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Fender Bass VI Makes A Comeback Among New Pawn Shop Models
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Atomic Shadow    Said...

If they really want to sell the Bass VI they should mention that Lennon and Harrison used one whenever McCartney was on the piano.

11-Jan-13 09:05 AM

Matt    Said...

The main riff on Aerosmith's "Back In The Saddle" is the Bass VI, and I believe Jeff Beck played one, as well.

11-Jan-13 10:22 AM

Greg    Said...

The Cure and Cocteau Twins used the Bass VI extensively.

11-Jan-13 12:25 PM

kenstee    Said...

This new Bass VI is a total disappointment. It's features have been rather dramatically reduced/downgraded from the real thing. Gone are the separate on/off switches for each pup - instead a cheap, less customizable blade assembly has been used. Gone is the strangle switch. Gone are the 3 single coil Jag pups which gave it that amazing sound. Gone are the great .095>.026 strings which gave it that classic bass response and tone. Instead, it comes with significantly lighter gauge strings - which greatly impacts tone. Not even sure it can accommodate the proper gauge strings as an option. The truss rod is not the stronger reinforced one found on other VIs. So, structurally may be an issue with thicker strings. And they might not fit in the stock tuning pegs/nut or bridge. Some of the first players to try one out have said it feels a bit flimsy (especially the floating trem) and the bass response was poor - particularly on the E string.

You might be much better off getting the 2012 Schecter Hellcat VI which is more true - IMO - to the classic Bass VI and is very reasonably priced for what you get (uses 3 Seymour Duncan SJAG-1 pups - which sound great btw) except it does not have a trem- which for me is kind of useless with thick strings anyway OR get the UltraCure Robert Smith VI also from Schecter OR get the new MIJ version of the Fender Bass VI - which is MUCH closer to the specs of the classic Bass VI - available from Japanese retailers and some US ones OR get a Burns Barracuda. Why couldn't they just do this right and produce a "real" Bass VI like the current MIJ model and made this stripped-down version the cheaper Squire version? What a missed opportunity. I'll pass.....YMMV

NOTE: All of these including the Bass VI are short-scale six string BASSES not baritones! Unlike baritones, they are 30" in scale and are tuned E>e one octave below standard.

Some early user reviews and comments can be found here...

11-Jan-13 08:13 PM

Stan    Said...

I agree, why can't they just make a Bass Six reissue or make one with jazzmaster pickups....geesh, all this pawn shop's pretty cool but knida reminds me of what Sid did to toys in the movie "Toy Story"...

15-Jan-13 10:21 AM

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