A while back I got a bass for a low price, mainly because of the price, but it played and sounded good too. Pawn shop find, wth. Cheap? Good enough.
When new, it was sold as a low-level instrument in a large line ranging from ones like this to models going for several thousands of dollars.
...yes, my recent acquisition is a Squier Affinity P Bass (PJ) that absolutely exploded my expectations for a "cheap" bass.
I have scoffed, as have others, at the Affinity line as being where Fender sends its scraps, but the recent Squiers I've seen look pretty good imo. I have played and seen a few that were, again, surprisingly good.
I would not have even looked at it, as I have more than enough basses atm (and some of the usual disdain for the lowly Affinity line), but the price was too insanely ridiculously low to pass up. This one is dated from December 2017 and looked and felt as new (still had the plastic on the pickguard), hence the review.
Paint is well applied with no uneven spots. The hardware looks less expensive than the brand name stuff, but all functions smoothly and effectively. The neck has kind of a satin matte finish that feels nice.
The body is Alder, according to Fender, and the bass weighs 8lbs 6ozs and balances fine.
It is regarded as basic and disposable by many, and as a worthy upgrade platform by others. They may both be right, based on past history.
That said, I found this one to be surprisingly good. It sounds good and plays well, it's light, well balanced, and looks good. It sets up easily and stays in tune.
The "bad"- The hardware does, as noted, look like cheap metal cheaply chromed, and the pickguard seems to be made of the world's most easily scratched material... and that's really about it.
The fingerboard is Indian Laurel, and I like it. I have noticed some wear from string bending already... we'll see how that goes.
imo It's a real upgrade from previous models, and I would guess it's fall down from the Classic Vibe and other improved Squier offerings.
Mine is a fun bass I would have no issues about taking to a gig (if that's a thing again), and everything is pretty easily replaced if there's any issues... and, did I mention I got it for an absurdly low price?
tl,dr- It is not the best at any one thing, but it is so very good in so many areas that it kind of begs belief... that an instrument this capable could be sold so cheaply is really impressive. If one wanted, it's also be an able mod platform, as all the main parts are solid. Don't sleep on it because it's an Affinity. It's just good.
I need to edit some pics... Stand by-
(I have no affiliation with Squier or FMIC)