rich menga books gear search about contact
***Secret FSR Fender guitars? Yes, they exist, and they're right here

Squier Affinity or Ibanez GIO?

image

Where low budget guitars are concerned, which to go with depends on a few factors.

Squier Affinity series and Ibanez GIO series guitars are more or less priced evenly, give or take 30 dollars. We're talking about a price range of roughly $200 to $230.

As far as which is the better guitar, overall I give it to Ibanez because it's the most compatible.

I'll explain.

If all you want is the guitar that is "most compatible" with amps, effects and recording to phone or PC, Ibanez GIO is the better choice.

I can say confidently that an Ibanez GIO will work with any amp and/or effect you have. In addition, having this guitar also makes shopping for amps and effects a lot easier. Why? The pickups. They are voiced in a way that sounds right with just about anything.

However, if you're going after clean tone, country twang, funk or anything else where clear clean tone matters, a Squier Affinity Strat or Tele will destroy the Ibanez.

HOWEVER... Squier Affinity Strats and Teles are not compatible with all amps and effects. In fact, there are many amps and pedals which Affinity guitars would just sound outright awful with. Careful attention needs to be given to what sounds better with a Squier Affinity series guitar and that's just the way it is.

Knowing this, why would anyone bother with an Affinity Strat or Tele in the first place knowing it doesn't work with everything? Answer: Tonal character. As in a character that only Strats and Teles have that's very specific, and to many very pleasing to the ear.

In the end, if just starting out and just want something that works with everything, get the Ibanez GIO. But if you lean more towards clean tone with that specific tonal character Strats and Teles have, get the Squier Affinity.

image
Best ZOOM R8 tutorial book
highly rated, get recording quick!

200716

More articles to check out

  1. The guitar some buy in threes because they can: Grote GT-150
  2. You're not allowed to change a brake light in a new car?
  3. Unexpected surprise, Casio F201
  4. Why the Epiphone Explorer is better than the Gibson (for now)
  5. You should surround yourself in guitar luxury
  6. Forgotten Gibson: 1983 Map Guitar
  7. Casio MTP-V003, the one everyone missed
  8. Just for the look: Peavey Solo guitar amp
  9. Spacehunter, that '80s movie when 3D was a thing
  10. The Ice Pirates 1984