Squier Affinity Mini
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Squier Affinity Mini

Affinity Mini, STC-Shaped Guitar from Squier in the Stratocaster series.

heads on fire 11/01/2011

Squier Affinity Mini : heads on fire's user review

« Please don't buy this. »
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Small-scale neck
22-3/4" scale length
Three single-coil electronic pickups
Master volume and tone controls
Maple C-shaped neck
Rosewood fretboard
20 medium frets
Hard-tail 6-saddle bridge
60 cycle hum

UTILIZATION

This guitar...

I honestly don't have a lot of good to say about it. It's ok. It works, it plays notes. It's somewhat decent for a kid that wants to learn and has to have a Strat like his dad or mom or uncle. It's certainly a better choice than a First Act guitar from Walmart. But the Ibanez Mikro guitars can be had for a tad more, and with much, much better quality.

These Mini Strats suffer from crap tuning machines, a bad fret job, and terrible pickups that hum constantly. Also, the wood that the neck is made of seems to be much more affected by humidity and temperature changes than others.

SOUNDS

It sounds like a Strat. A bad, noisy Strat, but it still sounds Strat-like. It won't sustain forever, and it's not a studio-worthy instrument, but it does plug in and make sound. If that's your only requirement, this does it. It's a bland sound, but it functions. It's just not a good sound.

OVERALL OPINION

Again, it's a bland guitar. I love a lot of Fender products, and even a few Squier products, but this is not one of them. Please, if you're a parent looking to buy a kid his or her first guitar, consider the Ibanez Mikro series instead of these. They are much better quality guitars, and will keep the kid from getting discouraged better than this Strat will. If the kid MUST play a Hendrix guitar, or a Stevie Ray guitar, this will probably inspire them to pick it up more, because it is somewhat like their idols guitar. But this Strat is just a bit better than a First Act beginner guitar, and that's saying something.