Last year I bought an Affinity on a whim. I popped in a store, played it a bit and and it felt good in my hands. The neck pickup was dark sounding but the price was right and I could later replace the pickup, if I didn't get along with it. A few days ago I finally got a chance to play it in a band context. The neck pickup was signicantly better when I was able to play louder. When I used my Catalinbread Blood Donor as a clean boost I got back the sparkle I was missing. What I really enjoy is that there is more space between the high E string and the edge of the fretboard. I guess the downside to this is the narrow string spacing. It can a little awkward when you are playing closer to the nut or if you have big hands. The first thing I always do when I buy a new guitar is taking it to guitar tech for a set up. When I went back to pick it up he said he's going to get one for himself too. What do you think of Affinities? They seem to be a pretty popular platform for mods and upgrades but I'm not much of modder. The tuners may need upgrading though. I'll see about later.