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Sound — 6
The sound of the pickups is very noisy, with lots of buzzing and feedback, and the volume pot makes a lot of noise when moves (crackling etc.) However, they guitar can make quite a range of sounds, from muffled, heavy rhythm to cutting, bright lead. I play mostly rock, blues and metal, and it handles all three styles and more competently , and is also great for Red Hot Chili Peppers style sounds, such as the tone on Scar Tissue.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, this a fantastic guitar for beginners, and feels great and easy to play. However, the build and finish quality wasn't always good and the sound isn't too impressive. But if your a beginner looking for an electric thaty feels good, looks the part, and has a low price tag, get the Squire Affinity Strat.
Reliability & Durability — 4
The durability is very poor, as the volume pot has come lost and the finish take dings easily. The strap buttons don't hold the strap securely and the string trees can become lost. It's one for the bedroom.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action was quite low, ideal for the beginner. The strings don't all line up with the pole pieces of the pickups, but this is a minor flaw and one that is to be expected with a guitar at this price. The finish is quite poor and crack, chips, dings easily when tapped relatively lightly. The feel of the guitar is fantastic though, and the neck fits in your hand like it grew there. It is very easy to play and the higher frets are easily accessible.
Features — 6
The guitar has 21 smallish frets, that would be ideal for the beginner, a five way pickup selector Switch, and one volume and tone pot. The tone pot makes absoloutley no difference to the sound at all, It may as well not be there. It has three single coil pickups, and came with Fender Frontman 15G, strap, lead, pick etc. The pick supplied was very poor, I suggest anyone buying this guitar invests in a new one.