Really had GAS (or would that be BAS) for one. Was able to spend a day with one. Thoughts, first the bad: Terribly cut nut, all the slots were round, and the soft grey nut material was squished between the strings. Bridge: the screws for the saddles are angled, so you have to remove the string to make it easier to access the saddle screw (and to allow it to move). Being a vibrato, with the bridge in the center position, there is not enough throw on the saddle screws to properly intonate the low E and A strings without either shimming the neck, or reversing the bridge (again, because of the angled screws). Strings: floppy E, probably needs heavier or flatwounds to fix this, which will further add to the intonation problem. The good: The bound neck is beautiful, while it has the VM dipped in poly treatment, the fretwork and binding are amazing, the block inlays were perfectly flush with the rosewood, and it's some of the nicest rosewood I've seen on any Squier (or Fender for that matter). It may just be the binding and inlays that make it seem that way, but the grain and feel are better than my MIM Fenders. The Pups: I don't see how anyone could complain. I like this closer to classic setup better the the Pawn Shop versions. The neck pup alone would let this "bass" be used as a real bass for 80% of classic rock. My fav was the neck and middle together, has a very clear and bright "P"'sound that even sounded good with the strangle engaged. Fit & finish: Phenomenal on the neck (except for the nut) good on the body, but how hard is it to get black right? I decided to pass on it, if you're expecting the typical Squier experience of it being pretty livable out of the box, you'll be disappointed. Expect to: Replace the nut (no pre-made available for this duck, you'll need to pay to have one made, or cut it yourself). Shim the neck angle or flip the bridge (to properly intonate the two largest strings) Replace the strings (larger strings are available from Ernie Ball and LaBella (expensive)) Lastly, before you buy, justify: This "could" be gigged with as a bass, but don't expect it to be even as useful as a baritone for guitar. Chords are possible, but are muddy if they include the low E or A string. It's a hybrid, the neck is narrow enough to play the low E string with your left thumb and play 3 & 4 note chords on the upper strings (that's where this instrument shines), and even get some vibrato in. Oh... and use a BASS amp.