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gary mac

Another P bass

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Got this Squier Affinity a couple of months back. It came to me in a pretty sorry state and in need of some care and attention.


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Stripped it down and sold most of the bits on Ebay.

Sourced all replacement bits and pieces on here and ebay.

Screened out the cavities.


One thing I really didn't like about the Squier in its original state was the silly little tuners. So I drilled out the holes to allow me to fit some proper sized ones.

Fitted replacement high mass bridge.

New pups, wiring, knobs and controls.

New three ply pick guard to replace the really horrible single ply white one.

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I thought long and hard about what decal to fit, I quite fancied putting a Fender decal on but was a bit concerned about the rights and wrongs of it, as my plan was to sell the bass. Anyway if you look at the pics you can see that I'm not trying to fool anyone, well not close up anyway.

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So the decal went on, followed by a few coats of satin lacquer.

After a few days to dry I gave it a buff and polish and then put back on to the bass, along with a new neck plate.

At this stage I was really pleased with the look and just hoping that it would sound good. So on with a set of strings, the truss rod needed some adjusting.
After that I adjusted the bridge for action and intonation and set the pick up height.



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I'm glad to say the whole project was worthwhile, to me it not only looks a whole lot better but also plays well and sounds very good.


My thanks to the bass chatters who supplied some of the parts and to Out7hined for the advice/help.


Looks like I'm not going to be able to sell it as my daughter has fallen for it, so I'm donating it to her.

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Very nice.. rosewood aside it kinda reminds me of the recent American Special, but yours has a better bridge! :)

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Yep, very nice. Did you have to drill new holes for the pickguard or did you get a custom one made?

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[quote name='Jerry_B' post='1236374' date='May 18 2011, 09:58 PM']Yep, very nice. Did you have to drill new holes for the pickguard or did you get a custom one made?[/quote]

The holes almost lined up but not quite, I think one of them lined up. The remainder were plugged with wood/glue and then redrilled.

It's not a custom bridge, I bought it off a Bass Chatter. Think it was from a Fender.

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That bridge is off a Squier of some description I got off somebody on here!!! Nice to see it actually used. Nice bass build by the way :)

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If you have any pics of the back they would be much appreciated. I'mtrying to identify a cheap body I bought and think it's a Squier Affinity.

Cheers.

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[quote name='big25g' post='1238369' date='May 20 2011, 04:33 PM']How did you make the decal? was it a photoshop jobbie?[/quote]

[url="http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Dec-Art-Decals?_rdc=1"]http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Dec-Art-Decals?_rdc=1[/url]

Good chap to deal with and very good quality

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Nice work fella. This is how my affinity is going to look (hopefully) except with the lefty neck. May i ask where you got the pickguard from, as that's all i really need to get now.

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Thanks chaps.

I got the pickguard from: [url="http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/guitars_electric&ssPageName=STRK:MEFSX:SELLERID"]http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/guitars_electric...:MEFSX:SELLERID[/url]

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[quote name='gary mac' post='1238984' date='May 21 2011, 09:00 AM']Thanks chaps.

I got the pickguard from: [url="http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/guitars_electric&ssPageName=STRK:MEFSX:SELLERID"]http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/guitars_electric...:MEFSX:SELLERID[/url][/quote]

Thanks for that, this was the one i was looking at getting, just waiting for the template to arrive.

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