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Best Bass VI for buck?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by J03YW, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. J03YW


    Nov 23, 2012
    I am stuck between the Fender VI, Squier VI, Eastwood Sidejack VI, the Agile Argus 3S, Agile Argus Toaster, the Agile Harm 30" and an Agile ST-630. The latter two are actually just baritone guitars with 30 inch scales, but I'm still interested. Right now I'm mainly leaning towards the Agile Argus with the Toaster humbuckers or the 3 single coil version. I'm on a decently tight budget.
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    If there's a Sam ash near you, the fender and Squier have the benefit of being played before you buy on their side.
  3. theNecatoR


    Jun 23, 2012
    Why not Zoidberg... I mean, Gretsch Jet Baritone? It comes with a Bigsby!
  4. J03YW


    Nov 23, 2012
    Oooh... add that to the list. I'm a sucker for a Bigsby. However, I'm actually leaning towards one with single coils right now for some reason
  5. theNecatoR


    Jun 23, 2012
    Single coils are really cool on VI Basses. I was all about the Dead on 67 when it came out, because it was almost like a Bass VI, but I never got around buying one.
    Now there are 2 real Bass VI out there and I've not yet acquired one (When I had the dough I got something else). I tried them both.

    Fender Pros:
    + It sounds killer.
    + CAR with matching headstock floats my boat!
    + The vibrato is quite stable.
    + Fender on headstock for the snobs.

    Fender Cons:
    - The 5 way switch is not as cool as individual switches for each pickup.

    · The neck pickup sounds good, but I would change it for an accurate one.

    Squire Pros:
    + Budget "cheap" but not "cheap" made.
    + A good sound.
    + The neck is a dream, bound and blocks is also on my turn on list.
    + Quite accurate pickups and switches.

    Squire Cons:
    - Not-so-stable Tremolo.

    Squire Neutral:
    · Sunburst finish is better made on Fender, but it's acceptable.
    · Upgrading it does not hurt like upgrading a $700 Bass.
  6. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    I only own the Squier VM Bass VI, but I can confirm the above - it's a budget instrument but does not feel even remotely cheap, and the only problem is the unstable tremolo because it doesn't have a locking button that stops it.

    Also, the stock low E string is thinner than it should be and doesn't sound as full - a .095 from the Fender 5350 set should sound much better.
  7. THE SAW


    Sep 14, 2006
    Save your money.