Model Year: 1999
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
The Squire Strat has a twang to it at first it has to be tuned downa step. I added two ( to the three already existing)tremolo spring to the back. and a tremolo bar. to get the sound of SRV.
It plays well for a squire but not anywhere near a mexican strat
I would not buy a new one if lost/stolen, bt it's a good guitar for starters.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: samash
I bought it with the package with a 15 G fender amp, cables, strap, book, and picks. Alder body, blue paint finish. 21 medium frets, basic strat electronics setup(s/s/s, adjustable bridge w/ whammy bar, 5-way switch). The pickups are noticeably cheap and weak; they pick up interference from other electronic devices near it (light, TV, etc). The tuners on the top 3 strings are hard to adjust. However, the action is very good all over the neck, and it's easy and good to play. I bought it because it was cheap, and It's my first guitar. I can't compare it to much, but I would only reccomend it to beginners for a first axe. I plan to replace the pickups, and somewhere down the line get a real american made Fender strat.
Action is great, I enjoy the feel of it.
I use the fender 15 G amp it came with, but I just got a DigiTech 200R artist multi effects processor, which kicks ass. I usually just use the neck pickup because it has a nice warm tone, and the other two suck. I plan to get some new pickups for it soon
It seems to stay in tume with out whammy bar use, i replaces the strap locks with locking ones because they sucked, otherwise fine
I picked this guitar because i was young and i needed a cheap guitar and an amp, so i got this starter pack. I didnt look at much others except for some fender stratocasters and a marshall starter pack. but the fender was like $700 CAN and i didnt know how good marshall would be for guitars.
This geetar could have been better with more expecive hardware and maybe better crafting, not saying that Indonesia sucks or anythign.
But the one great aspect that i really appreciate is the action and playability, the sound is pretty good too.,
overall this guitar is pretty damn good for beginners considering its price and quality the price offers, but i wouldnt buy this one again, mainly because of the bridge/tremolo problem, volume knob/switch and tuning status.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $600.00 CAN (new)
Where Obtained: Axe Music Store, Edmonton AB
-I paid $600 for the whole squier start-up pack
-It is crafted in Indonesia
-It has a mapel neck with a rosewood fretboard
-there s 21 medium jumbo frets with pearl fret markers (dot position inlays), 6 string
-Theres a volume knob, two tone knobbies for the neck and mid pickup, along with a 5 way switch that makes a thump noise when you switch it
-Its got 3 single coil pickups not sure what kind, just stock ones
-double cutaway body
-bridge is a string-through body
-non-locking Die-Cast tuners
I can get very good action on this heap of rosewood and i like its palyability except for the tuning. Whenever i use the tremolo bar, it goes instantly out of tune, the g-string that is. It bothers me alot, because i like to use that tremolo bar.
I use an original crybaby(bought used), model GCB-95, then i hook that to my good old m-104 mxr distortion at full output and half distortion, wich then connects to my not so good 'zoom 505II guitar' distortion pedal(the input is screwed to hell), then i put that to my little humbaby Champ 15 squier amp. and thats how i get my tone of soundness.
Its definetly not reliable for live playing because it goes out of tune every minute, and the switch and volume knob arent too great either.
its gotta be ajusted every couple months or so, then agian it could be just that I ajust it.
strap locks are good, and great with my new strap(witch never comes off), and most of the hardware is keepoing inthere but will eventually need to be replaced
what climate changes? nobody told me about climate changes
I think it is a great begginer guitar.
MODEL NAME Squier STRAT
MODEL NUMBER 031-0600-(Color#)
SERIES Squier Affinity Series
FINGERBOARD Rosewood, 9.5 Radius (241 mm)
NO. OF FRETS 21 Medium Jumbo
SCALE LENGTH 25.5 (648 mm)
WIDTH AT NUT 1.650 (42 mm)
MACHINE HEADS Standard Die-Cast Tuners
BRIDGE Synchronous Tremolo
PICKGUARD 1-Ply White
PICKUPS 3 Single-Coil Pickups
PICKUP SWITCHING 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
CONTROLS Master Volume,
Tone 1. (Neck Pickup),
Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
COLORS (506) Black,
(519) British Racing Green,
(558) Torino Red,
(580) Arctic White,
(590) Baltic Blue,
STRINGS Fender Super 250L, (.009 to .042) Nickel Plated Steel p/n 073-0250-003
UNIQUE FEATURES Large Headstock 60s Style Headstock,
White Plastic Parts,
Black Silkscreen Logo,
Dot Position Inlays
I was about to buy a fender stratocaster, standard, when my dad saw the affinity or 500 bucks, and he wanted e to get that instead. that was 2 years ago, when i just began. now, i'm looking into Gibson LP's, as i played a few and i really believe it suits me. i will never buy a squier again, unless ofcourse they were really well made. this guitar, in my opinion, could be way better if the neck was maplewood and if the body was solid, not hollow.
take my advise.. if you're going to be serious about guitar, go get a standard strat, or a gibson. if you are not sure, or you're not thinking of going serious, but want to play electric, get the affinity strat. the standard strat may be 500 dollars more, but go for it.. you wont be disappointed.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $500.00 cnd (new)
Where Obtained: Musicplex
-made in indonesia
-21 frets, 6 strings
It has a thin neck, it's strings are high off the fretboard (it's the way it was made).
it is an ok starters guitar, but after your first year you'd want to get a new one, as this guitar makes your playing more difficult, or not as comfortable.
I use fender/peavey amps with it. i play punk (generally, anyway) and i tell you this guitar is very poor for it. it sounds bad even if you play ska. the sound is very hollow.. not full at all. it's an ok guitar if u play by yourself, but if you're jamming, or playing live you'd probably want a better guitar.
I had this guitar for 2 years already, and it's still in quite good shape. i drop it many times (lol, yes i really dont like this guitar) and carried it in humid days, and it's still very good. it didn't have intonation when i bought it, i had to get that done myself. the strap locks are a different story. the one on the bottom side of the guitar ripped off, so i had to get a screw and screw my strap into there. the on on the top doesn't look like it'll last either.
climate wise, it's very durable, i find.
Well this was my first guitar and i think it was an excellent choice. If this guitar was lost or stolen i think I would get another Strat but maby not the same one so i can try new fields of discovery.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $180.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
The Squire Affinity Strat is a great low budget guitar. Made in USA it has an alder body and a rosewood fretboard with a full 22 frets. Two tone controls and one volume knob, a five way selector switch, and three single coil pickups complete this arsenal of sound.
This little baby plays awesome on amps and effects. It can go into overdrive and wail its brains out or go low and soft to do some classical finger picking parts. I use it on a Peavy mini cabinet and several Danelectro effects pedals and let me just say it sounds great.
The one problem I have spotted with this guitar is its tendancy to come out of tune often guite quickley. Another thing since it is a solid body guitar it is quite heavy and not suited to playing live gigs.
I was all set to buy a $300.00 Mexican Standard Fender, but I wasn't totally satisfied with any that I tried,(and I tried SEVERAL.) I was starting to look at the American series, Then I saw this Squier, it was marked down $30.00 less than the others because it was a left over from the previous model year(The new ones have big headstocks, and the body is a bit thiner.) I found it to amazingly be a superior Guitar for less than half the price of the Mexi Fender. I think I found a real Gem, they must have been having a quality control inspection at the Squier plant the day they made this, it'd be a fine Guitar at any price, but for a hundred bucks, it's nothing short of Amazing! The price wasn't really an issue, I was willing to shell out the bucks for an American series if I had to(Which I most likely would have, had I not come accross this Squier), I just wanted a really good Strat, that was like the '68 that I've always regreted selling, and this one fit the bill perfectly. Be advised that ALL of Fenders Guitars have varying quality, and I'm sure that goes triple for Squiers... But it IS possible to find a good, or even Great one if You take the Time to shop around, and try before You buy.
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: MARS Music
Made in China. not sure of the body wood, but it most definatly sounds way to good acoustically to be plywood (as some Critics have accused Squier of using.) Judging by The California made Strats I've played,I'd bet it's Alder, it sound exactly like the '68 I used to own. 21 frets, rosewood(slab)fretboard, with rosewood inlay around the truss rod hole(most Affinity series Squiers I've seen don't have that) Staggered pole piece pickups(Hotter sounding, with more "Quack" then any of the Mexi standards I tried.) Cheap looking CBS '70s style tuners, but they work fine. The workmansip and fit and finish are excellent,much better than You might expect from an inexpensive Guitar.
The Action is absolutly perfect, no buzzing or flat spots, it's VERY easy to play. It plays and holds tune as well as any Stratocaster I've owned or had access to - surprisingly better than most,especially considering it's "Budget Model" status! I was originally going to buy a Mexi Standard Fender, or possibly a Yamaha Pacifica, but I liked this one better,the cheap price was not really an issue - I just wanted a good Strat, and this one really was the best I found.
I play thru a Fender Bassman 25, I usually play clean, but I'll occasionally use a Danelectro Pastrami Overdrive pedel, I also have a Dano Milkshake Chorus, and Corned Beef Reverb. This Guitar sounds like a Strat SHOULD,I've found that most of the new standard Fenders sound a little thin, and dull, but this one has that classic signiture Strat sound,the pickups are quite impressive for stock units. Naturally, the Bridge position is kinda trebbly, and the least usable(as it is on just about all stock Strats), I might think about stuffing a Little '59 in there someday, but right now, I'm having too much Fun with it as it is, and besides, the Neck/Middle combination is IT, plus the single coil hum completly dissapears in that setting. This Guitar is well suited for anything short of Heavy Metal(Which it COULD probably handle nicely by putting a Humbucker in the Bridge position.) I play alot of 60's thru early '80's Classic Rock, Funk, and Soul, it sounds great for that stuff. It'd do very nicely for Surf, Country and Rockabilly type stuff too - anything a "Real" Strat does, this one can do too!
I've owned it for about a year, and played it quite alot, and I haven't had to adjust anything. The only questionable parts are the cheap tuners, I'm a little paranoid, having owned a few CBS era Strats with crappy tuners - but despite the flimsy look of these, they actually seem to work fine. If I were in a working Band, I'd probably swap them for a set of heavy duty after market ones asap, but for casual use, they are more than adaquate, and feel better than the CBS ones.