Squier Affinity Stratocaster (HSS)

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Squier Affinity Strat (HSS)

Street Price:
$200
Manufacturer:
Fender

The Stratocaster, AKA ‘The Strat’, is almost certainly the highest selling electric guitar design of all time having first been released in 1954.

Specifications:
  • Alder body with gloss polyurethane finish
  • Maple neck with 9.5 in radius maple fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets
  • 2 Single-Coil Pickups and 1 Humbucking Pickup
  • Synchronous Tremolo Bridge
  • Master volume with 2 tone controls with 5 position pickup selector switch
Pros

This guitar is still consistently commended for its excellent value. Its inherent versatility allows for 5 different tones via the pickup selector. It continues to get recommendations from experienced players, including those who want to try guitar modifications.

Cons

The tremolo bar (aka whammy bar) and tuners got some criticism from users who reported having tuning stability issues, but this happens with most guitars in this price range. Because this particular Strat is cheap and popular, there are some users who unfairly compare this guitar to more expensive models.

Overall

This is one of the most inexpensive versions of the Strat that you can buy, and it will continue to be popular for many years.

$199.99 at Amazon

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2 thoughts on “Squier Affinity Stratocaster (HSS)”

  1. I believe I have a fender squier sitting in my closet wrapped up in paper from when we moved. I haven’t tried it in a while because I didn’t have a good amp for it and was too short on cash to buy a better one. I got both the amp and the guitar from an online flea market for about 50 bucks I think. I need to pull it out again and see what it can do.

    1. Thanks for your reply. I have 2 Squiers and they are great guitars. Absolutely, pull ’em out, plug ’em in, and go for it!

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