Price paid: $ 174.8
Purchased from: Allan's Music
Sound — 7
This sort of guitar suites my style very well (Pink Floyd, RHCP, Jimi Hendrix), the only thing that I don't like is the fact that I can't get a Jimmy Page distorted humbucking sound out of this (guess I gotta save up and buy a les paul). I'm using a crappy Fender 15G amp with it (this was my first purchase, I didn't know better) but as I'm not currently playing in a band I suppose its not that important, although a tube amp would be nice. The guitar is noisy when near the amp or interference, but it's only really bad when on high gain. This guitar has get a fair variety of sounds, but as I said lacks that little bit of extra grunt of a humbucker.
Overall Impression — 8
This is a good match for the style of music I want to play, and my budget. It was my first guitar, and really I didn't know exactly how to go about buying a guitar. I've been playing for about half a year now and know you could probably get something a bit better for the money. But still this is a good beginner guitar, nice neck profile easy to use etc. If it were stolen I'd save up and buy a Fender Strat or an Epiphone Les Paul depending wat sound I wanted to achieve. One thing I do hate is the fret buzzing on this thing (when you buy it change to 10 gauge strings). My favourite feature is the nice Strat sound you can get out of it despite the shitty pickups and thats probably wat I wish this had, better pickups and electronics.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar could probably withstand live playing, but with a Squier I wouldn't want to show it in public anyway. The hardware should last, and the finish seems reasonable. All in all a fairly reliable guitar for the price.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This was set up surprisingly well from the factory, but as it wasn't out of a Strat Pack box maybe someone from the shop had a tinker with it and improved the set up in order for them to be able to sell it. The action was nice and low. The pickups were well enough adjusted, and the sunburst finish really does look sexy. There were a couple of blemishes on the back of the neck near the headstock and body, and the input jack comes loose, but besides that the set up and finish is quite good.
Features — 8
This Affinty Strat was made in China. It has 21 Vintage frets, 3 passive single coil pickups (ceramic), 5-way selector switch, 1 volume, 2 tone knobs tremolo bridge, crappy standard die cast tuners, maple neck and fingerboard, and alder/agathis body. Mine's the Vintage 2-tone sunburst colour. I stress to you all if you are looking at getting one of these things, don't get it in the pack where u can only choose from the solid colours. The sunburst ones may cost a bit more, but the type of wood used is superior.