Squier Strat FSR – Candy Blue Sparkle – 28/11/2016

We haven’t reviewed a low cost guitar for a while (A Squier 51 was the last I think), so when I purchased this “bling” axe for my 10 year old daughter recently I thought I would do a little write up on it for the site to aid any potential future buyers.

The axe is based on the Affinity Series and is a Limited Edition Fender Special Run. This particular model is finished in Candy Blue Sparkle, green and pink sparkle finishes are also available.

Specifications.

The aforementioned sparkle finished is applied to a full sized alder body which seems to have the correct Strat dimensions and proportions.  This is joined by a maple neck which seems to be so unfinished that it might still sprout leaves and is topped off with a rosewood fretboard of reasonable quality.

Medium Jumbo frets are used, all the hardware is finished in black with non-locking tuners and a vintage 6 saddle type tremolo which seems to be decked out for tuning stability.

Fit and Finish.

Obviously this is just one step up from the entry level Bullet series (avoid those) so you aren’t going get a top level finish at this price range. The guitar however is well put together and setup reasonably well. I am sure that with some adjustments and possibly a few small upgrades it could be made to play better.

The one thing however that I was very surprised is at the practically raw piece of wood used for the neck. It’s functional but a bit of satin varnish would have helped make it look more upmarket and protect the wood for little outlay.

The paintwork is pretty well applied and the sparkle finish is bright and even, and looks like it will withstand hours of use.

Sounds

I tried this guitar with two different setups and to be honest it gets the job done. The first was a 10-watt practice amp, a Fender Frontman. This is fine for bedroom practice. However plug into a decent valve amp such as Fender Blues Junior or Hot Rod Deluxe (Both which are worth more than double the guitar price each) and the cleans shimmer and it also does overdrive pretty well.

Summary

A good entry level instrument with a unique finish. For now it is stock aside from some straplocks fitted for safety but I am sure my daughter will find a way to “modify” it further!

Also I would have thought it would have been cool of Squier to offer this guitar with a matching colour case, strap, and even possibly amp as a complete outfit.

By Ernest H Slade

Squier Affinity FSR Strat. Specifications


Features

  • Limited Edition Candy Blue Sparkle
  • 2 x Humbucker Pickups
  • Standard Die-Cast Tuners
  • 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Tremolo
  • Alder Body with Maple Neck

Specifications

Body

  • Body Shape: Stratocaster
  • Body Material: Alder
  • Body Finish: Polyurethane
  • Body Colour:Candy Blue Sparkle

Neck

  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Shape: C Shape
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo String
  • Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.6” (40.6 mm)
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Standard
  • Neck Finish: Polyurethane
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Position Inlays: Pearloid Dot

Harware & Electronics

  • Bridge Pickup: Black/Cream Humbucker
  • Neck Pickup: Black/Cream Humbucker
  • Controls: Master Volume X 1, Tone x 2
  • Pickup Switching: 3 Position Blade
  • Pickup Configuration: HH
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • Tuning Machines: Standard Die-Cast
  • Hardware Color: Black
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply White
  • Control Knobs: White Plastic
  • Strings: Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)