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Squier Affinity Strat Pack HSS with Frontman 15G Amplifier - Brown Sunburst Reviews

4.5 stars based on 7 customer reviews
  • from April 19, 2017

    Awesome !!!

    Love it !!!!
    Would and probably will Buy another one !!!

  • from Maryland, USA January 29, 2017Music Background:
    30 years as a 4-string Fender Precision Bass player

    Pro Guitar Look and Feel at a Budget Price

    Do your homework on the Squire brand by Fender and make sure you are purchasing this Affinity model or equivalent. There are cheaper non-Affinity Squires that are made in China that are of inferior quality. This "Crafted in Indonesia" guitar has better quality wood and hardware that is worth a couple extra Andrew Jackson bills. The tuning pegs are better quality. The frets are better machined. The pickups are of better quality. The bridge is of better quality. The wood used in the body is of better quality.

    You can identify this particular make by the golden lettering outlined in black for the Fender Strat labeling. The Chinese non-Affinity Squire just has black lettering. The tuning pegs of the Affinity model have a circular design on the rear side of the headstock. The tuning pegs on a non-Affinity Squire have four-sided pyramid-shaped housings on the rear side of the headstock and do not have as smooth of an operation in turning the tuning pegs as compared to the Affinity model. Finally, the Affinity Squire will say "Crafted in Indonesia" versus China on a non-Affinity Squire.

    Although a whole other discussion, there are fake knock-offs out there that you have to watch for. The fakes can be spotted by such things as misspelled words, the string trees on the headstock may be on top of the Squire logo, and the logo clearly being a raised decal on the headstock. Fortunately, buying from Sweetwater protects you from buying a fake!

    Playing the guitar is a dream come true. The action is about as close to a $ Stratocaster as you can get. The fret edges along the neck are recessed and rounded and do not "catch" your fretting fingers at all. The tone is awesome and well balanced. The 5-position lever switch for the pickups offers various combinations of the humbucker pickup and two single-coil pickups (hence HSS) giving you three combinations of humbucking pickups and two combinations of single-coil pickups (middle and neck positions). These five combinations along with the one volume and two tone controls offer a wide variety of sounds that are possible with this versatile and quality guitar.

    The Frontman 15G amplifier is totally adequate for practicing at home and jamming with your friends in the garage. It is dual-channel and the AUX-In can be used to play audio from a recorder or other musical source. The Headphone jack mutes the external speaker for practicing in private. Sweetwater has a complete line of headphones suitable for interfacing to this amplifier. The one feature missing that is on most guitar amplifiers is Reverb. Had this been a Frontman 15R model, reverb would have been included. But on this package, the amplifier does not have reverb. This was not a major setback since a reverb/delay pedal can be easily added for $50 (Behringer Digital Reverb/Delay DR400 as of January 2017).

    Finally, this package is made complete with the inclusion of a gig bag, cable, electronic tuner, guitar strap, guitar picks and an instructional DVD. You will be playing immediately after receipt since this package is complete with everything needed to get you started.

    In conclusion, the Squire Affinity Strat HSS with the Frontman 15G amplifier and accessories is an excellent value. Dollar for dollar, you cannot go wrong with this package as either a beginners package or as an intermediate step to the Mexican or American Fender Stratocaster models. It has the quality necessary to yield many years of enjoyable playing experience.

  • from Michigan April 22, 2014Music Background:
    Budding guitarist.

    Amazing for beginners and pros alike!

    This pack was everything i expected it to be, and more! Great sounds from the guitar and amp, and everything in between!

  • from Auburn, Pa. February 12, 2014Music Background:
    None what so ever.

    Squier Affinity Strat Pak HSS with Frontman 15G Amp

    I am 69 years old and this is the first guitar I ever had. I had no idea what all the buttons and knobs were about until I took advantage of the free online guitar lessons that are part of the package. Now there isn't a day that goes by that I don't have this guitar in my hands, practicing all the many things the online course has showed me. On a scale of one to ten with ten being the best, I rate this an eleven. It has exceeded all my expectations.

  • from Deland, FL January 11, 2013Music Background:

    Great starter package

    I purchased this for my son as a Christmas gift. He has never played so we're getting lessons. I have a friend that has played professionally for over 25 years and he did a full setup on it. He played some riffs and said that he was very impressed with the sound and quality of the guitar. For the price you can't be it. Thinking about purchasing the lefty model for myself down the road.

  • from New Hampshire May 24, 2015

    Squire Affinity Strat Pak HSS with Frontman 15G Amp

    Excellent package deal. My 11 year old son is thrilled and now practices any chance he gets. His music teacher is impressed with his enthusiasm and progress. We're very happy.

  • from TN March 1, 2016

    Okay Guitar

    Had the Squier Affinity Strat Pack for about two weeks now. It is an okay guitar for the money. First thing anyone needs to do is change the strings. I don't know what comes on this guitar, but the strings are horrible. One of the tuners let go of one of the new strings and I found that the nut on top of the turner was not even tightened down. I tightened it down and then it held. This is a good guitar for a beginner or someone coming from acoustic to electric.

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