Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar
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 c... read more
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Great Guitar, Very Solid and Reasonably Priced
I own not one but two of these guitars. I bought my first in the 6th grade and have used it ever since. The guitar has been one of my favorites and has custom work done to it. The other has stayed stock since I bought it in 2013. I used both often as although they may not be an expensive and incredibly fancy guitar they still sound great. They are comfortable and have been dependable in all the time I've had them traveling between my house, band practice, and gigs.
A fine instrument for the low price
This Strat has a decent neck and everything works. Mine was particularly good value for money since I got it on a slow day on eBay for only £36 including a soft case and a curly lead. It now has two vintage Tokai pickups and a Wilkinson bridge pickup, Wilkinson two-hole tuners and I've finally got the very basic vibrato system to balance after a long time blocked. Now the only difference between me and Hank Marvin is my guitar is blue!
Great Guitar, has had lots of love and work done on it.
This was more or less a gift from the drummer of my band SALEM, originally had given me the guitar to keep alongside my Squier Bullet Stratocaster that had the tremolo system on it. after a little while he decided he wanted it back, so I gave it back. Shortly after I decided I wanted to completely mod my guitar, and since I was literally stripping out all the electronics and hardware, I wanted a new look a new paint job, so I told him I would trade guitar bodies, so he now has the bullet body currently with those stock pickups, and he has the affinity neck. So now I have a affinity body, painted with the French flag, and let them eat cake written on it, the neck is a scalloped bullet stratocaster neck, there is going to be a black Floyd Rose Rail Tail tremolo system, Black Tronical stratocaster robotic tuning machines, a kill switch in placement of the neck tone, the volume will be neck volume, and the middle tone will be bride volume, there will be two pickups EMG 81 Neck, and EMG 85 Bridge, there will also be a toggle switch on the lower right horn. This guitar has been dubbed the "LET THEM EAT CAKE" stratocaster.
Easy playing cheap strat
I picked one of these up used for about fifty bucks, the action was a bit high and it needed a setup. I adjusted the neck a bit and lowered the saddles. Now it plays great. Does it sound like a fender yes, but not a sweet by any means.
The other thing I would note as I did not know this till after I bought it was that the Affinity series has a smaller width neck that a standard strat. Makes it a bit tougher to play for my big fingers but not horribly so. I do however prefer a wider neck so mine sees little play time.
A great guitar for everyone
I own a 2009 Affinity Strat. Mine is black with roseood fingerboard and a small headstock. Very affordable and great fun to play. Love mine! I even compared it with 2 Bullet Strat models and there can be no comparison (overall construction quality, tuners and pickups - the latter being so weak, even a Fender Blues Junior amp could not save them... What I like them most is the looks, playability and the fact that is very lightweight (at least mine is...) I can leave it outside its gigbag and not worry about it too much - just clean it whenever needed! The worst part are the tuners and the pickups. Easy solution - Just tune it more often and use a good amp. The rest is in your fingers!!!
We all know it!
Boring part out of the way first: The Fender Stratocaster, blah blah blah, three single coils, blah blah, snappy, blah, alder, blah blah, we all know what the instrument is and what it's history is, right?
The Affinity Strat is the guitar most of us cut our teeth on. It's like you're born into the RPG called "guitar" and you're asked to choose your class from Strat, Tele, or Les Paul, and you decided to choose Strat. The SSS Affinity's single coils are nice, bright and snappy, the neck is thin and nicely smooth. It's an excellent guitar at a very reasonable price, even more so if you got your Affinity Strat used. If there's a down side, it's that the trem is intensely terrible; because the block is made of relatively thin pot metal, it doesn't hold tune very well.
Probably the most accessible "real thing" you can get
You've probably seen that video where a Fender CS master builder tries out Squiers and is thoroughly pleased by the quality they produce at every level. It's an excellent place to start and with a little work done, it will have you set for years as a professional. Feels even better than some American Fenders I've tried, although that might only be down to neck shape preference. I own an Indonesian-made model from '04, which came with the exact same design pickups as the Standard MIM.
It's slimmer than most Strats (to further cut costs on this model I think), which only manifests as an added comfort bonus. However its stock bridge won't be the smoothest surface, and the stock tuners don't hold the tuning that well. Its pickups are big and bright-sounding ceramics that would cut through the mix like butter, and replacing them would be a bit more optional than the tuners/bridge saddles.
To recap: Its sound and feel gives you a solid platform to make great music, and you'll have yourself a trusty roadworthy weapon with as little as a tuner upgrade.
A classic, affordable guitar
This little gem is very reasonably priced. It's the only electric guitar I've ever owned, and I love it. It's great if you want that signature strat sound at an affordable price. There's quite a variety of tone when using the 5-way pickup switch. The bridge pickup is great for a crunchy rock tone, and the neck and middle positions are good for soothing and clean sounds.
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.