Fender Bass VI Electric 6-String Bass Guitar (1995)

Fender  Bass VI Electric 6-String Bass Guitar  (1995)
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Fender Bass VI Model Electric 6-String Bass Guitar (1995), made in Japan, serial # U-011806, sunburst finish, hardwood body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black gig bag case.

This is Fender Japan's excellent '90s reissue of the 1963-5 Fender Bass VI, which at that point had been out of production for about 20 years. Although favored by some professionals and session players in the 1960s the Bass VI never took off in a big way and was dropped in the '70s after years of minimal sales. Some players still used them along the way, but this reissue was the first time the instrument had been available from Fender since then.

The instrument is a fairly faithful re-creation of the 1963 pattern Bass VI, with a similar feel to the other Japanese re-issues of this period. The body features a sunburst finish with a 3-layer tortoise pattern pickguard. The pickups and electronics are Jaguar style with a magnetic "claw" fitting underneath, controlled with on/off switching for each and a fourth "strangle" switch that cuts lows. The floating trem system is the same as the Jazzmaster/Jaguar unit; the wider bridge has solid-barrel Mustang style saddles.

Despite being spotted in the mid/late '60's with artists as diverse as Glen Campbell, Jack Bruce, the Beatles (quite a bit, actually), Brian Auger's Trinity, Fleetwood Mac and the Soft Machine the Bass VI was mostly regarded as an expensive novelty. This Fender Japan version is a very nice re-creation, a fine sounding and playing Six-String Bass with an amazingly wide range of tones from its three pickups, and even a vibrato arm to play with, if you dare.
 
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 very minor wear for its nearly 30 years on earth, mostly just random scuffs and dings but really looks not much used. There is a ding on the face of the headstock and a few small dinks along the top edge of the body, and a few small feelable dings on the back of the neck. It appears to still have the factory roundwound strings fitted and remains original and complete, a really nice and fairly scarce rendition of this '60s classic by Fender Japan. Overall Excellent + Condition.