Squier Affinity Jazz Bass V: My Project Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Angel Switch, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. I've always loved 5-string basses. I play in a 4-piece hardcore outfit, so it's not like I'm never going to use it. I've been looking around and trying to find a 5-string that I can afford and fits me and my prefferences, but I'm coming up short. I think I've just about come to the conclusion that I'm going to buy a cheap five string that has the basic essentials I like (satin neck, for example), and upgrade it myself. The Affinity Jazz Bass V has the jazz bass style, satin neck, pickup holes, etc. that I would need. But it must be cheap for a reason. All the hardware will be replaced (pickups, bridge, tuners, controls, etc.), so my main concern is this: is there anything wrong or poor quality about the actual structure of the bass? Or will it be a good foundation to build my bass off of?
  2. The new VM P5 is awesome. But doesn't seem to be what you're looking for. Gloss necks no j pup. You can always sand down a neck. P configs are great for hard core.
  3. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I've had an Affinity Jazz V for a couple of years and it's actually a good bass. Alder body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard. I replaced the bridge (you'll need to redrill, no drop-ins available) pickups and pots.

    I've also defretted mine. I've taken a 9.5" sanding block (the radius it ships with) and have trued it. Still deciding on what to do about the markers.

    It plays great and is massive as a fretless.

    I've also go a VM Jazz V which I'm also very happy with. It's got a soft maple body vs the Affinity's alder. and a two-piece maple neck.

    One tip about the Affinity, really soak it in lemon juice if you're going to do any work to the fretboard, it helps a lot.

    All the best,