My high school buddy got a new candy apple red Fender Strat in 1963 which I tried to talk my dad in buying one for me but ended up with a 1963 white Fender Esquire that the local music shop in Fairbanks (AK) had on sale. I couldn't stand the guitar because it wasn't cool looking and didn't have that Surf or Ventures tone. To me it was basically a "Hello I'm Johnny Cash" type of guitar. I sold it for $100 to a guy in the Air Force just prior to entering the Navy in 1966. Up until 1988 I played Gibson ES335 and ES347 type of guitars. Returning from overseas in 1988 I was talked into buying a Fender Squire Telecaster mainly because I got a FREE amp in the deal. Well with 20 years having gone by since my first Tele experience I wasn't into cool anymore and (for the most part) Surf and Ventures was a thing of the past and I had gravitated towards the Bakersfield sound; especially the twang of Don Rich and other great tele players like Pete Anderson. Today I have a Fender Custom Shop NOS Postmodern Tele, 1964 AVRI Tele and the 1988 Squire Tele.