Squier Affinity Stratocaster FMT HSS review: a budget Strat that has plenty of tones to match its sizzling aesthetic

Squier is at it again offering an attractive and affordable flame maple option on a perennial classic

Squier Affinity Stratocaster FMT HSS review
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Guitar World Verdict

Guitar shopping on a budget has never looked this good and the Affinity Stratocaster FMT HSS has plenty of tones to match its sizzling aesthetic thanks to the HSS configuration. If you’re a beginner player looking for something comfortable and sleek that will help you progress to the intermediate level, this Stratocaster will get you there in style.


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    One of the best-looking Affinity options

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    HSS configuration offers heaps of tones

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    Incredibly smooth playing neck

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    Commendable value for money


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    Tremolo arm isn’t well-seated

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    Our model’s flame is quite subtle

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Although Fender initially reintroduced the Squier brand in the late ‘70s to compete with lower-priced overseas competition, today, it's arguable that the entry-level market has never been more hotly contested! So how does Fender’s little sibling stack up against newer brands like Harley Benton, Cort and Jet who are gaining more and more hype in the affordable guitar arena? Well, we’re pleased to tell you, still pretty darn well thanks to an ever-expanding wallet-friendly range!

Squier’s Affinity series is one of those aforementioned ranges which sits right above their entry-level Sonic series. The Affinity series caters to the beginner guitar player looking for something with a bit more character and sophistication. Usually costing anywhere between $200-$350, the Affinity range is a viable option for the beginner wanting to spend a little more than the lowest price possible. 

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Ross Holder

Ross has been a music lover and guitar player since the age of 8. He has spent the five years since graduating from university working in music retail, selling guitars, amps and more. Ross is particularly interested in electric guitars, pedals and amplifiers and his current rig includes a trusty 2009 American Standard Stratocaster and Vox AC30S1 with a few Walrus Audio and Way Huge pedals in between.