Behold! The Mighty Bass VI

Squier Vintage Modified Bass VIBack in the early days of the electric bass, nobody quite knew what the hell a bass should be. Should it be an electric version of an upright? No, not everyone has the lower back strength to really, truly rock out on stage with one of those things. Leo Fender’s Precision Bass set a precedent that was followed by pretty much everyone pretty much instantly, and almost all basses today are descendants of that design. But in the late 50s a few companies started messing around with something else. Some call it the bass guitar. Some just call it a six-string bass. But although Danelectro were the first to bring one to the mass market, Fender also took the idea and ran with it. Picture this: an oversized guitar with six strings, but tuned a full octave down, and with string spacing that’s much more guitar-like than bass-like.

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Incoming New Guitar Day: Squier Bass VI

squier-vintage-modified-bass-vi-630-80Sometimes it’s nice to treat yerself (even if it means living on ramen noodles for a few weeks), so to celebrate two years of my super-awesome job I’m treating myself to a Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI. I’ve had a crush on these things ever since they were announced, but my lust for the Bass VI goes back to when I first saw Spinal Tap and became curious about the surf-green guitar that Nigel Tufnel wouldn’t let Marty Di Bergi touch (or even look at). The Bass VI is a relatively obscure and definitely interesting instrument which looks almost like a Fender Jaguar but is tuned a full octave below a guitar. It can be played like a bass, like a guitar, or like its own instrument, which is really what it is. You can hear the Bass VI in music by The Cure (seriously, it’s all over so much Cure stuff that it’s hard to imagine their sound without it) and plenty of stuff by Placebo too.  Read More …

The Return Of The Mighty Fender Bass VI

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Fender Pawn Shop Series, I want to kiss you on the mouth. Check this out. The new Pawn Shop models are impossibly cool – the ’70s Strat Deluxe, the Mustang Bass, the ressurrection and Fenderfication of the much-loved-but-hard-to-find Squier Super-Sonic of the 90s – but what really takes the cake is the Pawn Shop Bass VI. This version includes a P-90-like JZHB and a pair of Special Design Hot Jaguar. The Bass VI is, of course, the instrument that Nigel Tufnel wouldn’t even let Marti DeBergi look at in This Is Spinal Tap. It’s tuned and played like a regular guitar, except down an octave. Think of it as the orignal low-tuned baritone axe before metal was invented. You can also hear it on recordings by The Cure and Placebo. I’ve always wanted one. Maybe 2013 will be my year!
Here’s the press release with plenty more info:

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (January 10, 2013) — The Pawn Shop Series introduces yet another pleasingly unconventional assortment of “guitars that never were but should have been,” in which new models take the stage and long-vanished classics return in modern form. Fender is excited to welcome four new, out-of-the-ordinary models to its innovative and popular Pawn Shop series–the Pawn Shop ’70s Strat® DeluxePawn Shop Super-Sonic™Pawn Shop Mustang® Bass and Pawn Shop Bass VI. Read More …