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The Squier Fat Strat HSS is an entry-level electric guitar that will surprise you all of it's great features including a lightweight alder body, bolt-on maple neck, and a rosewood fingerboard. It is e... Read More

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The Squier Fat Strat HSS is an entry-level electric guitar that will surprise you all of it's great features including a lightweight alder body, bolt-on maple neck, and a rosewood fingerboard. It is equipped with two single-coil pickups and one humbucking pickup, which are controlled with a 5-way blade switch, a master volume and two tone controls. All hardware is chrome, including die-cast tuners, and a synchronous tremolo bridge. A large '60s style headstock adds a classic style to this affordable guitar.

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  • Model Name: Fat Strat HSS
  • Series: Affinity Series
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple, "C" shape, (polyurethane finish)
  • Fingerboard: rosewood, 9.5" radius (241 mm)
  • No. of Frets: 21 medium jumbo
  • Pickups: 2 single-coil pickups (neck/mid), 1 humbucking pickup (bridge)
  • 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: Synchronous tremolo
  • Machine heads: Standard die-cast tuners
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.61" (40.9 mm)
  • Unique features: Large '60s-style headstock, white plastic parts, black silkscreen logo, dot position inlays
  • Strings: Fender Super 250L, (.009 to .042) Nickel Plated Steel
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SquierAffinity Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar
 
3.6

(based on 11 reviews)

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Awsome Fat Strat

This guitar has awsome pickups and great action. There are some small issues to work out so get a Pro Set-up. The truss rod needed adjusting to keep the guitar from going out of...Read complete review

This guitar has awsome pickups and great action. There are some small issues to work out so get a Pro Set-up. The truss rod needed adjusting to keep the guitar from going out of tune. Also, the action was high for my playing style so I had the intination set and the strings lowered. But since I have all my guitars set-up these issues are minor. Once set up plays just like a Fender Strat with humbucker pickup about 6 ohms thats real hot for metal and rock. I put some Ernie Ball Super slinkies on her and this Guitar Rocks. Great guitar for a beginner. This is my every day guitar to give my Jag a break. I would reccomend this guitar!! Just have it set up and you won't be dissapointed!!

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...wait... its a squier???

WOW! for a Squier, this thing is a beast! Cons: -Slight intonation problem (can be fixed) -Buzzing frets (varies from guitar to guitar) -Slightly tinny tone, but barely noticable...Read complete review

WOW! for a Squier, this thing is a beast! Cons: -Slight intonation problem (can be fixed) -Buzzing frets (varies from guitar to guitar) -Slightly tinny tone, but barely noticable -Paint seems to chip to easily, but maybe its just me... -Doesn't stay in tune super well. GET IT SET UP These things are honestly minor, even though it looks like a lot. It sounds great, and it plays GODLY! it feels nicer than some vintage strats ive played. The rosewood fretboard is nice and dry so its not awkward for bends and such. The humbucker is a really nice feature. I suggest lowering it a bit... it blows your brain off on clean settings. really loud. change the strings too. After you get this thing set up though, it gets the job done. I swear if it didnt have the squier label on it i would barely know the difference.

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3.0

Qualified Quality

By The Convert

from Chicago, IL

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Pros

  • Versatile

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • School Bands

Comments about Squier Affinity Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

This instrument can be made to be a serviceable instrument for beginners. If you are new to guitars, set some money aside for a professional set-up. Sustain is lacking, pickups can be better, and tuners are mushy. That I expected and haven't a problem with. Two issues stood out to me. First, the frets were not finished properly and I needed to file them down at the edges. Second, while removing the plastic knobs from the pickguard (so as to remove the plastic protective sheet), a post pulled out of a pot, so I needed to replace that tone control. I've encountered this before and was prepared for it, but this would be a big bummer for a beginner. Again, cheap electronics are par for the course with an instrument at this price point. It's worth giving a pro $50 to make this the playable instrument it can be.

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5.0

Excellent Guitar

By john

from Bartlett, TN

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Comments about Squier Affinity Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I own four HSS Squier Strats. They sound great and I love the satin finish on the necks much more than the more expensive Fenders with the glossy finish. The factory stock Humbucker is quite good and can handle a heavy metal sound if necessary. I've done many blind guitar sound tests of expensive Fenders vs higher end Squiers and I could not tell the difference. Some reviewers complained about needing adjustments. If you buy from GC, they will make all necessary adjustments for free in first month. The Affinity strat has a great sound to it and you'll save yourself a lot of money compared to American made. I even replaced humbuckers on two strats with Seymour Duncans and the strats are excellent. I called Fender support and they said all Squiers pass Fender's high quality control standards. There's nothing low quality about this guitar. Whether it's your first or extra guitar, you won't be wasting money on an Affinity Squier Strat. I also own an expensive higher end Fender strat and a telecaster. I invariably return to the Squiers. I've been playing guitar since 1974. I've owned MANY guitars over the years including Les Pauls, SG's, Ibanez. I'm pleasantly surprised at the quality of an Affinity Squier. It's definitely a keeper.

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3.0

Good affordable guitar

By two

from ok

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Comments about Squier Affinity Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I've owned the guitar for almost a year. The Guitar is really good for the price.You can play everything from blues to black metal.bridge pick up adds a little distortion but the neck pickup is good for cleans.The Guitar has a lot of versatility for its price. A few problems the Bridge started to buzz and one of the frets buzz.

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3.0

Great Look but poor QC

By JIMEN

from San Bernardino California

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Comments about Squier Affinity Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

This Fender Squier Strat was my third try with Fender Squier. My first 2 had some quality control issues with blemishes on the finish to dents on the guitar out of the box. So I tried to go custom with this one with hopes it would just come clean with no issues. To start this thing looked great out of the box, super clean with no issues on the finish at all.It sounded great too. But,sad to say there was another quality issue I did not even think of until I started to play it. The frets. They were not properly dressed,they had very sharp ends that would scrap my fingers and hand while playing. This was very disappointing. I am beginner and I really trying to go with fender. I even kept and played the guitar for a few days to see if maybe I could just get use to the frets. But no. The more I played the more uncomfortable it got. So I had to decide if I wanted to pay a professional to dress the frets on my new Squier or just return it and go with another brand. I went with the Yamaha Pacifica PAC112J that came with no QC issues and was clean out of the box. It only lacks that Fender sound. I am sure all the Fenders out of the factory cant all have issues. But the ones I purchased did. Sad, I really tried to go with Fender.

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3.0

Good budget guitar

By Brendon

from Rochester, NY

Comments about Squier Affinity Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

This guitar is a good guitar for a beginner and also up to an intermediate. The tuners are amazing, however I suggest that the strings be replaced. The factory strings are pretty terrible. The action is set up fairly well. I believe that it could be slightly lower but that is just me. It is pretty easy to play and bar chords aren't that hard on it. The fret board is very smooth and the frets don't stick out on the sides which is really nice. The two single coils and the humbucker provide a nice range of sounds. The guitar looks good, i got the black one. Mine seems to have a grounding issue and buzzes through amps like crazy but i haven't found a missing connection in the guitar. All in all it's a nice guitar. Great for the money but I suggest that you buy the guitar in a store so you can check if yours has a grounding issue.

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3.0

Good guitar

By Brendon DeClerck

from New York, Rochester

Comments about Squier Affinity Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

It's a good guitar. It sounds nice and has a crisp clean tone with the first pick up option. However I have found that every three days I have to retune it which becomes a hassle. The knobs don't feel sturdy but other than that the guitar is pretty solid. The guitar itself is quite small so if you prefer a guitar that fits comfortably in your hands this is not it.

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5.0

My first guitar... and I'm not getting rid of it soon!

By David Nyenhuis

from Twinsburg, Ohio

Comments about Squier Affinity Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar for Christmas 2011. I did buy it at Guitar Center, however it came in a red finish, which is not listed on here (trust me, it looks GREAT in red). This guitar can do it all. Want nice single-coil blues rock? Get this. Want an awesome clean tone? Get this. Want an awesome humbucker for (at least in the way I play it) punk/metal type music? Get this. Of course, it's far from perfect; it has a lot of buzz if you turn up the gain on your amp on the single coils. However, the humbucker works AWESOMELY on high gain, which is why I reccomend it to those who like to play loud, and still feel that nice strat tone behind it all. Along with the buzz on the single coils, already-tuned-strings tend to fall out of tune easily when you're tuning another string. However, if you're willing to take that issue head on, once you actually get it in pitch, it stays in tune just fine. Overall, this is probably the best guitar for the price. I tried out Epiphones, Ibanezs, and other Squier models, but this beats them all. Great tonal versatility, you can use it for anything! And most of all, it's a great guitar if you want to hot rod it. The quality of the base guitar is top-notch. While I wouldn't suggest it for expereinced guitarists(unless you want to help someone learn), this guitar has a great humbucker and some above average single coils for the price. I'll never get rid of it!

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4.0

Pretty nice

By Favian

from Austin, TX

Comments about Squier Affinity Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar and an amp(Marsall 15dfx) from a friend. I got home put on some strings and played it for like 2 hours straight. It sounds very decent although not as good as my previous setup(ibanez rg120 & line 6 spider IV) but very good. Great clean tone to it. Not used to the large frets but with work i will otherwise great guitar!

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awsome Fat Strat

By Mark Rogers

from Jacksonville, FL

Comments about Squier Affinity Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

This guitar has awsome pickups and great action. There are some small issues to work out so get a Pro Set-up. The truss rod needed adjusting to keep the guitar from going out of tune. Also, the action was high for my playing style so I had the intination set and the strings lowered. But since I have all my guitars set-up these issues are minor. Once set up plays just like a Fender Strat with humbucker pickup about 6 ohms thats real hot for metal and rock. I put some Ernie Ball Super slinkies on her and this Guitar Rocks. Great guitar for a beginner. This is my every day guitar to give my Jag a break. I would reccomend this guitar!! Just have it set up and you won't be dissapointed!!

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(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

No way this is a Squier

By JTR

from Gilbert AZ

Comments about Squier Affinity Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

This is not a squier. My american fender dosnt even sound this good. The tone is so amazing on this thing. When i played this i was so shocked i could not even believe it could make that good of a sound! Squier has got me hooked now..Im thinking bout takeing that squier from my drummers brother hehe

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