I started out with a very inexpensive electric guitar. I basically wore the frets to the point that replacing the neck cost more than a new guitar. An Affinity is a "great" low buck starter guitar, but once you get over the hump with playing, you'll quickly find the short comings of such an inexpensive guitar. We have a Squier that is now in it's third generation of family members. It did it's duty and lives on, but is an experienced player going to call this a great guitar? Of course not, unless you spend more than it's value on improvements. That is really all I'm saying. I think they suck basically because of the frets and pups. The one in our family (a strat) has inspired three people to continue on with playing guitar, but from the outset, it was worthless to me. I know three people who really liked this Squier ... until they got better at playing guitar. YRMV.