Hi everyone! Well, I joined this forum and plan on being active so I might as well introduce myself. My name is Patricio, I'm 29 years old but have been playing guitar since I was 13. I also play drums, bass, and keyboards, but guitar has been my main passion. My first guitar was a black Squier bullet, hardtail, with just one humbucker and one volume control that I got at Guitar Center in 2002 for $99. I don't remember much about that guitar, but it was very light weight and a very good guitar to learn with. I would stay up all night looking up guitar tabs of my favorite songs, etc... Years later one of my band members (with my permission) smashed it... The stupid things we sometimes do as kids... smh... In 2003 I saved up my money and got myself the Fender Tom Delonge signature Stratocaster in daphne blue. At the time it was my dream guitar and Blink 182 was my favorite band. (Again, the stupid things we are into as kids, lol). I enjoyed the guitar a lot, except I didn't play it much at first, because it was so special to me. In 2004 or 2005, I started listening to heavier music, specifically influenced by Zakk Wylde, I wanted a Les Paul, so I sold my Tom Delonge strat to a friend for $250 and used the rest of the money to buy a used Epiphone Les Paul Custom Black Beauty. It was a good guitar, but the pots were horrible, and it was basically falling apart, so I traded it for a BC Rich Warlock from the 80's which was later stolen from my garage :/ Following the loss of my guitars, I mainly focused on playing drums in local bands and had a great deal of fun doing so, until the bands broke up, and friends and bandmates moved away. It was at this time that I purchased myself a used Ibanez Iceman with active EMGs and a cheap used solid state Marshall half stack and began playing guitar again. My guitar was stolen by a "friend" and I fell into a deep depression. I went years without playing, until in 2010 I purchased a really nice Yamaha acoustic from my friend's grandfather. In 2001 I moved to Chile because I had found my biological family on facebook (I was adopted), and it was always my dream to get to know them and get to know my country. I had some low end classical guitars to play with until I decided to buy myself a decent Dean guitar and a nice Orange amp. My Dean is nice, but I prefer to keep it in Drop B tuning, but I play all genres, so for years I wanted a strat. As I mentioned in my thread "My new Squier Standard Mystery Guitar" almost all instruments in Chile are double the price as they are in America because of import taxes, so a MIM Fender that would cost me less than $1000 USD would cost me around $2000 USD, and Squiers that would be around 2-300 USD were 4-600 USD so I didn't really have the money at the time, but recently I discovered Facebook marketplace and the idea of buying a used instrument, especially a nice Squier really appealed to me. I forgot to mention, apart from my first guitar being a Squier, my first bass was actually a Squier Jazz Bass, one of the higher end ones, but I forget the model. It was a great bass, and I actually preferred it to my Fender Mark Hoppus signature bass that I also had around the same time, so I always knew Squiers could be good. Today I purchased a two tone sunburst Squier Stratocaster, which I made a thread about. Still not sure if it's a partscaster or what, but it's a great guitar that plays like butter, and I couldn't be more happier with my purchase!