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Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V

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The Squier Affinity Series Jazz Bass V is a value-priced 5-string version of the world famous Fender Jazz Bass. It has the look and tone that everyon...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Squier Affinity Series Jazz Bass V is a value-priced 5-string version of the world famous Fender Jazz Bass. It has the look and tone that everyone knows and loves, at an ultra-economical price point. It is perfect for either the burgeoning five string player or as a low-cost backup for any working musician.

FEATURES
  • Solid Body Electric Bass
  • Alder Body
  • Maple Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 20 medium jumbo frets
  • 34" scale
  • 1.875 nut width
  • Chrome hardware
  • 2 single-coil Jazz Bass V pickups
  • 2 Volume and 1 tone control
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SquierAffinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V
 
4.7

(based on 64 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (12)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Small venues (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Affinity 5-String Jazz Bass V

I chose and bought this bass after comparing it to the Fender five string standard jazz bass and the four string versions and found the Affinity five string to be equal in quality construction as...Read complete review

I chose and bought this bass after comparing it to the Fender five string standard jazz bass and the four string versions and found the Affinity five string to be equal in quality construction as the Fender versions. I am playing this bass in church services. The sound is impeccably Fender at an very economical price. It is, in my opinion, a professional quality instrument. Go ahead and buy it for your kids but if you play regularly like I do you need this instrument in your arsenal. For the price it can be your 'go to' bass if you cannot afford an American Fender.
For a standard jazz version of the Fender jazz bass it meets its big brother on sound, construction, and playability.
Very high quality. I set the bass up with D'Addario nickel half rounds to remove the roundwound string sound when you move your fingers against the strings. It gave me a sound almost equivalent to an upright bass which was a stunning surprise to me. I intend to put Thomastik-Infeld strings on it to get as close to the upright sound as possible. This bass will do it.
The price is far below the instrinsic value of the instrument. This is a high quality bass for the money.

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You Get What You Paid For

this is a good beginner bass. you get wha you paid for. with some new strings, the bass doesn't sound all so bad. I also play a musicman bongo 5 and this bass...Read complete review

this is a good beginner bass. you get wha you paid for. with some new strings, the bass doesn't sound all so bad. I also play a musicman bongo 5 and this bass has features the bongo doesn't have. the sustain is amazing on this bass. the note won't die out. but on the bongo, the note lasts for a couple counts and then just dies. overall, not a bad bass.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very nice jbass

By gregory griffin

from new jersey

Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

I was shockingly surprised at this bass, as I own quite a few high-end basses. I was in a store with my keyboard player and he was buying a new keyboard, so i decided to jam with him before he bought it. I happened to grab a 5-string jazz bass and didnt look at the name on the headstock, knew it was passive as i took it down and plugged in a ampeg which i use for small gigs. It sounded so clean and punchy, I had to have it. I've used it on over 15 gigs and am very pleased with it. No need to mod it. The features and hardware perform flawlessly. A very gigable 5 right out the box.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Affinity 5-String Jazz Bass V

By Bassman Brad

from Norcross, Georgia

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Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

I chose and bought this bass after comparing it to the Fender five string standard jazz bass and the four string versions and found the Affinity five string to be equal in quality construction as the Fender versions. I am playing this bass in church services. The sound is impeccably Fender at an very economical price. It is, in my opinion, a professional quality instrument. Go ahead and buy it for your kids but if you play regularly like I do you need this instrument in your arsenal. For the price it can be your 'go to' bass if you cannot afford an American Fender.
For a standard jazz version of the Fender jazz bass it meets its big brother on sound, construction, and playability.
Very high quality. I set the bass up with D'Addario nickel half rounds to remove the roundwound string sound when you move your fingers against the strings. It gave me a sound almost equivalent to an upright bass which was a stunning surprise to me. I intend to put Thomastik-Infeld strings on it to get as close to the upright sound as possible. This bass will do it.
The price is far below the instrinsic value of the instrument. This is a high quality bass for the money.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5 String Bargain of The Year

By BigDaddy Jammer

from Tustin, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

    Didnt Know what to expect for the cost. Looking for a 5 string to lay down some deep bottom end on some metal recordings. I now see why this bass gets such great reviews. Awesome deal, good pickup tone, good feel, played perfectly and setup was spot on right out of the box.Finish is awesome and not a scratch anywhere from shipping. Both Squier and Musicians Friend have hit a homerun with this bass!!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I regret selling mine to this day

    By bbgamer884

    from New England

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

      I bought this as my first 5 string and i sold it because i thought that i would never need one again. Boy what a mistake. The sound was incredible. one pickups was muddy for a beefier sound and one was bright for a clear sound. both are controlled by separate volumes. Neck was a little large to begin with, but it grows on you after a while. Not exactly professional, but if you are looking for a bass that can fit in at any occasion, this is the one.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Affinity Jazz Bass V

      By JR Vega

      from Harrisburg, PA

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

        First time I ever had a chance to play a Fender Jazz I was somewhat intimidated by the weight and large frets so I decided to break that stigma and I bought this beautiful piece of art and increase self-esteem. Grate product at a better price, if you are in for a 5 string bass and want to explore without breaking the bank, here it is, go for it!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        greeaat value

        By mh608

        from Clifton, Tx

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good To Go
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Versitale

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

        This bass arrived unblemished and ready to go. After tuning up, the action and intonation were perfect. It has great tone. I have a 4 string Fender Jazz bass and this inexpensive 5-string Squire kicked it's butt. In a little time I'll get use to the wider neck and the weight of her. I love this bass.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Affinity Squier 5-String Jazz Bass V

        By BigPawPat

        from Poncha Springs, CO

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        Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

        The sweet quality of the bass strings on the Jazz V was a pleasant surprise for me. Some other guitar companies do not really send out their new instruments with anything like the strings on the Squier Jazz V. Kudos, Fender!
        Just a brief P.S.- although I bought some strings for my Jazz V, I don't need them yet. The strings that came with the bass are bright,shiny and new!
        A very good bass for beginner or veteran player.
        Lots of bass for the price. It keeps up with the MIM!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best purchase ever

        By AspenCanyonBand

        from Dillon, Co

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

        I like this Bass so much, I bought two of them! The black one for outdoor shows and the red one is for our formal indoor concert venues. I have come to realize that the sound quality is determined by the amp you use and I use a GK with a remote setup and it is the absolute best! I would recommend this Bass for everyone at any level of playing experience. I've been at it since the seventies..."Far Out!"

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Affinity 5-String Jazz Bass V

        By BigPawPat

        from Poncha Springs, CO

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        Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

        At age 65, I've always been a P-Bass guy, though I played some EBO's in the '60's and a Gibson Ripper in the '70's. Now I'm really opening up to the J-Bass sound, and this model has the pickups to do that! Having been a four string guy, it's taken a day or two to fully integrate that low B string, but I'm used to it now and no longer feel like it's a four and a half string bass. I have shopped with MF since 1985, so one last "Thank you" to MF for always keeping the customer in mind when offering a product, and one last thanks to Fender who keeps reminding me that Leo is still alive in his musical instruments, like he is looking down on us and smiling from above. Gotta stop now, it's time to lay down some bass lines through my Fender Bassman!
        I recently purchased a used Condition 3 Jazz bass V from MF for a significant savings. The brown sunburst is stunning and gives me a great view of the wonderful alder wood grain both back and front! The electonics work super, not a problem to be seen. Nice straight neck with a smooth dark rosewood fretboard quite unlike the dry grainy rosewood one sees on lower end instruments. Well done! Smooth frets, no burrs or fret-overhang. Again well done! Back of the maple neck very smooth and satisfying. Electronics are excellent, no crackle, no buzz, no loose pots! Weight is fine, balance is not top heavy.
        So where was the defect, since this axe is a "Condition 3"? Aha! A one inch long scratch/ding on the side of the body! What Fender doesn't have a ding? That would give it low "character" value. My 1965 Strat has lots of them! A Les Paul is another animal, but my Fender Jazz V is already growing with personality! That scratch is the only defect I can find and has saved me significant $$$! Thanks, MF, for your marketing policies!
        This bass sounds and plays great. It is a "keeper". I won't sell it, and that is how I evaluate my instruments, not on some over-valued market system that encourages me to sell, sell, sell. It is in the same class as my old Strat or my 1967 Gibson J-45 (thanks for that Epi Elitist 1963 Dot ES-335, MF, that I bought on your site, it ranks there too!). Now I also have the free time to upgrade that old MIJ P-bass with new PUPs and wiring harness!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        the big guitar that jemaine plays

        By Nick Coleman

        from kentucky

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

        i bought this bass (sunburst finish) to have as a back-up bass, for fast changes in case i broke a string on stage, as well as to have a fretted bass (my primary bass is fretless) for recording or chord work. the cost for the bass + the cost for a set of thomastik-infeld roundwound strings (only strings i use anymore - highly recommended) + about 20 minutes tweaking the action = a bass that plays and sounds every bit as good as a more expensive instrument.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just buy it!

        By skygzr

        from southeast us

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

            Terrific value for the dollar, seriously. I did a fifteen minute setup and it plays like a dream. Don't let the "Affinity" name scare you. I don't konw what they skimped on but its a fine instrument.

            I've never played a "real" Fender Jazz but I've played planty of basses and this is a good one. A keeper, no doubt.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            You Get What You Paid For

            By rockadood

            from miami,fl

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

            this is a good beginner bass. you get wha you paid for. with some new strings, the bass doesn't sound all so bad. I also play a musicman bongo 5 and this bass has features the bongo doesn't have. the sustain is amazing on this bass. the note won't die out. but on the bongo, the note lasts for a couple counts and then just dies. overall, not a bad bass.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Squire sunburst 5 string affinity Jazz Bass

            By Mike Carello

            from Venice Fl.

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            Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

            I have to admit, i usualy replace something on my Squier and Fender basses , but i'm hard pressed to do it any time soon. I have a nice Shaller roller bridge that i will put on this bass. I also have an old Fender waterslide logo that i was going to put on the headstock, but decided not to dissrespect the craftsmanship that Squire put into this bass.
            Typical Jazz Bass.
            Very good to excellent. The finish is better than my MIM Fender, and the neck is very nice also.
            You can't get a better bang for your quickly diminnishing dollar.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            AWESOME!

            By Lolo.PR

            from Dorado, Puerto Rico

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Heavy Sound
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Kinda heavy weight

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues
            • Worship

            Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

            this is an excellent bass with a affordable price. must have.

            (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Don't buy this Chinese Junk

            By Speednkg

            from Detroit

            Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

            Bought this Bass as a second 5-string. The neck is flimsy, the fret buzz is terrible at the 12th and 13th Fret. Have put allot of work into it, re-working the frets, even replacing the Nut and I am still not happy with it.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            beutiful bass

            By Air-n

            from Hickman Co. Tn

            Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

            I bought this bass about a month ago and let me tell you... I love this bass has a great tone, great looks, and a mean personality when matched with the rotosound nylon strings. Overall I would recomend this bass to anyone interested in a 5 string.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing Bass!!!!

            By Julio Andre Robles

            from Undisclosed

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            Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

            This bass is amazing!!!! it was either this or the Squier Vintage Modified Jazz bass and I do not regret choosing this one. I've played several successful gigs with it and it just rocks! I play with all the knobs at full thrust and it sounds great for ANY style of playing. I can play from Green Day to Rage Against The Machine to Kings Of Leon to The Strokes to Korn all in the SAME SETTING!!!!
            this bass is amazing just get it if you have the money and you prefer a five string bass for any ocasion!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            WOW-a surprise!

            By Coyote Bass

            from DFW TX

            Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

            I have been playing a 1988 RI '62 P-what a dream guitar. But the guys in the band wanted more growl from a low B string-and I am married...nuff said. I got the JB V Affinity for $219-I also have a Squier '72 J and a vintage modified fretless J- the rap Squier gets is unfair. The feel and sound beats anything Ibanez can muster at half the price. You can't go wrong with this one.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            nice starter- you canot build a 5 sting this cheap

            By rmjstudio

            from planet earth

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

            the bottom on the neck pup is over exacturated- nice warmth though for what it does,
            where it fails is the bridge- where is that nice top end ?- not there az in nice J basses

            BUT! I will replace these PUPS - drop in some nice pups and I will put this up to any real J 5 stings- EXCEPT a heavy body- ASH- all maple neck...

            this is why I bought it to upgrade- I didn't wanna spend 2k on a bass. when I can get somthing like this then upgrade to where it will be standard in my studio

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I am satisfied with the bass guitar

            By Jim

            from Saline,La.

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • All Things Seem To Be Ok

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Affinity Series 5-String Jazz Bass V:

            I am a drummer but I look forward to mastering the bass. I will be doing business with Musicians Friends again.

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