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 …

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 …

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 …

Rodrigo y Gabriela Squier Auction for Women’s Music Summit

SquierGuitar Center has donated a Fender Squier Stratocaster signed by the rather brilliant duo Rodrigo y Gabriela (along with a padded guitar case worth $50). Proceeds from the auction go to benefit the Women’s Music Summit, a three day event taking place at Musicians Institute from July 26-28, 2013. Bidding starts at $349, the auction is happening right now, and bidding is open until July 15. Shipping charges are the responsibility of the winner. You can bid on the guitar hereRead 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 …


Wow! This is a very cool idea. I especially like the headphone jack, because the tangle-factor is always so much higher with iOS guitar devices And their associated cables. They seem to have thought of everything herE.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (November 12, 2012) – Squier is proud to introduce an innovative new Strat guitar model that can directly connect with and record to Apple iPhoneiPadiPod touchMac or Windows-based computers.

The Squier by Fender Strat Guitar with USB and iOS Connectivity features an onboard mini-USB connector that allows players to interface directly and easily with all these devices, with no additional hardware needed – including GarageBand and other music apps on iOS. Read More …

NAMM 2012: Squier Jim Root Telecaster and more!

Oh now this is neat! The Fender Jim Root Telecaster is an incredible instrument and it’s great to see a Squier equivalent.



Models honor pop-rock star Avril Lavigne, metal stalwart Jim Root, alt-rock bassist Mikey Way, and Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil and James Johnston 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 9, 2012) – Squier is excited to introduce three new artist signature models, the Avril Lavigne Telecaster®, the Jim Root Telecaster®, and the Mikey Way Mustang® Bass. The three signature models promise star-like vibe and tone at incredible Squier value.

The new lavish, black-on-black Avril Lavigne Telecaster joins Lavigne’s chart-topping signature Tele, and features several striking touches, including a three-ply pickguard, knurled black flat-top volume control knob, a black headstock with die-cast turners, and a distinctive 12th-fret skull and crossbones logo.

Designed in cooperation with Slipknot/Stone Sour guitar speed demon Jim Root, the Jim Root Telecaster boasts several foreboding features, most notably an elegant satin-matte finish in black or white, starkly simple single-knob/single switch control layout, black die-cast tuners and other black hardware, and two pulverizing passive humbucking pickups with black covers.

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