Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI Jazzmaster in 3-Tone Sunburst

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The Squier Bass VI Jazzmaster is a rare and beautiful thing indeed! Tuned E to E, it is an octave below conventional guitar tuning, though some players install heavy guitar strings and tune it as a baritone guitar. It has a similar shape to the Fender Jazzmaster with a 21-fret, 30-inch scale neck.
There are three single-coil pickups wired through volume and tone knobs, and four slider switches. The switches are ON/OFF for each pickup and a bass cut switch. The hardware is rounded out by a vintage six-saddle bridge with a floating vibrato. The Squier version is fairly close to the specs of the original, unlike the current Fender Pawnshop series Bass VI.
This is a really nice piece of work from the folks at Squier’s Indonesian factory. The body is carved from basswood and the modern C-shaped maple neck is comfortable, with smart looking pearloid block inlays set into its bound rosewood fretboard.
The fretboard has a 9.5-inch radius, instead of the original 7.25-inch radius, making it a little better for playing guitar chords. This, the profile and the block inlays are part of the “Modified” moniker of this instrument. They chose a synthetic bone nut that is 1.650-inches wide. The frets are medium-jumbo, and they are very well finished and level.
The .025 to .095 strings carry tension well and it feels somewhere between a normal 6-string electric guitar and a 4-string bass guitar. It is a compact size, and would be a handy for players that find full-sized basses to be too big.
The sound is really unexpected. It sounds like a bass with solid low end when cranked through bass amps, and makes fairly normal guitar sounds when put through Twin Reverb.
The guitar pickups are a good match with this package, and we like that they reversed the polarity of the middle pickup to provide a little more crunch. The bass cut (“Strangle”) switch makes the sound a lot more guitar like, which is a nice feature.
Introduced in 1961 as a competitor to the Danelectro UB2, the Bass VI's 30-inch scale, trio of single-coil pickups and Jazzmaster-style vibrato marked it out as more of a natural lead instrument despite being designed to be tuned an octave below a conventional guitar.
Its unique sound and achingly cool looks saw the Bass VI find favour with Jet Harris and Jack Bruce, while John Lennon and George Harrison both used one during sessions for The White Album, Let It Be and Abbey Road.
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Neck Shape: Modern “C”
  • Scale Length: 30″ (762 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5″ (241 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650″ (42 mm)
  • Position Inlays: Pearloid Block
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Squier®
  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Jaguar® Single-Coil with Claw
  • Middle Pickup: Custom Jaguar® Single-Coil Reverse-Wound/Reverse-Polarity with Claw
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Jaguar® Single-Coil with Claw
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Pickup Switching: 3-On/Off Slide Switches (One for Each Pickup)
  • Pickup Configuration: SSS
  • Special Electronics: 2-Position Slide Switch for Bass-Cut “Strangle” Circuit
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style with Non-Locking Floating Vibrato
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
  • Pickguard: Tortoiseshell
  • Control Knobs: Black Plastic
  • Strings: .025 to .095 Tuned E to E (1 Octave Down)
  • Unique Features: White Bound Fingerboard with White Pearloid Block Position Inlays, Single Wing String Tree
This guitar is in fantastic used condition. It has almost no signs of wear or use. Please look at the photos thoroughly as they constitute part of the product description.
This item is available from our store in Exeter or by post (at an additional cost of £40 due to weight, cost of packing materials and levels of required insurance).
If postage is selected, it will be packed very carefully and sent via Parcelforce48 within 3 working days of purchase.
If you have any questions, please contact us before purchasing either by email or phone.