feel like they're weak and will strip soon).

    ~ The function of the instrument is generally great, but this instrument will need a bit of work to setup (professionally, or by someone experienced with guitar/bass setups). The pickups sound really good and are really versatile. I was worried that the guitar-style single coil pickups wouldn't sound like a bass. But after playing it through both my bass amp and my guitar amp, it's an amazing tool that I can't wait to apply to my music. The small string spacing and E-e tuning makes playing fast and agile riffs and solos fun and easy. Chords in the higher register sound really nice and clean, bass lines in the low register can be thick and funky/dubby/etc., and it can even handle gain well! Finger-style and slap are still possible on this bass, but you'll have to be able to adjust your technique. Interestingly, hybrid picking and guitar-style finger picking work pretty well too. Overall, it's fun to play and very musical.

    - I've run into two semi-big issues; buzz and intonation issues. These can be mitigated with a proper setup and a few little tricks. For example, my low E string will not intonate correctly even with the saddle pulled as far back as physically possible. However, this seems like it can be solved by flipping the bridge backwards. Of course, flipping the bridge pretty much requires you to remove all the strings. Buzz seems to be able to be mitigated by truss adjustments and action adjustments, but you may have to deal with having a relatively high action. Out of the box, the pickups seemed very high, and they seemed to be affecting tuning and sound quality, adjusting the pickups is easy, but the frail screws make it a much more irritating process.

    - Finally, I had an issue with my tone pot/knob. It doesn't work smoothly at all, and seems to jump from 0% to 100%. In other words, it's not working correctly and is damaged. It's not hard to switch out a pot, but it really shouldn't have passed QA in that condition. This, along with the rough edges, the sticky truss rod hex access, and the frail screws are what caused me to feel the need to list 'poor quality craftsmanship' as a con; considering the price, I wouldn't expect the kind of polish that you see in more expensive instruments, but it's worth a mention.

    Overall, this is a great bass for the money. A little different, unique, and weird. But it sounds good and is really fun to play. I've tried out a few of the Squier Vintage Modified instruments now, and I'm very impressed with the quality:price ratio of the series. Sure it has a few very minor rough edges, and it lacks the polish of more expensive Fender instruments. And it may not have a fender sticker on the head, but if you put the money you save into a new amp or set of pickups you'll have a great setup for learning, practicing, and even local gigging! After a little while, an overhaul of the electronics and the frail screws/hardware would turn this into a great and solid bass that anyone could be proud to own. That probably applies to all of the Squier Vintage Modified basses, from what I can tell based on the ones that I've tried! If you're buying your first bass, it might not be the most standard, but it might be worth considering if you're up for something a little bit 'eccentric'. A great mid-tier instrument with a lot of modification potential at a competitive price, and I'm sure it'll turn a few heads too!

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    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!

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    5.0

    Great Bass

    By Larz

    from Memhis, TN

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    Pros

    • Beautiful Fit And Finish
    • Easy Personal Setup
    • Fender Usa Quality Build
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • E6 String A Bit Slappy
    • Trem Arm Won't Install

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    The Squier Bass VI materials and workmanship are excellent, its sound is clear, strong and extremely variable. It plays great, feels good to hold and while covering anything a regular bass can do, offers an upper extension even to chording.

    Personal setup is quick and easy. The supplied .024-.084 round wound strings sound and play well though the E6 can be a bit slappy and requires a bit of finesse to master cleanly. However, LaBella offers custom round wound and .026-.095 flat wound sets and the neck responds well to truss rod adjustments so the bass is not a one trick pony nor limited in usefulness.

    The only conundrum concerns installing the Trem Arm. There is no user guide in print or online to describe its installation. It doesn't screw in and no matter how hard pushed into its collar, it just won't fit into the internal collet.

    So far, query to Fender has been acknowledged but unanswered, but they do have a toll-free support line which is the next course of action. As one experienced with vintage American Jaguars and knowledgeable of these Trem Systems and Fender in general, I find this unusual but just a bump on the road to sonic bliss.

    This is an incredible deal on a vintage type reissue of the Fender VI and overall, as well as in all the usual specific respects, the instrument is excellent and of the highest order.

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    5.0

    Not too shabby

    By JNF91

    from Kansas

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

    • Trem Bar Won't Stay Put

    Best Uses

    • Recording

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    All in all, this is a little better than I expected for the money. Nobody is going to use this as a primary instrument, anyway. The Bass VI IMO was always a one trick pony, and this one does that trick just fine.

    The setup takes a little tweak, and you're off to the races. The hardware seems adequate, the tones are useful, and the finish is pretty nice. Mine did have some binding slivers still hanging off the fretboard from the scraping process. My only real complaint is the trem bars tendency to eject at inopportune moments. I love the strangle switch.

    Unless you flatpick it, forget about using this as a bass. Way too tight on the string spacing. But that's not what this is about, right? It's about tic-tac lines and Wichita Lineman and Dance, Dance, Dance. It does those just fine.

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    5.0

    Extremely Pleased

    By eastwoodzeppelin

    from West Chester, PA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    Squire has been steadily improving since I first started playing guitar and that being said, I think this might be some of their nicest work. I played the normal fender bass VI at a local shop and they're really pretty similar. The fact that the squire had block inlays and came in sunburst was what sealed the deal for me. This is a remarkable guitar. I am a guitarist and a bassist and I could literally play this thing for days on end and have tons of fun. It has such a unique sound that it practically forces you to be innovative and create your own crazy sounds. Sure, when it arrived, it had some of the same issues that everyone always complains about on this website: fret buzz, poor setup, bad strings. But thats kind of to be expected when you ship instruments so i don't get why everyone always complains about that. Its more than worth it for the price anyway so just buy it.

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    3.0

    Disappointed

    By rjb4474

    from Wisconsin

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Very Close To Original

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Horrible Packing
    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI:

    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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