Will squier affinity strats appreciate in value?


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Gold Supporting Member
Jul 6, 2014
Carmel IN
The early Affinity's had fill thickness bodies and were pretty good guitars. The new ones have 1 5/8 inch thick bodies and are also darn good guitars for the money. Nothing for an investment though as has already been stated many times.

Slacker G

Senior Stratmaster
May 16, 2021
If you buy now, with the soon worthless American dollar, you may be able to sell later for many more worthless American dollars, that being if they still exist. However, more than likely, when you go to sell you will be dealing with the Chinese yuan, and at that time you may get a pittance of what you paid for it if you are lucky.


Dr. Stratster
Apr 21, 2010
London, UK
Of course they won't. Guitars are not investments, they're instruments. The question is not whether you will make money when you sell but how much money you will lose. The cheapest Squiers will lose what value they have more quickly than high end guitars.
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Dr. Stratster
Apr 21, 2010
London, UK
I truly expected better use of the language. No excuse....!

I'm blaming Sky for that one. My internet connection has been as much use as Ticketmaster the last few days (though not quite as much of a rip off) so I tend to hit "post" quickly before the bloody connection drops out again. :mad:

Bazz Jass

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Nov 19, 2014
Right Here
I'm blaming Sky for that one. My internet connection has been as much use as Ticketmaster the last few days (though not quite as much of a rip off) so I tend to hit "post" quickly before the bloody connection drops out again. :mad:

You hit the post on that one, certainly.


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Gold Supporting Member
Jan 20, 2018
Murfreesboro, TN
Why not? They've gone up some over the last 4 years. In 2019, every pawn shop in America had an Affinity selling for about $60. Now they're more like $75. The inflation calculator says $60 in 2019 dollars is $70.60--so used Affinities have not only appreciated in value, but they've beaten inflation.

A used Affinity is not going to be sought out by collectors; it's never going to have the kind of cache that a 60s Strat does. Still, in 40 years...who knows?

The trouble with collectibles as investments is, it's gambling on what will be popular in the future. The advantage of collectible guitars as investments is, you can play them in the meantime. Which makes them better than Bitcoin or baseball cards.

But seriously, if you want to invest--buy mutual funds, index funds, or real estate in places that won't be underwater in 50 years.

Fujigen Gakki

May 19, 2017
Unter dem Himmel
You got 20K to burn and at least 20 years life expectancy with no serious health issue? Invest in Ibanez Jem 30th Anniversary, Universe 30th Anniversary, and PIA. Keep them in a well regulated storage, come back in 2043 and watch your money quadruple.


Dr. Stratster
Oct 16, 2018
Yeah that's what I figured. What about my 2012 Fender Standard Stratocaster SSH?
It might keep up with inflation, it might not. But if it does, it will be so far in the future that you might not still be alive to see it happen.

Guitars are not good investments most of the time. Unless you can by them at a low price and flip them. But in a case, under the bed for 50 years, or how long won’t happen and with the boomers exiting this world, the guitar as an instrument may not appeal to millennials or gen Z.

Forget about the current Squiers. The ones that maybe worth something are already old and not produced any longer.


May 23, 2021
Beanie Babies. For those in the know.

Beanie Babies may go up or down in value. Speak to an authorised Beanie Baby dealer before buying. Your home may be at risk if full of Beanie Babies.


Senior Stratmaster
May 8, 2013
Preston UK
You can make money if you have a good crystal ball who knew that Hello Kitty guitars would now sell for ridiculous prices. To see that coming you would have to have been very lucky or very clever. You could have picked them up 3 or 4 years ago for £70 people are now asking £500 and some are selling for £300 plus.
That is the exception though most will not make money.


Most Honored Senior Member
Jan 10, 2014

Generally, all the comments are correct, Squier will not be collected.

However, there will be a window where the teenagers who had a Squier will get nostalgic for one again, when they are in their 40s+. They will pay a little more, but not a huge amount. This market is driven by huge production numbers so there are enough people to float demand.

Guitars are popular pawn shop items.

1970s Fenders were hated and ignored until 1960s Fenders got too highly priced. Now the 70s guitars are mysteriously alright on forums.

A few models that cross collector markets like the Squier Hello Kitty models retain value. Disney and Coke collector markets are popular for anything with those logos, if a guitar had them (Washburn did a Disney model).

Jay Mascis Squier will be somewhat collectible. Great playing guitar, famous signature, offsets are popular with a lot of younger players (so nostalgia later).

Don't repaint the guitars you have. Don't break headstocks off Gibsons... And you may be ok.

For investment purposes, there are better objects to hoard. Think smaller objects. Watches, jewelry, and I guess purses. Everything goes in/out of fashion. Stamp collecting kept retail stores open until stamps were made into stickers.

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