Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster (SSS) - Laurel Fingerboard - 6 String Solidbody Electric Guitar (Discontinued)
Being under Fender, Squier builds licensed designs which follow the specs and measurements down to the small details, while using more cost-effective materials and manufacturing.
The Affinity Series Stratocaster SSS is a good example, staying true to the traditional Strat doublecutaway body and three single coil pickup configuration.
What makes this distinct though is the use of alder tonewood for the body, which goes beyond the usual alternative used by other manufacturers in this price range.
Other features include a maple neck with 21-fret laurel fingerboard, die cast tuners and a 6-saddle vintage-style synchronized tremolo.
- Body: Alder
- Finish: Slick Silver, Rece Red, Surf Green, Black, Brown Sunburst, Capree Orange,
- Bridge: 6-saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
- Pickups: SSS (Standard Strat Singlecoil x 3)
- Neck: Maple
- Scale Length: 25.5”
- Fingerboard: Indian Laurel
- Fingerboard Radius: 25.5”
- Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo
- Nut Width: 1.598”
- Controls: Volume, Tone, Tone
- Pickup Selector: 5-way blade switch
Most of the positive reviews are from beginners, but there are also many experienced users who gave their thumbs up. Tonewood and overall specifications are the main reasons why many find this guitar easy to recommend, while others point to its aesthetic quality and nice finish options as their favorite traits. There are also plenty of positive comments regarding its hardware, which is quite impressive given that this is usually a problem area in the entry-level price range.
The default electronics are considered good quality by many, but there are some who recommend swapping them out to make the most out of the instrument. Out-of-the-box string action is also another issue that comes up in reviews.
If you are looking for an affordable officially licensed Strat with good specs and market reviews, then check this out.
Unfortunately this model is no longer available new in stores, however you can see excellent alternatives in our guide to The Best Electric Guitars Under $500.