I started playing the guitar as a child, when I was given a cheap acoustic guitar and, for a brief time, attended some basic folk guitar classes where I learnt my first few chords. When I went to university, I fancied playing around with an electric guitar, and so I bought myself a secondhand guitar that looked like the right thing, for £75 if I recall correctly. This was probably in 1987, so that’s the equivalent of about £200 in 2016, and nowadays you can get a fine new guitar for a beginner at that price, but I don’t think that was the case thirty years ago. And unfortunately, as I worked out many years later, this strat copy was not good at all and I was probably totally conned, but that’s life.
I don’t currently have any pictures of the guitar and it’s not in my possession at the moment, but I’ll try to get a couple of photos in the near future. It looks like a classic strat, except that there is no name on the headstock.
The frets are uneven and the pickup selector switch is rather dodgy. I took it to a guitar repairer some years ago and he gave it a clean inside which improved it, but the switch still didn’t work very well. My son took the guitar some time ago to start learning with (and I subsequently bought him a PRS SE as a birthday present which is obviously much, much better) and he’s replaced the switch, so that should be OK now but I haven’t had the guitar in my hands since that time.
I sometimes wonder whether I would have been more motivated to play the guitar earlier in my life if I’d had a better guitar, and also a better amp (I also bought an amp around that time which is just awful). However, that’s pure speculation, and you can’t change the past, only the future.
It’s a Strat copy – 25.5″ scale length, three single coils…more details later!