1963 Fender Bass VI
Serial #95038 This instrument is on consignment at DHR.
Similar to the Jazzmaster in style and form, the Bass VI was an attempt by Fender to launch a successful 6-string bass with a range a full octave down from a typical 6-string guitar. Like most Fenders, the Bass VI’s design was altered after the CBS-buyout before production ceased entirely in 1975. The model has been reissued a few times since.
Unique to this Year: By late ’63, the pickups on the Bass VI were switched to more Jaguar-like with side notches. Foam rubber mutes and a forth control switch were also added.
Design Elements: Three single-coil pickups, dot inlays, Jazzmaster-like body, adjustable bridge saddles, floating tremolo system, master volume and tone controls, on/off switches for individual pickups