Squier Affinity vs Bullet Electric Guitars: The Differences


If you’re looking for an entry-level electric guitar then the Squier range is a great place to look. Many new players struggle to make the choice between the Affinity and Bullet series, so in this article I’ll highlight all the similarities and differences so you can decide if the Affinity model is worth the extra money. I’ll start with an overview and then move onto specific comparisons between the Squier Strat and Tele models.

Squier Affinity vs Bullet Series

There have been many iterations of Squier guitars over the decades, but in this article we will just look at the models available in 2022.

Squier Affinity guitars generally cost between $30-$50 more than Squier Bullet guitars. The Squier Affinity models have a thicker body so weight slightly more and have upgraded bridges, tuning machines and pickups. The Affinity series also offers more color options and has some left-handed guitars.

  • Squier Bullet guitars typically cost between $200-$220 in the USA and £120-£140 in the UK.
  • Squier Affinity guitars typically cost between $230-$290 in the USA and £200-220 in the UK.

Here is a table showing the different models available in each Squier series. The table includes model variants which have different pickup configurations (single coil or humbucker). RH = right-handed version available, LH = left-handed version available.

ModelSquier BulletSquier Affinity
Stratocaster (SSS)RHRH
Stratocaster (HSS)RHRH
Stratocaster (HH)NoneRH
Telecaster (SS)RHLH/ RH
Telecaster (HH)RHRH
Mustang  RHNone
JazzmasterNoneRH
Models available in the Squier Bullet and Affinity series

Now let’s take a look at the Strat and Tele models individually to highlight all the differences and similarities between the two Squier variants.

Stratocaster Models

The Squier Bullet Stratocaster is available in HSS and SSS pickup configurations, the Affinity Stratocaster is also available in a HH configuration. The Affinity Strat has a 2-point tremolo bridge whereas the Bullet Strat comes with either a hardtail or 6-saddle tremolo bridge. Neither models have a left-handed version available.

In terms of feel, the Affinity model is slightly heavier which makes it feel more like a premium model due to its thicker body. You’ll get a fairly slim C-shape neck on both models which feels comfortable for most players.

Check out this YouTube video to hear both guitars played back-to-back. The Affinity is the green guitar and the Bullet is the purple guitar.

Here is a table to show the differences between the two Squier Stratocaster models.

FeatureSquier Bullet StratSquier Affinity Strat
Fretboard WoodLaurelLaurel/ Maple
InlaysPearloid DotPearloid Dot/ Black Dot
Pickup ConfigurationSSS/ HSSSSS/ HSS/ HH
Bridge6-Saddle Tremolo/ Hardtail2-Point Tremolo
Tuning MachinesStandard Die-CastSealed Die-Cast w/ Split Shafts
Pickguard1-Ply3-Ply
Stripe on the NeckYesNo
Body Profile42 mm45 mm
Weight6 lbs6.5 lbs
HeadstockTraditionalOversized
ColorsArctic White
Black
Brown Sunburst
3 Color Sunburst
Olympic White
Black
Lake Placid Blue

Here is a table showing the features seen on both Squier Strats.

FeatureSpecification
Body WoodPoplar
Body FinishGloss
Neck WoodMaple
Neck FinishSatin
Neck ShapeC-Shape
Scale Length25.5”
Fretboard Radius9.5”
Nut Width1.65”
Fret SizeMedium Jumbo
Number of Frets21
Nut MaterialSynthetic Bone
Pickup MaterialCeramic
Pickup Selector5-Way
Controls2 x Tone, 1 x Vol
Hardware FinishChrome
Neck Plate4-Bolt
StringsNickel Plated Steel, 9-gauge

Bullet-Series Stratocaster

Affinity-Series Stratocaster

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Check out my comparison between the Squier Affinity and Classic Vibe models.

Telecaster Models

The Squier Affinity Telecaster has better pickups, and an upgraded bridge and tuning machines compared to the cheaper Squier Bullet Telecaster. The Affinity model is available with either a HH or SS pickup configuration whilst the Bullet is only available in the SS configuration. Only the Affinity offers a left-handed version.

With regards to how these Telecasters feel, the Affinity model is slightly heavier which makes it feel more like a premium model due to its thicker body. The only other notable difference is that the Affinity has medium jumbo frets whilst the Bullet has narrow tall frets which make it easier to press down on the strings. You’ll get a fairly slim C-shape neck on both models which feels comfortable for most players.

Check out this YouTube video to hear both guitars played back-to-back. The Affinity is the orange guitar and the Bullet is the blue guitar.

Here is a table to show the differences between the two Squier Telecaster models.

FeatureSquier Bullet TeleSquier Affinity Tele
Fretboard WoodLaurelLaurel/ Maple
Fret SizeNarrow TallMedium Jumbo
InlaysPearloid DotPearloid Dot/ Black Dot
Pickup ConfigurationSSSS/ HH
Bridge6-Saddle Hardtail  6-Saddle Strings-Through  
Tuning MachinesStandard Die-CastSealed Die-Cast w/ Split Shafts
Pickguard1-Ply3-Ply
Body Profile38 mm40 mm
HeadstockTraditionalOversized
Left-Hand AvailableNoYes
ColorsBlack
Brown Sunburst
Butterscotch Blonde
3 Color Sunburst
Olympic White
Lake Placid Blue

Here is a table showing the features seen on both Squier Strats.

FeatureSpecification
Body WoodPoplar
Body FinishGloss
Neck WoodMaple
Neck FinishSatin
Neck ShapeC-Shape
Scale Length25.5”
Fretboard Radius9.5”
Nut Width1.65”
Number of Frets21
Nut MaterialSynthetic Bone
PickupsCeramic
Pickup Selector3-Way
Controls1 x Tone, 1 x Vol
Hardware FinishChrome
Neck Plate4-Bolt
StringsNickel Plated Steel, 9-gauge

Bullet-Series Telecaster

Affinity-Series Telecaster

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Heather

Hey, I'm Heather. I started playing an electric guitar when I was given a Squier Strat for my birthday around 15 years ago. I now own an acoustic guitar and several electric guitars including my personal favourite, a PRS SE Custom 24.

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