Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 6
Well, when i plug it in an amp that's not mine with distortion or whatever it has a cool sound i can play punk, rock, metal,etc... When it's clean i can even get a pretty cool jazzy sound. It can be agressive or really "calm" it just depends on how i play it. This guitar is kinda rattlely and noisy when played on my crapy amp, but as i said it sounds good on other amps. The guitar in itself is good the only thing that keeps me from getting the best from it is the amp.
Overall Impression — 6
I play a little bit of everything. This guitar is good for church (even though I don't use it for church)... I don't own any othe gear (lack of money) but I play my friend's Gibson Les Paul regularly and when I go home I get kinda upset because it's a heck of a downgrade... If it was stolen I would get very mad because it's the only guitar I own and overall it's not the worst guitar in the universe however I would buy a REAL Fender Stratocaster or maybe a tele. to replace it. Oh! And definitely a new amp. What I love on this guitar is the neck that fits very comfy and the fret board that just feels good... I didn't really compare this guitar to any other affinity because it's just a waste of time I mean it's not a original Fender Strat but it's still made by Fender... I know this review was kinda in between... I mean i don't hate this guitar... I think if you wanna learn you should buy it because you're not gonna get a learning guitar for this price. It comes with a crapy amp though, but for beginers it's a good begining. If you're more experienced like me... Just don't. Go buy a Les Paul...
Reliability & Durability — 6
I see this guitar kinda like a a kid's favorite toy. It's durable not the best but good for having some fun at home (playing those christmas caroles around the fire with the family maybe...:)). The hardware will probably last forever however the finish will get screwd up if you don't take good care of it. I think the strap buttons are ok when used with a decent strap. I could definitely see someone playing this guitar on a jazz club or something but for rock and heavy stuff like that I can't even picture it. I could use it as a backup if Kurt Cobain's agressiveness took over me and made me break my two best guitars, I guess...
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
This guitar was kinda well put together, the only thing I don't really like is that I wanted to peel the plastic off but some of it was stuck under the volume and tune knobs. I had to re-adjust the bridge, the pick ups came kinda high but it's ok... average...
Features — 4
My guitar was made in China, has 22 frets, has 2 tune knobs (which don't really do anything)and one volume knob (wich got loose after one month of somewhat intensive practices...). The fretboard feels pretty good,the neck fits my hand well and it's comfortable. This guitar came with a Squier SP.10 amp that has very crapy distortion. It also came with this cheap bag, a tuner that doesn't really tune, some picks that I'm not really in love with, this thing that was supposed to be a strap but i don't think it is because if it was it wouldn't have riped after the first time I hung the thing on. It also came with a very short cable, a tremolo bar(that got stuck inside of the little hole and messed it all up. Now I can't use it anymore).