Fender Squier Affinity Stratocaster

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Fender

Description A medium-weight guitar, comfortable shape, 5 way switching (only 2 sound clean), 21 frets, rosewood fingerboard, maple neck.
Posted By James Shen (55)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 4/12/2002, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this guitar for the price, it being my first. It's not an excellent guitar, but it's GREAT for beginners.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $149.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Features:
Made in Taiwan, this isn't the best quality guitar. It's a 21 fret, 3 Squier pickup (S/S/S), double cutaway.
Playability:
This guitar has a fast neck, and plays better than some guitars I've seen for $150 dollars more. It's biggest flaws are the cheap pickups, which, depending on what setting you've got them at, hum a lot. Another little annoyance is that most tremolo arms won't fit in this strat's socket.
On 9/7/2001, Rocco Ballerini (575) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is an average beginner's guitar. I would recommend it for young beginners but adults would probably need a wider neck.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $259.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Proline music
Features:
I got this as a first guitar for Christmas as part of the Strat Pak. It's a typical Fender strat cheap imitation but has a good solid body and good neck. The tuners are horrible and so is the tremolo/bridge. I have to tune this guitar constantly. It has 3 single coil pickups that are ok, sounds much better played through a quality amp. The amp that came with this pak is bad so I upgraded to an Electar tube amp. This has a much cleaner sound.
Playability:
The action was a bit too high when I first got it. I lowered it since and completely changed the tone. It's sound is now much better suited for leads, it sucks for rhythm playing. Since it is a "beginner's guitar" it has a very slim neck (1.5625 inch nut width). This is too slim for my hands so I usually just use one of my acoustics for alot of open chord playing. This guitar is very easy for barre chords though. Overall, I'm not that happy with the playability.
Sound Quality:
The pickups aren't that great and since I lowered the action the bridge pickup is the only one with bite. The other two are worthless.
Durability:
I haven't had it long enough to make a good assessment here. It seems very durable but only time will tell.
On 6/3/2001, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
I recomend the epiphone ES-335 , it's a much better quality guitar , i like the way it looks feels and plays and plus , it's less money! and it dont break
Model Year: 2000
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Georges music
Features:
Playability:
This guitar plays awsome, it really does
Durability:
Im sorry but the quality is not the best , as far as pickups and plugins and volume nobs , they all come loose and the pickups start getting fuzzy after about half a year of playing it. but once all that is fixed you can play it and it sound great again!
On 3/8/2001, James Shen (55) posted:
Overall Rating:
I bought this so I could start playing, I wouldn't buy it with the Strat Pak though. It seems modified to be crappier for the Pak. I'd buy it seperate and get a Frontman (for a good durable cheap amp). If it got stolen I wouldn't really give a hoot, I'm getting a Les Paul anyways :-) My favorite aspect is the clean sound, nice clean sound.. but every Affinity is different. GREAT choice for beginners!!!
Model Year: 1999
Price: $139.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Features:
Made in China/Hardwood Body/60's Big Headstock/Maple Neck/Rosewood Fingerboard/21 Frets/6 Strings/Single Volume Control/Double Tone Control/Single-Coil Pickups/Blue Finish/Bolted Bridge/Non-Locking Tuners.
Playability:
This guitar can handle a very wide variety of sounds (as with most strats), mostly rock. These include rock, alt, punk, ska, metal. I wouldn't recommend this guitar to someone trying to play blues/jazz. It's pretty light for it's cheap materials.
Sound Quality:
Amp: Frontman 15 /w Danelectro French Toast Octave Distortion. I play a lot of punk with this, a little ska, and a while ago.. some alt. It can suit a wide variety of "rock" genres, including those metal subgenres (if you got a distortion for it. It has a nice warm sound and it sounds very nice clean. It obviously does not match the sound quality of some Fender Strats I've played. It can give off static on 1/3/5 switches. For completely clean sounds you need to use 2/4.
Durability:
Not a good live guitar, a good beginner's practice guitar though. It actually holds up quite well when it comes to tuning it. There are weeks of heavy playing where it kept pretty close to the tuning. The strings had to be replaced after around 3 months. The strap locks are good, just make sure you have a nice tight strap (with thick leather attachment holes). The hardware fell apart at the usual place.. the amp-output. It does pretty well in slight climate changes, but I'd keep it in a gig-bag at room temperature, if you're a lazy sod like me.
On 10/7/2000, Andrew Mills (78) posted:
Overall Rating:
A very good begining guitar or a guitar to get back into it. It's nice slim body allows comfort and room.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Joe's Guitars
Features:
I bought this guitar just as a side on to play when I'm on the computer. This isnt the best strat, but good for beginers. The pickups are ok even though they make some noise (2 and 4 dont make any), and the tremolo isnt that great
Playability:
It plays pretty well for solos, punk rock riffs and a few hardcore songs
Sound Quality:
Not the best for a stage guitar, but it can play any kind of music.
Durability:
Its a strat, they are hard to break down
On 8/22/2000, Brendan Clark (537) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at a few other Fender Strats, but this is the best value for the beginner. If it was stolen or lost, I would probably save my money and get a true Fender American Standard Strat. I am planning on upgrading it eventually anyway. It is perfect for learning though.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $185.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Dealer
Features:
It was made in China. It has a hardwood body and a rosewood neck. There are 21 large frets and six-strings. It has one volume and two tone controls, as well as 5-way switching. It has three single-coil pickups. Mine has a blue finish with a rosewood fingerboard, but it is available in white, red, green, and black as well, and also can be purchased with a maple fingerboard. It has a classic Fender Strat look, with a large headstock.
Playability:
This is an excellent guitar for any beginner, both physically and economically. I have smaller fingers, yet I can play this very easily. It's great for learning, but you will probably want to upgrade it in a few years.
Sound Quality:
I use a small Fender twin amp, and no extra effects right now. It has a nice full sound, and can be played with any stlye of music. It works pretty good with the gain on my amp. However, when compared to a more expensive Fender Strat, the difference in sound quality is noticeable. Also, the sound doesn't seem to vary as much with the pickup switch.
Durability:
I wouldn't recommend using this guitar when playing live. It is more suited for practicing and learning, and won't take much of a beating.
On 8/21/2000, Laton Smith (301) posted:
Overall Rating:
*none *yes *adjustments *Plays good for a beginner,no worst aspect. *The best beginner guitar at the most affordable price
Model Year: 2000
Price: $139.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars music
Features:
Made in Japan Neck:rosewood Body:rosewood Frets:21 Standard frets 1 volume,2 tone,5 pick-up Switches 3 single coil pickups (S/S/S) Pickups:Texas Special Active electronics Finish:Baltic Blue Body Style:Single Cutaway Bridge Style:String-thru body Tuners:locking,Brand:???
Playability:
Sound Quality:
Marshall MicroStack 15-watt amp,Ibanez Slam Punk Distorotion pedal,Boss Death Metal Distortion pedal,Line-6 Multi Effects pedal. Music Style:Punk,Rock,Alternative,Ska,Metal Sound:full Sound Compare:good Moderations:different guage of strings,no tone switches,1 volume,and switch pickups to just one seymour-duncan invader humbucker. noisy in particular situations Stage or studio:no
Durability:
Reliability:yes adjusments:not to often software hold up: very good fare during clmate changes:not to bad