1961 (yes 61') Fender 3 Switch! Bass VI in beautiful 3 tone sunburst finish, This is no Run of the mill Slab board Bass VI (If there is such a thing) This is an Unbelievably rare instrument; The Fender Six String Bass VI did not officially come out until 1962 and very few were made with Slab fretboard necks. Having the 10-61' Neck date and a "Blank" headstock decal; indicates that this is an EARLY 61' Bass VI!!! Quite possibly one of the First 5 Ever made, may be the 1st one Ever made, Who knows!?! In today's terms this would be considered a "Pilot run" Instrument, possibly used for NAMM , a Music Trade show or an in Store Demo instrument. This is Not a Prototype, as all the Prototype after 58', were stamped "Prototype" on the neck and body, they were either junked, dismantled or kept at the factory for bench testing. This instrument is so early that Fender either did not have a name for it or was waiting for the new "Bass VI" decals to come in. There is no shadow or any indication (Even under Black light) that there was ever the "Bass VI" attachment on this decal, more likely this was a clipped Jazz Bass decal, which simply bore the name Fender.
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The Stackpole pots both read 20th week of 1961, none of the solder joints have been touched. Nothing has been changed, broken, altered, or repaired. The Serial no is: 67XXX The neck and body finish are 100% Original with no touchups