Price paid: $ 25
Purchased from: A friend
Sound — 9
This guitar can produce a variety of great tones, but it really shines with Blues, Conutry, and softer Rock. After a few years, though, all the pickups start to get a bit muddy and will require a change. You ARE able to put a humbucker in the bridge, if you get a pickguard that allows you to do so. That way, the tonal diversity of the guitar is practically doubled and with the right humbucker, you can get great hard Rock and Metal tones.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, if you're looking for a guitar to start out playing on, a backup, or you're looking for an inexpensive modding platform, look no further. The Squier Affinity Stratocaster has you covered. Ciao.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This was a backup guitar for me until I modded it, but yes, the stock model will stand up to live playing and it records fairly well. Very sturdy and durable little guitar. Mine is 16 years old and still in perfect working order.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
My guitar was set up perfectly, due to the previous owner. The new one I played right out of the box had a slight bit of buzzing from the 12-15th frets. The Stratocaster is known for being a very comfortable guitar to play, sitting down or standing up. The finishes on Affinity model Strats are basic and bland. Mine was just your generic white-on-black Stratocaster, but the good thing is that the finish and body are very sturdy, and can take a few hits.
Features — 8
Mine was made in 1996. I got it all-stock in 2009 from a friend. But I have played new Affinity Strats. This guitar features a 22-fret rosewood fretboard (there are maple models available as well), an alder body, three passive single-coil pickups, a five-way blade selector, and two volume/one tone. It has your typical Stratocaster tremolo and bridge, and the guitar stays in tune for a good while without excessive use of the trem.