Affinity Fat Strat review by Squier

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.1 (120 votes)
Squier: Affinity Fat Strat

Price paid: $ 309.27

Purchased from: Aroundabout Sound

Sound — 9
This suits my music style perfectly. Everyone knows that strats are great for jazz and blues, but with the addition of the humbucker you can Switch to hard-rockin' powerchords and lightning shred runs to in a nanosecond. I don't feel the need at all to change the humbucker, but the mid singlecoil has now given up and breaks up lot on clean, so I might need to get that sorted. Not very noisy, but I've played a Vintage V100 Les Paul which was a lot quieter.

Overall Impression — 8
I play electric blues, some jazz, a lot of rock and a healthy dose of metal, and this guitar takes it all. It's really easy to play - very practical layout and a nice thin neck with double-cutaways. The addition of the humbucker is great. However, if it was lost or stolen I think I would save up for a Fender American Strat because their so much better.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Very solid guitar. Will definitely withstand live playing, but I would have a backup just in case. The finish is great, really hard to scratch.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I've lowered the action just for convenience's sake, really, but otherwise no probs apart from that mid pickup.

Features — 8
Your basic Strat: 21 frets, lovely thin neck with rosewood fingerboard. Medium frets in my opinion, alder body with Metallic Blue finish which is really hard to scratch, which is great. Tune-O-Matic bridge, passive electronics, 2 tone and 1 master volume control with a 5-way pickup. Tuners aren't amazingly stable, but good enough. Pickups: one amazingly sweet sounding Strat neck singlecoil, one bright mid singlecoil and a choppy humbucker at the bridge. I love the feel of this guitar, great for doing bluesy feely stuff on it.

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    I have this one togetter with a roland microcube aswell. its a very good combination.
    My first guitar, still playing with it, it has an incredible sound for a Squier, really great, suits any genre.
    My first guitar (rosewood w/ black). A lot of people compliment it for some reason. Uh, well, I guess I haven't had such great maintenance with it has a couple of scratches and dents, but I have to travel a lot with it on da subway so stuff happens. No problems yet. The humbucker with 2 single coil pickups is a good setup for versatile players, I guess.
    I've got an Affinity Fat Strat (Metallic Blue). Pretty good guitar, with my Roland MicroCube. But, it isn't that hard to scratch... my stupid friend scratched it by just playing it.