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Squier by Fender Affinity Stratocaster Beginner Electric Guitar Pack with Fender FM 10G Amplifier, Clip-On Tuner, Cable, Strap, Picks, and gig bag - Black
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- Chord with comfort and bend strings with ease from this Strat's ‘C’ shaped satin finished neck, 21 medium jumbo frets and modern 9.5 fingerboard radius
- Explore Jazz to Punk Rock sounds from the Strat's 3 single coils pickups, two tone controls, master volume and the 5 way pick up selector switch
- Express yourself and create sharp and flat pitch variations via the chrome Synchronized Tremolo indicative of the Stratocaster
- Jam along in silence or for everyone with your favorite band using your mp 3 player, the 1/8th inch auxiliary input and the 1/8th inch headphone jack output on the Frontman Amp
- Pack includes: Affinity Squier Stratocaster Guitar, Fender Frontman 15G amplifier, Fender electronic tuner, instructional DVD, Fender gig bag, Fender cable, strap and picks
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|Body Material Type||Alder||solid-wood||solid-wood||Alder||solid-wood||spruce|
|Fretboard Material Type||Rosewood||Rosewood||Rosewood||Maple||Rosewood||rosewood|
|Guitar Bridge System||Tremelo||Stop Tail||Single-Coil||fixed||Tremelo||tremolo|
|Guitar Pickup Configuration||single-coil||humbucker||combination||single-coil||single-coil||Single Coil X 2, Humbucking X 1|
|Item Dimensions||7.5 x 42 x 21 in||18.9 x 41 x 5.9 in||4 x 45.5 x 15 in||9.5 x 43.5 x 23.5 in||4 x 44.5 x 14.5 in||19 x 43.3 x 15 in|
|Neck Material Type||Maple||Maple||Maple||Maple||Maple||nato|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6||6||6|
Stop Dreaming, Start Playing! Set: Affinity Series Strat with Fender Frontman 10G Amp. There’s no easier and more affordable way to get started on electric guitar than this value-filled Squier set. Opening the box opens a whole new musical future for you, with a great-sounding, cool-looking and easy-playing Squier by Fender Affinity Series Strat 6 string electric guitar, a compact 10-watt Fender Frontman 10G amp to plug it into and all the Fender accessories you need, including an electronic tuner, instructional DVD, gig bag, cable, strap and picks. This Squier Affinity Series Strat has a glossy Black body with a Rosewood fingerboard and features three singing, sparkling single-coil pickups on a classic single-ply white pickguard, rock-solid bolt-on maple neck, skirted white control knobs, a 5 way pickup selector switch and a sharp new gold-and-black Squier headstock logo. The Fender Frontman 10G amp features custom-voiced built-in overdrive for natural grit and adjustable gain control that rocks guitar tones from tube-emulated overdrive to full-strength ultra-saturated distortion (perfect for blues, metal and the famous Fender clean tone). Along with volume, treble and bass controls, 6-Inch Special Design speaker, closed-back design for heavier bass response, auxiliary input and headphone jack, and classic black panel/skirted knob/silver grille cloth looks this Fender amp has tone and enough volume to shake walls. You get Statocaster Eletric guitar, 10G amp, Fender accessories and instruction all in one very colorful box. More than ever it’s everything you need to Stop Dreaming and Start Playing!
Top Customer Reviews
At the same time, I couldn't justify paying a lot for something I might be terrible at or lose interest in after a month. That's why this kit caught my eye - it's affordable. Is it the highest quality guitar? Uh no, don't expect it to be. Is it better than some guitars that cost more? Undoubtedly. My Squier Affinity Strat has taught me two things: 1.) I love playing guitar, 2.) I love the sound of Fender Strats.
I read reviews and watched YouTube videos of people playing this exact model. I was instantly hooked on the sound, the versatility it offers, and the bridge humbucker was a big factor in my decision. Of course I was skeptical that an experienced player could make even a piece of junk sound decent. I looked at other kits, the ones that most tempted me were the Epiphone Les Paul player packs. In the end, I liked the look of this guitar (shape and red color) and the Fender Strat association more, so there you have it.
Once I received it, I knew I made the correct decision in choosing an electric guitar. In no time at all, it felt like a natural extension of my body, rather than an instrument I was holding. I didn't even bother tuning it first, I was so anxious to see how it felt and played, and had a thrill making some surely awful noises.
After tuning and beginning to formally learn how to play, I found some issues with the guitar. I don't know if it's typical or a matter of luck, but the set up of my guitar was definitely not optimal out-of-the-box. I was getting very annoying fret buzz despite practicing quite a bit. I ended up adjusting the action and was able to eliminate the fret buzz, while getting a sound I was reasonably happy with, but it still needs work that I'm not comfortable doing myself. It's not really surprising that this was necessary and people do warn about it, if you read reviews.
None of that prevents my learning and having a lot of fun with this guitar, however. What I really like is that I'm able to play practically any style I want with the practice amp and guitar right out of the box. No changing strings, pickups, amps, adding effects, or anything else. Rock, metal, blues, folk, classical, it does an admirable job for all of them. By fiddling with the amp and guitar settings, I can get close to sounding like my favorite guitarists and styles, obviously not exactly, but near enough that it sounds good. That is quite impressive for such a small investment.
If you have very specific expectations, this probably isn't the guitar for you, it's more for the experimental and open-minded, for initial exploring and learning what's possible with electric guitar. Not being afraid to produce awful sounds at first. if your needs are different, you should try one first before buying and either have it set up for you or expect to do it yourself, but then you probably already know that.
A few details on the guitar. Made in Indonesia, obviously it's 6 strings, they are 0.009"-0.042", 21 frets, roughly 25-26" from the nut to the bridge, maple neck, rosewood fretboard, 3 pickups (2x single coil, one humbucker at the bridge). It has a whammy/tremolo bar that I have opted to leave off as I don't find much use for it, but read how it can make this style of guitar more difficult to keep in tune. It has a 5-way pickup selector, so you can choose between each of the 3 pickups or a combination of them, it has a volume knob and 2 tone knobs. It took me a while to realize I could get the aggressive harsh metal sound I wanted by cranking the volume up and fiddling with the amp gain and EQ.
As I've hinted, I'm quite happy with the practice amp. It's not advanced, but it does have 3 EQ controls for treble, mids and bass. You can get a surprising variety of sounds just by experimenting with this and trying the different pickups on the guitar. The amp also has an overdrive option with separate volume control, which is nice, it's pretty quick to switch between harsh/distorted and clean sounds. Some day I'll add some effects pedals into the mix and take it to a whole new level, but the amp is really more than adequate for a beginner. It can be extremely loud, for my purposes playing at home I leave it around 2, anything more is just too loud. It has a 1/4" headphone jack for more discreet playing, a single instrument input and a stereo RCA auxiliary input that I haven't used. The amp is bigger and heavier than I need, but it works.
The kit includes a Fender FT-004 clip-on tuner that works decently. You clip it onto the headstock. It supports a couple of different instruments like violin and guitar in standard tunings, but it also has a full chromatic tuner that I use more often. There are two Allen wrenches for adjusting the truss rod and bridge. There are three medium Fender brand picks included with the kit. I have found that I prefer thicker picks. There is a strap for wearing the guitar, though so far I haven't used it much while practicing. There is a Fender brand gig bag, which barely fits the guitar and a few accessories. It doesn't offer much protection but it works if you're careful. For storing the guitar, I bought a ChromaCast CC-MINIGS Universal Folding Guitar Stand with Secure Lock, which is portable and works well.
Last but not least is the included DVD, "Getting Started on Guitar: The First Step -- Tuning, Techniques, and Essential Chords." It is exactly what it claims, you will learn a little about tuning (but not much), a little about technique (but not much), and a number of chords. I don't know the best way to learn guitar, but having an authoritative source at the start helped me learn chords. Everybody will have their own preference, there is certainly a lot of free advice available on the internet to fill in the details.
You will definitely learn chords with this DVD: power chords, major, minor and dominant chords, moveable/barre chords. The theory is only hinted at on this sampler, so a lot of terms will be thrown around that you may not understand and they aren't well explained (roots, 5ths, degrees). However, there are diagrams showing where you place your fingers. For the most basic chords he goes very slowly, showing how you place your fingers for each chord. After a while, you can figure that out yourself, but it's reassuring to have some guide for those first steps. Of course it's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to guitar playing, and Fender wants you to buy the full DVD.
Today, I broke my first string after about 5 months, the 0.009" string broke while I was tuning. That facilitated this review, as I am now searching for a new set of strings ASAP, and thought I would leave a review while I was at it.
Important Note: This Fender Affinity guitar is made in Indonesia (not China...some of the real cheap Squier guitars are made there), and they seem to do thorough QA/QC on the guitars before boxing them up. No sharp or burred frets protruding from the neck, the tone/volume knobs work smoothly, and the strings were wound perfectly from the factory. I added the whammy bar and have not experienced any major tuning issues (which was a common complaint). New strings on a new guitar will go out of tune frequently during the break-in period, so that's to be expected. Tuning adjustments only take a matter of seconds. The tuning pegs are good quality and sealed...no play in the pegs and they seem consistent as far as adjusting string pitch when turned. Not sure if the tuning peg ratio is a 1:10 or 1:18 but they operate smoothly.
No complaints at all about the quality of the guitar or the amp. Kit includes everything you need to start playing (picks, tuner, instructional DVD, etc.). Since my purchase I've added a BOSS GT-1 mutli-effects pedal which sounds great through the stock 10G Fender amp.
As far as my skill level...I'm a beginner/novice. No electric guitar experience, though I own a Taylor 12-string as well as a 6-string acoustic that I have played for a couple of years. I plan on adding an effects pedal to expand the sound/tone options in addition to what the basic amp w/overdrive provides. The Amp sounds fairly crisp...with overdrive engaged and cranked, the volume is plenty loud at 2-3, you're better off using the volume knob on the guitar anyway with the amp volume set lower (around 2-3) as there is less hum/static on the amp. Nice-playing guitar and very well made for the price.
Pros: Guitar is made in Indonesia (good quality), Rosewood fretboard, Alder body, guitar neck is smooth and not too thick (good for a beginner). Amp sounds clean, plenty loud. Everything required to get started is included.
Cons: Guitar is a little heavy, some slight imperfections on the pick guard area (minor, does not affect function)