hboy63
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#1
I have found a Squier Affinity Jazz Bass on craigslist that comes with an amp, three cables, a chorous pedal, gig bag, and much more. I have had an Ibanez mikro bass for about 4 years. I am not a beginner but i would like to expand my bass collection. Would the Squier be better?
moody git
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#2
the affinity series tend to be a bit hit and miss, as can craigslist. can you try it before you buy? if at all possible try to play it before you part with any money.
DONT RISK IT, BUY A BASS AMP
Alucard817
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#3
Better in what sense? Better tone? Better build quality? Better materials?
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In the end, the only question is: what bass would Jesus play?

I think he's a Fender Jazz guy.
tabdog
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Join date: Mar 2011
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#4
It depends on you.

I had a Micro bass. I bought it out of curiosity
and sold it soon after. It's not for me. Others
like it. I don't blame the bass or think it's not
good.

So, the word here is "prefer". I would take a
nice Affinity Jazz bass over a Micro bass any
day.

I have found that short scale basses are not
for me,

Tabdog
hboy63
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#5
Ok. I can't play it before i buy it. I'm talking about sound, and quality. I think I would perfer the jazz bass also. It's not that big of a problem if it's not worth anything because I at least get a good bass amp, a chorous pedal, three more cables, a pair of headphones, and a cleaning kit for $200.
Spanner93
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#6
a) They're pretty hit and miss
b) An Ibby Mikro is about the same quality wise as the Affinity.
c) For 200 you could have a used Squier CV (not my thing, but very popular), an Ibanez SR300 or something in that ball park. Getting a whole setup for 200 is difficult without compromising on quality.
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Last edited by Spanner93 at Jan 10, 2013,
John Swift
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#9
I've been playing for 50 yrs Having used Hohner, Hofner, Burns, Fender including a 65 Jazz Bass, Harmony, Musicman SR5, G&L, Epiphone, Status etc.

I purchased a Squier Affinity Jazz Bass 5 in April 2012 purely as a back up to my G&L L2500.
I fitted a J-Retro kit that I'd used on a previous Fender to the affinity and have rarely used the G&L since.

I bought the Affinity unseen via an online store and have never regretted it, I find the Affinity to be excellent value for money at £210 GBP.
G&L L2500
Squier Affinity Jazz Bass 5
Ashdown RPM pre-amp
Ashdown Little Giant 1000
300 watt 15" powered cab
450 watt 15" powered sub bass cab
2x10 + horn
1x15x10 + horn
Spanner93
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#10
Quote by hboy63
And what do you mean by hit and miss?


I've heard of people using Affinities over more expensive basses, and I've also heard of some affinities that were only good as firewood. Bit hit and miss quality-wise.

What I mean to say is: Try before you buy.

I'm guessing as your budget is in dollars that you are in the states,

Guitarcenter has shitloads used for low prices:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-PEAVEY-MILESTONE-III-426-108481011-i2881874.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-DEAN-UHILLSBOROTBL-JAZZ-BASS-ACT-ELEC-TRANS-BLUE-Q312-108133103-i2709994.gc

oh, and a squier VM jazz....

http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-SQUIER-STD-J-BASS-NAT-MN-010413-108551297-i2924808.gc
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Alucard817
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#12
Quote by hboy63
Is the squier VM jazz worth a crap?

The VM/CV series' are very highly regarded. Either play one at your local shop, if you can, or check out some youtube vids.
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In the end, the only question is: what bass would Jesus play?

I think he's a Fender Jazz guy.
John Swift
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#13
When the first Japanese Squier Strats first appeared some 30 years ago many regarded them as better built that the US version at the time.

My son owned one and it was snatched off of him when he went to trade up.
G&L L2500
Squier Affinity Jazz Bass 5
Ashdown RPM pre-amp
Ashdown Little Giant 1000
300 watt 15" powered cab
450 watt 15" powered sub bass cab
2x10 + horn
1x15x10 + horn
laurence1108
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#14
Squire basses are great. The Affinity series is great for the amount you pay (in my experience anyway) but personally I'd save up a little bit more until you can afford a Vintage modified or one of the other better quality series of Squires. I have a Matt Freeman P bass and I like it more than any MIA Fender I've played. The only one I liked as much was an Affinity Jazz they had at school.