What is the best beginner guitar? OK, theres no such thing. There are hundreds of entry-level guitars, all basically doing the same job, in pretty much the same way, with most of them sounding pretty darn good. But today I put forward the proposition that the best beginner electric guitar is the Fender Squier Affinity Strat.
- Basswood body with gloss polyurethane finish
- Maple neck with 9.5 in radius rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets
- 3 Single-Coil Strat Pickups
- Synchronous Tremolo with Cast Saddles
- Master volume with 2 tone controls with 5 position pickup selector switch
Our Bullet Strat with tremolo is a simple, affordable and practical guitar designed for beginners and students. Classic styling includes the added benefit of a single humbucking pickup/ two single-coil pickup configuration. Other features include five-way switching, synchronous tremolo and a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and 21 frets.
- Body Basswood (42 mm)
- Neck Maple
- Fingerboard Rosewood 9.5″ Radius (241 mm)
- No. of Frets 21 Medium Jumbo
- Pickups 1 Humbucking Pickup (Bridge), 2 Single-Coil Strat® Pickups (Neck/Mid)
- Controls Master Volume, Tone, Tone
- Pickup Switching
- 5-Position Blade:
- Position 1. Bridge Pickup
- Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
- Position 3. Middle Pickup
- Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
- Position 5. Neck Pickup
- BridgeSynchronous Tremolo with Cast Saddles
- Machine HeadsCovered Tuners
- Pickguard1-Ply White
- Scale Length25.5” (648 mm)
- Width at Nut1.650” (42 mm)
- Unique FeaturesSlim (42 mm) Body Profile, Traditional Strat® Headstock Shape, White Dot Position Inlays
- StringsFender Super 250L, (.009 to .042) Nickel Plated Steel p/n 073-0250-003
- Accessories None
List Price: $ 199.99
Price: $ 149.99
So whats so special? nothing… and everything
The thing is, Leo Fender got it right first time round. In the first half of the 20th century, guitars were built by highly skilled artisans, usings skills that had taken years to perfect.
Then along came Fender, bolting a few bits of wood together and calling it a guitar. And it blew tradition out of the water. Five decades later and via just about every rock god that ascended the stairway to guitar heaven, and the Stratocaster has barely changed. Why not? I already said, Leo got it right!
It won’t look dated in 5, 10 even another 50 years, and it’s robust. It’ll certainly last that long. You know how it sounds already. It’s Clapton, it’s Beck, it’s Hendrix at Woodstock; the wide sixties-style headstock just screams purple haze at you, and the tremolo is there for all those dive bombs.
Three pickups give a wide range of tones, for all styles of playing, and plenty of great lead and rhythm sounds. It’s made of the right woods, using the right hardware, and comes in an array of colors.
This is a superb guitar, that can do everything that a very expensive pro guitar can do, but for a fraction of the price. It’s functional, it’s durable, it’s cheap, and it sounds flippin’ marvelous!