Explain the Fender Bass VI

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jason42, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. FYI: Glen Campbell has stated that the six string bass he played on the recording of Wichita Lineman was a Danelectro borrowed from Carol Kaye. He may have later played, or mimed, a Fender Bass VI, but the original recording is a Dano. It’s got that Dano TWANG!
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  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Sure, but it's the same scale length and tuning.
  3. Sparkl


    Apr 23, 2011
    So this is basically a baritone guitar concept? Or does it have a deeper tonal register than one?
  4. shoulderpet


    Sep 24, 2015
    This is exactly why I haven't got one of the Squier Bass Vi , I am 99.9% a fingerstyle player, I play a Hofner so I am used to narrow spacing but the Bass Vi is guitar spacing (7mm i believe) which is useless for fingerstyle playing, if they made one with 14mm spacing like a Hofner i would be all over it.
  5. That's a flute lol ;)
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  6. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State

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  7. Sparkl


    Apr 23, 2011
    I see. So approximately a fifth interval difference the VI bass being an octave lower than a standard el. guitar.

    I want both damn it!
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  8. Mike.C.


    Jan 2, 2016
    Atlanta, GA USA
    I believe Peter's VI is a Shergold, no longer in production, and has spacing wider than a Fender/Squier Bass VI but skinnier than a 'modern' six string bass. You can almost tell by the wideness of the neck in the paused shot of the video. Wider than Fender/Squier, but not the oar you're used to seeing.
    There is single-note playing all the time, particularly with the use of a chorus.
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  9. lizardking837


    Jan 28, 2009
    Same. That baritone is so cool, despite some people calling that color 'vomit-burst' I love it.
  10. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

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  11. Sparkl


    Apr 23, 2011
    Bah those guys... It looks great!! :)
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  12. burpgun


    Jun 29, 2015
    I started my Bass VI experience with a Schecter Hellcat a bunch of years ago and grabbed one of the Pawnshop Fender Bass VIs as soon as they were released.

    I love the instrument and see it as a unique voice. With the right set up you could fill traditional bass or guitar set up but I think it’s better to explore what the Bass VI is good at. I use a lot of pedals and think that some grit and light distortion is key to getting the right sound. I’m generally a pick player so that’s not an issue for me with the Bass VI. If you can swing it the Bass VI thrives with a two amp set up. I run a Fender Deluxe Reverb and an Ampeg combo and it sounds like heaven.
  13. Spun__Kee

    Spun__Kee Inactive

    Apr 17, 2019
    Still ALL speculation.

    And, your "The only Beatles songs..., and that's it!" has expanded.
  14. Spun__Kee

    Spun__Kee Inactive

    Apr 17, 2019

    If it's J.P. Souza correct, then a Db piccolo.
  15. hieronymous


    Nov 28, 2002
    Northern CA
    When someone says "the Bass VI is an octave below standard guitar" I wonder how often people don't realize that a P-Bass is also an octave below standard guitar?

    And when people say "you can't use it as a regular bass" I get annoyed - you can, Roy Babbington is the proof and I have done it myself. However, it does take some adjustment of technique, and it helps to use heavier gauge strings like the ones LaBella makes. But then I realize, it's better that people think "you can't use it as a regular bass" because then I'll be one of the only people doing it!
  16. boggus


    Feb 21, 2018
    Expanded with what?
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  17. Somebody on here told me a while back that the bass VI is an octave below the guitar, and a regular bass was 2 octaves below, so the VI couldn't be used as a proper bass. :thumbsup:

    People complain about the low E not being deep enough for bass. Why not just put on some heavy gauge flats?

    Honestly I would love to play one if they didn't have the stupid trem bridge on there. If it was a simple 2 knob hardtail I'd be all over it.
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  18. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000

    A "regular bass" is one octave below guitar. So is the Bass VI and the Danelectro 6 string---they both have E-A-D-G strings in addition to a B and an E---so, low to high: E-A-D-G-B-E.
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  19. lizardking837


    Jan 28, 2009
  20. I know it's not correct, I was just pointing out that there's a lot of misinformation on here that kept me confused for awhile.
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