The Gorgeous Fender Squier Affinity Stratocaster Bass Guitar
- Maple neck with “C”-shaped profile and “large” headstock, and maple fingerboard
- Three single-coil Stratocaster pickups with five-way switching, and 21 medium jumbo frets
- Vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge
- Included Fender Frontman 10G amplifier delivers full sound from its 6″ speaker, with gain control and overdrive switch that rock guitar tones from tube-emulated overdrive to full-strength ultra-saturated distortion – perfect for blues, metal, and famous Fender clean tone
- Bundle includes Fender Affinity electric guitar, Fender Frontman 10G Amp, Gig Bag, Instrument Cable, Tuner, Strap, Picks, and Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD – everything you need to start playing immediately comes in one box!
The build quality of the guitar is important to consider, especially if you are looking for a guitar you want to build memories with. In the case of the Squier by Fender Affinity Stratocaster we have a very interesting combination of tonewoods and construction that results in an affordable, but a quality guitar. The body of the guitar is Alder, a very respectable tonewood that has a long history of being used in the Fender series electric guitars. The Affinity Stratocaster is manufactured in China, and this shows through the fact that the Alder used in the body is slightly different from what was used in the past. This has no effect on the guitar though, keeping the construction as sturdy as with North American alder.
The maple neck of the guitar is a bolt-on, just like on other Affinity Stratocaster Guitars from Fender. Such necks can be found both on inexpensive and high-end guitars, and that’s why seeing it on affordable Squier isn’t a surprise. And let’s be honest – Fender has been making them for a while and knows how to bolt one on right. The neck itself is sturdy and slender, making the Rosewood fretboard easy to access. The fretboard itself is high quality and smooth, highly resistant to wear and tear from play and practice.
The guitar sounds really good, especially for the price range it is in. The beginner picking up the instrument will have a great time practicing and playing it. The Alder body of the guitar would have been a little expensive about 20 years ago, but thanks to the Asian source of the hardwood, the player can have access to the high tones of the tonewood. The mid and low ranges might seem a little duller, but as a beginner player, you will not be noticing any difference. The single-coil pickups on the guitar definitely provide a very nice, warm sound. Any aspiring frontman will find the sound to be just funky, warm, and clean enough for their needs.
Now that you have been introduced, you really should not have any type of an excuse stop thinking about picking up your first guitar and start thinking about what notes you will be picking on it. This one is definitely a solid beginner’s guitar, especially for those of you who are more price-conscious. Though if you want something more advanced than a little more beyond the basics, you might want to keep looking.