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For the first time in about 5 years (maybe longer) I've bought a new guitar; a Squier Bullet Strat in Arctic White which is actually a pale yellow that is commonly referred to as "Cream"-colored.

On my Facebook fan page I posted a video playing it and a comment came across calling it "top banana". I found this funny because the guitar is sorta/kinda banana-colored, so the name fits. My nickname for the guitar is Top Banana or just Banana.

How I came across this guitar isn't any kind of a special story but I'll tell it anyway.

The red 1989 Squier II Stratocaster, my first guitar, really shouldn't be played as hard as I play it, so it was time for a replacement. Originally I was going to spend the money on a Squier "Standard", but the Squier Bullet Strat received great reviews all around and it happened to be offered in Arctic White - which I wanted.

I called up Guitar Center in Tampa to see if they had any in the color I wanted. They did. Just one. I drove on down, played the guitar for a few minutes then bought it.

The Squier Bullet Strat is the cheapest new guitar Squier makes, and cost me $128 after tax. She's a solid axe all around and I believe she'll be making good music for a good long time.


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