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A great beginners guitar with whammy bar.Now anyone can afford Fender quality. Built with a comfortable and lightweight slim basswood body, the Bulle...Click To Read More About This Product

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A solid starter axe with a tremolo bar.

A great beginners guitar with whammy bar.Now anyone can afford Fender quality. Built with a comfortable and lightweight slim basswood body, the Bullet Strat comes loaded with three single-coil Fender pickups for that iconic Strat tone, a fast-action bolt-on maple neck, and 21 medium-jumbo frets on a rosewood fingerboard. The tremolo arm, or whammy bar, enables everything from smooth note bends to crazy divebombs for your sonic experimentation.Use the drop-down menu above and to the right to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
  • Body: Basswood (42mm)
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood 9.5" Radius (241mm)
  • Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo
  • Pickups: 3 Single-Coil Strat Pickups
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone, Tone
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade:
  • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
  • Position 3. Middle Pickup
  • Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
  • Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Bridge: Synchronous Tremolo with Cast Saddles
  • Machine Heads: Covered Tuners
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply White
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.65" (42 mm)
  • Unique Features: Slim (42mm) Body Profile,
  • Traditional Strat Headstock Shape,
  • White Dot Position Inlays
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SquierBullet Strat with Tremolo
 
4.4

(based on 295 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (190)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (11)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (29)
  • Good feel (29)
  • Good tone (25)
  • Solid electronics (21)
  • Good pick up (19)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (31)
  • Jamming (26)
  • Small venues (14)
  • Recording (12)
  • School bands (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (10), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Unexpected Pleasure

To begin with, my Bullet was made in Indonesia. It is my understanding that they are now produced in China, and I have no firsthand knowledge of the Chinese made Bullets.Read complete review

To begin with, my Bullet was made in Indonesia. It is my understanding that they are now produced in China, and I have no firsthand knowledge of the Chinese made Bullets.

I was a little apprehensive about buying a Bullet. I have been experimenting with some amature guitar repair and needed a test subject that I didn't need to worry about causing any real harm to. Found the Bullet and figured it would work. I didn't expect what I got.

Aesthetically, this guitar is just beautiful. The finish is flawless. I have the Sunburst, and it is equal to any other fender sunburst finish I have ever seen; consistent coloring and nice wood grain showing through. Very pretty. The body is very light, and a little thinner than other Strat models. This, I think, is actually an advantage, as it is very comfortable to play.

It has a rosewood fret board. The rosewood slab is rather thin by comparison to other strats (Fender and Squier), but it plays nice. No blemishes or distracting features in the neck or fret board, other than the frets themselves, which I will get to in a minute.

The most amazing part of this guitar has to be the sound it makes. All of the pickups sound great. Clean it has very warm, rounded tones. They also sound good when you add a little drive to it. Other than tone it's all about output, and the stock pickups have plenty of it. My plan was to change them, right up to the point that I ran it through an amp. I think the pickups are just fine as is. Electronics are clean, no hiss or pop as adjustments are made.

There are some minor things you may want to address.

The frets have some sharp edges at the edge of the fret board. They will need to be sanded or filed to smooth them out, or they will be very uncomfortable on your hands in a very short time. Also, there are some high spots, which means the strings are set a bit higher than I like on a strat to eliminate the buzzing. A fret leveling and dressing should fix this, and allow a little lower action while eliminating the buzz.

The nut is cut too deep, and can choke the strings at the nut. The height of the cut off the fret board is fine, the strings just sit a little low in the nut. Well, ok, a lot low in the nut. This is common on lower priced guitars, and probably not something a novice would even notice. Fortunately it is something that can be easily fixed with a file, some time, and a little patience.

The tuning machine heads are very sloppy, and don't allow for easy finer tuning. For a beginner it will make getting the guitar in tune harder, and for the more experienced it's still a pain in the butt. I will say that once in tune it stays in tune.

The tremolo system is very stiff, and the tremolo arm is kind of weak. The system can probably be adjusted at the springs. I don't know if the arm is interchangeable with other squire products, but if it is I plan on changing it.

Other than those minor issues, all easy fixes, this is a great instrument.

I started out looking for something I could take apart, rebuild, and experiment on. What I got was an unexpectedly beautiful instrument that has found a permanent home in my collection.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

You pay for what you get..

Let me start this off by saying, For the price tag, It is what it is. I got this guitar in an HH format, With a Black Pickguard, Black Knobs ect. in...Read complete review

Let me start this off by saying, For the price tag, It is what it is. I got this guitar in an HH format, With a Black Pickguard, Black Knobs ect. in the Sunburst. It's absolutely Stunning. It looks amazing. When people look at this guitar they all say "That's a Beautiful Instrument". Unfortunately, They also will then play it. The tuners are complete Trash. The Trem system is Garbage. It's completely unreliable. I would not suggest you buy this if you are gigging(don't worry i'm not that stupid). However. That is not what this guitar was built for. Bedroom Strumming. If your new to playing, The Cons I've listed you probably won't notice. If your an experienced player Particularly a Blues player where String bends and Trem use is Frequent. You will end up setting this down in Frustration. Other then the tuning problems and the Trem. It's actually not a bad guitar to play. When it does manage to maintain tuning. The pickups on a Overdrive channel are hot and Raspy. I was actually quite surprised with that. and when clean they really sing. I was also pleased that it still keeps a very "strat" sound. the neck isn't half bad at all. It's a good guitar to learn on or make a project out of. However like i said. If your Experienced, i would only suggest this small purchase to hold you over while you save your caps to buy a higher end Strat.

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5.0

Amazing Guitar for the Money

By Riverboat

from East Coast

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Squier Bullet Strat with Tremolo:

    It is absolutely amazing that Squier can make a guitar this good and sell it (when it's on sale) for about 100 bills. I bought my daughter one in daphne blue a few years ago and I've played it as much as she has. I finally got one of my own in seafoam green. Both of them are a blast to play and sound great. I'm especially fond of the fretboards, which make bends ridiculously smooth and easy. I've played guitars costing 10 times as much with fretboards that don't come close to these.
    As a side note, a music teacher friend of mine bought 20 of these for his guitar classes several years ago, and they are ALL functioning perfectly. Believe me, if they can hold up to the way the kids abuse them, they are tough guitars.
    As with all new guitars, a setup and new strings are highly recommended--but Fenders are so easy to set up, you are a fool if you don't do it yourself. It took me about 1/2 an hour to get my new one playing as smoothly; as any guitar I've owned (hundreds).
    Don't listen to the gear snobs (usually guys who can't play any better than you and me but think they need to do it on a guitar that costs as much as a used car)--this guitar will be a pleasure to own for years.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Good

    By ted

    from ky

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming

      Comments about Squier Bullet Strat with Tremolo:

      very good Guitar

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By Squire Bullet Fan

      from TEXAS

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Play this guitar anywhere.
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • I have no Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Bullet Strat with Tremolo:

      I would like to thank Musicians Friend Cooperation for providing affordable guitars and parts that last a long time and for there great service. I have had the Squire Bullet since 3/20/12 and I have been wanting to make some comments here for people who has never had a fender guitar and are thinking about buying one. This guitar comes with 09-042 light string gauges. On the 1st,2nd and 3rd fret there is a little to much area between the strings and the fret board so I sanded down the nut a little bit at a time to bring the strings down closer to the fret board and my open chords play very good as well as up and down all of the frets. I did this because i have a bigger hand than the normal size person and I press down hard on the strings. When your guitar is in tune you can check this with your guitar tuner by pressing down on the string and striking the string with your pick and if your tuner reads sharp then you might want to think about sanding down the nut some. Also when I play the 15th fret down to the 20th fret the back side of my hand rubs up against the guitar so I sanded it down and it fits like a glove. It even looks better. You won't have to do this with a Squire Affinity. Epiphone? I have had the SG with the set neck (glued in neck) and dropped it once and cracked the neck joint and with my arm size and the neck being thin chords were off. I am 6ft tall. I sold it and got the Squire Bullet and I have not had a problem since. I have dropped it several times, toss it into the back cab of my truck without a case when it is time to go practice with the church band. I use 013-046 Rogue Strings now. If your a beginner and when your playing improves, get the Graph Tech Nut and string trees watch you tube videos and do it your self or find someone that will set up your guitar and do it for you Its worth the upgrade. This will help your guitar stay in tune better and using the tremolo bar a lot. I play my bullet 300 days out of the year. It has great tone!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bullet Strat with Tremolo

      By Crazy Fingers

      from Alvin, Texas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Bullet Strat with Tremolo:

        This guitar is just as good as any of the ones I use from Gibson on down. Forget all the con hipe as to each is his or her own. I changed the strings to Ball # 8 and off it went. Great action and handles well. For the price you would be a fool not to get it. I worried about all the bad hipe but found no problems.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Good neck, poor sound

        By Ste

        from Sydney

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • affordable
        • nice neck

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • poor tuners

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Squier Bullet Strat with Tremolo:

        I've been playing 19 years.
        On my sunburst 2010 the neck is the best part of the guitar, medium profile, satin finish, nice feel, ok frets that allow for medium action with no buzz.
        The tuners, the sound, and the color-look are poor though, and I'd recommend an affinity squier instead, that has no such issues. I set up my bullet and still found it dead sounding and with an uglyish color. Eventually I sold it; maybe try one in person to see if it suits you.
        I'm a picky guy and for under 200 I'd go for an affinity strat or tele or a jackson or a sterling, but no bullet, epiphone or ibanez (had them all).

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great deal on a decent guitar

        By Brother Leon

        from Kent, OH

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Bullet Strat with Tremolo:

          Got a great deal on this guitar as a scratch 'n dent model. It needed a bit of set up, but now it plays and sounds great! Thanks again, Musicians Friend!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Yes ! i will buy this one again for a friend!

          By the G.R. KID!

          from Grand Rapids MI.

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands

            Comments about Squier Bullet Strat with Tremolo:

            Yes here you go! If you are a beginner, then i would say to you- This is a very good guitar to learn on! And it doe"s have it"s own good little way of sounding the way i would prefer, for the beginners, I don"t have to explain anything to those who have experience! Because we all still"love playing, these guitars, as well as you do! to pick up and learn new songs on! Because of the clear, sound they have to offer. There is no buzzing sound in these pickup"s! One last thing to remember is whenever, you are playing any kind of strat! Is that you do not! pull back, on the whammy bar! Just push it inward and you should get the sound you are looking for! Thank"s Clinton. Patrick.

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Affordable Strat

            By billsmafia11

            from Beaumont, Tx

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Bullet Strat with Tremolo:

            Bought this as my first electric and I have been very happy with the purchase. The guitar is extremely light and fun to play. The only problem I've had is that it doesn't stay in tune for very long but it's not that big of a deal.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            One man's backup is another man's main

            By Dennisio

            from Summerhill, PA

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Great All Around Electric
            • Great Value

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Backup Unit
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Squier Bullet Strat with Tremolo:

            My Squier strat was bought used and set up by an expert. It feels, plays and looks like instruments three or four times its price. It sounds nice on any effects unit or amp I plug it into.

            This is a great student or intermediate guitar. There also seems to be a lot of pro players that use them as a backup or main guitar.

            At the time of this writing the Squier strat was still one of those great things in life that did not break the bank but provided so much joy.

            I buy and sell guitars frequently and I still enjoy playing my Squiers.

            Oh, did I forget to say you should get one?..... You should get one!

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            worth the price

            By jb

            from kona hawaii

            About Me Novice

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Squier Bullet Strat with Tremolo:

              great deal for the money

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