It has been remiss of me to miss this auspicious occasion!
On 8th Aug this year my Squier Strat has been a member of my family for 30 years.
When I bought it it was harking back on a golden age of guitars i.e. It was modelled on a 1962 Strat and was part of the leave the awful 70s behind us movement of the early 80s. Now you see people paying daft money for 70s Strats many were awful and this Japanese new comer blew them away. Just cos a guitar is old don't make it good!! It itself is now much older than the age it echoed when new. However still Fender make many classic guitars on a similar theme to this day - the latest from Mexico have period correct finishes which this didn't being a modern more robust type.
I'd have to be desperate in some way now for this to ever leave me. It is such a part of me even if now I use a PRS more.