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In this Fender video interview with Ed O’Brien, Ed O’Brien talks about his first guitar, a 1986 Squier Stratocaster electric guitar, black finish with a white pickguard. He says, “I got my first Strat - it was a Squire Strat - and it was 1986. This Squier Strat was about £180 and I saved up, and I got it. It was black with a white pickguard, and I don’t think it was the nicest neck [laughs], but I loved it, I didn’t give a shit. And I had that [guitar] all the way through until 1995 when all our gear was nicked in the yellow Penske van. So I played it on [Pablo Honey](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Honey), and on [The Bends](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bends)…” (1:43)more
So far no major complaints Trem is fairly good at keeping in tune. Looks great. Great sound un plugged usually a good sign for playing it plugged in. Loses 1 star as the fret edges are a little sharp. The action however seem set up perfectly.
The Stratocaster simply is and always will be one of the greatest, most versatile guitar options for alt-rock and indie guitar players. Everything about the guitar is beautiful, from the array of tones that can be produced, to the neck thickness, body feel, and a number of other components.
This guitar was my first leccy guitar I picked up. It has three excellent single-coil strat pickups that sound fantastic. I enjoyed experimenting with having the tone for the middle pickup at a medium setting and using it at the same time as the bridge pickup, while running it through some effects and amp modifications on my old practice amp to get it sounding even better.