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I remember buying this guitar ages ago from 'Dawson's' before I had even touched a guitar. The only reason I bought it? Because as a kid I've always wanted a strat and a fairly priced beginners strat is exactly what I was looking for.
It looks beautiful. The 2-colour sunburst design was the best decision I made. A newly polished rosewood fret combined with it's slick design makes the guitar look much better than your standard electric. The materials used for the guitar make it highly reliable. The nickel plated strings are easy to pluck, yet are resistant to erosion. Over the 2 and a half years I've had this guitar, playing at least an hour a day, it's still amazing that the strings have never had a need to change. The rosewood fret board combined with the maple neck makes it easy to move your hand up and down the fret, while also providing good protection against knocks and drops.
21 Frets are present on this guitar, which makes the ability to play numerous beginner songs, very easy.
The nickel-plated strings combined with the 3 strat pick-ups make the guitar sound very decent for the price of £180. The controls for these pick ups are white sixties knobs just to the side of the pick ups themselves. The controls include a master volume control, the control for the neck pick up and the control for the middle pick up.
A positional lever is next to the knobs, giving you the ability to control how your guitar will sound in terms of tones, using 5 different combinations of the 3 pick ups.
I'd highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to learn guitar. £180 is a lot of money, however this guitar is very decent for the price.
If you want to learn to play the guitar, don't spend £500 plus on a good guitar, you may not keep it up and then you'll have an expensive ornament in your front room. Instead pay about £150 for this and if you keep it up, you can splash out on the more expensive model later.
It took me about 6 months to learn the basics and be able to change between chords more fluidly. It took a while longer to be able to play properly, and now i can get a few good tunes out of it. Playing a guitar is like riding a bike, you never forget it once you've learnt how to play it. The amp that comes with this is a 10watt practice amp, you get a decent sound out of it as long as you set it up right with the treble and the bass. What i do is use the line out to connect it to my PC. I can then use a program that would give me a simulated amp from any era, such as a Beatles, Hendrix or even a Dylan type amp.
The guitar comes with some cheap strings that can be replaced for a better gauge, you can then customise your sound a little more. I tend to use a higher gauge, which can be a bit more difficult on the fingers but you get used to it. These give you a more bassier sound. The Strap that comes with this is small and cheap, it needs replacing for a better one unless you are going to play your guitar sitting down, but then that's not really rock and roll. The lead that connects the guitar to the amp did need replacing a few years after i had got the guitar, but that was probably me being too rough with it, they don't cost much anyway.
Overall, i would recommend this guitar to someone who wants to learn, or is a beginner. It comes with most of what you'll need including a chord book and some picks, you'll just need to buy a better strap and some better strings.
22 Frets, 3 single coil pickups, 5 way pickup selector, 2 tone and 1 volume knob, string through body.
The Affinity series is the higher end of the Squier line, some people have even compared them with made in Mexico Fender Strats. Mine was made in Indonesia, with a contoured alder body, bolt on maple neck with rosewood fretboard.
They come in a range of colours. Squier are generally seen to be beginner guitars but are also used for modding as they are so easy to customise. It definitely is a beginner guitar, the body is ok but obviously won't sound as good as a Fender made with better wood. The finish is nice but close up it doesn't look that natural. The tuners are good, which is a definite plus as often with cheap guitars they aren't. The neck is good but on my guitar the fret wires are too high so sliding actually hurts. One of my main disappointments with this guitar is the action (the height of the strings above the fretboard). Mine was terribly high and it wasn't until I picked up this guitar after playing my Tokai Love Rock that I realised this. I borrowed some Allen keys from a friend but when I lowered the strings I got terrible fret buzz, at the moment I have them adjusted so that this isn't the case but it still doesn't sound quite right, maybe if I took it to a guitar shop they could set it up properly I don't know.
The actual sound of the guitar is quite good much better than most beginner guitars but you get what you pay for. To my ears the pickups sound quite weak.
If you want a beginner guitar then get this but make sure you get it properly set up at the shop,