The Squier Affinity series is one of the most well-known instrument lines in existence. In fact, this humble collection has provided the platform for many eager musicians to start out with the guitar. Built with quality tonewoods and electronic components, the Squier Affinity series is celebrated for supplying the tones and feel of modern Fenders at budget-friendly price points.
The year 2021, however, sees Squier revamping the popular series and we’ve got them all in-store now! Get ready for new updates to existing models and the introduction of future favourites. Join us we run them all down for you!
Read more: Squier Guitar & Bass Lineup Compared
So what’s new exactly?
Aside from the array of new finishes that include some that you normally only see on Fender Custom Shop guitars, there are a number of improvements you’ll find with the new Squier Affinity Series. Here is the Cliff Notes version if you’re in a rush.
The feature updates for the Affinity guitar and bass lineup are as plentiful as they are impactful. The neck profile has been altered, now adopting a slimmer and more comfortable “C” that is easier on the hands. A cosy 9.5” inch fretboard radius is also the default for all guitar and bass necks on the series. The Affinity bodies have also changed for ergonomic purposes – crafted to be lighter and thinner.
The 2021 refresh also sees significant electronic improvements, with redesigned Squier pickups for more refined voicings. They’ve not skipped out on the hardware too. Sealed die-cast tuning machines with split shaft (for guitars) and vintage-style open-gear tuning machines (for bass) make an appearance for smooth, accurate tuning, and easy restringing.
Wanna know the specifics? You’ll have to read on!
Read more: Finding the Perfect Beginner Electric Guitar
A staple of the line, the Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster is where we’re starting with. Fitted with Squier’s redesigned 2-point tremolo bridge – this guitar is ready for some serious whammy action. Tones come courtesy of its trio of all-new single-coil ceramic pickups with 5-way switching.
This SSS is available in 3-Color Sunburst (laurel fingerboard), Olympic White (maple fingerboard), Black (maple fingerboard, and Lake Placid Blue (maple fingerboard).
The guitar of choice for those with flashier preferences, the Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster FMT HSS has a beautiful flame maple top that is sure to garner attention. Following this loud visual statement, this HSS comes equipped with a ceramic humbucker for an equally rambunctious tonal imprint.
This eye-catching axe comes to you in two brand new finishes: Black Burst and Sienna Sunburst (both with maple fingerboards).
Making its debut in 2021, the Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster HH is the guitar for you if higher gain music is your jam. Combining the classic looks of a Strat with the full-borne output of ceramic humbuckers, this flamethrower covers the full range of rock and metal sounds with the greatest ease. Crafted from lightweight poplar and a maple neck capped with laurel, this tonewood combination gives you great feel and playabilty.
Available in Olympic White, Burgundy Mist and Charcoal Frost Metallic (both with a laurel fingerboard).
The progenitor of all Fender Guitars, the Telecaster is a must-have for any respectable Squier line. A departure from convention, the Affinity version of the Tele has a body crafted out of poplar. In between its solid maple neck, modern Tele bridge, and dual Squier single-coil Tele pickups with 3-way switching, there’s still plenty of bite and twang in this iconic silhouette.
New finishes include the Lake Placid Blue (laurel fingerboard), Olympic White (laurel Fingerboard), and 3-Color sunburst (maple fingerboard). The classic Butterscotch Blonde (maple fingerboard) also makes a return.
Another new introduction for 2021, the Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Deluxe takes the standard Telecaster template up a notch with choice refinements. Coming at your with Squier ceramic humbucking pickups (with individual volume and tone controls) plus contours and bevels for creature comforts, this guitar has tones and playability for days!
This deluxe instrument is available in Burgundy Mist (laurel fingerboard), Charcoal Frost Metallic (laurel Fingerboard), and Black (maple fingerboard).
The Squier Affinity Series Jazzmaster has arguably the largest revamp from its original iteration. Gone are the classic-styled Jazzmaster vibrato system. In its is place is the modern 2-point tremolo bridge for superior action and tuning stability. Another update comes in the form of the pickup change. While previous iterations were only available in an HH configuration, the 2021 release sees the return of Jazzmaster single-coil pickups for that unmistakable jangle.
This offset is available in Burgundy Mist and Lake Placid blue (both with laurel fingerboard only).
What better way to get into the electric bass than with the Squier Affinity Series Jaguar Bass H. A medium scale 32” keeps your strings slinky enough to make playing a breeze for beginners. Squier’s vintage-style open-gear tuning machines don’t only look suave but help you stay in tune when you’re really grooving too. Its versatile single ceramic humbucker is the only pickup you need – packing a serious low-end punch with controls that allow you to really dial your sound in.
The Jaguar Bass H is available in Lake Placid Blue (maple fingerboard), Black (maple fingerboard), and Charcoal Frost Metallic (laurel fingerboard) finishes.
Got the urge to start as low as you can go? Then the 5-string Affinity Series Jazz Bass V should be on your radar. An extra B gives you more rumbling frequencies to explore and the two single-coil pickups will help you express your tones. Don’t be fooled thinking that this is one-genre bass though, the Jazz Bass can cover a whole gamut of styles – giving you a versatile machine for the stage and the studio.
You’ll find the Affinity Series Jazz Bass V in 3-Color Sunburst (laurel fingerboard) and Olympic White (maple fingerboard).
Want to have your cake and eat it too? Now you can with the Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass PJ. Loaded with a Squier split single-coil P Bass neck pickup and a single-coil J Bass bridge pickup – this low-end generator gives you almost all of the most revered bass tones from both the Precision and Jazz models. Why choose when you don’t have to?
The Precision Bass PJ is available in Lake Placid Blue (laurel fingerboard), Charcoal Frost Metallic (laurel fingerboard), Olympic White (maple fingerboard), and Black (maple fingerboard).
The Squier Affinity Series is available at Swee Lee right now so you’d best hit the link to see what catches your fancy. Don’t take it from us but they’ve been selling quickly so be sure to act fast so you aren’t disappointed in missing out.
Stay tuned to our website and the Swee Lee Blog for product highlights from the new shipment of guitar products that will be coming in soon. Drop us a message if you need any help or advice!
Read more: New Fender Japan Guitars & Basses for 2021