Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass vs Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ

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Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass
Playability
72
Sound
84
Build
64
Value
83
Score
73
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Playability
68
Sound
73
Build
64
Value
78
Score
68
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Reasons to Get
Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass over Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ

Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Type of Frets
Narrow Tall vs Medium Jumbo
You won't feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Pickups Brand
Fender vs None
Pickups from a renown brand
Tone Knobs
2 vs 1
More tone control
Nut Width
1.5'' (38.1mm) vs 1.625'' (41.3mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
Scale Length
32'' (812.8mm) vs 34'' (863.6mm)
Easier bending, shorter fret separation and warmer natural tone
Value Score
83 vs 78
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ over Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass

Release Year
2021 vs 2020
From a more recent year
Type of Frets
Medium Jumbo vs Narrow Tall
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Nut Width
1.625'' (41.3mm) vs 1.5'' (38.1mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Scale Length
34'' (863.6mm) vs 32'' (812.8mm)
Lower action and brighter natural tone

Other Key Differences
Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass vs Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ

Bridge Pickup
Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil vs Ceramic Single-Coil Jazz Bass
Different Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
Fender Designed Alnico Split Single-Coil vs Ceramic Split Single-Coil
Different Neck Pickup
Body Wood
Nyatoh vs Poplar
Different Body Wood
Nut Material
Bone vs Synthetic Bone
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass vs Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ

Neck Wood
Maple
Same Neck Wood
Fretboard Wood
Laurel
Same Fretboard Wood
Headstock
4
Same Headstock
Strings
4
Same playing style
Body Type
Solid Body
Feedback free
Switch Positions
0
Same pickups versatility
Volume Knobs
2
Same volume control
Pickups
PJ
Balances warmth (P-style) with clarity (J-style) for diverse bass tones.
Number of Frets
20
Same maximum octave
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Bridge
Fixed
Good sustain and needs no set-up
Fretboard Radius
9.5'' (241.3mm)
Same fretboard comfortability
Pickups Power
Passive
Cleaner sound and no battery needed
Neck Profile Type
C
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Neck Joint
Bolt-On
Allows you to detach and swap the neck

Common Strengths

  • High-Quality Nut

Common Weaknesses

  • Neck-Through Build
  • Pickup Alter Switch/Knob
  • Weight Relief
  • Retainer Bar
  • High-Quality Frets
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • From a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Luminescent Sidedots
  • Strap Lock
  • Expensive Wood
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Active/Passive Preamp

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Which One is Better?

After going through our comparison algorithm, the results show that the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass is probably the better product overall with its final score of 73 compared to the Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ's 68 score, although not by a lot.

The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass wins when it comes to sound, playability, value for the money. On the other hand, the Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ has the upper hand when it comes to.

If you got small hands, you'll probably feel more comfortable playing the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass.

Which One is Better for Beginners?

Both meet 4 out of our 6 criteria items for beginner friendliness. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players. If you're looking for your first bass to learn how to play, you can't go wrong with either of them.

New Player Friendliness

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass
  • Comfortable shape
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale

New Player Friendliness

Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ
  • Comfortable shape
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale

Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing an instrument, you should pick the one more compatible with your personal style. Still, below we'll try you to give you our results as objectively as it's possible to help you decide.

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass Overview

  • From Fender Squier's 2020 Classic Vibe series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 4 strings
  • 32"'' scale
  • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
  • Nyatoh body
  • Maple neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Split Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Dome knobs
  • 4-Saddle Vintage-Style bridge
  • Bass C Shape Bolt-On neck
  • 20 Narrow Tall frets
  • Vintage-Style tuners
  • Weight between 8.375lbs (3.8kgs) and 8.938lbs (4.1kgs)
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Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ Overview

  • From Fender Squier's 2021 Affinity series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 4 strings
  • 34"'' scale
  • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
  • Poplar body
  • Maple neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Ceramic Single-Coil Jazz Bass (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Ceramic Split Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 4-Saddle Standard bridge
  • Bass C Shape Bolt-On neck
  • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Vintage-Style tuners
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Sound Quality Comparison

The wood used in an electric guitar or bass is not as important to determine the final tone. However, some people prefer specific wood types, so we'll take a look at those first. Then, we'll take a look at the electronics to determine the versatility and sound quality of each instrument.

Woods Used in Both

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple
Laurel wood pattern used for guitar building
Laurel

Maple is one of the most popular necks for good reasons. It is a strong wood that is relatively cheap to make and looks beautiful. The highest quality maple is the hardest that comes from North America. Find out more about Maple.

There are many types of Laurel, but East Indian is the most common for guitar building. Its color can vary from dark to light brown with black lines. Many people find its tonality similar to Rosewood, which favors the warmer frequencies. Find out more about Laurel.

Woods Used in the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass

Nyatoh wood pattern used for guitar building
Nyatoh

Nyatoh has been replacing Mahogany for guitar building. It's fairly hard, durable, more sustentable and common than Mahogany. Find out more about Nyatoh.

Woods Used in the Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ

Poplar wood pattern used for guitar building
Poplar

Poplar is a cheaper and heavier alternative to Alder wood. It terms of tone, it emphasizes the low-end and has cutting mids. It's relatively soft compared to most body woods. Find out more about Poplar.

Winner: Tie.

Pickup Configuration

Both pickup configurations are PJ. A PJ bass offers a versatile tonal range by combining the warm, punchy sound of a Precision-style (P-style) pickup with the brighter, more articulate tones of a Jazz-style (J-style) pickup. This makes it a great choice for those seeking tonal flexibility.

Pickups Quality

The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass has pickups from a more specialized brand than the Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ. Its pickups should simply give you a better, fuller sound, although it all depends on what type of music you're going to play. We recommend these pickups for Country and similar genres.

Both use Passive pickups. This is what's used for most music genres. They have a regular output and will serve you for both high-gain and clean tones. The alternative (Active pickups) offer a higher output that is mostly used for heavy music.

Preamp Circuit

A preamp in an electric bass functions as an electronic circuit that acts as an interface between the bass's pickups and the amplifier. Its main purpose is to amplify and customize the bass's initial signal before it reaches the amplifier, offering enhanced control over factors like tone, volume, and sound attributes. Preamps typically come equipped with tone adjustments, equalization options, and sometimes built-in effects, empowering bass players to fine-tune their sound to suit their personal preferences and the musical environment.

Both basses have a Passive preamp.

Passive: A bass with a passive preamp lacks an onboard electronic circuit for tone shaping and signal boosting. Instead, it relies solely on passive pickups and basic tone controls, typically consisting of volume and tone knobs. Passive preamps don't require an external power source like batteries, making them low-maintenance and dependable. While they offer a simpler and more straightforward tonal character, passive basses are appreciated for their warm and vintage sound, often favored in genres like classic rock, blues, and funk. They are an excellent choice for musicians who value the simplicity and timeless appeal of their instrument's tone without the need for active electronic components.

Winner: Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass.

Versatility Comparison

Some instruments offer you more ways to explore your creativity than others. Below you'll find how both compare when it comes to versatility.

Switch Options

Both are equal when it comes to the pickup switching option.

Neither of them come with some kind of coil split or pickup mod option. This makes both lacking in terms of versatility.

In this case, both of them lack pickup selector.

When evaluating versatility, we also take into consideration bridge and neck joint type, number of frets, switch options, amount of pickups and more.

Winner: Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass.

Final Sound Quality Scores

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass
Pickups 100
Sustain 75
Versatility 79
Tuning Stability 80
Sound 84
Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ
Pickups 70
Sustain 65
Versatility 77
Tuning Stability 80
Sound 73

Build Quality Comparison

When it comes to build quality, we like to take into account everything used to build the instrument. This includes materials, hardware and the quality control expected depending on the country where it was built. Let's see how the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass compares to the Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ.

Country of Origin

The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. Both in this comparison where made in Indonesia.

Indonesia is becoming the most popular country for guitar building because they can make good instruments for a low price. Some people think that they're 'the new China' when it comes to build quality. But the truth is that Indonesian guitars are more consistent, although Chinese quality has improved a lot in the last few years.

Winner: Tie

Nut Material

If you want your bass to stay in tune and sound good, you need a well cut nut. Nut quality can be inconsistent even when comparing two copies of the same model. The best way to make sure you're nut will be well done is by getting a nut made by an expert company like TUSQ or Micarta.

The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass has a Bone nut. It's a type of nut found in high-quality instruments. They sound similar to Ivory since they give a lot of sustain and a bright sound (at least when striking open strings). The only problem they can run into is that you may get a bone piece that simply doesn't sound as well as others because that's just how natural materials are.

On the other hand, the Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ comes with a Synthetic Bone nut. Bone is the best natural material for guitar nuts. However, its tonal properties can be inconsistent. That's the problem that synthetic bone fixes. This is much better than using a plastic nut because the nut is more slippery—which helps with tuning stability—, and it gives your open strings rich harmonics.

Winner: Tie.

Fret Material

Most fret wire is made of nickel silver. This material eventually wears down after a lot of use and most instruments end up needing a complete fret replacement. However, some expensive models come with stainless steel frets. This is what you should aim for if you can afford it.

Unfortunately, none of them come with stainless steel frets.

Winner: Tie.

Tuners

Both come with regular tuners. Both come with Vintage-Style.

Winner: Tie.

Neck Joint

Contrary to popular belief, the difference in sustain and tone that some neck joints give to a bass is simply unperceivable—if they're all well built. However, some of them do have advantages over the others.

Both have a Bolt-On neck joint. This neck is joined to the body by 4 bolts that you can simply unscrew. This allows you to replace the neck or take it off for travel. It's the most common and cheapest way to build a guitar.

Winner: Tie.

Here is the list of features that were considered when choosing the winner in the Features subcategory:

Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Active Preamp
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock
Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ
  • Synthetic Bone Nut
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Active Preamp
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

Final Build Quality Scores

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass
Quality of materials 56
Features 70
Quality Control 65
Build Quality 64
Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ
Quality of materials 56
Features 70
Quality Control 65
Build Quality 64

Playability Comparison

Let's now compare their playability. Bear in mind that the instrument will feel different depending on your hand size and play style. That's why you should always test before buying. But if you can't or want a second opinion on it, we can still take a look at each of the important measurements of the instrument for you. This way, we can predict how easy a bass might be to play, or how different it will feel compared to the other.

Remember that, even though the difference might seem small, every inch counts when it comes to feeling of the instrument in your hands. Any variation can completely change how comfortable a bass feels in your hands.

Nut Width

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass Nut Width
Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass Nut Width
Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ Nut Width
Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ Nut Width

The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ has the wider nut with 41.3mm (1.625'') vs 38.1mm (1.5''). This is a 3.2mm (0.125'') difference

This means that it will be more difficult to do bar chords on the Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ, especially closer to the nut. However, it's also easier to play without muting strings accidently. This favors people with big hands.

Scale Length

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass's Scale Length
Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass's Scale Length
Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ's Scale Length
Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ's Scale Length

The scale length is one of the things that influences playability the most. This is the distance between the nut and the bridge and will affect everything from low action allowance, difficulty to perform bends, fret separation, and even tone.

The Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ has the longest scale: 34". The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass is only 32" long. This is a 2'' (50.8mm) scale length difference.

This longer scale means that the strings need more tension to get in tune. This is good if you want to avoid fret buzz, which can happen when the strings are too loose and touch the frets while vibrating. This is especially important when playing in lower tunings. This will also let you reduce the gap between fretboard and strings (low action) to make them easier to press down. However, this higher tension will also make it harder to perform bends and vibratos as the strings will feel stiffer.

This also means that the frets have a longer separation between each other, so this will make it harder for people with smaller hands when playing some chord positions.

Another characteristic of a longer scale is that it makes the bass sound 'snappier' or brighter. This is due to the extra separation between harmonics and overtones produced by the tension. This influences tone more than any other factor (except the pickups).

Lastly, remember that you can also affect the tension of the strings by changing your string gauge. You can use a thicker gauge for more tension and a lighter one for less tension.

Neck Profile

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass Neck Profile
Both guitars have the same neck profile

No single neck shape is better than others. However, most people tend to prefer a thinner necks because it doesn't get in their way when playing fast and most hand sizes can adapt to it pretty well. However, some people still prefer thicker necks for a better grip, especially if they have big hands.

Both the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass and the Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ have a C-shaped neck. This is what you'll find in most modern guitars. Most people feel like the thickness of a C neck is simply the less intrusive one for playing fast, while at the same time allowing you to grab the neck easily for resting if you want to.

Fretboard Radius

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass Fingerboard Radius
Both Guitars Have The Same Fretboard Radius

Most bass fretboards are not flat; they usually have a curve or arc across their width. A curved fretboard will make it easier to perform chords without muting strings, while a flatter one will make it easier to play single notes, which is good for bending and soloing in general. The best fretboards have a compound radius that varies across the fingerboard, but they're not common since they take a lot more work to build.

Both the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass and the Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ have the same fretboard radius of 9.5". This is the most common radius for Stratocaster guitars. It's considered curved when compared to most other models. This allows you to play chords very easily without muting strings accidentally and gives you more space between strings for fingerpicking. However, this curve also gives the guitar less allowance for lower action. If you bend too hard at the high frets, some of your notes might get muted because the curve will make the string fret out.

Hand Size Comfortability

Everyone has a different hand size, and that's why it's recommended to try a bass before buying, even if others tell you that it's comfortable to play. However, we can know whether a bass favors small or large hands just by knowing its exact measurements.

And after taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that the Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ favors large hands more than the Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass.

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass:
Big Hands
Small Hands
Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ:
Big Hands
Small Hands

Fret Size

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass Frets Size
Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass's Frets Size
Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ Frets Size
Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ's Frets Size

The Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass has Narrow Tall frets, which should be taller than the Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ's Medium Jumbo frets.

Some people prefer taller frets because they result in more sustain since the strings get pressed cleanly without interference from the fretboard. However, if they're too tall—like Jumbo frets—, you might change the pitch of the strings accidentally if you press too hard because you won't be touching the fretboard with your fingers. This is also why some guitarists with a heavy grip prefer smaller frets. They like to feel the fingerboard to avoid pressing down too hard and getting out of pitch.

Final Playability Scores

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass
Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 60
Solo Playability 70
Playability 72
Fender Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ
Bending & Vibrato Ease 65
Chord Playability 80
Solo Playability 60
Playability 68

Specs Side-by-Side

Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass vs Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ
General Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar Bass Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ
Brand: Fender Squier Fender Squier
Year: 2020 2021
Configuration: PJ PJ
Strings: 4 4
Made in: Indonesia Indonesia
Series: Classic Vibe Affinity
Colors: Sunburst, Black White, Black, Blue, Gray
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Solid Body
Body Material: Nyatoh Poplar
Bridge: 4-Saddle Vintage-Style 4-Saddle Standard
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On Bolt-On
Tuners: Vintage-Style Vintage-Style
Fretboard: Indian Laurel Indian Laurel
Neck Material: Maple Maple
Decoration: White Pearloid Block Pearloid Dot
Scale Size: 32" 34"
Shape: Bass C Shape Bass C Shape
Frets: 20 Narrow Tall Nickel Silver 20 Medium Jumbo Nickel Silver
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" 9.5"
Nut: Bone Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 38.1mm (1.5'') 41.3mm (1.625'')
Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil (Single Coil / Passive) Ceramic Single-Coil Jazz Bass (Single Coil / Passive)
Middle Pickup:
Neck Pickup: Fender Designed Alnico Split Single-Coil (Single Coil / Passive) Ceramic Split Single-Coil (Single Coil / Passive)
Switch: 0 Way 0 Way
Knobs: Dome Dome
Pickup Mods: None None
Volume Controls: 2 2
Tone Controls: 2 1