Fender Squire Affinity Series Mini Strat Black Finish Review

Posted by Sherrie Kearney on Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fender Squire Affinity Series Mini Strat Black Finish
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This has the bones of a good instrument, but the designers did not pay attention to the core design problem of a mini guitar--the string length, or scale.Had the mini Strat a typical Strat's vibrato, the total string length would be a couple of inches longer, which would be a dramatic improvement for this guitar.The longer the string from tuning key to stop, the more tension required to raise the string to proper intonation.And the more tension, the better it will play and sound.

The designers used a ridiculously complex tailpiece that has two hex screws to adjust the height of each string.With the relatively low string tension, adjusting the bridge is a delicate process.It is hard to keep the saddles low enough, to not affect playability, because you have to raise them enough to keep the saddles from rattling.A little more string tension would solve that.

If you tune this thing high pitched like a mandolin, it plays much better.In truth, it's accidentally designed to be tuned like that.Tuned normally, it's too twangy.My daughter won't touch it; she prefers my full-scale SG because it sounds so much better.Try heavier than average strings; they help, but that also makes the instrument less playable for small hands.

The pickups are nothing special, but the Mini Strat does have the five-position switch, and the in-between positions produce nice, chunky tones.

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Product Description:
The Mini is the 3/4-size version (20.75" scale length) of the Bullet® and makes an ideal travel guitar for players of all ages and a great first guitar for young beginners. Featuring three single-coil pickups and five-way switching.

Product Specifications:
Product Number :031010
Country of origin :ID
Special features :White Plastic Parts, Black Silkscreen Logo, Dot Position Inlays
Height :4.0
Length :44.5
Volume :1.494
Controls :White Plastic Knobs
Body Shape :Other
Body Style :Solid Body Electric Guitar
Bridge Pickup :Standard Single-Coil Strat® Bridge Pickup
Controls :Master Volume, Master Tone
Middle Pickup :Standard Single-Coil Strat® Middle Pickup
Neck Pickup :Standard Single-Coil Strat® Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration :S/S/S
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
Bridge :Hard-tail 6-Saddle Bridge
Hardware :Chrome
Strap Buttons :Standard Strap Buttons
String Nut :Synthetic Bone Nut
Switch Tip :White Switch Tip
Tuning Machines :Covered Tuners
Fretboard Radius :9.5" Radius (241 mm)
Fretboard :Rosewood
Fret Size :Medium Frets
Neck Material :Maple Neck
Neck Plate :Standard 4 Bolt
Neck Shape :"C" Shape
Number of Frets :20
Nut Width :1.60? (40.6 mm)
Position Inlays :Dot Position Inlays
Scale Length :22.75? (575 mm)

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