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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-reno...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

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SquierAffinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 427 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (209)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (138)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (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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5.0

This is a guitar for life

By Guitar mod

from UK

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I bought this for my daughter as she is getting pretty good now. I was very impressed with the build quality. To check out how good these guitars are it's best to start unplugged and this guitar sounds great on its own. I will replace the nut with a bone one and I'll replace the trem system with a top line effort, but this is the point, this guitar is good enough to start the modding with, it has a good alder body and a straight and true neck, after that you can make it into whatever you want. Eventually I'll replace the pick ups with some SD hot rails, in a lesser guitar which sounded bad unplugged it would be a waste of time, but not in this, this is a keeper.

     
    5.0

    Nice feel good sound ,good as a backup.

    By Stringstinger

    from Al.

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Pick Up
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording

      Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Good backup nice feel

       
      5.0

      Awesome.

      By Rico

      from Mexico/U.S.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Have played a ton of Strats professionally for nearly fifty years, U.S. Japan, and Mexican. This ranks as one of the best and a big plus is the light weight. Sound, playability perfect out of the box. Let's face it, the Chinese with computers and lasers are reshaping guitar building and pricing.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great beginner guitar for the money.

        By Offmyrocker

        from New Jersey

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I am 45 just learning how to play guitar. I had called a private guitar instructor, who highly recommended this guitar for a beginner not looking to sink a lot of money into it. His main recommendation after buying it was to have it properly set up, which he did. The before and after was amazing. I highly recommend starting on a guitar like this if you are on a tight budget or don't know if guitar is truely something you will stick with.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Give it a lot of credit

          By RockinRyan

          from Bloomington Illinois

          About Me Experienced

          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.

          (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.

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Best value

          By Stratopastor

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Professional Musician

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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.

              (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Beginner guitar

              By Douv

              from Everett WA

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              Pros

              • Price

              Cons

              • Poor Pick Up
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Learning
              • Practicing

              Comments about Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              I bought this guitar to quickly teach myself guitar. This is about all it was good for. Settings for intonation are maxed and it is still a little out of whack. not by much but it is enough for me to notice. I'm a record, mix and master engineer(mostly record and mix), and I have little experiance with playing a guitar. I just learned to increase useful communication with guitarist and to learn set up. This is why I say it is possible that i am being a perfectionist. I may be expecting too much for the price tag. But I am correct in saying this is only a beginner guitar.

              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A Strat in Principle, A Strat Indeed

              By Vince Dees

              from CT, USA

              About Me Professional Musician

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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...

                (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.

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