With the Vintage Modified Series, Squier has reproduced and made available some classic models first introduced in the early ‘60s. The Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI is a six-string instrument that is akin to the setup of a baritone guitar, yet is more than capable of delivering a much-desired full-bodied and rich tone.
The body is carved out of lightweight Basswood, often used due to its excellent balance of tones across low, mid and high frequencies. On the Three Tone Sunburst model a 3-ply tortoise shell pickguard protects the body on the underside of the strings and around the pickup selectors. Added protection is given to the paintwork through the polyurethane finish.
The Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI comes with a solid and durable Maple neck, cut to the Modern “C”-shape. The modern “C”-shape is an updated version of the classic Fender Strat-style C shape offering a comfortable profile that is suited to most playing styles. The shortened 30” scale length – comparable to the classic Fender Bass VI - allows for a smoother and quicker playing-feel across the neck.
The rosewood fingerboard houses 21 medium-jumbo frets and is set to a 9.5” radius – a favoured Fender setting - and finished with White Binding with White Pearloid Block Position inlays. As with the body greater protection is added to the neck with a polyurethane finish.
A wealth of creative tone control is afforded to the player with the inclusion of a Custom Jaguar Single-Coil pickup at the bridge position, a Custom Jaguar Single-Coil Reverse-Wound/Reverse Polarity pickup at the mid position and a Custom Jaguar Single-Coil pickup at the neck position.
A great deal of effort has been made to ensure that the “buzzing” concerns associated with earlier models are negated. Complete command of the pickups is given through the controls available such as the 4-On/Off slide switches (one for each pickup and one tone circuit), a Master Volume and a Master Tone control. As well as this each pickup is shielded using a “Claw” adding further protection against signal interference.
Looking as classy as it sounds, the 6-Saddle vintage-style non-locking floating vibrato bridge is finished in smooth chrome. Not only does the bridge look beautiful but also its functionality lends itself well to the creativity that can shine through when playing this enjoyable instrument.
Manufacturer Squier Model Vintage Modified Bass VI Guitar Body Material Basswood Neck Material Maple Fingerboard Material Rosewood Pickup Configuration SSS Bridge Tremolo Neck Profile Modern "C" No. of Frets 21 Position Inlays Pearloid Block Pickguard Tortoiseshell Bridge/Tailpiece 6-Saddle Vintage-Style with Non-Locking Floating Vibrato Active/Passive Passive Tuners Vintage-Style Pickups Neck: Custom Single-Coil Jaguar with Claw Middle: Custom Single-Coil Jaguar Reverse-Wound/Reverse-Polarity with Claw Bridge: Custom Single-Coil Jaguar with Claw Controls Master Volume, Master Tone, 3-On/Off Slide Switches (One for Each Pickup) Pickup Switching 3-On/Off Slide Switches (One for Each Pickup) Finish Three Tone Sunburst
4 stars as the wood on mine isn't book matched that well - but I bought in store and could have passed on it. Which I didn't.
Fit and finish are great. Bridge a bit buzzy on the G, am fettling with that more than I was expecting, but that may be the nature of the thing.
In summary, very pleased I got it. Am looking forward to unlocking its potential as I get more familiar on it. Great value and good service from the Huddersfield store.
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