I've got a Squier VM. I'm assuming it's pretty close to the current CV model, but I haven't actually played a CV, so I could be wrong.
It works just fine as a short-scale bass. Yes, the string spacing is tight, but I can play it finger style, though I usually use a pick. Cowboy chords don't work so well, though using the strangle switch makes them a bit better. Barre chords up the neck sound fine. If I play chords, I play triads up the neck.
The VM nuts are kinda crappy, and the strings they ship with are far too light to make the low E usable. Kalium sells sets for it. I got a set with a 98 E, and everything works fine.
Intonation of the E and A can be tricky. I had to cut a bit of the spring to get the saddle to move back far enough to work. I also put some copper sleeves in the bridge post holes to stabilize things -- I don't use the trem at all.
Anyhow, it's cool to have around, and the oly white one looks gorgeous. I haven't really done much with it, though when I have taken it to play with other folks as a bass, it does the trick.
Thanks guys. I've bid on a Squier VI on eB*y. There's also a that's been owned by a "name" musician going for just over £300. There's also a VM for £400, a MIJ for £2.5k ! and an original 1963 for £9k.
As I say, this is a bit of a whim, but with 30+ guitars already, I've just been thinking about getting something "different". I doubt I will ever use it for playing "out" with the band or for open mics, but will probably use it for "noodling about" or recording. My only bass is a Squier Precision that I've had for about 15 years, and it's perfectly adequate, but I'm not a bassist, and I think short scale may be better for my tiny non-bass-player hands. Also, the fact that George and John played one adds to the temptation.
I love mine, only have ever changed the volume knobs (standard Speed Knobs, that I put on everything) and a guitar synth pickup - pro tip, you want the GK-3 for GUITAR, not Bass, because of the string spacing. Doing it was an unprecedented gamble that Roland themselves had never tried, but it works wonders.
I have Labella stainless on the thing, and while it doesn't quite have the punch of a P-Bass (in the standard 'not guitar synth' setting), it has pretty much knocked my Jazz bass into retirement, as it does EVERYTHING the Jazz did and more.
My only recommendation: get a solid color.
I have a burst, because at the time I was offered one of the trade show ones and had one in hand because of that six months before the rest of the world, and was deathly afraid they wouldn't come to market or I'd miss out. I really wanted an Oly White or black one. I still do, but will make that one a fretless if I pull the trigger.
Ignore the "need a mastery bridge" internet silliness. It will intonate just fine if you know how to set up an offset - it is good enough for the VERY bitchy guitar synth pickup (which on bass is doubly so!).
The strangle switch is your friend, plus bi-amping - run it into a bass or full-frequency amp AND a guitar amp, and magic happens.
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I'm expecting mine to arrive in the next couple of days. I went for sunburst as that was the only one on eBay, although just before I bought mine an Olympic White (first I've seen) with case came up, but it sold within about five minutes.
To be honest, I could probably have got by with a short scale bass, but I fancied something different.
Bass VI arrived this morning, and so far.... I'm loving it
It's used, but looks like brand new. In fact the strings feel so new, I think it's hardly been played.
Out of the box, the build quality, finish and fit are excellent, better than I even expected.
Action is nice and low, and the string spacing is fine for a guitarist like me. The 30" scale is an improvement on my 34" Precision bass, but still a fair stretch for my tiny guitarist hands
I haven't plugged it in yet, but I've had great fun messing about with it, and even wrote a couple of new riffs with it straight out of the box
Now for the bad news - the notoriously poor intonation on the low E was so bad, it was almost a semitone sharp at he the 12th fret . As I said, the strings felt brand new, so I stretched the low E and this appears to have helped quite a lot (Does that make sense?). Anyway, I think it's something I can easily play around.
I'm not sure if I'll use chords/ top 2 strings that much, but even if I just use it as a "short scale" bass for recording, I think it's an unbelievable bargain at £300. 90's MIJ models are selling for £2k+, and 60's originals are going for £8k :0