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  • Contoured solid alder body
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Maple neck
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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.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

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

Don't delay, rock TODAY!

 
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SquierAffinity Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 420 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (204)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (136)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (4)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (5)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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

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...Read complete review

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!

VS

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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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3.0

Beginner guitar

By justinomarino

from seattle 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.

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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...

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I can dig it

    By crust

    from Brockton, MA, USA

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    Verified Buyer

    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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Decent little Chire

    By Bruce

    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.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Wonderful

    By MattStahl97

    from Nashville.

    About Me Experienced

    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.

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    4.0

    Good one if you can set it up

    By Ste

    from Sydney, Australia

    About Me Experienced

    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.

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    (4 of 4 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.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Decent starter, easily upgradable

    By Tubatoothpaste

    from Central Illinois

    About Me Experienced

    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.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Perfect for beginners

    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.

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    (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!

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