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Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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The Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar has a proud heritage and a sweet price. The contoured solid alder body is the same world-renowned style that fueled the fires of Hendrix, Clapto... Read More

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The Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar has a proud heritage and a sweet price. The contoured solid alder body is the same world-renowned style that fueled the fires of Hendrix, Clapton, SRV, and thousands more. Pure vintage tone comes pounding out of 3 biting single-coil pickups, taking on flavor from a classic rocking tremolo and 5-way switching. Genuine die-cast tuners provide unprecedented tuning stability in this price range. The headstock is the classic '70s "big" style. The maple neck plays fast and feels great. When you trade up, your Affinity Series Strat will be worth far more than any no-name copy.

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  • Contoured solid alder body
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Maple neck
  • Classic '70s "big" headstock
  • Vintage 6-screw rocking trem
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 21 frets
  • 3 single-coil pickups
  • 5-way switching
  • One volume, 2 tone controls
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SquierAffinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 123 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wow - great value!

I bought the Squire Affinity Strat for my 11 year old last year because I wasn't sure about how serious he was about guitar. When we received it, I brought it to my guitar...Read complete review

I bought the Squire Affinity Strat for my 11 year old last year because I wasn't sure about how serious he was about guitar. When we received it, I brought it to my guitar tech for a set-up. He told me not to bother as it was set-up perfectly right from the box! While I love my Semi-hollow Ibanez, this guitar has received tons of use from both my son and me. I'm flabbergasted about how much better this guitar is than the mid-70s American FENDER (not Squire)Strat I had years ago (which ultimately turned me off Fender for years). There is no way one can find a better guitar at this price. Ours has been dropped, played hard, and stood up to the treatment only a bunch of dreamer rocker kids could provide. Great action and neck (I prefer the maple neck on this guitar), hardware has held up well. Not a single reliability issue - just tons of dings, dents, and scratches. No, it isn't a $700 Fender, but it is better than most $300 guitars and we paid $150 for ours.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beginning player or Beginning modder

OK, so my review #'s are based off of what you get stock. What I really liked about this guitar is that it's thinner than a typical strat and lighter, plus I...Read complete review

OK, so my review #'s are based off of what you get stock. What I really liked about this guitar is that it's thinner than a typical strat and lighter, plus I really liked the way the neck felt in my hands. Within a month the 5 way switch didn't work in positions 2, 3, & 4. 2 weeks of repairs. Got it back and a month after that the jack came loose. I didn't want to fix it again so I just bought the Gibson Les Paul Mahogony (which I recommend for any serious player on a budget). About a month ago I wanted to learn how to do mods on guitars, so I figured this cheap thing that doesn't work would be a good starting point. First off I shielded the pickguard and body cavity and threw some Vintage Noiseless pups in it and fixed the jack. WOW, did that make a difference. No hum, just straight up classic strat tone and no more jack problems. Also the sustain is excellent for how cheap it is. My bandmates couldn't believe it was the same guitar. Next I'm completely rewiring it from scratch w/ a black perloid pickguard and all vintage off-white knobs for the unique look I want. In short this guitar is great for the dad that doesn't want to drop a ton of $$$ into a hobby their kid may or may not enjoy. Or the budding modder looking for a great starting place to make some really unique looking (and more importantly, great sounding) customs.

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4.0

Great Value

By Dan

from Bay Area CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

For the money, you really can't beat the Squiers. They are great playing guitars that feel as good (or better in some cases) to play than some of my guitars that are in the $1000+ price range. I have a used, candy apple red affinity Strat that I picked up for $80 and it's now my favorite practice axe. I tried it one day at a local music store nearby out of curiousity and I was amazed at how well it played. Plays like butter. I especially love the Affinity's because they are smaller and lighter than a normal Strat, but yet they don't feel like a toy guitar. The pickups and electronics are obviously not going to be as high quality as a US or Mexican made Strat, but what can you really expect at that price range. They are perfectly serviceable for a beginner to intermediate player, but an experienced player will probably replace the pickups and pots anyway. But the build quality and playability is what really surprised me. I've picked a few more Squiers in the meantime. They are great project guitars for the money.

 
4.0

Classic Instrument

By JAD5150

from Ohio

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Craft Project
  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I bought this Squier as a project guitar. I'm going to take it apart to do mods. I've never taken a guitar apart before so I figured a low cost guitar would be a good place to start.

I'm surprised how good this thing sounded out of the box. It doesn't get a good tone for metal, but the blues tone it gets sounds fantastic. The Affinity Squier is a perfect instrument for someone who is a beginner or for anyone looking to experiment with taking a guitar apart for the first time.

 
5.0

Love it awesome deal for price!!!

By The guitar addict

from Canada

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good looking
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I use this as my main guitar I think it's just as good as the American strat personaly

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A guitar that can grow with you

    By Richard Sutterfield

    from Denver, Co

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing for over 40 years and really enjoy this guitar after installing a Seymour Duncan Hot Rail pickup in the bridge position. It's basically a humbucker that fits in the single-coil compartment. Install a mini-toggle switch or push-pull volume knob to switch it between humbucker and single coil, then you get noise canceling on two more settings of the 5 way switch, and very good clean and rock tones. It's an easy project and Guitar Center has everything you need, it will add great tones and make your Squier sound unique. You'll never want to sell that one.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A few minor problems but this guitar's amazing for the price

    By James Wilson

    from Sydney, Australia

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar one or two years ago as my first guitar and so far this little Indonesian made rocker is going strong without any major issues. The look is great; it's just like a Fender Strat. In fact if it had a neck with the Fender logo instead of the Squire logo then I reason people would be convinced it was a Fender just by looking at it. This guitar has a good low action and the pick-ups, even though they are pretty ordinary, can play all types of music including metal. It's a very all rounded guitar. But I wouldn't recommend this guitar or any other Fender style guitar for shredding or fast soloing as the neck is far too chunky for that. 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 or nut or anything! It also stays in tune very well but don't use the whammy bar to much otherwise it will go out of tune quite fast. Even in the 1 - 2 year I've had it I've only had to change the strings once and it hasn't had a service. Mainly because no problems that would require a service have arisen since I've started playing it. Even though I bought this guitar for only $250 or so I think it's going to last a very, very long time. But even with the great features there are a few minor issues with this guitar. 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 steely sometimes. When turning the volume knob when the guitars plugged in you can hear a crackling sound come out of the amp. The B and G strings sound pretty tinny. That could be due to the strings themselves though. 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 centres sites 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 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 and for people looking for an amp I'd also recommend the Laney LX 12. It's what I got when I bought this guitar.

     
    5.0

    Amazing! Almost Exactly Like the Real Thing

    By Alex Bowen

    from Lakeland, FL

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I purchased a strat from Guitar Center after my graduation. Well, I play it more than my other guitar. It's light weight and the weight is even, Great sound, and great fret board. Couldn't ask for more (except for an American Fender Strat. Come on who doesn't want one?) No problems, and stays in tune for weeks on end.

    (2 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    this is a toy.

    By Evan B

    from Glen Rock New Jersey

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    this is a hunk of plastic on a stick. The list of problems are endless, the pickups more or less are the worst pickups I've ever seen or heard. They make noise that you can hear from miles away. The neck feels like sandpaper. The tone knobs dont do anything. The 5 way switch BARELY does anything. It stays in tune, for about 5 seconds. The best part of the guitar is in the back. Under the pannel thing. Ther are some springs in there that are good. I out them in my real stratocaster to fluxuate the bridge. I'm 15, and this was my first guitar. I own an SG, a strat, and this. It is a toy and unplayable. Youre better off buying 200 chocolate bars. If youre a real guitarist and youre considering buying this, DONT. if youre a beginner, well I guess you could buy it. but I outgrew it in 5 months. buy a real strat, or a cheaper epiphone or something, it'll save you time if youre actually going to be good at guitar.the only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of one is to experiment because every 1 star review I've written hasnt been posted.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fun in so many ways

    By Chuck

    from Charlotte, NC

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I have had 10 of these guitars of the years and they are so fun in more than one way. First they are a very good value to start with, second they are very true to the Fender name in quality and sound. These guitars are great out of the box, they are excellent once setup, and super once you start adding extra mods. I have had a lot of fun upgrading and customizing these guitars. They are perfect for a beginner, intermediate, and someone wanting to customize a guitar. I have a very expensive TRUE vintage guitar and find myself grabbing this guitar first every time!

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Good for beginners

    By Jake Choi

    from McAllen, Texas

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    i got this guitar like 2 years ago and i still have it. Now i have Fender Blacktop Telecaster HH. which is way better than this squire strat. I started guitar with this cheap guitar. The distortion sound is not too bad, (if you just started playing, you wouldn't notice that it sounds not really good.) the clean sound is good enough. i liked the position 4 and 2 which makes sound like running in the circle or whatever. I dont really recommend this to the ones who already have been playing guitars. If you just started, who wants to get better at it, i recommend this for you guys.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar!

    By Don

    from Wheaton, MD

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing the guitar for 40+ years and have a collection of professional quality instruments. I wanted something inexpensive that I could take to gigs and not worry about damage or loss. I just "knew" that this guitar could not be any good...'till I tried it! I was shocked and surprised at the tone and playablity of this instrument. What a great instrument for beginners, or for experienced players to take on the road without worrying! Squire . . . I'm guilty of judging before playing!

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