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Do Fender make any six strings?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jeff2287, May 4, 2002.


  1. Jeff2287

    Jeff2287

    May 4, 2002
    Let's see, I know fender make 4 and 5 strings, but have they ever made six-string basses?
     
  2. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    Yes, they did. An oldie called "Bass VI". As far as I remember, it was discontinued in the mid-70's.

    All the best,
     
  3. TaySte_2000

    TaySte_2000

    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    I'm not sure but I think it was reissiued in 94-95 something like that the only problem with it is it's tuned eadgbe (Guitar like). It also has a trem.
    It looks very much like a guitar small string spacings jaguarish body, I think i've seen them retailing for about $700-800 but don't know where you'd find one.
     
  4. Wxp4759cb

    Wxp4759cb

    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I also recall hearing it has really close string spacing (REALLY CLOSE) and is ment to be played with a pick.

    I think it was originally for guitar players so they could write out bass lines or something.:rolleyes:
     
  5. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    It seems, indeed, to be some kind of "ancestor" of what is now, i.e., the Music Man Silhouette Bass. A bass built for guitarists.

    All the best,
     
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    When I was Guitar Dept Manager @ Sam Ash, all the dept managers took a trip to the Fender Cali & Mexican plants. While @ the Fender USA Custom shop, I saw this....

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=512625">

    ....Custom Shop 6 Etring Fretless. I don't remember the Spec's but it was THE nicest fretless I've ever played. I didn't plug her in cause we were in the middle of a tour. but it was SWEET. I asked how much it was & I think they said $4000 or $5000 list.
     
  7. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    Yeah, the Fender VI was used a lot in surf music. A lot of times it was used to double the actual part that was played on a 4 string bass. I guess the reason why Carol Kaye was popular back then was because she could obtain that sound without having to overdub with the Fender VI.

    I remember seeing some footage where Jack Bruce was playing a Fender VI.
     
  8. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    If they ever make a production model 6-string, they should just copy Roscoe Beck's greenburst Stevens instrument.