Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI vs Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass

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Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI
Playability
75
Sound
77
Build
65
Value
82
Score
72
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68
Sound
81
Build
70
Value
73
Score
73
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Reasons to Get
Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI over Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass

Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Type of Frets
Narrow Tall vs Medium Jumbo
You won't feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Neck Profile
Bass C Shape vs Bass U Shape
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Strings
6 vs 4
Allows you to play lower notes
Switch Positions
3 vs 0
More tone options
Pickups
SSS vs SS
Beautiful cleans and good tone versatility
Number of Frets
21 vs 20
Allows to reach higher notes
Nut Width
1.685'' (42.8mm) vs 1.5'' (38.1mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Bridge
Tremolo vs Fixed
Simple vibratos without too much maintenance
Scale Length
30'' (762mm) vs 34'' (863.6mm)
Easier bending, shorter fret separation and warmer natural tone
Value Score
82 vs 73
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass over Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI

Country of Manufacturing
Japan vs Indonesia
Built with higher quality standards
Release Year
2023 vs 2021
From a more recent year
Type of Frets
Medium Jumbo vs Narrow Tall
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Neck Profile
Bass U Shape vs Bass C Shape
Comfortable neck with more grip
Pickups Brand
Fender vs None
Pickups from a renown brand
Strings
4 vs 6
Narrower neck and fewer strings to change
Volume Knobs
2 vs 1
More volume control
Pickups
SS vs SSS
Beautiful cleans
Nut Width
1.5'' (38.1mm) vs 1.685'' (42.8mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
Bridge
Fixed vs Tremolo
Good sustain and needs no set-up
Scale Length
34'' (863.6mm) vs 30'' (762mm)
Lower action and brighter natural tone

Other Key Differences
Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI vs Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass

Bridge Pickup
Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil vs Fender Vintage-Style Single-Coil Jazz Bass
Different Bridge Pickup
Middle Pickup
Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil vs Fender Vintage-Style Single-Coil Jazz Bass
Different Middle Pickup
Body Wood
Poplar vs Basswood
Different Body Wood
Fretboard Wood
Laurel vs Maple
Different Fretboard Wood
Headstock
6 vs 4
Different Headstock

Shared Features
Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI vs Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass

Neck Wood
Maple
Same Neck Wood
Nut Material
Bone
Same Nut Material
Body Type
Solid Body
Feedback free
Tone Knobs
1
Same tone control
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Fretboard Radius
9.5'' (241.3mm)
Same fretboard comfortability
Pickups Power
Passive
Cleaner sound and no battery needed
Neck Joint
Bolt-On
Allows you to detach and swap the neck

Common Strengths

  • High-Quality Nut

Common Weaknesses

  • Neck-Through Build
  • Pickup Alter Switch/Knob
  • Weight Relief
  • Retainer Bar
  • High-Quality Frets
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Luminescent Sidedots
  • Strap Lock
  • Expensive Wood
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Active/Passive Preamp

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Which One is Better?

After going through our comparison algorithm, the results show that the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass is probably the better product overall with its final score of 73 compared to the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI's 72 score, although not by a lot.

The Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass wins when it comes to sound, build quality. On the other hand, the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI has the upper hand when it comes to playability, value for the money.

If you got small hands, you'll probably feel that the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI is easier to play.

Which One is Better for Beginners?

If you're looking for your first bass to learn how to play, the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI is the better choice.

The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI meets 6 out of our 6 criteria items for beginner friendliness, while the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass meets only 4. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players.

New Player Friendliness

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI
  • Comfortable shape
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck

New Player Friendliness

Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass
  • Comfortable shape
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale

Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing an instrument, you should pick the one more compatible with your personal style. Still, below we'll try you to give you our results as objectively as it's possible to help you decide.

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI Overview

  • From Fender Squier's 2021 Classic Vibe series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 30"'' scale
  • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
  • Poplar body
  • Maple neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • 6-Saddle Vintage-Style with Non-Locking Floating Vibrato bridge
  • Bass C Shape Bolt-On neck
  • 21 Narrow Tall frets
  • Vintage-Style tuners
  • Weight between 8.375lbs (3.8kgs) and 9.125lbs (4.1kgs)
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Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass Overview

  • From Fender's 2023 Made in Japan International Color series
  • Made in Japan
  • 4 strings
  • 34"'' scale
  • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
  • Basswood body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fender Vintage-Style Single-Coil Jazz Bass (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: (/)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 4-Saddle Vintage-Style bridge
  • Bass U Shape Bolt-On neck
  • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Vintage Style tuners
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Sound Quality Comparison

The wood used in an electric guitar or bass is not as important to determine the final tone. However, some people prefer specific wood types, so we'll take a look at those first. Then, we'll take a look at the electronics to determine the versatility and sound quality of each instrument.

Woods Used in Both

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple

Maple is one of the most popular necks for good reasons. It is a strong wood that is relatively cheap to make and looks beautiful. The highest quality maple is the hardest that comes from North America. Find out more about Maple.

Woods Used in the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI

Laurel wood pattern used for guitar building
Laurel
Poplar wood pattern used for guitar building
Poplar

There are many types of Laurel, but East Indian is the most common for guitar building. Its color can vary from dark to light brown with black lines. Many people find its tonality similar to Rosewood, which favors the warmer frequencies. Find out more about Laurel.

Poplar is a cheaper and heavier alternative to Alder wood. It terms of tone, it emphasizes the low-end and has cutting mids. It's relatively soft compared to most body woods. Find out more about Poplar.

Woods Used in the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass

Basswood wood pattern used for guitar building
Basswood

Basswood is a lightweight type of wood that isn't as expensive as other popular choices for guitar building. It gives more power to the mid-range frequencies. Its color can vary from pale white to light brown. Find out more about Basswood.

Winner: Tie.

Pickup Configuration

The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI has an SSS configuration while the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass has SS pickups.

SSS is perfect for players who like to play clean. The definition you get between notes and the crispiness is unmatched by most other configurations. You can still use it for distortion, but you won't get the same kind of output and power compared to a humbucker, and the hum they produce also makes them less adequate for high gain.

On the other hand, SS is the classic Telecaster configuration. It's used mainly for playing clean or with low-gain distortion, and it's very popular for the country genre because of their brightness. It doesn't give you as much versatility as a Strat SSS configuration, but you might like the cleaner look of a guitar body with fewer pickups.

Pickups Quality

The Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass pickups from a more specialized brand than the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI. Its pickups should give you a fuller, richer sound, although it all depends on what type of music you're going to play. We recommend these pickups for Country and similar genres.

Both use Passive pickups. This is what's used for most music genres. They have a regular output and will serve you for both high-gain and clean tones. The alternative (Active pickups) offer a higher output that is mostly used for heavy music.

Preamp Circuit

A preamp in an electric bass functions as an electronic circuit that acts as an interface between the bass's pickups and the amplifier. Its main purpose is to amplify and customize the bass's initial signal before it reaches the amplifier, offering enhanced control over factors like tone, volume, and sound attributes. Preamps typically come equipped with tone adjustments, equalization options, and sometimes built-in effects, empowering bass players to fine-tune their sound to suit their personal preferences and the musical environment.

Both basses have a Passive preamp.

Passive: A bass with a passive preamp lacks an onboard electronic circuit for tone shaping and signal boosting. Instead, it relies solely on passive pickups and basic tone controls, typically consisting of volume and tone knobs. Passive preamps don't require an external power source like batteries, making them low-maintenance and dependable. While they offer a simpler and more straightforward tonal character, passive basses are appreciated for their warm and vintage sound, often favored in genres like classic rock, blues, and funk. They are an excellent choice for musicians who value the simplicity and timeless appeal of their instrument's tone without the need for active electronic components.

Winner: Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass.

Versatility Comparison

Some instruments offer you more ways to explore your creativity than others. Below you'll find how both compare when it comes to versatility.

Switch Options

The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI gives you 3 switch options while the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass gives you 0. This means that the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI gives you more options to find the right pickup combination for the type of sound you want to achieve

Neither of them come with some kind of coil split or pickup mod option. This makes both lacking in terms of versatility.

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI's switch options

The Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass doesn't come with pickup switching options.

When evaluating versatility, we also take into consideration bridge and neck joint type, number of frets, switch options, amount of pickups and more.

Winner: Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI.

Final Sound Quality Scores

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI
Pickups 70
Sustain 70
Versatility 93
Tuning Stability 75
Sound 77
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass
Pickups 100
Sustain 65
Versatility 77
Tuning Stability 80
Sound 81

Build Quality Comparison

When it comes to build quality, we like to take into account everything used to build the instrument. This includes materials, hardware and the quality control expected depending on the country where it was built. Let's see how the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI compares to the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass.

Country of Origin

The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI is built in Indonesia while the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass is made in Japan.

Indonesia is becoming the most popular country for guitar building because they can make good instruments for a low price. Some people think that they're 'the new China' when it comes to build quality. But the truth is that Indonesian guitars are more consistent, although Chinese quality has improved a lot in the last few years.

Japan has a long history of high-quality guitar building. Little has changed in terms of their manufacturing and quality control over the years. Many guitars made in this country can be compared—and even beat—others made in the US.

Winner: Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass

Nut Material

If you want your bass to stay in tune and sound good, you need a well cut nut. Nut quality can be inconsistent even when comparing two copies of the same model. The best way to make sure you're nut will be well done is by getting a nut made by an expert company like TUSQ or Micarta.

In this case, both have Bone nuts. It's a type of nut found in high-quality instruments. They sound similar to Ivory since they give a lot of sustain and a bright sound (at least when striking open strings). The only problem they can run into is that you may get a bone piece that simply doesn't sound as well as others because that's just how natural materials are.

Fret Material

Most fret wire is made of nickel silver. This material eventually wears down after a lot of use and most instruments end up needing a complete fret replacement. However, some expensive models come with stainless steel frets. This is what you should aim for if you can afford it.

Unfortunately, none of them come with stainless steel frets.

Winner: Tie.

Tuners

Both come with regular tuners. The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI's are Vintage-Style while the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass's are Vintage Style

Winner: Tie.

Neck Joint

Contrary to popular belief, the difference in sustain and tone that some neck joints give to a bass is simply unperceivable—if they're all well built. However, some of them do have advantages over the others.

Both have a Bolt-On neck joint. This neck is joined to the body by 4 bolts that you can simply unscrew. This allows you to replace the neck or take it off for travel. It's the most common and cheapest way to build a guitar.

Winner: Tie.

Here is the list of features that were considered when choosing the winner in the Features subcategory:

Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI
  • Bone Nut
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Active Preamp
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock
Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass
  • Made in Japan
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Active Preamp
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

Final Build Quality Scores

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI
Quality of materials 56
Features 75
Quality Control 65
Build Quality 65
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass
Quality of materials 56
Features 70
Quality Control 85
Build Quality 70

Playability Comparison

Let's now compare their playability. Bear in mind that the instrument will feel different depending on your hand size and play style. That's why you should always test before buying. But if you can't or want a second opinion on it, we can still take a look at each of the important measurements of the instrument for you. This way, we can predict how easy a bass might be to play, or how different it will feel compared to the other.

Remember that, even though the difference might seem small, every inch counts when it comes to feeling of the instrument in your hands. Any variation can completely change how comfortable a bass feels in your hands.

Nut Width

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI Nut Width
Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI Nut Width
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass Nut Width
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass Nut Width

The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI has the wider nut with 42.8mm (1.685'') vs 38.1mm (1.5''). This is a 4.7mm (0.185'') difference

This means that it will be more difficult to do bar chords on the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI, especially closer to the nut. However, it's also easier to play without muting strings accidently. This favors people with big hands.

Scale Length

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI's Scale Length
Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI's Scale Length
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass's Scale Length
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass's Scale Length

The scale length is one of the things that influences playability the most. This is the distance between the nut and the bridge and will affect everything from low action allowance, difficulty to perform bends, fret separation, and even tone.

The Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass has the longest scale: 34". The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI is only 30" long. This is a 4'' (101.6mm) scale length difference.

This longer scale means that the strings need more tension to get in tune. This is good if you want to avoid fret buzz, which can happen when the strings are too loose and touch the frets while vibrating. This is especially important when playing in lower tunings. This will also let you reduce the gap between fretboard and strings (low action) to make them easier to press down. However, this higher tension will also make it harder to perform bends and vibratos as the strings will feel stiffer.

This also means that the frets have a longer separation between each other, so this will make it harder for people with smaller hands when playing some chord positions.

Another characteristic of a longer scale is that it makes the bass sound 'snappier' or brighter. This is due to the extra separation between harmonics and overtones produced by the tension. This influences tone more than any other factor (except the pickups).

Lastly, remember that you can also affect the tension of the strings by changing your string gauge. You can use a thicker gauge for more tension and a lighter one for less tension.

Neck Profile

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI Neck Profile
Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI's neck profile
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass Neck Profile
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass's neck profile

No single neck shape is better than others. However, most people tend to prefer a thinner necks because it doesn't get in their way when playing fast and most hand sizes can adapt to it pretty well. However, some people still prefer thicker necks for a better grip, especially if they have big hands.

In this case, both have different neck shapes:

The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI has a C type of neck. This is what you'll find in most modern guitars. Most people feel like the thickness of a C neck is simply the less intrusive one for playing fast, while at the same time allowing you to grab the neck easily for resting if you want to.

The Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass, on the other hand, has a U neck. This is also referred to as ''baseball neck'' because of its shape. It's usually thick, which is why some people with big hands like it. However, they can also be thin, similar to a C shape, but with more shoulders for a better grip.

Fretboard Radius

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI Fingerboard Radius
Both Guitars Have The Same Fretboard Radius

Most bass fretboards are not flat; they usually have a curve or arc across their width. A curved fretboard will make it easier to perform chords without muting strings, while a flatter one will make it easier to play single notes, which is good for bending and soloing in general. The best fretboards have a compound radius that varies across the fingerboard, but they're not common since they take a lot more work to build.

Both the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI and the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass have the same fretboard radius of 9.5". This is the most common radius for Stratocaster guitars. It's considered curved when compared to most other models. This allows you to play chords very easily without muting strings accidentally and gives you more space between strings for fingerpicking. However, this curve also gives the guitar less allowance for lower action. If you bend too hard at the high frets, some of your notes might get muted because the curve will make the string fret out.

Hand Size Comfortability

Everyone has a different hand size, and that's why it's recommended to try a bass before buying, even if others tell you that it's comfortable to play. However, we can know whether a bass favors small or large hands just by knowing its exact measurements.

And after taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass favors large hands more than the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI.

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI:
Big Hands
Small Hands
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass:
Big Hands
Small Hands

Fret Size

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI Frets Size
Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI's Frets Size
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass Frets Size
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass's Frets Size

The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI has Narrow Tall frets, which should be taller than the Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass's Medium Jumbo frets.

Some people prefer taller frets because they result in more sustain since the strings get pressed cleanly without interference from the fretboard. However, if they're too tall—like Jumbo frets—, you might change the pitch of the strings accidentally if you press too hard because you won't be touching the fretboard with your fingers. This is also why some guitarists with a heavy grip prefer smaller frets. They like to feel the fingerboard to avoid pressing down too hard and getting out of pitch.

Final Playability Scores

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI
Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 75
Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass
Bending & Vibrato Ease 65
Chord Playability 90
Solo Playability 50
Playability 68

Specs Side-by-Side

Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI vs Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass
General Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI Fender Made in Japan Limited International Color Jazz Bass
Brand: Fender Squier Fender
Year: 2021 2023
Configuration: SSS SS
Strings: 6 4
Made in: Indonesia Japan
Series: Classic Vibe Made in Japan International Color
Colors: Sunburst, Black Blue, Yellow
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Solid Body
Body Material: Poplar Basswood
Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style with Non-Locking Floating Vibrato 4-Saddle Vintage-Style
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On Bolt-On
Tuners: Vintage-Style Vintage Style
Fretboard: Indian Laurel Maple
Neck Material: Maple Maple
Decoration: White Pearloid Block White Pearloid Block
Scale Size: 30" 34"
Shape: Bass C Shape Bass U Shape
Frets: 21 Narrow Tall Nickel Silver 20 Medium Jumbo Nickel Silver
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" 9.5"
Nut: Bone Bone
Nut Width: 42.8mm (1.685'') 38.1mm (1.5'')
Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil (Single Coil / Passive) Fender Vintage-Style Single-Coil Jazz Bass (Single Coil / Passive)
Middle Pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil (Single Coil / Passive) Fender Vintage-Style Single-Coil Jazz Bass (Single Coil / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil (Single Coil / Passive)
Switch: 3 Way 0 Way
Knobs: Dome Bell
Pickup Mods: None None
Volume Controls: 1 2
Tone Controls: 1 1