1996 Squier Strat, an outstanding guitar. I'd been playing acoustics for awhile, but I wanted to learn Walk Don't Run. I had a bunch of money (I was in the Army at the time) and no knowledge; the internet then was not at all what it has become. I've always felt grateful toward the kid at the music store in Fayetteville, NC who sold it to me. He could have taken advantage of me big time. I'd have bought a freaking LP if he'd told me to. Instead, he asked about what I wanted to play, how experienced I was, thought about it, and hooked me up with a Dodger blue Strat and a little Champion 110 amp. I still use the amp every day. The guitar lives at my parents' house, so I have something to play when I visit. Best trem action I've ever played, and I just can't duplicate it on any other Strat.