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NBD: Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hachi kid, Jan 17, 2013.


  1. hachi kid

    hachi kid

    Jun 2, 2008
    Pelham, AL
    FINALLY!!! I HAVE ONE!!! I'm so freaking jazzed about this thing! I've been sort of dreaming of a Bass VI, or something like it, for years, but never was able to get my hands on one. I saw Fender was releasing this, and I eventually found zZounds was selling them in just the color I wanted (C.A.R.) for $799 shipped! that, plus the $100/mo deal they have...well, I just couldn't pass it up!

    this thing sounds great, though! it does need a setup pretty badly. another user said he shimmed the neck, and it helped immensely...so, I'm gonna look into that. I kind of like the bridge humbucker a little bit, but I really dig the sound of the middle/bridge together. the neck pickup can do the woody EB-0 type sound, but the small string gauge let it down a bit, as far as true deep low-end punch. the e, as a lot of people have said, is a bit floppy...but come on, it's a 30" scale bass with light gauge strings on it. the tremolo is pretty much only for effect...I only leave it in locked mode, however...it's impossible to keep in tune if I put it in full floating mode. my only gripe is the saddle guides are rubbing on the E and A strings...but that will be fixed with a setup. overall, I LOVE this thing! I'm eventually going to mod it with different pickups, a Jag switch plate, stereo outputs, and a different pickguard.

    one thing I'm curious about...I'm trying to find out what production number this is...the serial # is MX12308234

    I'm not sure how to decode the serial number.



    oh yea, I forgot to say.....I've been playing for 12 years, and this is my very first Fender! :bag:

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  2. Roboglitch

    Roboglitch

    Jan 1, 2013
    For $799 it shouldn't need to have the neck shimmed!
     
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Beautiful congrats
     
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  5. hachi kid

    hachi kid

    Jun 2, 2008
    Pelham, AL
    while I don't disagree, I knew this wasn't going to be perfect...it's a Fender.... :p
     
  6. Wow, all the Djent kids need this instead of the 8 string guitars.
     
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  7. leokatero

    leokatero

    Jan 17, 2013
    I knew this wasn't going to be perfect[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  8. Congrats on a Sweet looking Bass.:bassist:
     
  9. FrednBass

    FrednBass

    Feb 24, 2012
    Great, now i'm GASing for one.

    thank you, thanks a lot.


    By the way, congrats!
     
  10. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
  11. hachi kid

    hachi kid

    Jun 2, 2008
    Pelham, AL
    FrednBass: ......only $100/mo....... ;)
     
  12. HenfieldJ

    HenfieldJ

    Feb 10, 2007
    Detroit
    I have pretty much the same comments after trying one out at my local GC. I was ver surprised that the middle/bridge pickup combo sounded so good! I may go the zzounds route as well, and I like the red with the painted headstock, it will kind of go with my vintage Competition Mustang Bass with a blue body and headstock! I would definitely put the LaBella 0.95" flats on it, but I am not sure about the switch plate. A common mod for strat guitars that want the other pickup combinations is to have a push/pull switch on the volume control, and wire it so that it turns on the bridge and neck pickups, that way you can get the other two combinations that the 5 way switch does not give you!
     
  13. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    bridge solo = switch position 1
    bridge+mid = switch position 2
    mid solo = switch position 3
    mid + neck = switch position 4
    neck solo = switch position 5
    bridge+neck = volume pullout
    bridge+mid+neck = ???

    are you saying that with the switch in position 3 (mid solo) and the volume pulled out (bridge+neck) you get all 3 pickups?
     
  14. hachi kid

    hachi kid

    Jun 2, 2008
    Pelham, AL
    more photos of this thing opened up

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  15. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Supporting Member Commercial Seller Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Disclosures:
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Had to hop on and take a look. Beautiful! Enjoy that!!!
     
  16. grisezd

    grisezd

    Oct 14, 2009
    Ohio
    Very nice. I resorted to making my own from a cool old guitar body and a 30in Dano bass VI neck. I might have to seek one of these out. I agree that the low E needs at least a .095 to avoid an almost useless E at this scale. I'm in a 3 piece cover band and it's nice to have the upper range to help cover 2nd guitar lines!
     
  17. ch3zzz

    ch3zzz

    Apr 27, 2012
    Hi man!

    Plz write the demo! I think that many people want to know how sound GDAE!
    I do not know whether to order it from Germany for 800 euros
    I hope that your demo will help me and others
    Best Regards!

    *From Russia with L<3ve*
     
  18. HenfieldJ

    HenfieldJ

    Feb 10, 2007
    Detroit
    Yes, exactly, and with the switch in position 1 or 5, you get bridge+neck!
     
  19. Too true. :)
     
  20. Are you gonna be playing this trough a bass amp or a guitar amp? I'm on the fence about getting one and every demo I've watched has it run through a guitar amp, which I have no intentions of doing. Some sound clips through a bass amp would be great if you're feeling generous!