Squier Affinity vs Classic Vibe Electric Guitars


Squier electric guitars are a great option to look at if you want an iconic shape but without a big price tag. The Affinity and Classic Vibe series are two of the most popular series on offer, but which is best for you? In this article I’ll compare the Squier Affinity and Classic Vibe versions of the Stratocaster, Telecaster and Jazzmaster models so you know all the similarities and differences between them.

The Quick Answer

Guitars in the Squier Classic Vibe series have narrow tall frets, alnico pickups, a bone nut, and gloss neck compared to the guitars in the Squier Affinity series which have medium jumbo frets, ceramic pickups, a synthetic bone nut and satin neck.

The alnico pickups on the Classic Vibe models are better quality than the ceramic pickups on the Affinity models.

The medium jumbo frets on the Affinity models make it a bit easier to slide up and down the neck compared to the narrow tall frets on the Classic Vibe models. Both guitars have a C-shape neck however the finish is satin on the Affinity models which means it feels a bit faster compared to the gloss finish on the Classic Vibe models.

There are also some model specific differences including the pickup configurations, body woods, color options, controls, and left-handed version availability.

Squier Affinity guitars are approximately $150 cheaper in the USA and £130 cheaper in the UK compared to Classic Vibe guitars.

Here is a table showing the differences between Squier Affinity and Classic Vibe models which are consistent across all the shapes (Strat, Tele and Jazzmaster).

FeatureSquier Affinity GuitarsSquier Classic Vibe Guitars
Body WoodPoplarNyatoh/ Pine/ Poplar
Neck FinishSatinGloss
Fret SizeMedium JumboNarrow Tall
Nut MaterialSynthetic BoneBone
PickupsCeramicAlnico
Average Price (USA)$290-$340$460-$490
Average Price (UK)£200-£220£320-£360
Squier Affinity vs Classic Vibe Series

Squier make 5 main electric guitar shapes:

  • Stratocaster
  • Telecaster
  • Jazzmaster
  • Jaguar
  • Mustang

The Jaguar and Mustang shapes are only available in the Classic Vibe series, whilst the Stratocaster, Telecaster and Jazzmaster shapes are available in both the Classic Vibe and Affinity series.

Now let’s compare these models in more detail.

Contents:

  • Stratocaster Models
  • Telecaster Models
  • Jazzmaster Models

There are three types of classic vibe models, the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s which all have slight variations. In the comparisons below I’ll group the features together for simplicity, but make sure you check out my Squier Classic Vibe ’50s vs ’60s vs ’70s article for a breakdown of the key features.

Stratocaster Models

The Classic Vibe Stratocaster has upgraded pickups and a better tremolo system which stays in tune more than the tremolo system on the Affinity Stratocaster. Only the Classic Vibe Stratocaster has a left-handed version, whereas only the Affinity Stratocaster has a HH pickup configuration option.

Check out this YouTube video to hear a tone comparison of the HSS versions of the Squier Affinity and Classic Vibe Stratocaster.

Here is a table comparing the differences between the Squier Affinity and Classic Vibe Stratocaster.

FeatureSquier Affinity StratSquier Classic Vibe Strat
Body WoodPoplarNyatoh/ Pine/ Poplar
Neck FinishSatinGloss
Fret SizeMedium JumboNarrow Tall
Nut MaterialSynthetic BoneBone
PickupsCeramicAlnico
Pickup ConfigurationsSS/ HSS/ HHSSS/ HSS
Control SizeMiniatureMiniature
Bridge2-Point Tremolo6-Saddle Tremolo
Hardware FinishChromeNickel
Pickguard3-Ply1-Ply/ 3-Ply
Tuning MachinesSealed Die-CastVintage Style
Left-Hand AvailableNoYes
Colors3 Color Sunburst (SSS)
Olympic White (SSS and HH)
Black (SSS)
Lake Placid Blue (SSS)
Sienna Sunburst (HSS)
Black Burst (HSS)
Burgundy Mist (HH)
Charcoal Frost Metallic (HH)
2 Tone Sunburst
White Blonde
Black
Fiesta Red
3 Colour Sunburst
Lake Placid Blue
Candy Apple Red
Purple Metallic
Olympic White
Natural
Walnut
Squier Affinity vs Classic Vibe Stratocaster

Affinity

Classic Vibe

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The Classic Vibe and Affinity Strat models do share many of the same features including the neck wood and shape, scale length, fret number, controls and string gauge.

Here is a table to show the similarities of the two models.

FeatureSpecification
Body FinishGloss
Neck WoodMaple
Neck ShapeC
Scale Length25.5”
Fingerboard Radius9.5”
Nut Width1.65”
Fret Number21
InlaysDot
Pickup Selector5-Way
Controls2 x Tone, 1 x Vol
String Gauge9
FretboardMaple/ Indian Laurel
Similarities of the Squier Affinity and Classic Vibe Stratocaster models

Check out my comparison between the Squier Affinity and Bullet series guitars.

Telecaster Models

The Squier Affinity Telecaster has a slightly thinner body making it lighter than the Classic Vibe Telecaster. The Classic Vibe Telecaster has better quality pickups, upgraded tuners, bridge and a bone nut compared to the cheaper Affinity Telecaster.

Both models have a left-handed version available and are available with SS and HH pickup configurations, however only the Classic Vibe Tele has a SH version as well.

Check out this YouTube video to hear a tone comparison of the SS versions of the Squier Affinity and Classic Vibe Telecaster.

Here is a table comparing the differences between the Squier Affinity and Classic Vibe Telecaster.

FeatureSquier Affinity TeleSquier Classic Vibe Tele
Body WoodPoplarNyatoh/ Pine/ Poplar
Neck FinishSatinGloss
Fret SizeMedium JumboNarrow Tall
Nut MaterialSynthetic BoneBone
PickupsCeramicAlnico
Pickup ConfigurationsSS/ HHSS/ SH/ HH
Bridge6-Saddle String Through3-Saddle String Through
Hardware FinishChromeNickel
Pickguard3-Ply1-Ply/ 3-Ply
Tuning MachinesSealed Die-CastVintage Style
ColorsButterscotch Blonde (SS)
Lake Placid Blue (SS)
Olympic White (SS)
3 Colour Sunburst (SS)
Burgundy Mist (HH)
Charcoal Frost Metallic (HH)
Black (HH)
Butterscotch Blonde (SS)
White Blonde (SS)
Metallic Purple (SS)
3 Tone Sunburst (SS)
Black (SH and HH)
3 Colour Sunburst (SH)
Olympic White (HH)  
Squier Affinity vs Classic Vibe Telecaster

Affinity

Classic Vibe

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Although the Classic Vibe Tele has many upgraded features compared to the Affinity Tele, they do share some key features including the neck shape, neck and fretboard woods, scale length, fret number and control layout.

Here is a table to show the similarities of the two models.

FeatureSpecification
Body FinishGloss
Neck WoodMaple
Neck ShapeC
Scale Length25.5”
Fingerboard Radius9.5”
Nut Width1.65”
Fret Number21
InlaysDot
Pickup Selector3-Way
Controls1 x Tone, 1 x Vol
String Gauge9
FretboardMaple/ Indian Laurel
Left-Handed AvailableYes
Similarities of the Squier Affinity and Classic Vibe Telecaster models

Jazzmaster Models

The main difference between the Squier Classic Vibe and Affinity Jazzmaster is that the Classic Vibe model has a rhythm/ lead circuit which allows you to achieve more tones as well as upgraded alnico pickups compared to the more basic Affinity Jazzmaster. Additionally, the CV model has a vintage-style tremolo unlike the Affinity model.

Other differences include the nut material, neck finish, hardware finish, cololr options and fret size. The Affinity model is also slightly lighter due to it’s thinner body.

Check out this YouTube video to hear a tone comparison of the Squier Affinity and Classic Vibe Jazzmaster.

Here is a table comparing the differences between the Squier Affinity and Classic Vibe Jazzmaster.

FeatureSquier Affinity JazzmasterSquier Classic Vibe Jazzmaster
Neck FinishSatinGloss
Fret SizeMedium JumboNarrow Tall
Nut MaterialSynthetic BoneBone
PickupsCeramicAlnico
Rhythm/ Lead CircuitNoYes
Bridge2-Point Tremolo6-Saddle Tremolo
Hardware FinishChromeNickel
Pickguard3-Ply4-Ply
Tuning MachinesSealed Die-CastVintage Style
Left-Hand AvailableNoYes
ColorsLake Placid Blue
Burgundy Mist
3 Color Sunburst
Olympic White
Sonic Blue
Squier Affinity vs Classic Vibe Jazzmaster

Affinity

Classic Vibe

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Although the Classic Vibe Jazzmaster is an upgrade compared to the Affinity Jazzmaster, they share many of the same features including the pickup configuration, neck shape, scale length, number of frets and fretboard material.

Here is a table to show the similarities of the two models.

FeatureSpecification
Body WoodPoplar
Body FinishGloss
Neck WoodMaple
Neck ShapeC
Scale Length25.5”
Fingerboard Radius9.5”
Nut Width1.65”
Fret Number21
InlaysDot
Pickup Selector3-Way
Pickup ConfigurationSS
String Gauge9
FretboardIndian Laurel
Similarities of the Squier Affinity and Classic Vibe Jazzmaster models

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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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