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A full-blown, weeping, screaming, rocking Strat with a phenomenal price tag.

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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FEATURES
  • 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
  • Single-ply white pickguard

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SquierAffinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 427 reviews)

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    (138)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (15)

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    (22)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (5)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

affinity series strat

Hey, I love this thing. All the neg reviews I've seen really address things that would be expected at this price range and easily remedied. Tone is a product of your overall setup,...Read complete review

Hey, I love this thing. All the neg reviews I've seen really address things that would be expected at this price range and easily remedied. Tone is a product of your overall setup, and not easily attributed to a bad guitar. Set up work is part of owning a guitar. When you buy a mass produced guitar, you should expect to tighten a few nuts or screws. Noise in the PUP is part of using single coils. Maybe you want a les paul copy or a noise gate if thats teh problem.

Perfect first electric and great upgrade potential. Or maybe just to have a strat copy in the house just in case you feel the need or as a back up.

You'll only be disappointed if you expect to buy a cheap guitar and not have to address some initial setup issues or tighten something.
All the bells and whistles you'd expect in a strat copy. I haven't used the trem, though, so no comment there.
I've read the neg reviews, so let me clear up some confusion. Single Coil PUPs hum. That's part of it. If parts are loose, you may have to get out a screw driver or a pair of pliers and snug them down. These things I don't feel should be part of the evaluation. That's part of owning a guitar.

So to the evaluation.

Mine stays in tune until as well as any guitar I have owned. I check it with a digital tuner, and maybe once a week I get to turn a peg due to change in humidity and temperature, not the guitar. The tuners are touchy compared to others I have used, but that's not a critisizm. Just something that stood out.

The PUPs are the lower end. Duh, did you see the price? They are suffecient to have some fun and/or learn the guitar. No upgrade required until you want to hit a stage. Might want to think noise gate if your going to use a single pup often.

Fit and finish leaves little to be desired. The frets could be cleaned up a little on the edges of the fretboard, but it's not bad enough I've done anything to resolve the problem. I bought mine used, so I can't speak to the initial setup. Again, I feel like the initial setup should not be part of the review as we all set them up how we prefer anyway, dont we?

The guitar is only a small part of your tone, but I have been able to get some great sounds from mine. I love this thing!

Sustain is better than I expected in this price range, but nothing to go on about.

This is not a kids toy. This is a cheaper version of the real deal, and is very enjoyable.
Unquestionably one of the best values on the market. A playable guitar for cheap. And the upgrade potential is limitless.

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Worst intstument I've ever played

I bought this guitar in December, after reading the glowing reviews for it. At first, I occasionally had problems with output jack buzzing. No problem, I just tightened the nut and it...Read complete review

I bought this guitar in December, after reading the glowing reviews for it. At first, I occasionally had problems with output jack buzzing. No problem, I just tightened the nut and it worked. But, the buzzing go worse and worse, until, just six months later, all it does is buzz. I thought it was the cord, but out of the six spare cords I have, every single one buzzed. I am not touching this brand with a ten-foot pole in the future.

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(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

affinity series strat

By charles martin

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Hey, I love this thing. All the neg reviews I've seen really address things that would be expected at this price range and easily remedied. Tone is a product of your overall setup, and not easily attributed to a bad guitar. Set up work is part of owning a guitar. When you buy a mass produced guitar, you should expect to tighten a few nuts or screws. Noise in the PUP is part of using single coils. Maybe you want a les paul copy or a noise gate if thats teh problem.

Perfect first electric and great upgrade potential. Or maybe just to have a strat copy in the house just in case you feel the need or as a back up.

You'll only be disappointed if you expect to buy a cheap guitar and not have to address some initial setup issues or tighten something.
All the bells and whistles you'd expect in a strat copy. I haven't used the trem, though, so no comment there.
I've read the neg reviews, so let me clear up some confusion. Single Coil PUPs hum. That's part of it. If parts are loose, you may have to get out a screw driver or a pair of pliers and snug them down. These things I don't feel should be part of the evaluation. That's part of owning a guitar.

So to the evaluation.

Mine stays in tune until as well as any guitar I have owned. I check it with a digital tuner, and maybe once a week I get to turn a peg due to change in humidity and temperature, not the guitar. The tuners are touchy compared to others I have used, but that's not a critisizm. Just something that stood out.

The PUPs are the lower end. Duh, did you see the price? They are suffecient to have some fun and/or learn the guitar. No upgrade required until you want to hit a stage. Might want to think noise gate if your going to use a single pup often.

Fit and finish leaves little to be desired. The frets could be cleaned up a little on the edges of the fretboard, but it's not bad enough I've done anything to resolve the problem. I bought mine used, so I can't speak to the initial setup. Again, I feel like the initial setup should not be part of the review as we all set them up how we prefer anyway, dont we?

The guitar is only a small part of your tone, but I have been able to get some great sounds from mine. I love this thing!

Sustain is better than I expected in this price range, but nothing to go on about.

This is not a kids toy. This is a cheaper version of the real deal, and is very enjoyable.
Unquestionably one of the best values on the market. A playable guitar for cheap. And the upgrade potential is limitless.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good one if you can set it up

By Ste

from Sydney, Australia

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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Light Weight
  • Nice Looking
  • Resonant
  • Very playable

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up
  • Poor Wiring

Best Uses

  • All If You Can Play

Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I've been playing 16 years.
That's a 2001 MIC and it's very good, on par with Fender MIJ.
Expect 2 things:
-variability in quality, that's why you want to try it before purchasing;
-to set it up, learn how on youtube, and you'll end up with a decent to good one.
I'm a picky guy and I'm really happy with this one: 8/10, see pros vs cons.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Too good to be true....But it IS!!!!

By stephen lederle

from Wherever the Army tells me to

Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Overall I love my Squier Strat. I did not buy it to be my main guitar. Just to lay down bluesie backing track, noodle around with some news blues dvds, and have good quality fun jamming in a new style(for me). However once I make the above mentioned changes I would have no problem using this thing on about the 10% of songs I would play during a standard gig. I play a tricked out Gibson Les Paul Studio, studded out with EMGs as my Main guitar. I also play a Takamine acoustic/electric for about 15% of my gigs. I'll never be ashamed of the fact that I bought such a beautiful playing, sounding, and looking guitar EVER!!!! This guitar has made me not care about what's on the headstock, but instead shown me that it's about sound and feel when making "real" music.
Not too many "Features" on this guitar. Just a very beautiful finish(mine is the 2-tone burst), and the best fender tremolo I've ever used. BTW...It's not meant to have dive bombs done on it, just add that suttle tremolo sound i.e. John Mayer and SRV's Lenny.
Without a shadow of a doubt this guitar has earned it's "9" rating from me. I was in the local music store looking to buy a "Fender Strat". I just had to get one! I owned a Mexican made Strat when I was 11 (first guitar) and I hated it. I know now I hated it because it wasn't that "Hard Rock" "Guitar God" instrument that everyone wants to own when they first start playing. I was playing the American Strats, but couldn't afford that price tag. Then i moved to the Mexican Strats, but they weren't "doing it" for me. I then picked up a Squire Tele to show my wife the difference, and it played like a dream! But I didn't want a Tele, I wanted a Strat. So I figured, if the squier Tele sounded/played great what if the Strat was the same. I looked around and, no lie, they only had one Squier Strat in the store. I plugged it in to the same American Fender twin reverb I'd been playing for the past hour or so and.....BAM!!!! i was getting ALL the tones I could have ever wanted from it. Yes better than all the other, to include the American Strats!!! The maple neck (a first for me) is so smooth and fast I couldn't believe it was me playing these phrases with such ease.
I paid almost the same amount for the road worthy case for this guitar that I did on the guitar itself!!!! If you read the above "Quality" rating you'd see that I truely feel the value is high. Now I know I've gone on and on about my Squier Strat, however there are a few things I would/am going to change about this guitar. NOTE: these things are not to deter you from a purchase. Instead need to be known as truths when purchasing any guitar for this price. 1) The pick-ups are cheap! I'm going to change them out for either the American Fender noiseless pick-ups or the EMG David Gillmor signature pick-ups (that come already installed on a brand new pick guard just needing to be switched out.) 2) the pick-ups are single coil so therefore inherently noisie.....Thats how "Humbuckers" got their name. They "Buck" the "Hum" that single coil pick-ups create. Don't let any of these things stop you from "stealing" this thing away from you local guitar store! I paid $216.00 for the guitar and I'll gladly pay another $100-$250.00 for new pick-ups and still spend a total of $420.00 or less for a guitar that would cost well over a $1000.00!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Strat in Principle, A Strat Indeed

By Vince Dees

from CT, USA

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • How About Playing Guitar

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I have been playing for a long time and have owned many vintage guitars (all collectively and never simultaneously...I am not rich) many of them early fifties and sixties teles and strats.
    This current run Affinity Strat has solid alder body, albeit 1/8" thinner than usual (but that is a plus to me), a smooth satin maple neck that is very straight and easy to play, decent pickups, I will swap out the bridge pu but the other two are more than fine. In short this is a Strat of some renown. NO, it is not boutique but it is very playable for gigs and even recording...I looked under the hood to find nicely finished pups and full size pots...no dime-siZe cheapies....I LIKE THIS STRAT...AND WILL PLAY IT FOR AS LONG AS IT LASTS...AND THAT SHOULD BE A LONG TIME...

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very good affordable guitar

    By vintage player

    from Ill.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • 60 Cycle Hum

    Best Uses

    • Bluesrockcountry
    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar from a young lad that thought it would handle his death metal music. It will not. If you play Vintage rock, blues or country, buy it. I did a complete setup on it as you should on ANY new guitar and it stays in tune great, has good sustain,tone and has that vintage strat chime and quack that you want from a strat. I've had it for two years and as the wood ages it just gets sweeter. I've been playing for fourty years and played or owned lots of quality instruments. This one is a keeper.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Decent starter, easily upgradable

    By Tubatoothpaste

    from Central Illinois

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Cheap tuners
    • Low-end electronics

    Best Uses

    • Project guitar
    • Starter guitar

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Had a squier standard strat, but sold it. Then I regretted it. So when I had a chance to buy an Affinity strat (it was in kind of rough shape) at a pawn shop for [$], I jumped at it. There's nothing wrong with the neck or body. If you shop wisely, you can buy new tuners and a pre-wired pickguard to upgrade this puppy for under $100. You'll end up with an axe that approximates a MIM strat. Seriously, you can believe the other reviews about upgrading these models. My friends in the band think the upgrades look and sound great.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Give it a lot of credit

    By RockinRyan

    from Bloomington Illinois

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Jamming

    Cons

    • Sustain

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar a while back as a starter guitar not expecting much out of it. The more and more I played it, the more and more I was impressed with squier. I haven't changed the pickups since I bought the guitar and they are perfectly fine. I play everything from blues to hard rock to some metal. This guitar does very well with the blues and rock, and it even does well with metal. Pinch harmonics scream with this thing, especially with the bridge pickup.

    This guitar is very versatile. It does everything from a warm thick tone on the neck pickup to a very twangy bridge pickup and everything in between.

    The tuners have been the most impressive part of this guitar. They hardly ever slip out of tune. I even have the whammy bar on mine and use it quite often. Tuning stays the same.

    Overall this guitar is an amazing starter guitar that can actually be used a bit more than you would think.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Best value

    By Stratopastor

    from Houston, TX

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I've bought 4 or 5 Affinity Strats, one Affinity Telecaster and an Affinity Musicmaster. I grind down the radius of the neck on all my guitars and I have done the same thing for several other musicians. I don't want to risk ruining an expensive guitar so I bought the Affinities. For the price I have found them to be absolutely excellent. They all have had at least one fret that buzzes but I find that acceptable on a practice guitar. I have two that sound so good I use live and to record so I fixed the fret problem--not an easy job but do-able. The Strats are slightly smaller and lighter than a standard Strat but that is one of the features that I like best--making them an excellent choice for a smaller (or older) person.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Decent little Chire

        By Bigfoot

        from Florida

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        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up
        • Setup

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        This guitar plays OK out of the box. The action came setup fairly high. The tuners work fine & the guitar stays in tune pretty well. I did not find any loose frets & although the fret ends could use some filing, there were not any excessively sharp (slice your fingers type)fret ends. I have not setup this guitar yet. The tremolo came adjusted all the way down & I have not set it up or used it as this is definitely helping keep it in tune. The pickups work like they are supposed to but like everything else, they will need to be adjusted (height). The neck pickup pole pieces do not align over the strings perfectly, the middle & bridge pickups do. The finish (blue metallic) is flawless & very nice for a budget guitar. This Squire (Chire=china)came with a pickguard that was all scratched up. I'll be replacing it as it seems to be made of an inferior material. I plant my picking hand on the pickguard & it's getting gouged up from my nails after about 40 hrs of playing. The string slots in the nut are cut way too low & the entire string(s) are in the slot. Other than the pickguard, there were no cosmetic issues. This is a light guitar, good for my old back. It's a fun little guitar to play & would make a nice starter axe for someone on a budget. It IS playable out of the box but you WILL NEED A SETUP. I'm a hobby guitarist & have owned many guitars since I was 17 yrs old. I'm 54 now. Want a sound sample ? I just loaded a recording on reverb nation using this guitar. This recording is with the original strings & the axe as it was shipped. I recorded a guitar track to a SpiderJam song track. Go to reverbnation-dotcom. Search bruce landis & listen to SpiderBlues-01. This little guitar is definitely good enough to capture your inspiration on a recording.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Wonderful

        By MattStahl97

        from Nashville.

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Light
        • Super Fast

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I bought mine used from a guy who didn't know what he had. He had tweaked the pickups so they sound awful. Fortunatly there are cheap replacements to be had. The maple neck with rosewood fretboard is faster than the american models. It looks amazing. it is perfect for a musician on a budget or anyone looking for a good backup guitar.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Perfect for beginners

        By Strat-O-Steve

        from NC

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        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Again, you cannot own a better Strat-style guitar for the money. This guitar, like the other Squiers I have owned, plays well and sounds pretty good. And, these little things can take a ton of abuse and keep rocking!
        I have the red one with the rosewood fretboard. All in all, it is a good guitar with good sounding pickups as well. Has all the features Strats have had since 1954, basically.
        This guitar (and all Squiers) are the best bang-for-your-buck. They are imported, and made of cheaper parts for sure, but they won't fall apart or crap out on you either. Fit and finish is usually very good on Squiers, and mine is no exception!
        You will never own a better Fender Strat-style guitar without buying the real thing. I have owned 3 over the years and have played many many more. I do have several USA Fenders, but I always keep 1 Squier around.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        paint,frets,tuners,bridge,single coil pups,and tremolo bar

        By rick hobbs

        from washington state

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        the above is a list of things that i've seen written by other folks,in regards to the affinity series.as in my last post,i've FOUND nothing wrong with any of these things.i totally agree with another post that says,"most of the complaints about the guitar are set-up issues,and can easily be fixed.for those of you who COMPLAIN about the strap buttons,go spend SIX DOLLARS and buy a pack of strap locks.they're super easy to install,and strap problems fixed.last but not least the colors are great,and they really POP.some folks like the "USED LOOK"in regards to the paint.i prefer my guitars to look like new.if thats you,i use TRICK guitar polish which puts a nice shine on my guitars.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Excellent ... with a little help!

        By tc4all

        from NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Narrow String Spacing
        • Only Ok Out Of The Box

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Just Having A Bit Of Fun
        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Look, this is not a golden jewel out of the box though mine played fine, however, with some work it is amazingly good. Almost all guitars claim to need a pro set up and fret leveling and crowning out of the box. Virtually all recommend it. In that respect this is no different. I did my leveling and crowning. I switched out the pickups for some much better ones of my choice, however you can find all sorts at all sorts of prices. I changed to locking tuners and changed the pots. You can say I rebuilt it, but I would have done much of the same things on any guitar under $1500 or so. IN the end, it has excellent tone and feel and is a lot of fun to play.

        The only negative is this. Remember it is a small guitar with a short scale. The strings are closer together and the nut width is narrower. It takes getting used to and realizing what you can and what you can't use it for, if you have bigger fingers.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I can dig it

        By Crust

        from Brockton, MA

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        for less than 2 Franklins, this particular Stratocaster version, is in my humble opinion, quite a nice guitar (for the $$$). I got red with maple neck. It looks and "plays" nicer than the 2 MIM Stratocasters I have previously owned. I like the "big" headstock. I cancelled an Epiphone guitar I had on order after getting this guitar as a (somewhat early)Fathers Day gift from my oldest son. I dig it,not much more to say.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Several minor issues but spectacular for the price

        By James Wilson

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Overall, I'd give it a seven. If it didn't have the minor issues I talked about before I'd be content to give it a nine.
        I got this guitar one or two years ago as my first electric guitar and so far this 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 Squier logo then I reason people would be convinced it was a Fender just by looking at it.

        The one I've got's made out of what I think is agathis but it could be maple or alder, silver tuners, a maple neck, rosewood fretboard, a tremlo bridge, 21 frets, 3 single coil pickups, a five way pickup switch, a volume knob and two tone knobs.
        Most factory set ups on guitars are pretty bad but this guitar has a good low action and I havent needed to alter the nut or bridge height or get it set up by a store yet.
        The pick-ups are pretty ordinary. Im not sure of the brand but I think theyre just Squier pickups. They are good but not great at playing all types of music. 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, nut, neck or anything!

        It also stays in tune very well without the whammy bar. I have an electric tuner and test it to make sure its tuned almost every day and I dont have to tune it up for about a month. But unless youre using a song that involves whammy do not under any circumstances use the whammy bar! I usually never have it on the guitar because it goes out almost every time you use it.

        Even in the 1 - 2 years 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 tinny and cheap sometimes.

        When turning the volume knob when the guitars plugged in you can hear a crackling sound come out of the amp. This doesnt usually happen with other guitars Ive 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 strings themselves though Im 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 this price, 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 whos professional or even for second guitar buyers. For people looking for an amp I'd also recommend the Laney LX 12. It's what I got when I bought this guitar

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Seems good enough

        By Ryan Kelley

        from USA

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        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I have played piano for a long time and I am currently the keyboardist in a rock band, and so far I have enjoyed learning to play guitar on this Strat. A couple of the guys in my band have used it as well and liked it.
        It has everything you would expect from a guitar.
        Seems to be great quality considering it's a Squier. I am just beginning at guitar, but my friend who is a fairly good guitarist said he can barely tell the difference between this and a regular Fender. It's great for someone like me who is not that great and I expect as a get better I will still be able to use this without upgrading.
        Great price for an electric guitar, especially something classic like the Strat. It is great for someone who is looking for a good quality guitar to start off without spending much.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A good cheapie

        By Lerxst

        from Orange County, CA

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        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        This was my first guitar in Metallic Blue and Rosewood fretboard. To start, I want to point out that while this guitar is great for beginners because of its price and versatility, it's also a perfect throw-around guitar. So if you've already got your Gibsons and your Fenders laying around but too scared to take them out and seriously rock with them, this is a good guitar to blow a little chump change to plug in and go crazy. It's actually quite good for this, because while the electronics, finish, and wood aren't your usual suspects found on a Gibson, the playability rivals one. The low action and thin neck will make it feel like you're playing a guitar ten times its price. Even though it was my first guitar and I've outgrown the electronics, this is still the one you'll see me playing the most, devoid of any fear that wear will dole out.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        depends on which one you play

        By Andew Puls

        from California

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar on a whim. I bought it because I was looking for a cheap, decent playing backup guitar and have never previously owned a strat-style guitar.

        For that purpose and price, no complaints.
        It has all the standard features of a strat. 5 way selector, two tones (for middle and neck pickups, none for bridge), and a volume, tremelo.

        My tone knobs do very little until a drastic cuttoff at about 75% down. Very sharp cuttoff point, almost like a wah. I think it is the taper of the pot.

        The bridge pickup on mine is extremely bright and almost harsh when played hard.

        Clean, it sounds like, well, a strat... sounds like the guitar on the early beach boys recordings.

        The body is very lightweight.
        I played other Squires which were way worse in quality than mine. If you buy one, best to try it out in person or it is a gamble.

        The fretboard (rosewood on mine) is a little rough/unsanded way up on the upper frets, but very smooth on the lower frets. I do not have any problem with sharp fret eges. The frets themselves are a bit tall, but I think that is a preference thing.

        There is some fret buzz on mine. I don't really care about it, some people would.

        I have no problem with hum at all and no hiss like some people have reported. I like the sound of the pickups.
        I played a bunch of other guitars in the store, and I chose this one in playability and sound over guitars at three times the price. There were better for sure, but not without a substantial price difference. And some that were much more expensive played worse.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        squier affinity strat

        By Michael Mullenix

        from Arizona

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

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        I have 9 other guitars, and have to say this is one of the best sounding and playing of the lot.
        This guitar was set up great as is.
        The maple fret board is as slick as they come. can't put it down. It begs to be played.
        Very happy with this purchase..
        This looked almost new .cant believe the price! I play it though the Vox ac4tv and a bad monkey
        pedal. sweet classic sounds. blues and rock. I'm sold on the squier strat. I own other cheap
        strats like the bullet .However, I have also owned the American Krammer and godin. Let me tell
        you the affinity is second to none. I cant believe they can make this for as cheap as they sell them.
        You wont be dissapointed.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        good beginners guitar

        By Joel Newswanger

        from kentucky

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        nice beginners guitar,it served me well.never had any problems with it ,espesially liked the tuning pegs, real smooth and stayed in-tune good.
        nothing fancy but i do like the tuning pegs.
        great peice of beginners equipment for the price.

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