Sound — 7
The guitar has 3 single coil Vintage sounding pickups, but I play mostly Hard Rock/Metal, so this doesn't really suit my sound (unless I throw a DragonFire hotrail single coil humbucker on the bridge) but when I first started I played alot of country and classic rock and roll so it suited perfectly. Since they are single coils, they can't take much distortion without bad feedback, but that's expected. Artificial Harmonics are difficult to achieve on them, but natural harmonics ring like a bell.
Overall Impression — 8
I've owned about 10+ guitars over the past 8 years, and this one has never failed me. Of course it can't lay a finger on my Michael Kelly Patriot Glory, but it's outlasted a few of my other guitars. If it were stolen I would be so saddened to lose it, it's like an old friend to me. Got me started in guitar playing and has stuck with me ever since. If someone wants a good beginner guitar or a backup that will last years of abuse, this is the one to buy. It's also a perfect guitar for customization, probably the easiest to do. Since it's lasted me so long, I think I may revamp it with a black/red marbled paint job and a loaded pickguard from Tnt guitars, they know their strats. I'd recommend this guitar to anyone.
Reliability & Durability — 8
After probably 10 years of abuse, it still works like a charm. There's a little wear on the finish from playing but that happens to every guitar. It still has 100% original hardware and hasn't needed repaired. The strap buttons aren't that great though, I've had a few straps come loose and result in a few dents.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I got it used and when I first started out, so I had no idea how to adjust anything, but after learning I found out that it was set up pretty well already. I just raised the pickups a little to alter the sound a bit. The finish doesn't scratch easily or show dents that much, it takes a real beating quite well.
Features — 7
My first guitar, the Squier Affinity Strat. I got mine about 8 years ago from my brother, who got it from his friend, so it's been around for about 10-12 years. I don't know where Squier makes their guitars though. It has 21 fret rosewood fretboard with a non gloss feel on the back, to help with fast fingers. The body is made of alder, which looks quite nice on the models with a transparent finish. Mine is the basic black with white pickguard and a Vintage rocking tremolo bridge. It's not that practical because the trem seems to put the guitar out of tune quickly. The tuners don't like to keep tune at first, but after about 3 times then they get used to the string tension and stay pretty well.