Found this over on TDPRI, and thought of sharing it as it is quite interesting. http://www.tdpri.com/threads/affinity-nut-hoax.604081/ For those not wanting to click, the first post is as follows: === From time to time I hear/read about people that seem to have trouble with the narrower nut on the Squier Affinity. And I never seem to have such trouble, changing between 3 or 4 guitars out of collection of about a dozen all the time (only 1 Affinity at my desk, the others change regularly). It is true that the outer size of the nut is less than any other Squier I own, but I measured the string spacing on both my Squier Affinity (pack, string through, Indonesian) and my Squier VM '72 Custom with a pair of callipers. I bought both of them new, and the nut has not been changed. The nut size was indeed different (40.6 vs 42mm). I put the callipers as close to the nut at the playing side as I could and measured between (inside measurement) the high and low E strings and over them (outside measurement). The spacing between the strings was 34.9 mm (about 1.374 inch) on both of them. And the outside spacing between them was 36.4 mm on the Custom and 36.2 mm on the Affinity. That's a difference of 0.2mm! (a lot less than the 1.4 mm between 42 and 40.6 mm) So I checked the string thickness. Since both guitars had a different gauge. (I use the Affinity only for practice, and the Custom just screams for thicker strings ) By adding up the thickness of the high and low E string, I came to this conclusion: Affinity: 9-42 = 51/1000 of an inch x 25.4 mm/inch = 1.2954mm '72 Custom: 11-49 = 60/1000 of an inch x 25.4 mm/inch = 1.5240mm difference: 0.2286mm, pretty close to the 0.2mm I measured. So safe to say: the difference was ONLY caused by the thickness of the strings used (and probably some measurement error combined with string production variance), and the strings have the same spacing between them on both guitars. Of course the Affinity had the high and low E closer to the edge of the fretboard. As a regular Squier has a 42mm nut and the Affinity has a 40.6mm nut, that would be about 0.7mm or about 1/40 of an inch. Now my questions for those that haven't given up reading the post: * Does anyone have a stock top load (Chinese) Affinity to compare the measurements? * I always felt like the Affinity must be an "evil" guitar with the narrow nut and thinner body, but now I know the string spacing is actually exactly the same, it seems I was prejudiced. Does anyone here have similar experiences? === thoughts?