i cant believe i bought my daughter a squire affinity series p bass, its the cheapest bass i ever bought. i thought it would be a good starter bass. i was right. it was new and i just grabbed it after quickly inspecting the neck. i brought it home and gave it to her. i let her suffer with high action and the stock really crappy strings, with no proper setup...........well, after seeing that her interest has escalated i just put a set of light gage 45-100 ghs Boomers on it after spending some time doing a complete and accurate setup. i changed no other components on the bass. the pickups surprise me! this thing sounds better than some of my other basses ive paid much more for. and in direct comparison to my 99 62rip! .....no dead spots, buzzes or weak notes anywhere on the fretboard. this basses voice is incredible. its the sound you would look for as a perfect p bass sound. should i steal it from her? haha, .......this is no joke,..........its the quintessential p bass sound in all its glory, at its best. big punch and growl! this would be excellent for recording. i found the neck very easy to adjust, unlike some of my stiffies. im ranting,.i know.....im just blown away! and its extremely light........and if you end up scratching it all up who cares at the price! i want one.