Price paid: A$ 385
Purchased from: Intermusic Bondi
Sound — 8
Clearly you can technically use it for any musical style, but it shines in modern rock (pop-punk, grunge etc) and has a nice punchy tone with a pick, but also a nice mellowed out tone with finger play. I play it through the Fender Rumble 15 that is included with it, it's good but make sure you actually use the tone knob on the bass, otherwise it'll sound like a tugboat.
Overall Impression — 10
I play pretty much anything in the rock genre, I like playing a lot of classic rock, particularly The Beatles, and it definately works for it. I have been playing for almost 3 months now, which is probably laughable to some, but I'm reviewing this to help out any other beginner. This is my only bass at this time, but I've tried a few basses before and this is definately the most comfortable. No there isn't anything I wish I had asked before buying it, the bass spoke for itself. If it were stolen or lost, no I wouldn't buy it again, but that's only because I would like to expand the gear I use, since it's my only bass at the moment, but it's a great bass none the less. I love the sunburst finish and the variety of sounds out of something as simple as the P-Bass. As I said, it's great for beginners and fills the needs for them.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The Affinity Squier P-Bass probably shouldn't be relied on for playing Live (it's an affinity what do you expect). The hardware looks fine to me, strap buttons are solid and fine. I don't gig, but if I did I definately wouldn't take this as my only bass, but that shouldn't deduct any points from it, it's a beginner bass and works great at satisfying the needs of a beginner. The finish is also definately lastable.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Surprisingly the action is quite good for a squier coming out of the factory, it only has a slight buzz when popping on the D string. The pickups are pretty neat but after around 2 months of playing it, I get this random popping sound when playing the D string, but it only really occurs once after turning the amp on then it's fine after that. The bridge was routed fine and the bass had no flaws which is great to see. When buying it I had a choice between a red or sunburst finish, I chose the sunburst finish and I think it's great!
Features — 10
The Squier P-Bass was made in 1999 and was crafted in Indonesia. It has 20 medium jumbo frets, it's a 34" scale, and has an easy to play neck. The body is made of alder and the neck is made of maple. The bridge is the standard 4-saddle, and the bass has passive electronics. It has 2 chrome-hardware controls, which are the volume and tone knobs. It has one split-single coil pickup, non-locking tuners from Fender and came with a gig bag, strap, amplifier, cable, allen wrench and keys, tuner, dvd. All the essentials for a beginner bassist.