Surine Affinity 5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brad Johnson, Aug 16, 2013.


  1. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

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    Just picked this up. I've been on a tear recently, just keep finding cool basses. Not sure how old this one is, it's definitely been played. Surine Affinity NT 5. I'm guessing the original preamp was swapped out for an Aguilar OBP-3.

    Visually this model brings to mind a combination of a Travis Bean and Ken Smith to me. I'm digging this bass because of the time machine aspect. This really takes me back to my Fusion days. I set this up to play low, quick and dirty and it's pretty amazing... so much so that I decided to let my other recently acquired Surine go... and I really like that bass. I've been a fan of Scott's and Ken's work since I bought a Protocol 7 years ago. A friend of mine still gigs that as his main bass. So now I'm onto number three.

    I used it at church last week and it was a flat out monster. It's reminiscent of a Ken Smith vibe when slapped but hits harder and fingerstyle with either pickup soloed or combined was just nuts. It's rare finding this much ridiculous punch AND articulation in one bass.
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  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    I can definitely see the Ken Smith influence. Congrats on a cool bass, Brad!
  3. bThumper38

    bThumper38 brian ebert Gold Supporting Member

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    Did you already sell the Homage? another great looking Surine=)
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    I know Brad knows what he is doing, but would have kept both of those beauties if I could!
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  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

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    Not yet... it's for sale now.
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

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    I would but...

    The Affinity does some really cool stuff that's different from most of my basses. If I didn't have some many killin' J type basses I'd hang onto it. But I need to clear the ledger on the Carl Thompson, the Affinity and the 78 Jazz.
  8. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Supporting Member

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    I think the only time i ever saw one of these in the wild was on west 48th st!

    Gorgeous.
  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

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  10. Sywannab

    Sywannab Supporting Member

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    I used to have one of this.. surine bass is great and want to buy it again!
  11. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

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    Mr. Surine makes one of the nicest basses on the planet. I would love to find an older used one like that. Congrats, I'm sure it's great.

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