Okay, I've donned my asbestos underwear but seriously, what are the functional differences between the two? I'm not kidding actually, I'd really like to know. I know this is my first post but I just can't get this question out of my head.
Allow me to explain. First off, I don't even play the guitar... yet. I am also not the typical teen learning how to play either. No, I am 42 and endeavoring to prove it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks. Without going into why I've decided to start learning to playing guitar now suffice it to say it's something I've always wanted to do and I am finally doing.
My son got me a Squier Affinity HSS Strat and Mustang 1 amp for Christmas. So I've had it a tad over a week. However to the novice such as myself when I look at the strats between the standard Fender and Squier I find the specs (although they are much less detailed on the Squier series) seem to be identical. Alder bodies, maple necks, rosewood fingerboards etc...
So the Squier, mine anyway, is made in China. I was under the impression the "Fender" labeled instruments were "Made in USA" but when I picked up one at a local shop the other day I found "Made in Mexico" branded on it.
So what are the differences? Are the pickups better quality? Or are they the same thing? Switches? What makes the Standard Fender (not something from the custom shop or the high end ones that do have obvious differences) worth ~3x what a Squier costs?
PS - being a newbie I should just pre-apologize right up front for all the upcomign questions I am sure all the pros will think are silly. So I'm sorry.