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](https://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
This Squier Strat was the first guitar he got and used it heavily throughout his learning days and playing for my people in his videos. When explaining the guitar, he makes no mention of any modifications at all. The fretboard is very worn and has undergone lots of maintenence. The strat is most likely apart of the affinity series.more
'As well as my Tele I'd just got a Squier Strat, and I used that quite a lot through a Roland JC120 amp. It was whatever I like the shape of that week, more than the sound! I had a big thing that we used to call "The Tower", which had all these effects built in and then a huge multi-core cable to this massive, customised foot pedal. You needed a forklift truck to move it around.'more
According to this photo from an issue of *Guitarist* magazine, Mayall uses Squier Stratocaster and Bullet models that are sawed down to size. One example can be seen [here](http://www.strat-talk.com/data/attachments/33/33596-c8ca6a57137074c4a58390424fd0c12c.jpg) and [here](http://www.strat-talk.com/data/attachments/33/33598-fb807b858331b173c659b6ea907aa6aa.jpg) from the same source.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.
Easy to calibrate bridge and removable vibrato lever. No doubt the pads are very similar to the original Fender guitars. Get the best sound to combo amplifiers for rooms. It also serves for home recordings.
I have a 20th Anniversary edition and it's well built and still looks good after over 15 years of constant playing. It could use some hotter pickups but thats about all.
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.
I use this thing when I track for other people a lot of the time; mine has lipsticks in it right now that give it a more laid-back clean tone, but it still dirties up well. Blocked off the vibrato system a while back, it helps a ton honestly.
I have a Chinese one, probably from the 90's or earlier 2000's. It sounds like shit, but the build quality as a whole isn't that bad, especially for such a cheap guitar. It's an okay starter guitar, but after playing other, nicer guitars, and then coming back to this one and trying it again, it just sounds horrible with the stock pickups. So bad, in fact, that just holding this piece of shit in my hands seems to stifle my creativity. There's this nice buzzing sound it makes when you aren't touching the metal on the guitar, and there is absolutely no resonance when anything is played. The pickups hardly even pick up the sound the high e makes, and that kind of pisses me off. Overall, it's an OK guitar, i guess, if you're really short on money or just starting out.
Backup strat for live work it is red with rosewood (Looking) fretboard and the mods are a GFS hot rails pickup in the bridge, Graphtech non locking ratio tuners, Tusq XL nut and string saver saddles.
R.I.P. my first ever guitar you are missed dearly ... it was my first guitar, it was a white one. I learned music like godsmack on it ( go to my youtube for to see me play on this ) Rock on kids :)
This was my first guitar as a kid. I still use it today and have modded it pretty lightly. Same pickups and everything, but frets and some other stuff has been messed with to make it less cheap.
I got this guitar when I was....10? 9? Bang the ever living hell out of it. It's been with me for a good decade now. Still has a good tone to it. Solid neck. Tuners never go loose, the trem stick feels great in ur hands, and it's amazing with distortion. I'd recommend this for any beginner guitar player.
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 was my first guitar. Bought a black one used and sounded great. Replaced the pickups with a 920D Loaded Pickguard and sounds even better. Has amazing cleans and can handle gain with ease.