From the Tom DeLonge-inspired Starcaster Deluxe to its first Thinline Tele and a rare Jaguar appearance – Squier’s affordable Affinity series just got a major new expansion

Fender Squier Affinity group shot
(Image credit: Fender)

Today (July 1) hails Fender’s now-traditional summer release avalanche. Top of the pile is the news that Squier has added a generous five new models to its hugely popular Affinity range, including series debuts for Fender’s classic Telecaster Thinline and Jaguar models, and a new Tom Delonge-inspired take on the Starcaster – all of which will retail for under $300.

The Affinity series is Fender’s second-most affordable tier of guitar and bass builds, following the budget-friendly Bullet line. However, as we argued recently, the variety of budget build options has massively expanded in recent years.

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.