Squier Affinity P-Bass Alder Body?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bertbassplayer, Feb 18, 2002.

  1. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Carlsbad, NM
  2. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Yes, that is true. The MIC ones have always had alder bodies. Some of the earlier Affinity's were made in Indonesia and had an Agathis body, but the MIC are indeed alder.
  4. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Carlsbad, NM
    I seriously have some major GAS along with some major hotrodding tendencies..... Normally I don't have that much GAS becuase everything is way out of my price range (I'm a poor college student), but I'm seriously wanting to get a Squier Affinity and drop in some new pickups. Total cost, only about $275 :eek:
  5. Whitey


    Jan 8, 2002
    Beckley, WV
    everyone is always talking about getting GAS over such expensive axes that it is over our head and we don't even go there. I agree this time. I think we need to start another section on TB for CHEAP GAS. It would be our opportunity to dream with each other about setups that are possibly within our reach! Even if that does call for some modifications. So from me to you brother, GAS away about that Affinity Modified Pickup Rig!! Its alright and even better very , very possible with that kind of price!!!!
  6. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Sorry, Jeff, but what is MIC???:confused:
    And what of the old MIJapan? I believe they are alder, too, but not sure...
  7. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    MIC is made in China

    older japanes were basswood body
  8. MIC = Made In China

    Mine is Korean made, solid Alder (as far as I can tell).

    I recently got GAS to upgrade my Squier P bass. I cleaned off the sticker, slapped on a black pickguard (I love black on black), installed a thumb rest, and buying Seymore Duncan 1/4 pound p-ups. I'm looking for a bridge cover, or maybe a BadAss II. I'm considering a black veneer on the headstock to match the body. I think that would look sweet. It's a pretty sweet axe.

    I don't know why people say "Save your money and buy a MIM P bass." An upgraded Squier is in serious contest with any MIM. And the upgrades fit your needs/ wants. I was lucky and got a Squier that rivals MIA P basses stock. With my personal little upgrades, It'll be even better. :D
  9. Is the Affinity the upper end of the Squire P line? I saw two sell on eBay for just over $200 each.
  10. XavierG

    XavierG In Memoriam

    Actually, the Affinity is at the bottom end of the Squier line.
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  11. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Carlsbad, NM
    Yea Affinity is the lower end of the Squier Line (the only one made out of Alder though the rest are Agathis). They run $169 new at Musicians Friend, Mars, and Guitar Center. I'm an electrical engineer and I'm thinking if I gut the ENTIRE electronics system, get new Pentoimeters, wires, pickups, and I put a new bridge in, drill for string through the body... There won't be much difference from a MIA.
  12. I recently bought one of the new MIC Squier Affinity P-Basses. I got it to use as a practice, jam, just basically a "throw-down" instrument.

    I have been absolutely dumbfounded with this bass. The only mods I've done to it are bridge and pup covers and a thumbrest. All else is stock.

    This damn bass plays better than my AmStd P, and sounds just as good. And I've got a good AmStd P!

    The neck feels as good as the new AmSer. There are no sharp, or even flat fret edges to be felt when running your fingers up the neck. The neck has a nice rounded edge that's very comfortable to play. It intonated very nicely. It's sound is solid P-Bass.

    The only fly in the ointment that I can find is the real cheezy tuners. But, they don't slip, so the bass stays in tune. That's what tuners are supposed to do, so I guess I can't complain too much.

    I paid $149 for mine with another $28 for the covers and thumbrest. So, for $177, I've got one hell of a nice bass. I got the Baltic Blue. A very nice looking dark blue with a lot more character than the black I almost got.

    I've been playing bass since 1962, owned a lot of Fenders over the years, and I've really got to say that this is the best Fender, for the money, that I've ever owned (not the best Fender I've ever owned, just the best for the money). If this bass holds up over time, and I don't know why it wouldn't, it'll be an even better buy.

    Yep! If you're looking for a really nice bass, with a really nice price, the Squire Affinity is worth looking at.
  13. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i'm a little bit confused. i have never had the chance to play a new squier, but i'm interested in a cheap bass. do you suggest the affinity over the standard?
  14. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Carlsbad, NM
    I suggest the affinity over the standard, mainly due to the affinity having an Alder body which will grow with you in the future, and the standards having an Agathis body.
  15. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I picked up a MIC Squier Affinity for $100 awhile ago. Black body/white pickguard. Whats weird is this Bass has 21 frets (all other Squiers Ive seen have 20) and has vintage style tuners (while most Affinity's have crap tuners). So far Ive added a Quarter Pounder, and sheilded the pickup/control cavity. Next mod is a Badass or Gotoh bridge.

    By the time Im done, I'll have less than $200 into it.
  16. I had an Affinity Squier P-bass. When I got my MIM, I noticed that the neck on the Squier felt really odd. I'm not sure what it was, but the Fenders seem to have nicer feeling necks. The stock pickup on the Squier was pretty low-output compared to my Fenders. Other than that, it was a good bass to start on and to test my spray painting skills.
  17. my made in china squier affinity p-bass donsnt have a solid adler body. or i dont think it does. it is like 6 pieces of wood, it looks like 2 pieces of basswood in the middle, 2 pieces of adler on the sides, and some veneer on the front and back. I sanded the veneer off on the front, that is how i know it is multipul woods, i have doing a transparent finish on it, tung oil or somemaster gel or somin from stew mac
  18. ronbass


    Apr 25, 2001
    negative - does your bass look like this? This is Mr. X's ex-bass (actually, it was his daughters bass) which I bought last week. It's sweet. Fretless too.

  19. glwanabe

    glwanabe Guest

    Apr 21, 2002
    hey all, nice to hear that so many people like their affy-p, Ive had mine for a year now. I keep looking for a reason to convince my wife that I need a "real bass" so far I'am failing. Keep going to GC and planet bass "Mars" and playing lots of others on real nice stacks of amps. My bass rocks! Sure it needs to be modded, my new Gotoh 201 will be here tomorrow, have a new set of roto's swing 66's 45-105. Will changing the pup's for fender reissue 62's. I will keep this bass and continue to modify it. Got it from music friend, new in the box. set it up myself from gearhead site. If you can read then you can set it up yourself. It stays in tune and intonated nicely. has a straight neck. very good frets and a nicely rolled edge on the fingerboard, curious since fenfer makes a big deal about this on there high end am-ser. Has a well cut nut and no buzzing after getting my own action how I like it, that is fairly low for fast Rush stuff. I Play ROCK real ROCK. lets hear from more
  20. Colonel_Claypoo

    Colonel_Claypoo Steve Harris nut

    Oct 24, 2007
    hey people!

    how high is the likelihood of not getting an alder bodied affinity p-bass but a randomly chosen 3-piece hardwood?
    is fender required to comply with what they say?
    i'm just curious because it's their cheapest model and alder body is usually found with the MIM's and MIA's.

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