Japan Bass VI porblems...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dzaneh, Jan 6, 2014.


  1. dzaneh

    dzaneh Supporting Member

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    the low E on mine sounds funky...not in a good way...
    hard to get it in tune on my tuner , then when I finally get it there i sounds "off"...
    my tuner will only show when I hold the strings at the 12th fret to tune 'em but it should be in tune everywhere...maybe I just got a lemon...
  2. jbiscuti

    jbiscuti Supporting Member

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    Bad string?
  3. dzaneh

    dzaneh Supporting Member

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    hadn't thought of that...
    I'm try'n to look for specs on 'em see what size strings it uses

    you know of a tuner that would work on these without tuning at 12th fret?
  4. ShoeManiac

    ShoeManiac Supporting Member

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    I tried out one of the Japanese Bass VI's in a store a couple of weeks ago. The one thing that struck me was just how heavy it was. Be that as it may...

    It sounds like you're having an issue either at the nut or the bridge with the E string. Based on your tuning issues I'd say that you probably need to intonate that particular string. Are these the stock strings, or a new set of strings?
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  6. lz4005

    lz4005

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    Many people are finding that the stock E string is too light to work properly.
    They're just too floppy.
    Once you get a good string on there, any tuner that works with a standard tuned bass should work with the VI.
  7. dzaneh

    dzaneh Supporting Member

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    stock strings...
    I see the "pawn shop" version comes with .84 low E...
    and the "Squire" version comes with .95 low E...
    been try'n to see what the Japan version came with but haven't had any luck so far
  8. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

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    I recall someone measured the strings on their squier and it was a 0.084, not 0.095. Very few makers are selling bass VI sets and Fender only sells bass VI sets at 0.084 so I think the ad copy on the squier is just a mistake. I have a set of strings from circle K with either an 0.094 or 0.098 (can't recall what I ordered) on my low string, they're very well made and sound good.
  9. dzaneh

    dzaneh Supporting Member

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    yeah I was look'n at some Labella's... .95's

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