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Very well made, very affordably priced.

Lay down a solid groove with the Squier Affinity Series P Bass -- Squier's version of the famous Precision Bass. The Affinity Series P Bass has a contoured hardwood body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, split-coil pickups, and 4-saddle bridge.

FEATURES
  • Authorized by Fender, true P Bass design and specs
  • Hardwood body
  • Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • Split-coil pickups
  • Four-saddle bridge

It's got the real feel, the real sound, and a righteous price! Order today.

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SquierAffinity Series P Bass
 
4.1

(based on 327 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (143)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (118)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (15)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Jamming (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Value

A few years ago, I found a neglected Squire Affinity B-Bass at a local pawn shop. When the price was lowered, I grabbed it.

I replaced the strings and adusted the...Read complete review

A few years ago, I found a neglected Squire Affinity B-Bass at a local pawn shop. When the price was lowered, I grabbed it.

I replaced the strings and adusted the bridge saddles so that the intonation was set and playing action improved.

I've attached a pickup cover and a bridge cover, which gives it that cool 1960's retro-look.

I've thought about modifying it with a Basslines split pickup, but never got around to it. The sound is decent.

Sometimes I use it as a back-up bass, but often I use it instead of some of my higher-priced/high-end basses.

One of the employees of a music store told me that some customers buy Squire instruments for the lower prices with plans to modifications, such as upgraded pickups, only to find themselves surprisingly satisfied with the overall quality.

My advice for any of those demanding snob players, who wouldn't want to be seen playing a bargain-priced instrument is: Write a price-tag with high numbers and attach it to the headstock.

The Squire Affinity P-Bass is absolutely gigworthy!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good starter bass, upgradable

This is a great bass for starting out. It's not too much money, so it isn't a big deal if you end up quitting or not liking the instrument (parents: are you reading...Read complete review

This is a great bass for starting out. It's not too much money, so it isn't a big deal if you end up quitting or not liking the instrument (parents: are you reading this?).

With proper setup this thing plays very nicely out of the box (I cannot comment on how they are setup from the factory because the bass I purchased was used). There are setup guides available online that can help even a beginner set their bass up to play to their liking. This is a skill that develops with time. Your preferences will be realzed slowly. As long as you don't do damage to the instrument (like over-tightening the truss rod until it snaps), all adjustments are reversible.

The pickup is pretty good and it has that classic, crunchy P-Bass sound that I can't get enough of. With a fresh set of round-wounds the pickup really sings.

The bass does have its limitations, and I knew that going into it. I plan on upgrading most components. The hardware and electronics aren't great. The tuners are a little sloppy and hard to tune up. The bridge is OK, but not very tight and precise. It's rather hard to accurately intonate.

The pickup is rather good, actually. But the pots aren't spectacular, and are basically just glorified on/off switches. Rather than a gradual change in sound during rotation, the volume and tone abrubtly change about 3/4 of the way through their turns.

The body resonates nicely. It's made of Alder, just like the regular Fenders. I'm not a huge fan of Precision necks in general, but this one is decent. What I'm getting at is the body and neck of this bass are a good "foundation". To cut costs, Squier had to make some comprimises on hardware and electronics. This means the bass is affordable for beginners, but can grow with the improving musician via upgrades.

I plan on swapping the neck for a J-bass neck for comfort and personal preference, changing out the bridge, and upgrading the pickup (I might not, I really like the stock one) and pots. After all this work I think I'll have a very nice bass that I can say is truly my own. Plus, I'll probably learn a few things.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Unexpected gem

By Fredbass

from Richmond, VA

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Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

I bought it to throw in the car for road trips when I don't want to take a good bass because of heat and cold extremes that could be encountered. I was blown away with the way it plays - the fretboard is free from buzzing, better than a lot of my expensive basses. The bridge adjusted to perfect intonation, and I could set the strings as low as I want. I thought at least I'd have to replace the pickup as it would have no bass response, but it is perfect! Great response across the frequency spectrum. Oh sure, the tuners are not high-grade, but they hold their tuning, so what more could you ask for? In short, it is a terrific bass at a terrific price.
This is a P-bass, there are no features! It is Fender's original model, with one passive split humbucker pickup. However, it is history in one package. When you think of the songs recorded with this axe, it is amazing. If you like basic thump, this is the bass for you. Only downside is that, like all Fenders, it is heavy, nearly 10 pounds. It does make it stable to play, and I suppose improves the sustain, but just be aware that it is on the heavy side, a pound more than my MIM P-bass, for some reason.
I was amazed with the quality of construction of this bass. I can't really tell a lot of difference between this and my MIM Fenders.
It is a super bass for a low price. It is built like a tank, and it is, after all, basically a Fender. If you want any kind of replacement or upgrade parts, they will all fit. But as it is, you have a very serviceable bass that should last a lifetime. Why start with a "beginner" bass of some kind, when you can have this beauty?

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing value

By Steve-o

from Albany, OR

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Seiously Playable Cheap
  • Seriously Playable For Ch

Cons

  • I Got Nothing

Best Uses

  • Rocksmith

Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

I'm a guitar player but I have played bass plenty. My daughter saw me playing Rocksmith and was interested in learning to play bass using that platform so I bought her one of these. I had it sent to me first so I could vet it and set it up. To my amazement, this instrument looks and plays almost identical to a 1970 Fender P-bass I owned in the '90's. The big differences were that the volume knob is basically an on-off switch--not a problem for me since I always play on 10, and the neck is satin finish, not urethane like the real deal. Set up was pretty much perfect--I lowered the action because I'm an effete guitar player. I tried it out on rocksmith and ended up playing for 2 hours. I packed it up to send to my daughter and immediately bought another one for myself. The second one was identical to the first--a really nice instrument.
I can't vouch for what these sound like through amplification but they sound killer through Rocksmith, which I play through a 500 watt 6x15 pa system. I can't imagine buying a different instrument for the purpose of playing this game.
AND musician's friend is the best. I've bought thousands worth or merchandise from them over the years and had every kind of interaction, and they have always made me happy.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value

By Patrick James McKenna

from St.Marys, GA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

    A few years ago, I found a neglected Squire Affinity B-Bass at a local pawn shop. When the price was lowered, I grabbed it.

    I replaced the strings and adusted the bridge saddles so that the intonation was set and playing action improved.

    I've attached a pickup cover and a bridge cover, which gives it that cool 1960's retro-look.

    I've thought about modifying it with a Basslines split pickup, but never got around to it. The sound is decent.

    Sometimes I use it as a back-up bass, but often I use it instead of some of my higher-priced/high-end basses.

    One of the employees of a music store told me that some customers buy Squire instruments for the lower prices with plans to modifications, such as upgraded pickups, only to find themselves surprisingly satisfied with the overall quality.

    My advice for any of those demanding snob players, who wouldn't want to be seen playing a bargain-priced instrument is: Write a price-tag with high numbers and attach it to the headstock.

    The Squire Affinity P-Bass is absolutely gigworthy!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Don't 'fret' over these bad reviews!

    By acorum84

    from Phoenix

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Great Value

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

    After purchasing the Squier Bass Pack and then reading some reviews, I became a bit worried I had just bought a sub-par bass. Upon recieving this beauty (Metallic blue is a wonderful color) all my worries went out the window! This bass plays very well, the neck is smooth and easy to navigate and the fit/finish is excellent. There was a bit of fret buzz on the E string, but with a few minor tweaks to the bridge, this was quickly eliminated. The 15w Rumble amp is more than adequate for bedroom practice, with solid, all-around useful tone. My only con is that the E string has a slight flaw in the winding on the tuner, but I plan on slapping a BA II bridge on here and some new strings, so this is not a problem for me. Overall, a great value, I would say it's a steal!

    (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    nothing to cry over

    By Bass Freak

    from Idaho Falls, ID.

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    Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

    The squire bass is a good instrument for the money
    I played this bass in trying a stomp box. I did like the way it felt and it did sound good. Like the other reviews that I have read, I would have to agree that this bass is a good beginner bass and one that can take alot of abuse when practicing or playing a local gig.
    As stated before, this is a good practice/beginner bass. I have played much better, However, I have played much worse. The tone is fair to good(I have a Fender J-bass that is professional grade). The main complaint that I have read is that it's heavy. I would have to say that I vehemently disagree with that assessment. I play much heavier basses than this one.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good starter bass, upgradable

    By Steve

    from Rhode Island

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Good Craftsmanship
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor electronics
    • Poor Hardware

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

    This is a great bass for starting out. It's not too much money, so it isn't a big deal if you end up quitting or not liking the instrument (parents: are you reading this?).

    With proper setup this thing plays very nicely out of the box (I cannot comment on how they are setup from the factory because the bass I purchased was used). There are setup guides available online that can help even a beginner set their bass up to play to their liking. This is a skill that develops with time. Your preferences will be realzed slowly. As long as you don't do damage to the instrument (like over-tightening the truss rod until it snaps), all adjustments are reversible.

    The pickup is pretty good and it has that classic, crunchy P-Bass sound that I can't get enough of. With a fresh set of round-wounds the pickup really sings.

    The bass does have its limitations, and I knew that going into it. I plan on upgrading most components. The hardware and electronics aren't great. The tuners are a little sloppy and hard to tune up. The bridge is OK, but not very tight and precise. It's rather hard to accurately intonate.

    The pickup is rather good, actually. But the pots aren't spectacular, and are basically just glorified on/off switches. Rather than a gradual change in sound during rotation, the volume and tone abrubtly change about 3/4 of the way through their turns.

    The body resonates nicely. It's made of Alder, just like the regular Fenders. I'm not a huge fan of Precision necks in general, but this one is decent. What I'm getting at is the body and neck of this bass are a good "foundation". To cut costs, Squier had to make some comprimises on hardware and electronics. This means the bass is affordable for beginners, but can grow with the improving musician via upgrades.

    I plan on swapping the neck for a J-bass neck for comfort and personal preference, changing out the bridge, and upgrading the pickup (I might not, I really like the stock one) and pots. After all this work I think I'll have a very nice bass that I can say is truly my own. Plus, I'll probably learn a few things.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bass, all around

    By John

    from Binghamton

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • NICE SOUND
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Buzzes A Little

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

    My first bass, and I have no complaints. It sounds great, plays well, and is easy to learn on. I find myself becoming more and more proficient with it, and it is satisfying.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Go To Bass

    By BeginnerExpert98

    from Killeen, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

      This bass is my youth groups bass, and I have used it for playing at my youth group, church, and my band, Tidepool. It has never let me down, only when one of my strings snapped, but those were the original strings. Once i got some GHS Boomers on there, it has sounded terrific. I love the feel of the neck and the sound those little pickups give. I give this bass an 8.5

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Buy

      By Astus

      from Minnesota

      Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

      So I bought this bass fairly recently and assumed that it would just wind up being a knock around bass and not really do a whole lot with. I was very wrong! My black affinity P-Bass gets the second best tone out of all my basses, the only one to top it is my Rickenbacker 4000. I don't really see how/why these things get made out to be a "poor man's Fender". Sure, the pick guard isn't the best quality and the pots can be loose sometimes, but these 'problems' are all easy fixes. The tone is great for almost any genre of music. Great for beginners, great for all players. A solid deal for a solid instrument. If you want a quality bass, but have a limited price range, the affinity series basses are the best.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great bass for anyone

      By jrk86

      from Omaha, NE

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      Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

      To be honest I am not sure why a lot of the time these Squier P-Basses (same with the jazz basses and other Squier models) are given bad wraps and looked at truly being a lesser or crap guitar. Sure up against a true American made Fender Precision Bass or any other high model brand the Squier P-Bass may sound different or not have that ever desired tone or features, but the Squier generally does not come with that fat price tag either. This guitar is great for beginners and anyone really. I have been playing bass for almost five years and I started on a Squier P-Bass and still play Squier P-Basses. You can upgrade parts on these guitars of course. One of my basses is stock and the other I replaced the pickups with pickups out of a friends American made Fender Precision bass he smashed. In fact I have actually found Squier's sound better than some of the Made in Mexico Fender basses. I play my Squier basses through a Fender TB-1200 head and two Fender Bassman 410 cabs, so your bass rig can help with how the sound output is as well. I guess it really depends on personal preferences and how much money you wish to spend. But if you are looking for a cheap and fun bass look no further than one of these. Get the feel of a true Fender Precision at half or less the price.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      BETTER BASS

      By Joel Caughell

      from Toronto

      Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

      I own this bass for last 6 years, its a bass for all genre of music. fuller unbiased sound works great with processor. DONT GET BRAINWASHED WITH AMERICAN HIGH PRICE BRANDING STRETEGY THATS HOW THEY RIP OFF PEOPLE. for 5-10% vintage toanl difference there is no point paying over $1000.00 for an american bass. for value player it is more than what you pay for. I like the bass it works great in stage and recording all kinds of music

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Go with the Jaguar model

      By Jordan Barnes

      from Phoenix

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      Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

      The Pickups in the Jaguar verses this are like day vs. night. They are in the SAME PRICE RANGE too. Everything else is almost identical feel wise, but the Jaguar is more Jazz-shaped and is a little bit bigger. If you can deal with that, I recommend it over the P-Bass, and even many other high price options.
      Pickups aren't very strong
      The rest of it is nice
      For the price, go with the Squier Jaguar.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Its a Bass... What else do ya want?

      By Sensei-c8L4q

      from Sewer

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      Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

      I've had my Torino Red Squire Affinity P-Bass for 10 years now.The only real shortcoming it has is the single-ply pick guard that holds the input jack. A couple of hard tugs and the plastic brokeleaving the input jack flappin' in the wind. Fortunately Fender sells P-bass pick guards that are three ply. Not all the screw holes line up, but who cares? As long as most of 'em do yer good to go. And I am. This bass has the original pick-up, tuners and volume/tone controls that came with it and I've never had a problem. It sounds like a Fender P-Bass, and I'd bet no one could tell the difference in a sound comparison, because I've done it. My bass has an alder body as per the year 2000 spec. I have never heard of the "hardwood" tree, so good luck to ya.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Has that P-Bass Sound for less!

      By Sensei-c8L4q

      from Sewer

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      Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

      Bought one of these back in 2000. The single-ply pickguard broke at the input jack, so I modded a black Fender replacement P-bass pickguard and made it fit on the Squier. Works good and looks better. I also put in new volume and tones pots as the Squire ones were cheap... they acted more like on/off switches, no sweep at all. The pick-up sounds surprisingly good so I didn't replace that. It looks and sounds like an American P-Bass now for much less.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good bass for the price

      By Matthew-ACaFF

      from North Carolina/Georgia

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      Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

      I own an older Squier p bass that is no longer in produstion but I have played this bass many times and it is great! It has good pick ups,it is not too heavy which is great and it especially sounds good when playing in drop D.Not the best bass ever made but it's great for playing sludge/doom metal,beginners-intermediate palyers and makes a good back up bass.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great p bass

      By pbass96

      from perry,ny

      Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

      what can i say this bass is great and not just for beginners this bass rocks. and when people say its firewood they need to get a brain i also own a real hofner bass and this is as good as it and sometimes better. if you like fender but can't afford a real one buy this.

      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      It's OK

      By 4I_K_TQGr

      from Kingsland, Tx

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      Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

      Ok bass,.... I have gone into the wiring for the pickups twice due to I've lost everything a time or two. Never on stage but while thumping around the house. I am going to order the Squire Classic Vibe P '50 and keep the Affinity as a practice bass.
      Basic volume and tone control. Don't see a wide control with the tone control.....
      OK. Had to pull the pick guard due due to a wire crushed underneath where the volume and tone controls are.
      I got this as a unit with a 15 watt amplifier (pakage deal). I was actually going to buy a Squire Classic Vibe P '50's Bass that had a dent in the body, but after noticing that the dent was very close to the input of the bass I decided to look around a little more and found the Affinity P bass. I actually bought a Rumble 150 amp and this bass to play through it because the bass felt better than in other bass that I played in this price range. I use the 15 amp bass as a practice amp around the house,... kinda cool but has limited features!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      i would reccomend this bass

      By dennkram

      from pennsville, nj

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

        very nice inexpensive bass, i love it

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        It is nice!

        By Conaan the barbarian

        from The 6, Michigan

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        Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

        I have owned this bass for nearly two years now, and i still play it occasionaly. I got it with the bass pack and such. The quality right out of the box is a bit below standard. When i recieved it alot of the hardware was loose, and it needs some fine tuning, which i have since taken care of. It functions nicely for pretty much any type of music from folk to metal. the only thing i have had to replace so far is the cable jack, but i plan on replacing the pickups and bridge as well. I now play a schecter stiletto most of the time and for all shows, but this bass sounds pretty sick through my ampeg

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not worth it

        By ESPbassist270

        from Brooklyn Park, MN

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

        I bought this as my beginner bass, but soon found out it was a bad choice. It's worth it to pay the extra for an actual Fender one, the Squier version is horrible.

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