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1964 Fender Bass VI

With the popularity of the Fender Jazzmaster and the Surf music genre, Fender released an interesting octave guitar, the Bass VI. Fender had already taken the bass world by storm and dominated the sales of electric basses. The bass had become so ubiquitous that Jazz scores would refer to parts for "Fender Bass" as a name for any electric bass guitar. The Bass VI wasn't a bass guitar; it was a bass GUITAR.  You have probably seen baritone guitars, which have a longer scale length and heavier strings which are tuned down to B. The Bass VI took this to a full octave down below the guitar's standard tuning. The strings were thinner and more flexible than those found on a regular bass. The 30-inch scale length was four inches shorter than a regular bass guitar. The scale was uncomfortably long for first position chords, which sounded muddy anyways. The Bass VI strings were also closer together, making it more reasonable to play with a pick than with bare fingers as one mig