Couple months ago I tried one of those at my local Guitar Center. Honestly, it brings you to the idyllic time of 60's band from California: Offset body in sunburst, tremolo bar, many switches that make it look way more expansive that it really was, Blonde Bassman or Tweed Fender Amp and imagination takes care of the actual sunny August in California.
I am primary a lead guitar player, but this thing would make me to become a bass player. And if you are looking for a sound how to spice your solos as guitarist, without using Octave pedal or detune your Jaguar, this is the real deal. Great thing without musical education you know that you can play 12th fret and higher to get your "regular guitar" sound, and above to get the balls in your solo, riff or improvisation, or just when you want to play bass, baritone and tenor at the same time !
I guess this thing is technically a baritone guitar, but I love this thing for songs that are dark and ominous. Also a great guitar to have with you in the studio. Wish I could afford the Fender Bass VI though.
Some of these have slight intention issues but its easily fixable. I had mine set up by a tech and its right on the money! It plays great! Has lots of options for pickup selection and 30'' scale. LOve this thing!
Robert Smith never used Squiers, there were no Squier VIs back then... he used the original Fender VIs, he has a lot of them, maybe 6 or so. Nowadays he's using the Ultracure VI, which is a recreation of the Fender VI from Schecter (it's the one on the profile picture).
f both surf music, and 80's goth music (especially The Cure) I just had to have this when they re-issued it. I put tapewounds on it (La Bella) because I wanted to bring the brightness down a little