Affinity Strat review by Squier

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 7 (429 votes)
Squier: Affinity Strat

Sound — 8
It suits my style of music because it gives me a bright-brilliant sound when it's on a clean effect, and when it's on a distortion effect it gives me a rich/full sound. So basically you get the best of both worlds. I use a Fender Frontman 25R amp w/ a Zoom G1X Multi-effects pedal. My guitar makes a "some-what" variety of sounds. Can't make sounds that sound awesome (like with a Floyd Rose tremolo or any other kind of tremolo) but it gives me a sound that I love.

Overall Impression — 9
I play mostly rock and metal stuff, so this guitar is perfect (once it's upgraded) for my style of music. I going on my 7th year of playing guitar. I own a Alvarez RD-8 Acoustic guitar. The only thing I would ask is how the setup should normally be on everything. If it were stolen/lost, if I had the money I would buy something that is just like it or something that is a lot better (like a Schecter C1-FR or a Ibanez RG model or something). I love the sound and quality I get for the fraction of the price. My favorite feature would be the feel and how thin the neck is compared to a Fender STD Strat. I compared this guitar with a Bullet Strat and I chose the Affinity Strat because it has better quality than the Bullet and it's reliability. The only thing I wish it had was a stock FR tremolo system (Floyd Rose) or a Ibanez RZ tremolo already on it.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I think it will withstand live playing. The bridge pickup won't last. But the rest of the hardware seem like it'll last a while. I would defiantly use it on a gig without a backup; therefore I would really depend on it. The finish is good enough to last you a couple years.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action or setup of the guitar was perfect. I was able to play right away instead of having to take it to the shop to get adjusted the right way. The pickups are adjusted right. The only flaws I have with this guitar (before it was upgraded) is that overtime the bridge-pickup will blowout (doesn't work anymore). Since I had to replace the guitar with a new one twice, I decided to upgrade the guitar with EMGs to stop the problem from happening. Other than that, the guitar it's self is crafted to perfection.

Features — 8
-2007 in the USA -21 medium frets -Solid body (Alder) w/ maple fretboard -Strat body style -Strat-style bridge -Came w/ passive electronics but upgraded to Active EMGs -Came w/ 2-tone 1-vol and a 5-way selector, but upgraded to 1-tone + vol and a 5-way selector -Came w/ S/S/S Fender factory pickups, but upgraded to S/S/H EMG pickups (KH-20 model) -Came w/ stock Fender factory tuners, but upgraded to Sperzel locking tuners. -No included accessories Other upgrades include: -Schaller strap-locks -Fender Strat cavity cover

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    Hey. For my posted review, i accidentally misused and misspelled words and grammar. Pardon me for rushing through it. My bad. :
    Steve 101
    i used to think this guitar was good. but now that i have heard others i cant wait for christmas and hopefully an LTD(or ESP idk??) about this guiatr. the laminated pickguard was nasty from the start for me. it was torn at the edges which made the guitar look like a childs toy or something. Frets are too small. thank god the KH 202 has XJ frets cause my hands are too big when i get down to anythingpast the 18th fret and i have to fret it in a weird way.
    to remove the volume and tone knobs do you you just pull them off or is there something special to do?
    wow, i dont believe you guys, moaning about this guitar. for 150 it is a STEAL!!!!! the neck on this model squier is so fast!!! if your planning on getting one though, buy a HOT RAILS model. 50 more but you get some serious power under the hood!!! Duncan designed HR-1's. personally im buying one of these to customise. peace.