Sound — 10
This guitar sounds really good for a $180 guitar. This guitar suits my style of playing very well. I play all kinds of different styles of music from contemporary to metal. This guitar is pluggd into a Roland Cube 15X. The Squier Afinnity Strat is not very noisy at all. This guitar can produce a wide variety of sounds ranging from jazz to metal.
Overall Impression — 9
Like I said before, I play all kinds of different styles of music from contemporary to metal, and this guitar is a great match for all of those styles. I have been playing for 4 years and the only other piece of gear that I have is my amp. If I somehow lost it, I would defenatly buy it again without a doubt. I like the way it sounds and looks, but I don't like the fret buzzing on it. My favorite feature is the old fashioned Strat bridge. I don't wish it had anything else but better pickups. If you want a great first guitar, you should take a look at the Squier Affinity Strat.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar should withstand live playing, and the hardware will probably last quite a while. The strap buttons are very solid. I defenatly depend on it and would probably not need a backup guitar. The finish on the guitar is very good. It's smooth, solid, and durable.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
At first, I thought the guitar was set up very well but as I got more experienced with the guitar, I realized it needed quite a bit of adjusting. The pickups were adjusted very well, but I had to make some adjustments to the Bridge and the input cable jack. The guitar contained no flaws what'soever.
Features — 9
The Squier Afinnity Strat is made in Indonesia and I'm not sure when it was made, but I purchased it four years ago. It has 21 jumbo frets on top of a rosewood fret board. The Affinnitty Strat has an alder body and a maple neck. It has a polyurethane finish and the body style is based on the Fender Stratocaster. It has a synchronous tremolo bridge. This guitar has two tone selectors, one for the neck pickup and one for the Bridge pickup. It also has a volume knob and a five way pickup selector. It comes with three single coil pickups.