New Bass VI Day!

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by RevMike, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. RevMike

    RevMike Poster Extraordinaire

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    So did some swapping (actually a few days ago) and ended up with a gorgeous Squier Bass VI. What in incredible instrument this is. From my experience so far, a very useful piece for a guitarist who does a bass gig now and then. I’m absolutely in love with this thing. Also got a sweet Squier VM Strat in the deal as a swap sweetener too. Attached are photos of both for your viewing pleasure. IMG_0778.JPG IMG_0777.JPG
     
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    Very cool!
     
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    Squier VI’s are terrific instruments, but toss the bridge in the bin and get a Staytrem. Major upgrade!
     
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    Hey, cool congrats.

    I loved mine. I sold it to partially fund a Duo Jet. I made a bone nut for it, found a cellulose tort guard, swapped in a ‘62 Jag bridge pickup, Straytrem bridge and La Bellas. It was killer. I’m sad now. Sad I didn’t keep the Staytrem to sell at an inflated price State side :twisted:
     
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    How would one utilize this instrument...I do have a line on one and have been intrigued.
    Do you replace the bass with it entirely?
     
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    My intention is to use it in place of a bass. It feels like a Fender Jaguar with a growth hormone issue. It’s an octave below a regular guitar. John Lennon and George Harrison used one with the Beatles on songs in which Paul played guitar or piano.

    My hope is to get a little trio together with an acoustic guitar and percussionist here in Orlando and get out and play!
     
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    So are you playing chords or focusing on single notes? Power chords?
    I am genuinely curious.

    I am a guitarist who sings generally, but recently took friends up on an offer to play bass for them in a trio format. 3+hours of original pink influenced folk ish stuff. It's good fun, but I'm always interested in bringing something new to the table.

    I have another good friend who has the Bass VI and has it for sale.
     
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    Jack Bruce used a B-VI in the early days of Cream, I believe it may be on Fresh Cream..
    IIRC John Entwistle also used one although it may have only appeard live.. interesting instrument although the few Squiers I have found were quite heavy.
     
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    Mine doesn’t seem particularly heavy. Although I’m also used to playing Les Pauls so...
     
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    Ooohhhh, I need one.
     
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    I don’t think power chords so much as like regular bass stuff plus some fingerpicking, arpeggiated chords and the like. For someone used to playing guitar necks it just feels so comfortable. And I play bass with a pick so it’s an easy transition.
     
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    In the early 1980s we had a bass player who played an original Fender.
    He switched to the Ibanez Blazer bass.
     
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  13. truckstopchuckie

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    IMO a VI won’t replace an ordinary bass, but it all depends on musical style. I used mine as a bass for some time, but it was kind of hard not to turn to a guitar’esque way of playing, and it sort of pxxxed of the guitarist (I was the bassist in the band, though guitar is my main instrument).

    Fingerpicking and using it as a low tuned baritone, it’s an amazing instrument.
     
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    I've got one of those, only difference is I got the white one. The novelty of a vibrato arm on a bass quickly wore off, so I don't use that at all now.

    IMHO playing it is more a bass than it is a guitar, but it's got a distinctive clanky sound if you use it for bass parts only.

    I found it works great if I fingerpick it like an acoustic guitar, after tuning up a full tone or more to get rid of some of the low E floppiness. This gives a really big sound in which you can do both your bass and melody yourself - again, just like an acoustic guitar.
     
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    IMO, your use of the VI is ideal, and is what it is built for. People who are really focused on being bassists usually let them go pretty fast for something more purpose-designed for pure bassists. Some do try the baritone guitar thing on them, but it's hard to find a single recording where that's crucial to the sound. But as a bass for guitarists, it makes a pretty darned good choice. And it is indeed cool as heck. Nice pick!
     
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    Congratulations! Those are great instruments...

    That's been on the "GAS List" for quiet a while for me...I'll have to break down and get one soon.
     
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    i've been craving one of those for a long time.
     
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    I have a Schecter Hellcat VI -- same concept but different pickups and tune-o-matic bridge.

    No, it doesn't have the low-end punch of a 34" scale bass.

    Yes, it can do some really interesting guitar-like things in a bass range.

    I found it worked great accompanying a singer/acoustic guitarist. I didn't need as much low end for that. Being able to sometimes add upper-string parts was fun, too.

    As far as fingerpicking stuff, it kinda works. The longer reaches and heavier strings make some things too difficult for me.

    It's fantastic for a "get out of a rut" change-up guitar, too.
     
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    3D3E1E31-1C5E-4CF8-9F13-E21ED535AF3C.jpeg Here’s mine. I did a refin one and a half gear ago. Next to it is my B tuned MJT baritone (neck is DC Kunkle).
     
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    I had one of those years ago and instantly regretted selling it. It was “instrumental” in me wanting to get another.
     
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