OK, maybe some exciting news here - or not. Found a post on Offsetguitars.com about a new Fender Bass VI supposedly to be released at the upcoming NAMM. One piece of good news.. It is totally in synch with what was posted yesterday on Facebook about a new MIM Bass VI on a Swedish site http://www.jam.se/wordpress/?p=4227
. Guess we'll have to wait and see....
Here's the details that were posted....
Pawn Shop™ Bass VI
Players continue to praise the Pawn Shop Series for
evoking the more eccentric Fender creations of the
mid-'60s to mid-'70s while delivering thoroughly modern
sound and quality with a wealth of various Fender
elements. New for 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.
The Pawn Shop Bass VI marks the revamped return of
a historic Fender instrument, the seldom-seen Fender
Bass Guitar (also known as the Bass VI) of 1961-1975.
This updated version of the baritone classic features the
traditional short scale (30") and is armed with Special
Design Hot Jaguar® single-coil neck and middle
pickups and a powerful JZHB humbucking bridge
Other features include a "C"-shaped maple neck with
9.5"-radius rosewood fingerboard and 21 medium
jumbo frets, five-way pickup switching, four-ply
tortoiseshell pickguard (3-Color Sunburst and Black
models) and three-ply parchment pickguard (Candy
Apple Red model), two Jazz Bass® control knobs
(master volume, master tone), vintage-style adjustable
six-saddle bridge with "floating" tremolo tailpiece, and
vintage-style tuners. Available in 3-Color Sunburst,
Black and Candy Apple Red.
Series: Pawn Shop
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Polyester
Neck: Maple, "C"-Shape
Neck Finish: Urethane
Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" (24.1 cm) Radius
Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length: 30" (76.2 cm)
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Pickups: JZHB Humbucking (Bridge)
Special Design Hot Jaguar® Single-Coil (Middle and Neck)
Pickup Configuration: H/S/S
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge
and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle
and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Control Knobs: Jazz Bass®
Bridge: Vintage-Style Adjustable 6-Saddle Bridge with "Floating"
Strings: D'Addario® XL156 Nickel-Plated Steel, (.024, .034, .044, .056,
.072, .084, Gauges)
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
Case/Gig Bag: Deluxe Gig Bag
This might very well be it...
My take...Interesting choice to put a hum in the bridge position. It looks like a JM pup but it isn't. It's a hum that Fender used on another Pawn Shop guitar. Not sure if I'm down with that or not. The middle and neck are single coil "hot" Jags. I also don't like the choice of the blade pup selector. I'd prefer individual on/off switches AND a strangle switch. They are also shipping with the lighter gauge D'Addario XL156 strings. I don't know what implications that has for those of us preferring thicker (.025>.095) strings in terms of bridge and tuner capability to accept thicker strings. Obviously they are not going to start remaking their Fender Bass VI strings now if ever. So, IMO a mixed bag at best. Me? Kind of disappointed. The upside (if you call it that) is that it may be more affordable. That said, so many Fenders are totally overpriced these days. This "stripped down" version (IMO anyway) sounds like it should have been a Squire rather than a Fender. Without seeing or hearing it I'd say the MIJ ones from last year appear better (as is the 2012 Schecter Hellcat VI/UltraCure VI or the Eastwood Sidejack VI.) No GAS for me....... YMMV.....