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barry.b

australia

Feb 15th, 2011 07:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not sure whether to ask here or over on the Jag/JM forums.

I've found a (theoretically) a slab-board 62 Bass VI I'm interested in (hands off: I saw it first - he's got it on hold for me). I've been hanging for one for a while and I'm hoping this is it.

The flip-up mute: did all Bass VI's have it? If so, then this one is lost (not quite a deal-breaker but disapointing: I was wanting to use it for a specific job).

also, the tremlo arms tips: were they white?

thanks




Danny Nader

usa

Feb 15th, 2011 08:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Slab board at introduction in 1961. Switch tip would more than likely have been white. Not sure about mutes.

Danny

Twangmeister
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Feb 15th, 2011 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Definitely white trem tip. Not sure about the mute--my '62 didn't have one, but it could have been removed by the time i got it (1974)

Maulden7
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It's got to be CAR!
Feb 15th, 2011 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Barry - the mute was added to the Bass VI after the introduction of the Jaguar in 1962, so a 62 production might or might not have had one.

The only way to tell is to lift the bridge & see if the body has a round hole for the plunger.

I've just checked, & the Bass VI & Jag mutes are different, so you can't put a Jag mute on a Bass VI. Chances of finding an original Bass VI mute ...... pretty much zero I would have thought?

All trem tips were white.

(This message was last edited by Maulden7 at 12:24 PM, Feb 15th, 2011)

uncle stack-knob
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Feb 15th, 2011 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

And........ Because they produced so few pre-CBS
you may find from time to time a Bass V1 post mid '62 with a slab board.They were simply using them up.

Stack-Knob.

(This message was last edited by uncle stack-knob at 01:07 PM, Feb 15th, 2011)

barry.b

australia

Feb 15th, 2011 04:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Excellent help. thanks guys, much appreciated.

Sounds like this could be the one I've been looking for.

"Chances of finding an original Bass VI mute ...... pretty much zero I would have thought?"

actually, one has just appeared on ebay: $125. Maybe the stars are starting to align?

now, to find more than the deposit for the thing...

Maulden7
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It's got to be CAR!
Feb 16th, 2011 01:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hey Barry - that's definitely an omen!

Can you please think about buying a Fender Bass V, & perhaps a bridge cover will then appear on ebay ..... then IT'S MINE!

eb2jim

usa

boom
Feb 16th, 2011 09:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

If it has strat type pickups, then there was no mute.


Maulden7
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It's got to be CAR!
Feb 16th, 2011 01:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

"If it has strat type pickups, then there was no mute."

Just to clarify (as both early & later pu's could be described as strat type) if the pu's are mounted on a chrome ring, then there was no mute. If the pu's have notched metal sides & are set into the pick guard (1962 on - like a Jaguar) then you do.

barry.b

australia

Feb 16th, 2011 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

now you've confused me:

it's the second run: p'ups sitting in toothed claws, not chromed rings

but no mute. Maybe it had one and now it doesn't?

62 re-finned slab board Bass VI

Maulden7
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It's got to be CAR!
Feb 17th, 2011 03:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sorry Barry - yours in the later version, & almost certainly did have a mute as original.

I've never seen a later model without the mute, but as your is an early later guitar I suppose that it is possible!

As I said before, lift the bridge & you should see a round hole where the plunger fits in.

Round hole showing means you need to buy that mute on ebay!

Nice colour.

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Feb 21st, 2011 01:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's Jack

with some heavy Bass VI action!

barry.b

australia

Feb 21st, 2011 01:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

@sugarbeet

keep it comming - the more footage of ppl playing a bass VI, the better. There was only a few seconds of Jack Bruce and it looked like he was half strumming it.

I've committed to buying the '62 so I better learn how to play the ruddy thing!

this guy is a worry...

(This message was last edited by barry.b at 01:43 AM, Feb 21st, 2011)

sugarbeet
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Feb 21st, 2011 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Loads of stills though.

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Feb 21st, 2011 09:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I remember trying to pluck mine with my finger tips--awkward and next to impossible. I switched to a thick Herco pick after a while.

The funny thing is I still can pluck a guitar like I tried doing with that Bass VI.


barry.b

australia

Feb 21st, 2011 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

"The funny thing is I still can pluck a guitar like I tried doing with that Bass VI."

not too surprising, it takes more effort to move thick strings than thin, as well as the actual gap between strings on the guitar is wider, due to the thinner strings. It's not much but it's just enough to provide a psychological barrier, and we can judge small distances (ever worked on a car and you try to maneuver a screw into the right spot in a tricky location, just with tactile feedback (ie: not looking)?

"I remember trying to pluck mine with my finger tips--awkward and next to impossible. I switched to a thick Herco pick after a while."

a pick is my fall-back plan, but I gave up using a pick for bass, guitar and lute in general so I'm keen look into other options.

One of which is seeing what sort of thumb/finger picks might work: like blugrass/banjo players.

and that's why I'm interested in others who play the Bass VI without a pick.

Twangmeister
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Feb 22nd, 2011 08:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

"One of which is seeing what sort of thumb/finger picks might work: like blugrass/banjo players."

Interesting you should mention a banjo technique. One of my current ways of plucking bass strings is a modified clawhammer approach. It works pretty well since I can now do up and downstrokes with my thumb. The string spacing of the VI would probably work well with finger picking.

eb2jim

usa

boom
Feb 22nd, 2011 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had a guy slap on mine, which had 20 year old flats on it at the time, and it actually sounded ok. But to play it properly you had to pick it. I am happy I owned it, but truth be told I don't miss it. I would pick one up if you could still get them for less than $1000, but I would never pay the money it would take to get it back. Compared to what I could get for a Precision, Jazz, Tele, or even a Coronado bass for the money, I could never justify it.



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Feb 23rd, 2011 12:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's good ol'Eric Haydock of the Hollies who had a couple of sixers'.
His technique looks like he is percussively using his pads of his fingers somewhat.
Good player,good band.

Stack-Knob.

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Maulden7
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It's got to be CAR!
Feb 23rd, 2011 04:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

"His technique looks like he is percussively using his pads of his fingers somewhat"

I know Eric a little & have chatted with him about his Bass VI guitars. I recall that when playing live he only used a plectrum.

Eric told me that he went to the Bass VI because he was continually blowing speakers on his Vox AC30 (just a normal AC30) using a P Bass. He also said that when he bought the first one (apparently the first Bass VI to be imported into the UK) he didn't order a case with it, as (in his own words) the case alone cost more than a small house at the time!

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