Putting together a few sources, it can be inferred that one of John Mayer's first electric guitars - if not his very first one - was a Fender Squier Stratocaster. From the documentary film *Someday I'll Fly*, starting at the 2:00 mark: > "I picked up the guitar from time to time at friends' houses, and I was always intrigued by it. It wasn't until I was 13 my dad rented one of my brothers and I an acoustic guitar from the music store. We were gonna take [guitar lessons](http://equipboard.com/posts/online-guitar-lessons). **caption reads: January, 1991 - John has lessons every Monday with guitar teacher Al Ferrante at Fairfield's Professional Music Center.** I remember I'd get home from school, play for the whole rest of the night, and just never really catch up with sleep. My mom set up a rule - 9:30pm - so I would play all the way to 9:30pm, then I'd have to stop." At 2:28 into the video, a Fender Squier sticker can be seen, with a sticker on top of it "Property of JCM." In the very next scene, a photo from 1994 of a 16-year-old John Mayer can be seen where he's holding what looks like a guitar with a Fender Stratocaster shaped body, black finish, white pickguard, and rosewood fingerboard. He shared this photo [on his Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/p/jPiCBlOEWc/) with the caption, "#tbt 1994. 16 years old." In another video entitled [John Mayer 2007 summer tour](https://youtu.be/_Q9lXIbziKA?t=3m12s), starting at 3:12 into it, in an interview John Mayer says: > "My first guitar - my first electric guitar - was a Squier. So I've kind of grown up native to the shape and the sound and the feel of a Stratocaster, and kind of learned my way around a guitar on it."more
"For open chord tunings (I use quite a few odd ones), I have a Fender Squier Stratocaster with a trilogy bridge, raised nut, wired with one normal Fender neck pick up, one Hot Rail and one Cool Rail pick up. With this particular axe, I tend to use open G and E tunings that work well for electric slide playing."more
I have a 1989 Squier Made In USA Strat. It's a great surprise, quality sound and flawless construction, it came with Kluson tunners, go figure! GRAND SURPRISE! :D
The master guitar and excellent sound for its price. The most despicable is the hardware , but the body materials are very resistant , very good quality . mine has more than 20 years.
I know Squiers get a bad rep. But the thing is that with Fenders current state of quality control and such, you're better off getting a Squier Strat than an American Fender. You just need to do a good setup and get the action sitting nicely. A basic truss rod and bridge adjustment for whatever gauge of string you use and you're set to shred. The pickups are a little lacklustre but it costs a hell of a lot less to replace them than buy an American strat. And if you're a beginner, theres probably not a better single coil guitar out there.
I'd still recommend humbuckers to most people but this guitar is nice for pop punk, country and blues.
If you really want to look like a good guitarist without spending a fortune, I recommend getting a Squier instead of spending on a cheap or fake branded guitars. The body is solid, the machines and electronics are built well, and the design is worldwidely recognised. If you want to stand out just for the sake of standing out, you can easily customise the Strat by making or custom-order your pickguard. Just by alternating the pickguard, you can have your own triple humbucker, double single coil, humbucker at neck, single coil at bridge, you name it. And lastly, one feature of the Strat that is widely acclaimed, is that of the (hyperbolical) nuclear-proof finish. You can have the Strat swinging for decades and not lose its initial glossy color. A very good product.
This is a jack of all trades, master of none guitar. You can play pretty much any genre on it, and it will sound well. I use mine for punk, hard rock, and blues rock. My complaints are that the intonation is hard to adjust, and the screws don't stay in place, and that the strings don't stay in tune for very long.