P Bass Electric Guitar  

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The Affinity Series Precision electric bass represent the best value in solid-body electric bass guitar design. With its comfortable neck and classic tone, the Affinity Series P Bass is the natural ch... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Affinity Series Precision electric bass represent the best value in solid-body electric bass guitar design. With its comfortable neck and classic tone, the Affinity Series P Bass is the natural choice whether you're just starting, need a bass for occasional use, or just want a solid workhorse instrument that's as easy to own as it is to play.

Features
  • Neck Shape: "C" Shape
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Dot Position Inlays
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Polyurethane
  • Nut Width: 1.625" (41.3 mm)
  • Scale Length: 34" (86.36 cm)
  • Neck Plate: Standard 4 Bolt
  • Electronics
  • Pickup Configuration: Single Split-Coil Pickup
  • Middle Pickup: Standard Precision Bass Split Single-Coil Pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: Standard 4-Saddle
  • Tuning Machines: Standard Open-Gear Tuners
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Miscellaneous
  • Strings: Fender USA Super Bass 7250ML, NPS, (.045, .065, .080, .100 Gauges)
  • Accessories
  • Pickguard: (506, 595, 525, 532) 1-Ply White
  • (505) 3-Ply Black/White/Black
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Review Snapshot

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SquierP Bass Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (9)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Jamming (10)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (5)
  • School bands (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A really nice bass

I bought this bass with the intention of replacing the pickups and electronics and fixing anything that needed it. I replaced the pickups with Fender Original '62 pickups, the volume pot with a...Read complete review

I bought this bass with the intention of replacing the pickups and electronics and fixing anything that needed it. I replaced the pickups with Fender Original '62 pickups, the volume pot with a Bourns premium guitar audio taper pot, the tone pot with a Fender no-load audio taper pot, and the tone cap with a .047uF paper in oil cap. I also shielded the bass completely with copper tape and grounded the pickup pole pieces. For the price I have an absolutely fabulous P-Bass
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If you want to fix it up, this a wonderful bass. If you want to play it like it is, the pickups are limiting.

WARNING: There are 5 versions of the Affinity P-Bass - black, blue, red, white, and brown burst. The red, black, and blue versions have 14 hole pick guards and the brown burst and white have 13 hole pick guards. My 13 hole brown burst was "crafted in China" and I think the black, blue, and red might be made in Indonesia. ****The pick guards are not standard Squier or Fender and a Fender pick guard will NOT cover the control cavity (and the holes don't line up). If you want to replace the pick guard, you are looking at a custom job!
It's a nice, clean, and simple bass. The closed tuners are nice and stay in tune and the bridge is simple, straight forward, and solid. I only had to loosen the truss rod 1/2 turn and the setup was perfect. It even has nice strings if you like round wounds.
The construction of the bass is top notch. I don't know what the finish is on the neck, but it is clean and smooth. The fit and finish of the neck is impeccable. The body is three piece alder and the paint job is beautiful (I got the burst finish). The neck pocket was clean and perfect (I was expecting paint and shims). The neck/body joint is tight and I haven't noticed any dead spots on the fingerboard.

The electronics are less impressive. The mini pots are by a manufacturer I'm unfamiliar with. The tone is a 250K audio taper and the volume is a 250K linear taper. This means the volume is really on or off with very little adjustment. A Fender '62 P-Bass pickup is magnetic pole pieces with wire wrapped around them; these pickups are steel rods wrapped in wire with a single magnet underneath touching the pole pieces. I found these pickups turned muddy when I played with moderate force.

I noticed a popping noise like a shorted wire and found that it came from touching the frets when not touching a grounded part of the base! This bass has no shielding whatsoever!
I bought this bass as a project bass and could not be happier with the construction (electronics aside).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

For a beginner, only for a beginner....

This was my first bass and as a new bass player it looked cool, Olympic White Body and white pickguard. The hardware is mehhh, and the pickups are barely on the ok side....Read complete review

This was my first bass and as a new bass player it looked cool, Olympic White Body and white pickguard. The hardware is mehhh, and the pickups are barely on the ok side. The sound was thin. But then as I really got into pickups and hardware I absolutely had to change everything ( bridge, tuners, pickups, pots, and wiring). But the craftsmanship is above decent, so if you're willing to put 400 more bones to make it a cool bass then buy it, or if you're brand new to bass this is really good.

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5.0

good, solid instrument

By BJMcG

from Portland, Or.

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Squier P Bass Electric Guitar:

    I play guitar now but I wanted to revisit my days as a bass player without spending a lot of money . I've owned good ones before- Fender P and Jazz, Music Man Stingray, Gibson EB3- and I'm having fun playing this one. There's nothing fancy here but it seems well made, fitted and finished. The tuners look a little wimpy but work smoothly with no slop. The controls are quiet and smooth and the shielding must be good- no ac buzz at all. I'm very happy with this purchase.

     
    5.0

    Great Bass. Even if it is a Squire but it is alright with me

    By Raymond L

    from Beloit, WI

    Comments about Squier P Bass Electric Guitar:

    I play music for my job. That is what I do and playing bass is some of what I do. I like these Squire basses. Not much different from an actual Fender P Bass that will run you an arm and a leg. Do not let that scare you too much. You can do a great set up and some other things to make this one mean playing bass.I played and owned a few Squire axes and I had great service from them too. IF you are a tech type of musician like me, you can do some upgrades and you will pretty much have a nice bass. I used my Squire Afinity P bass on many shows and I am really tough on my gear and the Squire stood up to what i could put it through. The tone is great. This bass was a workhorse and always got the job done.I like to use some fine sand paper on the back of the neck to smooth it out as i so on all my axes and I check the frets to see that the ends are dressed. Once you do that, you will have a better feel to the neck. Get a good wide padded strap for comfort if you feel it is too heavy. Out of the box I take this home and do my set up. IF you are not sure how to do this have a Guitar Center Tech do it for you and you will be very happy you did. I do a good set up EVERY on axe I play before I do a show. Fit and finish are good on these basses. IF you need an entry level bass that can hang with the big boys, this is your bass and is usually a safe bet. Do a good set up on it as with any instrument. You will also want either a gig bag or a good case. Just set it up, plug it in and play this and the more you play it the better it gets.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    The Pickups Suck

    By drivenmadnessband

    from depoe bay oregon

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Squier P Bass Electric Guitar:

    I have played cheaper bass guitar's than this that did not have such a flat tone. But I guess you get what you pay for. You might want to replace the pickups if you buy this model. Thanks!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    as good as it gets ....

    By rfd

    from Northeast USA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Squier P Bass Electric Guitar:

      too many clueless folks are followers and get sucked into the peer pressure nonsense and marketing b/s that this music/guitar/bass industry has been spewing out for decades. these "all-knowing gurus" will have you believe that it takes a high end modern or vintage instrument to get the great "correct tone". too bad. gems like the squier classic vibe guitar series and this squier p-bass get lost in the hype and rhetoric, and are passed over. in its current 2014 build, the squier affinity p-bass is a fully pro bass that can do it all on the stage and in the studio, period. a solid alder body that's well built and cleanly routed, full sized quality pots, tuners that are super smooth and hold well, an excellent bridge, and good strings. the only thing that *might* require modding is to replace the ceramic mag based split pickup for a more vintage flavored one with alnico rod mags - yeah, an electric's tone is in the engines and support circuit. today (11/2014) mf has it on sale for 140 beans/shipped. geez louise, what are ya waiting for, just get the dang thing and ... smile - know one can see yer instrument in an mp3 and a little sandpaper can remove that squier label. :)

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great buy

      By pete

      from archer,texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • Very Good Giging Bass

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Making Money
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier P Bass Electric Guitar:

        not MF's fault ,took it out of box the tone knob was missing.found it in the foam packing on the back of the guitar,it had a 12 inch scratch right down the middle of the back.i was able to rub out about 90% of it.need better inspection at factory

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        P bass

        By Nicholas

        from plano tx

        Comments about Squier P Bass Electric Guitar:

        When most people think about fender basses, the words quality, craftsmanship, and precision come to mind. One of fenders brands; squire is quite the opposite though. One of the most commonly sold squire basses is the p bass. While the p stands for precision, the bass is far from it. The body may as well be made from lead because I work up a sweat from how heavy it is. The action without some serious tinkering is higher than a stoner on 420 and the structural integrity of the bass is shoddy to say the least. If you?re trying to keep the noise down or feel like playing without the amp you?ll have to put up with a low rattle that comes from god knows what near the tuning knobs. Seriously I?ve had this bass for years and still can?t figure it out. As far as the sound goes, every p bass has a sweet spot where the low mids to mids have a warm creamy sound. The squire p bass however, lacks said sweet spot and no matter how much you play around with the knobs, the sound remains flat and dull. Overall, the squire p bass lacks quality in its design and sound compared to a more expensive fender p bass. If you want a bass with decent sound and structural integrity for the same price I would recommend the squire jaguar which also has a skinnier neck for petit handed musicians. While the squire p bass isn?t the highest quality bass out there, it?s like your first car. It may be a piece of garbage but what it lacks in performance it makes up in character. When plugged into my 50 watt orange amp, the p bass produces a rough and gritty blues sound as compared to the warmer and cleaner jazz sound it should produce. Overall, the squire p bass is a horrible bass and is not for those looking for a finely crafted instrument. But if you?re looking for a cheap thrill and want to make you?re $300 amp sound like it?s been kicked in then this might be the bass for you.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Whole lot of bass for a small price!

        By Lee Williams

        from Orangeburg,South Carolina

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Squier P Bass Electric Guitar:

        This is an excellent bass for the price,it's a solid work horse! has great sound,amazing feel & solid electronics. It's a whole lot of bass for a really good price. If you're looking for a really good bass this is it!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome in this price range

        By Eastcoast Picker

        from Mid-Atlantic

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier P Bass Electric Guitar:

          Fine instrument at this cost point. Compares in many regards to more expensive models. Excellent for musicians on a budget & quite playable for the more experienced. Useful for rehearsal and casual gigs.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Value

          By Eikyuo

          from Reading PA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Squier P Bass Electric Guitar:

            I'm a guitar player, picked this up for recording purposes. Action is good, easy to play, has good clean tone through the bass amp I bought, neck is smooth and very playable. Overall, a great purchase for the price. I have three other Fenders (Strat, Tele, and CD60 acoustic), plus two Fender amps; Fender makes a great product and this is no exception.

            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            SQUIRE P- BASS ELECTRIC GUITR

            By TERRY

            from HUDSON, FLORIDA

            About Me Experienced

            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 P Bass Electric Guitar:

              INVITED FRIEND OVER TO PLAY THIS GUITAR. YOU KNOW
              THE TYPE. TURN THERE NOSE AT THE SQUIRE GUITARS.
              THEY LOVED THE GUITAR. ITS SOUND AND QUALITY. ALSO
              COULDN'T BELIVE THE PRICE.

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