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Squier Affinity Series P Bass Black 

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Overview

  • Authorized by Fender, true P Bass design and specs
  • Hardwood body
  • Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $279.99
  • Your Savings:
    - $100.00
  • Your Price:
    $17999

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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 326 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (142)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (118)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (15)

78%

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

    Best Uses

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

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Unexpected gem

    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...Read complete review

    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?

    VS

    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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    5.0

    Great Value

    By Patrick James McKenna

    from St.Marys, GA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    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!

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      3.0

      Good starter bass, upgradable

      By Steve

      from US

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Don't 'fret' over these bad reviews!

      By acorum84

      from Iowa City

      About Me Novice

      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!

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      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

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        3.0

        Pretty good!

        By JaceBass

        from Eau Claire, WI

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to tune
        • Good Tone
        • Great Starter Bass
        • Inexpensive

        Cons

        • Cheap Input Jack
        • Fret Board Issues
        • Hardware Begins To Rust
        • Pots Get Scratchy
        • Slight fret buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

        Got this bass when i was 16 now am 25 has been through a lot of falls and dings and still hold up well. Its a 1999 and the finish is starting to crack on the back. I has some good low mid and high tones. The stock strings are terrible I replaced with Ernie Ball Super Slinkys made a big difference. Would not change the pick ups at all. The problems i have had is the input jack scratchy pots and the fret board near the headstock is cracking still plays fine would recomend for a starter bass only.

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        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        TERRIBLE!!!

        By xUSMC1775x

        from Nashua, NH

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

          Cons

          • Action Way Too High
          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
          • Truss Rod Frozen

          Best Uses

          • Firewood

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

          by far the WORST bass i have ever played, the action is way too high and you will have to shell out the money to shave down the nut, not worth it for this bass. The dang truss rod doesn't even work! check out an fender MIM standerd p bass. 100 times better than this! the fretwork is horrible, sharp edges everywhere! like i said check out the Fender MIM standerd p bass.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          truss rod frozen

          By the bass guy

          from South Texas

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Sounded Good For A While

          Cons

          • Guitar Shop Can~'~~t Lower
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
          • Truss Rod Frozen

          Best Uses

          • Parts

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series P Bass:

          I bought this bass in a hurry to play that night.
          action was extremely high.Took it back to have it lowered and the shop where I bought (new) from showed me where the truss rod was frozen.No return on sale items I'm stuck with a bass for parts. You get what you pay for "Buy American"
          I DID NOT buy this at musicians friend,They stand behind their products.

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 1 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.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 2 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

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            (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            nothing to cry over

            By Richard DeMott

            from Idaho Falls, Id

            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.

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