New Affinity - string through?

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  1. Bluego1

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    They’re all over the place. Here’s a CSSL and the L doesn’t stand for lefty.
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    My BSB Affinity Tele has the thicker body and string-through bridge. 41.2 mm nut width. Football output jack.

    A set of Bootstrap Palo Duros, a 4-way switch, new control pots, orange drop cap, and a set of drop-in Musiclily locking tuners later, it’s a helluva great-sounding player.

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    Sounds like mine! :)
     
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    I'm probably a mile off, but hasn't the Affinity undergone some cosmetic changes with the new batch released 2019/20?
     
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    @Gary135r , if that’s yours in your avatar, it looks great. Hope it plays and sounds even better!
     
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    It seems that way. Thicker body, string-through, and a slightly wider neck with a nut that measures 41.2 mm. Still not a 42 mm nut, but to me, the difference is imperceptible.

    I expected to make the changes I made. The Bootstrap Palo Duro pickup set was a big improvement over the stock pickups to my ears and for my taste, but the stock ceramics didn’t sound terrible, by any means. I just wanted a sweeter, more vintage tone, and the Bootstraps delivered.

    I own a couple of Squier Bullet Strats, and they are all tremendous values. After setting them up to my taste, they are all excellent players, and certainly giggable. One of them was a $50 USD used Chinese version that I dropped CTS pots, a Fender 5-way switch, a Sprague cap, and a set of Donlis alnico pickups into, mounted on a Musiclily tort pickguard. It sounds glorious straight into my ‘73 Musicmaster Bass amp:
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    Nice family photo! I really like that Jag PJ bass. Is it 34" scale?
     
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    Yes, it is. It’s a Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar P/J, 34” scale, with an Audere Jazz plate 4-band preamp wired into the stock battery box and side-mounted jack. The Audere made the stock pickups come alive.

    Bought used from GC from a store on the California coast for $150 USD, shipped in a brand-new Crossrock gig bag.

    I love rescue projects. :)

    I also bought used her single humbucker sister:
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    HB is finished in Candy Apple Red; the P/J is finished in Crimson Red Transparent.
     
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    Yes that is mine. I'll get better pictures, (photography being a hobby of mine) but these were taken quickly with an IPad to show someone the model changes I was talking about.
     

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    I also saw an Affinity with strings through, s/n CSSJ19..., crafted in china.
     
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    In December I got a new Affinity Tele and other than the color (Butterscotch Blond) it is like yours. It also has a 4 letter s/n prefix CSSI.
     
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    The mystery continues......
     
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    New Affinity Tele arrived today. My observations:

    It was produced in January 2020 according to the labels, and the serial starts with CSSA20. I'm pretty sure that A = Jan, 20 = 2020 and looking at the codes in this thread, running through CSSI/J/K/L that makes perfect sense I = Sep, J= Oct, K = Nov, L = Dec and back to A = Jan.

    It's string through and the body is the same thickness as my '96 MIM Standard.

    Neck is a maple slab with no skunk stripe.

    Nut is 41.2mm which is fine, if not a full 42mm. String spacing is 33.7mm centre-centre as near as I can tell (the MIM is pretty much dead on 35mm). The spread feels comfortable, and very similar to my CV '72 Thinline.

    I guess the frets are what you'd call medium jumbo. I prefer narrow-tall personally (or even vintage) but they feel great - pretty nicely polished and no sprout.

    My only minor gripe is that the nut slots for both E-strings are cut a bit deep - so much so that I can't get a note behind the 2nd or 3rd fret on the high E. Need to decide whether that's a problem - baking soda and glue, or maybe just sling a bone nut on it.

    Also the saddles could do with some adjustment for even height and intonation, but hey, that's par for the course.
     
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    I was convinced that the Bullet too had a thinner body. Mine does...
     
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    I think you're right... Still, not bad for a series that has been in production for almost 25 years.... :)
     
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    A lot of changes. Thicker body is one.
     
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    I'd love to see some photos as I'm on the fence between Affinity & Bullet right now. Thanks for the post!
     
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    Augusta! Hey neighbor. I'm in Gorham. Above I posted my Affinity with my crappy IPad camera. Let me know if you need any specific shot. Same new model.
     
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    Hey neighbor! How about a shot of the back (ferrules) when you have a minute?
    As luck would have it, I am wanting one in black also. The drawback on the Bullet is that black comes with an Indian Laurel fingerboard, or whatever "rosewood-like wood" they're using these days.
    Thanks a lot!
     
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