Squier Affinity Stratocasters body is made from alder. It has a maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard and twenty two frets. They are models with three single-coil Pickups, and models with two single-coil pickups and one humbucker.
The controls on the pickguard are Volume Control, Tone Control for the Neck pickup, and another Tone Control for the middle pickup. The pickup switch has five positions. The first position enables the bridge pickup, the second position enables the bridge and middle pickups, the third position enables the middle pickup, the forth position enables the middle and neck pickups and finally the fifth position enables the neck pickup.
The bridge features a synchronous tremolo, which I don't recommend touching it very often, because it will unstrung your guitar, and if you are beginner and don't have a digital guitar tuner, it will be difficult for you to tune it back.
The pickguard is white on models. My squier has its time and when I look at it, and look at a new one, my white pickguard has became darker.
Scale Length: (648 mm) 25.5
Width at Nut: (40.9 mm) 1.61
Strings: Fender Super 250L, (.009 to .042) Nickel Plated Steel, P/N 073-0250-003
The guitar was introduced in 2001, and is available in Black, Metallic Red and Metallic blue.
Sound and Action:
I bought this guitar two years ago and I still play on it. The fact that I am playing in a band, and am still with this guitar, makes me think I should go get a new one, and sell the squier, because I don't think it sounds that great, like some people say. When I started playing the guitar, it sounded great for me, but now as I advance in a more experienced level, I see that it doesn't. This guitar is more like a "beginner's guitar" but beginners should know they can invest in something better for some more cash. Although if you are low on budget, and want to start playing the guitar, this might be your best choice. The good thing about the guitar is that it is very easily customizable. You can buy better pickups and change them, you can customize your pickguard, make some artwork on it and with some little effort you can make it compete with higher class guitars.
Other than that, if you use this guitar with a processor and a nice amplifier, you might end up getting a pretty bright and clean sound. I play Rage Against the Machines, Tool and other bands, and was able to make the sound exactly as the original ones with my zoom guitar processor.
I dropped this guitar so many times, that I have lost count and it works fine for the last two years. I have to say that this could survive a bomb. Although it may get easily scratched, you can hide that by making some artwork of your own, and customizing the looks a bit.
Well, do I recommend this product or not?
Yes I recommend it, especially for beginners, although the sound quality can be really dull, if you customize this guitar not only from the outside, but from the inside too, get a guitar processor and you can get some amazing sound quality that can compete with the big bands in the music industry.
When I left home for uni I perhaps ambitiously took with me an old acoustic guitar thinking i'd fill some of those spare hours students find themselves with by teaching myself the guitar. Well by the beginning of my second year i could just about string together a few tunes and I am now the proud owner of a Squier Affinity Strat in black.
I have owned the guitar for 7 months now and i must say for £100 it has been everything i could have hoped for. Out the box it played pretty well, I had a more experienced friend have a look and I was informed the set up was good. Tone is pretty good, and it holds its tune well. The strings lasted five months before the E string broke, but this was a minor inconvenience and the ernie ball slinkys i replaced the factory strings with have a better sound to them. I'm running it on a 10 watt amp and to my untrained ear i have few complaints about tone.
The build quality is excellent. It looks the part and doesn't feel like its going to fall to pieces anytime soon. I was worried that it would perhaps feel a bit cheap and tacky since it really was so cheap but these fears were never realised. It feels solid and reliable.
Like its more expensive name sakes, this Squier strat has three single coil pick ups with 5 way switching between them and tone and volume controls in the classic strat set up. Mine also included a tremelo bar which I must admit I haven't even bothered to attach, but I guess its nice to have if and when I progress to using it. The guitar would probably benefit from a better set of pick-ups but for a beginner the factory ones are fine. Be aware that in the box you get the guitar and...well thats about it. You will have to fork out extra for an amp/lead/strap/plectrums etc. But really it is extremely good value for money and many retailers will offer a package deal to save money on the above mentioned.
All in all if you are a beginner seeking a first instrument this guitar would fit the bill very nicely indeed. It offers excellent value for money from a reliable brand that wont let you down on looks, feel or sound.
The Squier Affinity Strat represents amazing value for money. For about a hundred quid you get a strat endorsed by Fender with a great neck. This is a guitar streets ahead of all those cheap Chinese copies (which you should definitely avoid!)... but it's not all good news, a couple of cheap components let an otherwise great guitar down.
There are hundreds of strat clones out there but all they do is form a mountain of plywood trash... forget them. There is only one decent copy of the Fender Strat and that is Fender's own Squier Strat with alder body and maple neck. I bought one recently to experiment on. It was only supposed to be a cheap guitar for me to practice setting up, adjusting the truss rod on etc. but I ended up loving it.
The Affinity is thinner than a standard strat and the first thing I noticed was how light it was compared to a Fender. You could have the Affinity round your neck all night and it wouldn't cause you any more discomfort than a polo neck sweater. Light is good but there is a downside. When you play it unplugged, it has a reasonable volume but a very thin sound to it. Plug it in and it sounds even brighter. This is the brightest guitar I have ever heard and it needs taming with a lot of hi cut, so turn down the treble on your amp to compensate. This is not only due to the thin body however, the pickups are a weak point in this guitar. There was a huge improvement in tone when I replaced the bridge pickup with a Hot Rails pup. It delivered a much fuller and meatier sound, even when coil tapped, leading me to believe the stock pickups are poor quality.
Another negative point is the machine heads. These are dreadful components with cheap plastic ferrules. That being said they do seem to do their job and the beast stays in tune.
Now for some good points! This guitar came extremely well set up and needed minimal adjustment to perfect intonation and action. The frets were perfectly filed with no rough edges. This was one of the best "out of the box" guitars I have ever played! The neck was very comfortable... in fact the neck on this guitar is very good indeed, better than some more expensive Mexican Fenders I have played... nice modern slim profile and once adjusted, the action was low, allowing for easy playing of fast runs. I can play this guitar all day without tiring and it actually feels like a professional guitar. It is very stable and stays in tune (despite the cheap machine heads). If only it had a better tone! Unlike other copies, these guitars hold their value fairly well and offer you a reasonable return when you decide it's time to move up.
Summary: This is the best beginners electric guitar on the market. It has a nice modern profile neck and is ideal for a beginner. Intermediates who plan to gig may want to replace the machine heads and the pickups, in which case it might be time to upgrade to a Mexican Fender.
As a first guitar for the more beginner guitarist, i doubt you will find a better value guitar than the squier strat by fender.
If you are thinking of taking up the guitar, i would strongly recommend this to you, due to its price tag mainly.
Its extremely durable, sounds the part and has a great finish. The guitar looks and feels like a real fender guitar, who are clearly regarded as being one of the best guitar makes on the market, they are highly respected for thier quality guitars.
What this guitar gives you is a fraction of that quality, but obviously without the fender price tag. Obviously, its not a fender guitar, it is quite bluntly a cheap copy of the real thing, but if you want to experience a small fraction of a fender, then this is the closest thing to it.
With its colours coming in Black, Metallic Red (shown in the picture), Metallic Blue all in a polyurethane finish, it gives you more choice over what you want your guitar to look like.
The neck is made of maple wood and the body of alder. The fingerboard is made of rosewood, with a 9.5" Radius (241 mm). 21 frets give you the scale of notes you need.
It has 3 single coil pickups and a master volume, neck pickup and middle pickup control. The pickguard is white and the hardware is chrome.
Its pickup switching is 5-Position Blade:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
Position 3. Middle Pickup
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
Position 5. Neck Pickup.
The '60s style headstock gives it a vintage feel, it certainly looks the part!
Overall, a very cheap guitar, mainly for beginners looking into starting playing the electric guitar, but still well worth just over £115!