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) Ed O' Brien can also be seen playing the guitar with On A Friday some time in the late eighties. http://piemerica.org/tired/88c.jpgmore
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.
If any beginners are looking for a reliable and cheap guitar, here you are! This guitar is well made and will last you an age.
Problems; Single Coil pickups - very cheap, slightly heavy, 'wammy' bar puts it out of tune really easily.
A fantastic upgrade to my first guitar. I've been playing a gloss finish, rosewood fret board for a couple of years and the natural finish, maple fret board really opened my eyes. Although the picture shows a rosewood fret board - I purchased it with a maple fret board. The playability is extremely fluid and the stock single coil pickups sound crisp and bright. A great affordable guitar that can be enjoyed by both beginners and seasoned players alike. It was also my first guitar to feature a tremolo bridge system. Stays in tune quite well considering the price even with heavy tremolo use. I highly recommend this guitar for beginners.
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 the first electric I ever owned, and after getting my Epiphone Les Paul I can't say I've played it too much, but recently I took it apart and cleaned and I'm going to start using it more to mix things up a bit. This guitar isn't made all that well, but we got mine with a small practice amp and a gig bag for $125, and for that price its actually pretty good. The strings don't buzz and I have never had any problems with anything breaking before, so all in all it is a fairly reliable beginner guitar.
This is the least liked guitars out of my small collection. Currently I've replaced the pickups with artec hot rails in the neck and middle position, in the bridge is a dimarzio d417 (I think).
Great sounds from crystal clear to very strong and powerful ones. The neck is made of maple and the fretboard is rosewood, the body is basswood, tuners are stable and the vintage tremolo stays in tune, you can only push it but not pull. That's a detail because it's not a Floyd Rose and all problems are avoid. The Seymour Duncan pickups are very well designed for this neck and body !
It's a decent Guitar, it has all of your basic needs. Don't expect to go crazy on it, if so go buy a Fender Stratocaster. The frets are too tall for my taste though.
My Squier is one of the newer ones and my second guitar. I bought the first as a beginner mistake and it discouraged me to play, but then I wound up with one of these things and I was completely interested again. I've had it for about two years now and it's of pretty great quality for the price. I have played others, from my low-end all the way to a Gibson Les Paul. It certainly wasn't as good as the Les Paul, but it does make for a great beginner or intermediate player, again, given the price. I've never had any trouble with feedback on the pickups, even with a cheapo amp. Could be better, clearly.
Mine is old over 25 years. 8 holes pickguard version. Great neck. Exact fender body. Fine pickups (allmost with zero noise in front of an amp). gerat for modifications
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.
The Squier Standard Stratocaster plays great, with traditional vibe and modern feel. Player-friendly features like the slimmer neck and 22-fret rosewood fingerboard make for easier playing, and the die-cast tuners are lifetime-lubricated for years of trouble-free service and tuning stability. A twin-pivot bridge with satin-anodized saddles provides smooth tremolo action, and the single-coil alnico pickups sound great!