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Squier Affinity Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bigmuff113, Jul 30, 2012.


  1. bigmuff113

    bigmuff113

    Jul 4, 2012
    San Antonio
    P and J welcome, but the Squier Affinity Bronco is what I want to hear about. Anyone have experience? Anyone try modding?
     
  2. bigmuff113

    bigmuff113

    Jul 4, 2012
    San Antonio
    If anyone wants to know what I would like to do to it, I would like a new bridge, new tuners, probably a new but, new pickup, maybe new pots.
     
  3. bigmuff113

    bigmuff113

    Jul 4, 2012
    San Antonio
    Anyone put a badass or badass II on one?
     
  4. my main for 4 years has been a affinity jazz. all i did was change the pots, jacks and add a gibson style 3-way mechanical selector to make it more down my street
     
  5. bigmuff113

    bigmuff113

    Jul 4, 2012
    San Antonio
    Where did you install said switch?
     
  6. I have had two Squier basses--an Affinity P-bass as my first and Standard P/J as my second...

    The Standard neck was pitiful. I did not like the taper at all, and the finish didn't seem better at all to the Affinity. When I found out the truss rod was broken, I had an Affinity P-neck swapped onto it.

    From my experience it seems like the weak spots of the Affinity models are:

    -Electronics are WEAK. The volume pot in mine went out within a year, and the grounds are poorly soldered. Also changed the 250K on the P-bass pickups to 500K. Sounds better to me.

    -Fit of other Fender parts is not that great...I added a Black pickguard and had to use a dremel tool/sandpaper to file down the edges of the pickup holes to get everything to fit, and some of the screw holes did not line up properly.

    -Bridge sucks. I didn't use a Leo Quan Badass, but a Wilkinson. Much better quality.

    I wouldn't buy a Squier used, personally...my P/J was used and has been nothing but trouble since. Luckily, I've finally got it to a good and reliable level, but I've spent about as much as I would have spent for a new one.
     
  7. TheGreatSealof

    TheGreatSealof Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2010
    Deptford, NJ
    Why purchase an instrument that requires a major electronics replacement??

    It seems to me that if you can spend a little more money for a bass that has the electronics you desire, (seeing that you are ready to expend money for replacement electronics), would negate the expenditure value of purchasing a less expensive instrument.

    The cost of electronics replacement combined with the original purchase price of the less expensive instrument would be comparable to the purchase of a bass that has the electronics you desire, don't you think?
     
  8. TheGreatSealof

    TheGreatSealof Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2010
    Deptford, NJ
    Not to mention the bridge, tuners, etc.
     
  9. That's definitely true. The P/J was literally handed to me by a friend because he didn't want it anymore, so it's not like I bought it just to upgrade it. I've had it for several years, and got it within a year of starting out...

    And as for the other one having a bad pot within a year, I didn't know much about basses as it was my first bass. I just keep it in good shape because I don't want to be another one of those "Man, I really wish I hadn't sold my first such and such" kind of people, you know?
     
  10. Quality pots aren't that expensive either--WD Pots are similar to Alpha pots, which can be found at websites like Mouser or Small Bear for 1/10th of what you pay from WD. By the time you pay shipping for 2 or 3, you've only spent about 10 bucks or a little more.

    Preamps are another matter.
     
  11. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    Colorado
    You buy it for the body and neck ($150), and then replace everything on it with better stuff.

    The end result is a custom bass to your liking.
     
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  12. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    Colorado
    Yuck, and not compatible. Try a Hip-Shot with adjustable saddles.
     
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  13. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    Colorado
    Here is a list of parts.

    Pick-ups:

    Good.

    http://www.dimarzio.com/pickups/strat/hum-canceling-strat/fast-track-2

    Best.

    http://www.aeroinstrument.com/musicmasterer.html

    Bridge:

    http://store.hipshotproducts.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=114

    or Bronco style.

    http://store.hipshotproducts.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=209

    or you can use a Mustang bridge, but string spacing (.669?) is the most important issue.

    Tuners:

    http://store.hipshotproducts.com/cart.php?m=product_list&c=5

    Choose from the list of 3/8. You will need to enlarge the holes for the bushings.

    Pots:

    CTS 250K is my recommendation.

    Some "MusicMaster" parts may be compatible, like bridges and possibly pickguards.

    Custom "Bronco" pickgards are not readily available as far as I know.
     
  14. If you buy a bridge, be sure to sand/file off some of the plating underneath for the ground wire to make good contact...may be overkill, but better safe than sorry.
     
  15. bigmuff113

    bigmuff113

    Jul 4, 2012
    San Antonio
    Why yuck?
     
  16. bigmuff113

    bigmuff113

    Jul 4, 2012
    San Antonio
    If needed I will just skip the affinitys and save for a CV or VM or Mikey Way mustang
     
  17. tabdog

    tabdog

    Feb 9, 2011
    I modified my $60 Bronco. (Petey)

    Petey was economical to upgrade ($13)

    It cost $13 for a cheap pickguard that I
    made a pickup ring out of.

    I already had a nice P bass pickup and
    stuff to wire it with. I had some used
    tuners and shielded the body cavities
    with thick aluminum foil.

    The bridge doesn't really need to be
    changed. (I don't care what "they" say)

    I filed the fret ends and dressed up the
    frets.

    His name is Petey and he has a crush on
    Betty Boop,

    12-19-4b.

    12-28-1.

    You can spend $500 and not get it much
    nicer than Petey. He sounds very good.

    Tabdog
     
  18. bigmuff113

    bigmuff113

    Jul 4, 2012
    San Antonio
    Hey tabdog, ive seen the story on Petey on Luke TDPRI. Good to see you
     
  19. tabdog

    tabdog

    Feb 9, 2011
    Hay Bigmuff, good to see you.

    My late wife bought my son an
    Affinity P bass when he was 12
    years old. He abandoned that
    bass long ago. He hated the neck
    on it.

    I spent over $200 upgrading it.

    I put a real thin 22 fret neck on it
    and moved the bridge closer to the
    pickup. That made it more punchy.

    I rewired it and put a Fender 62 pup
    in it.

    I gave it back to him. He loves it
    now. He said they just did some
    recording with it and one of his
    bands.

    I can't wait to hear it,

    6-27-2-1.

    Tabdog
     
  20. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    Colorado
    Too basic for the money.
     

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