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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:30 pm    Post subject: Bass VI wrinkles Reply with quote

I did not know that the '61 Bass VI had different pickups:





I did not know that the '63 - 64 Bass VI had a mute





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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Bass VI wrinkles Reply with quote

NickS wrote:
I did not know that the '61 Bass VI had different pickups


Me neither but Wikipedia did:

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The original issue Bass VI had three Stratocaster-style single coil pickups (although the internal construction was more similar to the Telecaster's bridge pickup with its metal base and mounting screws), which were mounted in special chrome rings and were controlled by a panel of three on/off slider switches rather than the conventional three-position switch.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks really junky. good thing they ditched them.

also found out strat pickups were originally going to have base plates like a tele, on all 3 pickups. thought that was cool.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was the mute removed in 65?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

J0K1 wrote:
Was the mute removed in 65?

I think they stopped shipping with the mute, and moved to using Jaguar/Jazzmaster bridges, which aren't as wide, making intonation more difficult. Saved them money, though.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ankhanu wrote:
J0K1 wrote:
Was the mute removed in 65?

I think they stopped shipping with the mute, and moved to using Jaguar/Jazzmaster bridges, which aren't as wide, making intonation more difficult. Saved them money, though.


Interesting. So did they first change the saddles, then bridge and finally the mute was left over?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the pickups on the 61 make it look like a teisco junk guitar but that blue one is absolutely beautiful
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i didn't realize the 61 had a 3 slider, and those pickups are really odd looking for a fender of that era... really odd.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

J0K1 wrote:
Ankhanu wrote:
J0K1 wrote:
Was the mute removed in 65?

I think they stopped shipping with the mute, and moved to using Jaguar/Jazzmaster bridges, which aren't as wide, making intonation more difficult. Saved them money, though.


Interesting. So did they first change the saddles, then bridge and finally the mute was left over?

Poking around, they moved from
.: 1961 - no high-pass filter, weird ass pickups with chrome surrounds
.: 1962 - add high-pass filter, Jaguar pickups
.: 1964 - threaded saddles to single channel barrel saddles
.: 1972ish, maybe 1974 - Jaguar bridges and stopped shipping with a mute
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ankhanu wrote:
J0K1 wrote:
Ankhanu wrote:
J0K1 wrote:
Was the mute removed in 65?

I think they stopped shipping with the mute, and moved to using Jaguar/Jazzmaster bridges, which aren't as wide, making intonation more difficult. Saved them money, though.


Interesting. So did they first change the saddles, then bridge and finally the mute was left over?

Poking around, they moved from
.: 1961 - no high-pass filter, weird ass pickups with chrome surrounds
.: 1962 - add high-pass filter, Jaguar pickups
.: 1964 - threaded saddles to single channel barrel saddles
.: 1972ish, maybe 1974 - Jaguar bridges and stopped shipping with a mute


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