Squier Affinity Series guitars are the best value in electric guitar design. The Affinity Series Stratocaster delivers solid sound and style, and new for 2013 are a two-color headstock logo, three-ply white/black/white pickguard, and eye-catching Lake Placid Blue, Shell Pink, Burgundy Mist and Surf Green finishes. Other features include three single-coil pickups with five-way switching, smooth-playing rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets, synchronous tremolo bridge and large '60s-style headstock.
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I recently bought one of these used from a local shop. I was expecting the guitar to be low quality, but to my surprise it isn't that bad, other than some cosmetic damage, the body and neck are straight smooth and comfortable. The tuning machines feel and work like they should. It has no sharp edges on the nut or fret wire (no signs of replacement or filling) String action is bearable. The tremolo works without detuning (unless you go nuts with it) My only complaint is the pickups, they are dull, lifeless, colorless, and boring.
I dare say this is the best inexpensive guitar on the market, and for a starting musician or a musician on a budget this is a guitar worth looking at. With that being said, I would strongly suggest you play it before you buy it.
evan.kendall owns this item
I recently bought one dated december 1999, and after changing tuners, cables inside, pots and after cleaning it sounds better than my friend's Fender. And I even like the shallow body - it is very light! Unfortunately - no matter how much effort you'll make your tremolo will later or sooner detune the guitar. But Fenders also go out-of-tune, so don't worry ;) It's really worth the money (and I even think it is worth more)!
gawel.b owns this item
I have many guitars, 3 Stratocasters, 1 telecaster vibe 50, 1 epiphone les paul standard, and 1 epiphone acoustic guitar. I am not a pro but I love to play and play all of them. I do however have my preferences for each guitar regarding what I am playing. For example, this model I love playing Jimi Hendrix songs like voodoo child and purple haze. I prefer playing led zeppelin and pink floyd on my black Stratocaster.
The feel is really nice, it's not too heavy and/ or too light, my hand slides from fret to fret nice and easy, the knobs are easy to read and the switch is easy as well. The sound and tone is perfect on every position. It's a great guitar! My only wish was that it had a maple neck because that's my dream guitar look!
Dean Stewart owns this item
The finish is spotless (this is common to all 3 Squiers I have), frets are well filed and rounded at the edges, parts are assembled with tight tolerances. The satin neck with rosewood fretboard and perloid inlays (and large headstock) is lovely. Playability is excellent. As a matter of personal preference I will change the 9-42 strings with coated ones, same size. The nut is bone-like. Tune machines are better than those of my Bullet Squier Strat, they turn smoothly and have an adjusting screw. They recall the Kluson or Grover design. Volume and tone knobs are a bit hard to turn, but run smoothly. The low and high E strings are a bit offset above the poles of the neck pick up – this does not apply to the bridge pick up. The sound is very bright, as expected from a Strat and can be well shaped with effects. This is a light guitar. I personally find the “shell” pink color – that caused hilarity among my guitar-addict friends when I announced my new acquisition - very cool, classy. All in all, an excellent buy, which promises to last for years.
I'm 14, started guitar around 1-2 years ago, and I got this guitar for my birthday this year. This was my first electric guitar, and I'm glad I chose this guitar. I'm a big Nirvana and Foo Fighters fan, and I found that this guitar is perfect for those kinds of music. Also, when I use the 5-way PU switch, I was surprised at the tones I could hear. The tones were separated so I could hear 5 very different tones of the guitar. The stock pick-ups are great, but I equipped my strat with Fender pick-ups and the sound is out of this world. The only minor problems i have with the Squier strat was that since it was an Affinity model, there were only 21 frets. I think that's it. Otherwise, great guitar, can hold its own, and I was surprised at how durable it is. I've only had this guitar for around 3 months now and I've banged the headstock against the wall a few times, and my friends have played my guitar and they strummed it so aggressively. I'm surprised to see that the guitar is still standing strong. So, to cap it all off, I'm extremely proud to say that I own a Squier Affinity Stratocaster, and I haven't looked back ever since.
Rylan Martins owns this item
This guitar is very awesome! I have a Squier Affinity from 2005, That is the fat strat/double coil WITH the whammy bar, I really really love the playability of the fretboard. I am one who has real small hands that does not have heck of alot of muscle tone and the fretboard of this guitar is smooth on the hands for me. The Guitar neck is very smooth like texture and feel to it and so easy to grip with my hands.This is perfect for either A NEWBIE, Child, Or Simply someone like myself who has small soft and weakish hands. This very awesome guitar and has an affordable price tag. When your ready to leave behind whatever lame stratocaster copy you might be playing now, this is very great step up before getting a $1000 FENDER Made Verison of stratocaster. I have not yet run into a SQUIER that I did not like. I can't wait to finish my current and many recording projects with my Squier Affinity FAT STRAT.
Hak2235 owns this item
I got this stratocaster since december of 2012 and this guitar is awesome because it sound can be smooth and clean but with a boss turbo distortion pedal. it is perfect for play styles like grunge (like Nirvana ) or punk. So that's why i love it .
Andresalejandroc owns this item
Started with an American made Squier (now signed by the Gin Blossoms).
Next was a 1992 Squier Strat (only models made, no Bullet, no Affinity). This one is still my main go-to guitar. Put Fender PUs in it.
Got this one a year ago (Affinity). As Eric Clapton says, you want a maple fretboard, not the dark ones. Can get more finger bite in maple fretboards. Take that, Gibson!
Love the finish on the back of the neck.
Wonder how this compares to a Squier Strat standard? Also own a Deluxe, which is out of this world (if you change out the pickups). Only drawback with Affinity - 21 frets. Every guitar should have two octaves in frets (24)!
If you're like me, a cheap guitar, $80 to a guitar tech and you've got the equivalent of a $700 Fender for a little more than half that.
Surprisingly, I'm happy with the stock pickups on this. First Squier I can say that about. Thinking of redoing the body finish, though. My choice (last year) was red, white or sunburst. Since I have three sunbursts, chose red - wrong!
phoenixrichard owns this item
I got the Fender Squier Affinity Series guitar about two or three years ago as my first electric guitar and so far my little Indonesian rocker is going strong without any major flaws.
The look of the guitar is great and just like a Fender Strat. Mine’s topped off with a nice dark blue finish and rosewood fret board. In fact if it had a Fender logo instead of the Squier logo on the headstock then I reckon people would be convinced it was a legitimate Fender just by looking at it.
Most factory set ups on guitars are pretty terrible but for a guitar under three-hundred bucks, it’s got a nice low action and I haven’t needed to alter the nut or bridge height or get it set up by a store yet.
The pick-ups are pretty ordinary to say the least. I’m not sure of the brand but I’m pretty sure they’re just generic ‘Squier single coil’ pickups in a neck, middle, bridge configuration. They’re passable but not that great, with a constant underlying buzzing when played with distortion.
One of the most impressive things with this guitar is how solidly it's build. The thing's like a Russian tank! I've dropped it a few times, banged the headstock against my desk, let my friends (who have no idea about playing guitars) play it, strummed very aggressively, hit it in frustration and thrown it down on my bed and yet there's only been one tiny dent and no damage to the sound quality, nut, neck or anything! (I treat my other guitars with much more respect than this. This was during my first few months of learning to play)
It stays in tune relatively well but I think the intonation is off. I have an electric tuner and test it to make sure it’s tuned almost every day and often I don’t have to tune it up for about a month. However, do not use the whammy bar under any circumstances! I usually never have it on the guitar because it goes out of tune every time you use it.
No serious problems have arisen since I bought the guitar which so pretty good for a $250 or so instrument so I think it's going to last a very, very long time.
The guitar does have quite a few issues though.
The tone knobs really do nothing. They act like they're not even there. Also this guitar has almost no natural tone and sounds quite tinny and cheap sometimes.
When turning the volume knob when the guitars plugged in you can hear a loud crackling sound come out of the amp. This doesn’t usually happen with other guitar’s I’ve played.
The E, B and G strings sound pretty tinny. The bass strings sound good when strummed but the high strings sound cheap. That could be due to the stock strings themselves though I’m not entirely sure.
There are only two of the five pick-up selections that don't hum when selected.
Now don't get me wrong here with these minor problems. For $250 or in guitar centre’ case, $180, you're not going to get a perfect guitar. There are going to be some slight problems. But I was actually really surprised with this guitar because without even a service or set up there have been no issues that would make me stop playing and take it in to get fixed or serviced. I play for at least 40 minutes every day and I'm also surprised with how little wear and tear this guitar has had.
I'd recommend this guitar to anyone who wants to start learning electric guitar but not to someone who’s professional or even for second guitar buyers.
sydneysider owns this item
I never really considered myself to be a Fender man, but when I picked up the Squier Affinity Strat I was really blown away. I was actually looking to buy an acoustic guitar, but the acoustic room at my local Guitar Center was somewhat crowded so I decided to just wait until it was a little more empty. While I was sitting on a stool, my Mother (who has no musical knowledge at all) pointed at a small guitar sitting on a stand, and said "why don't you try that?" I replied very arrogantly that I didn't play "Fender" guitars! She said "you don't have anything else to do". So long story, somewhat less long, I picked it up, plugged it in and was hooked! I couldn't believe how well it fit me and how easily my hands flew up and down the neck. I own three and four-thousand dollar guitars that do not play this well. The action is very low, and the neck is very fast, making it easy to play blues solos. But with the five-way switch I get five very different sounds and tones....unlike most guitars where you can barely tell the difference. I love the non-Floyd Rose tremolo system; it makes it much easier to change strings. So, to sum it up: This guitar turned me from an anti-Fender player to a Fender lover. I would recommend this guitar to beginners and seasoned players alike, not just as a practice or test guitar, but for serious playing. Sorry the story was so long!!!
Cinder01 owns this item
I bought my Strat Affinity second-hand along with some project parts the seller never got around to installing: new hardened-steel tremelo/bridge unit, locking tuners, and Dragonfire brand pickguard with a standard Strat setup pre-loaded. I can't comment on the original hardware & electronics because I never played it much with them. I do know that the original white pick-guard wasn't beveled and looked kind of cheap. The Dragonfire upgrade isn't something I would have picked, but looks good and sounds great. It had more screw holes than the one that came off, but it fits properly.
Comparing the neck & body to my daughter's MIM Fender Strat, the nut is 1/16" but has the same 9.5 radius & fret scale. Both have rosewood fingerboards. The Affinity doesn't have the fender "skunk stripe" on the back of the neck, but it's smooth and set up with low action, good intonation and no fret buzz. The body is the same outline as a Fender Strat, but it's about 1/4" thinner (less deep).
There are three electric guitars in my house now, the Affinity Strat, an MIM Strat, and a Telecaster (from Fender replica parts). I love playing them all, the Affinity holds its own. I'd recommend the Affinity Strat without hesitation to a beginner, or as a project guitar to players who like to tinker. I don't think of this guitar as a wannabe, it has its own character.
pmackinney owns this item
Bought mine secondhand. Hadn't been well looked after, but it plays beautifully. A big step up from the Bullet (of which I have 2). This stays in tune and the 5 switch positions play distinctly different tones. Good action, frets are comfortable with no sharp bits and the tremolo has a stab at being a tremolo. It feels like a Strat should and this can be (and has been) used for home practice with or without an Amp, Open Mics and small gigs.
If you have a bit more cash than needed for a Bullet, buy one of these.
VintageBrit owns this item
She wanted to learn to play guitar. I bought this as part of a package that included an amplifier. The tone is outstanding and the price is great. My only complaint is that the neck is small and the fingerboard is narrow. Perfect for someone with small hands, but I couldn't make it work.
TunaCan owns this item
|Model Name:||Affinity Series™ Stratocaster®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Black|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.6” (40.6 mm)|
|Headstock:||Large '60s Style|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Bridge Pickup:||Standard Single-Coil Strat|
|Middle Pickup:||Standard Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||Standard Single-Coil Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)|
|Pickup Switching:||5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo|
|Tremolo Arm Handle:||Standard Tremolo Arm|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Die-Cast|
|Control Knobs:||White Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
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