Squier Classic Vibe, Affinity and Contemporary Starcaster review

Squier Starcaster
(Image credit: Future / Olly Curtis)

What do you first think of when you see or hear the word ‘Fender’? It might be your favourite Stratocasters or Telecasters, or perhaps you might picture the Jaguars, Mustangs or Jazzmasters that left an impression on you over the years. 

In that sense, the Starcaster has always been the ugly duckling in the Fender family tree. Though sadly the Starcaster went out of production only six years after its 1976 debut, an unlikely revival came after its adoption by indie-rock musicians who actually preferred the brightness that put the majority of its intended target market off – bands like Radiohead, The Killers and Arctic Monkeys harnessed the jangliness to their own advantages. 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).