Robert started to use this guitar circa 1981, during or after the recording of "Faith" until he switches to the Schecter Ultracure VI. The modifications made to this guitar are explained by Reeves Gabrels: "Thus the instrument I am playing on those three songs live is Robert Smith’s black 1962 Fender VI, which has a reddish tortoise-shell pick guard. I’m sure it has a lot of stories to tell. It has the three original Fender Jaguar-style single-coil pickups, plus three on/off pickup selector switches (one for each), as was standard for that era Fender VI. The neck is a 30-inch scale, shorter than most other Fender bass guitars, and feels more like the neck of a Fender Stratocaster of like vintage. The strings I am using are lighter gauge than one would normally put on a regular bass. All in all, perfect for a guitar player. The electronics of this Fender VI have been modified with an additional tone control, so it has three knobs (volume, tone, tone) instead of the standard two (volume, tone). Two small toggle switches were also added. One is a bass cut, which removes the lowest frequency tones from all six strings. The other changes the phase of the middle pickup, resulting in a more nasal sound when used in combination with one or both of the other pickups".more
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