REVIEW: Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI

I recently fulfilled a long, long-held dream of mine by finally acquiring a Bass VI – in this case, the Squier Vintage Modified version (which I bought from my friends at World of Music). Remember the instrument that Nigel Tufnel wouldn’t let Marty DeBergi even look at in This Is Spinal Tap? Bass VI. If you’ve never heard of the Bass VI, let me give you a brief run-down: it looks a bit like a Fender Jaguar but it has a 30” scale length and is tuned E-to-E like a guitar, except a full octave lower so that the lowest four strings are the same pitches as those of a regular four-string bass. The string spacing is closer than a regular bass, and I can’t think of too many basses with whammy bars, especially Jaguar-style units. So what is this? Is it a bass? Is it a guitar? The answer to both questions is ‘yes and no.’ Or more accurately, it’s simply a Bass VI. It’s lower than the lowest baritone guitars, and it goes higher than conventional four-string basses by a full two strings. Read More …

New Squier Vintage Modifieds – Ooh, Bass VI!

Vintage Modified Bass VISquier has just unveiled their newest Vintage Modified models, including a couple of Cabronita guitars, a whole bunch of basses and – get this – a Bass VI! This is the instrument that Nigel Tufnel wouldn’t allow Marty DiBergi to touch or look at in This Is Spinal Tap, and it played a crucial role in the music of The Cure for many years. You’ll also hear it on plenty of tracks by Placebo, Cream and The Black Keys. Tuned an octave below a guitar but played much more like a guitar than a six-string bass, it’s a really haunting-sounding instrument that’s great for adding beef to the low end of a mix without being all metal about it. I’m really excited about this one and it’s nice that the Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI announced earlier this year has a little brother to keep it company. Read More …