Fender Squier Affinity Series P/J Precision 4-String Bass Guitar w/ Rosewood Fingerboard (Discontinued)
The Affinity Series is Squier's entry level line of instruments, allowing up and coming musicians to own affordable versions of Fender's popular instruments.
This particular model follows after the Precision bass, which was first released way back in 1951, albeit in a more cost effective build.
It's impressive how the old Precision bass design still rates highly among today's players considering its age, it still is one of the most copied and best selling bass guitars in the world.
The Squier Affinity P/J has an extra single-coil pickup in the bridge position for more tone variation
- Body: Alder
- Neck: Maple (bolt-on)
- Neck Profile: C shape
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale Length: 34"
- Nut Width: 1.625"
- Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"
- Frets: 20 Medium Jumbo
- Middle Pickup: Standard Split Single-Coil Precision
- Bridge Pickup: Single-Coil Jazz
- Controls: Master Tone, Volume 1 and Volume 2
- Bridge: Standard 4-saddle
- Tuners: Standard open-gear
- Weight: 6 lbs.
Since this bass guitar is aimed at beginners, it is not surprising to find the majority of the positive comments and recommendations come from students and parents who gave this bass as a gift. But what surprised me is finding that many experienced players actually liked it, even those with decades worth of playing more expensive instruments. Money well spent is mentioned a number of times, along with appreciation over the build quality and sonic versatility.
Some experienced players complained about the pickups, stating that by upgrading the pickups, they got substantial tone improvement. There were also a few that mentioned hum and noise issues. A notable comment suggests to save and spend a few more dollars for the Squier Vintage Modified version, which is priced around 30% to 50% higher.
If you're looking to play the funky music right at the get go, and you want to have the right tool for the job while keeping your budget intact, check this one out. Unfortunately it's not available new from most stores these days so if you're looking for a new bass then take a look at our guide to The Best Bass Guitars Under $300.