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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jeff2287, May 4, 2002.
Let's see, I know fender make 4 and 5 strings, but have they ever made six-string basses?
Yes, they did. An oldie called "Bass VI". As far as I remember, it was discontinued in the mid-70's.
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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.
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.
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.
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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....
....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.
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.
If they ever make a production model 6-string, they should just copy Roscoe Beck's greenburst Stevens instrument.