Used 1962 Fender bass 6 refin black with Changed Tuners and Hardcase
Year of Manufacture -1962
Serial Number - 85293
Case - hardcase
Condition - Refinished with changed tuners
Weight - 9lbs 1oz
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Having already produced the fantastic Precision and Jazz basses, Fender's third bass model was actually something of a shock. In 1961, hot on the tails of the Jazz Bass, the Bass VI was released but it certainly wasn't aimed at the bass market; it was built to steal some of Danelectro's UB-2 action, which until now was the only 6-string bass in existence.
With a 30-inch scale length, (short by bass standards), three pickups and a tremolo arm, this was definitely a lead instrument and having the ability to access all three pickups individually, it was something of a forerunner of the Fender Jaguar, both in looks and general appointments.
Its design actually borrowed heavily from the Jazzmaster adopting both the body and headstock shapes as well as the floating tremolo system that included Trem-Lock for a more stable hardtail playing experience and easier string changing.
The neck featured a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and the earliest models had just Fender VI on the headstock but quickly 'ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR' was added to the decal. This first version featured three Strat-style, single-coil pickups mounted within purpose-built oblong chrome plated metal surrounds and each had a designated slider switch to turn them on and off.
These switches were mounted on a flush fitted chrome plate within the scratchplate and in keeping, the Volume and Tone controls were mounted on a separate chromed bell plate which also housed the jack socket. Sunburst was the basic finish but custom colours with matching headstocks were also on offer but like many of its predecessors, the first version of the Bass VI was not going to remain in production for long.
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