Fender Bass VI Electric 6-String Bass Guitar (1963)

Fender  Bass VI Electric 6-String Bass Guitar  (1963)

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Fender Bass VI Model Electric 6-String Bass Guitar (1963), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 92354, sunburst lacquer finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case.

This is one of the better preserved Pre-CBS Fender Bass VI's we have een, with some finish wear but no alterations. The neck date is 8-62 but the pots are dated to early 1963, indicating the bass was assembled and sold at that time. Just around this point the earlier Stratocaster-styled pickups were replaced with Jaguar type units, giving the VI a slightly brighter more focused tone, and a fourth "strangle" switch added to the wiring rig. Other typical period features are the blended 3-color sunburst, clay-dot rosewood fingerboard and tortoise-celluloid pickguard.

This is a great sounding and playing Six-String Bass with an amazingly wide range of tones from its three pickups, and a vibrato arm to play with, if you dare. A superb example of one of our favorite instruments.
 
Overall length is 44 3/4 in. (113.7 cm.), 14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 30 in. (762 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/2 in. (38 mm.). This bass shows some play wear but no notable damage or repair and all maintains original finish and hardware, complete except the snap-on chrome bridge cover has gone missing. There are small chips and dings to the finish overall with some deeper worn spots on the edges and spots of belt buckle wear to the back. Set up as intended as a bass with LaBella flat-wound strings; this is an excellent playing with a truly fine sound, this monarch of all 6-string basses includes the (oft missing) vibrato bar and the original red-lined brown HSC. Excellent - Condition.