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Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Bass VI 6 String Bass, Sunburst


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Up for sale, a Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Tuned E to E (an octave down from a standard guitar), the Bass VI can cover an incredible tonal range, working as both a bass and a lead instrument, depending on the situation.

Originally designed for studio players looking to nail the Nashville "tic-tac" bass tones, the Bass VI has a present and clear low end, with a sinewy snap that cuts through a mix yet still retains plenty of warmth. For low, surfy twang the Bass VI is ideal, and when drenched in Fender reverb, the tones can be haunting and ethereal. The range of the instrument allows you to also strum full chords and augment bass lines with leads and complex chord shifts not possible on a conventional bass. Used on Ennio Morricone's "Spaghetti Western" film scores, Beatles tunes, a good chunk of the Cream catalog, and much of the Cure's output in the past 40+ years, the Bass VI is an indispensable tool for a wide range of musical styles. Weighing 9lbs, this Bass VI is strung with roundwound 25-90 strings and dialed in for optimal action and intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features both pearloid blocks and cream fretboard binding, echoing the aesthetics of a late '60s Bass VI. The fretboard has a modern 9 1/2" radius with flawless medium jumbo fretwire that plays cleanly up the 30" scale. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The nut measures 1.650" in width (42mm), and the headstock retains the original Kluson-style tuning machines.

All of the electronics work as intended, with three individual on/off pickup switches, a low cut tone switch, and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The chrome hardware and plastic parts are clean as can be, and the clear protective factory plastic film is still intact on the red tortoise pickguard. The gloss three-tone Sunburst finish highlights unusual flame figuring on the basswood body, and cosmetic wear includes dings through the finish on the bass-side lower bout body edge and light scuffing in the clear coat of the gloss on the back lower bout body edge. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

This Bass VI is an incredibly versatile tool, existing in a gray area between guitar and bass and offering unique sonic textures not found on any other instrument.

A Gator-branded gigbag is included.