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reverendrob
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Apr 24th, 2017 08:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The internet seems to not know how to set up an offset.

Don't replace it unless there's a legit problem with it.

If I can intonate it just fine and good enough for flawless guitar synth tracking *with* the stock strings....without replacing it...there's nothing wrong at all.

dg27

Long Island City, NY

Apr 24th, 2017 08:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks again, reverendbob. My tech has built basses for me and has his own line of boutique basses; I'm sure he'd have no problem with offsets. This is good news; I'd hate to shell out $80 for something unnecessary. This is a relatively cheap item and I want to keep it that way.

dg27

Long Island City, NY

Apr 24th, 2017 08:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And sorry, I misread your handle, reverendROB.

Te 52

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Apr 24th, 2017 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Squier Bass VI is OK. I found the original .025-.084 strings to be too light at the low end, floppy and rubber-bandy. A set of La Bella .026-.095 Bass VI strings was a big improvement.

dg27

Long Island City, NY

Apr 24th, 2017 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, Te 52. I looked at one at Sam Ash today and was pretty underwhelmed (had never seen one in person). I assume the strings were the stock you describe because I definitely felt they were too light on the low end. I use the heaviest strings available (.115 E) on all my basses, so this seemed very guitar-like. I have to think about this...

reverendrob
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Apr 24th, 2017 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

30" scale is never going to get close to the tension of a 34" scale, let alone with .115s.

Heaviest I use on 34"s is 104.

VI I'm happy with the stock strings if that's what I have on hand, if I go Labella (the only stainless game in town these days), It's a custom set with a .96 and heavier on the rest (ironically, I want more punch on the high end, and don't care about the flop).

ilan

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Apr 25th, 2017 07:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

> A set of La Bella .026-.095 Bass VI strings was
> a big improvement.

Yep, in my experience too. The VI wants flats and that's her true voice.

dg27

Long Island City, NY

Apr 25th, 2017 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for all the replies. I still haven't had a chance to hear this through an amp (too much traffic at the store yesterday).

reverendrob,

If it's not too much trouble, can you share the gauges of your custom set?

And do you agree that flats are preferable as others have suggested?

Te 52

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Apr 25th, 2017 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My take on the Bass VI is: It's not really a bass. It's not really a guitar. It's sort of in between. You want the pitch of a bass with the twang and clarity of a guitar. Thus its classic use either as a tic-tac bass, doubling the line played by a "real" bass and adding richness and brightness to the tone; or to get those very low, but distinctly guitar-like "spaghetti western" tones.

So I don't favor flats myself on the VI, I think they dull the tone too much. The .026-.095 strings I was referring to are the LaBella 767-6N roundwounds.

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dg27

Long Island City, NY

Apr 25th, 2017 06:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, Te 52.

>as a tic-tac bass, doubling the line played by a "real" bass and adding richness and brightness to the tone;

This how I'd like to use it.

Although this sounds interesting:

>>get those very low, but distinctly guitar-like "spaghetti western" tones.

Thanks for the advice on the strings as well. I'm not a fan of flats in general and only have them on my Gibson EB-1 and my Fender Mustang.

I just have to decide whether I can get used to the string spacing, which seemed, well, very weird. (Like you said, it's neither a guitar nor a bass.)

(This message was last edited by dg27 at 09:53 PM, Apr 25th, 2017)

Te 52

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Apr 25th, 2017 08:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...I just have to decide whether I can get used to the string spacing..."

Yes, I think they would have had a better instrument if it had a wider nut width; at least 1-3/4", maybe as much as 2". Nobody is going to play full chords on such an instrument, so having more space between the strings would have made a lot of sense.

reverendrob
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Apr 26th, 2017 01:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"If it's not too much trouble, can you share the gauges of your custom set?

And do you agree that flats are preferable as others have suggested?"

28 - 40 - 54 - 62 - 80 - 96 is my "reference", I go down as needed based on what's in stock (and on the stainless rounds, it varies a lot it seems), usually don't have to go more than .02 or so down.

Flats aren't an option on customs, which save somehow over half off the normal Labella pricing - it was $19-20 IIRC.

I have flats on my Jazz, anything else just isn't what I want.

For VI, I want growl and punch, and the punch isn't quite there on the ones with flats I've played. Stainless ones would probably help a *little* in that regard, but I like the overall brighter of stainless to begin with..so...

"Nobody is going to play full chords on such an instrument, so having more space between the strings would have made a lot of sense."

It's one of the only instruments I do that on with my abnormally sized fingers/tips. :)

Also, the spacing works providing you're already playing with a pick, which I also do!



dg27

Long Island City, NY

Apr 26th, 2017 07:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks again for all the replies and advice.

I play with a pick and don't have much interest in chords on this.

I think I have to revisit it and play through an amp. When I checked it out that opportunity wasn't an option and it just "felt" weird.

reverendrob
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Apr 26th, 2017 08:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea, the VI is certainly not an acoustic instrument!

Find an amp!

dg27

Long Island City, NY

Apr 26th, 2017 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In New York, they do not stock them in GC (which I avoid like The Clap anyway). Sam Ash has two of them but the day I went to check it out others were checking out other basses and it was too chaotic.

I am hoping I'll like this when I do get to try it out for real.

Stratomark
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Apr 27th, 2017 12:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought one on a whim, found the stock strings too light (which caused the low-E buzz that some folks talk about. Played it for a bit, threw it in a case and then sold it 6 months later. I never connected with it, so off it went!

Te 52

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Apr 27th, 2017 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Squier Bass VI should also make a very nice baritone guitar, tuned B to b or A to a. I was concerned that standard bari strings might not be long enough. The Squier's 30" scale length, long afterlength beyond the bridge, and 6-on-a-side tuners make for a *very* long high e string, but it turns out the D'Addario baritone high e is *just* long enough.

I gotta try this.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 06:21 PM, Apr 27th, 2017)

dg27

Long Island City, NY

Apr 27th, 2017 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

>>I never connected with it, so off it went!

This is my biggest fear, actually.

reverendrob
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Apr 28th, 2017 02:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just get it with a return policy, if you don't love it, send it back!

dg27

Long Island City, NY

Apr 28th, 2017 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

>>Just get it with a return policy, if you don't love it, send it back!

Good point! Thanks!

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