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Squier Bullet Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Tremolo   

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A perfect choice for a first guitar no matter what style of music you want to learn.

The Squire Bullet HSS Strat with tremolo is a simple, affordable and practical electric guitar designed for beginners and students. The Bullet HSS Stratocaster has classic styling and includes the added benefit of the combination of one humbucking pickup in the bridge position and two single-coil pickups in the neck and middle positions. Other features on the Squire Bullet guitar include 5-way switching, synchronous tremolo, and a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and 21 frets.

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FEATURES
  • Series: Bullet Series
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: rosewood, 9-1/2" radius (241 mm)
  • No. of Frets: 21 medium jumbo
  • Pickups: 2 single-coil Strat pickups (middle & bridge), and one humbucking pickup (bridge)
  • 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: 25-1/2" (648 mm)
  • Width at nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Strings: Fender super 250l, (.009 to .042) nickel-plated steel
  • Unique features:
  • Slim (42 mm) body profile
  • Traditional Strat headstock shape
  • White dot position inlays
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SquierBullet Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Tremolo
 
4.5

(based on 41 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good guitar, not playable out of the box

This is a very good looking and playing guitar once several adjustments are made. I have the arctic white one. After taking it out of the box and tuning it, I found that...Read complete review

This is a very good looking and playing guitar once several adjustments are made. I have the arctic white one. After taking it out of the box and tuning it, I found that the intonation was way off after playing a couple chords. After adjusting the length of the strings at the bridge and filing some of the string slots on the nut a little deeper, I have it playing fairly well. I still am a tad sharp on the 3rd and 5th fret on the E and A string depending on how hard I press the strings against the frets, but all chords sound in tune. I changed the pickguard to a Fender tortise shell. The pickups, switch, and pots fit perfectly. I did have a couple holes not perfectly lined up and only had to drill the hole at the bottom next the the second tone knob. The tortise shell looks good against the white/slight creamy color. I will be putting some vintage 6 on a plate tuners from guitarfetish when they come in as the stock tuners have a lot of play in them. They can hold a tune for a little while depending on how hard you strum or bend and pick. The stock pickups actually sound pretty good. I will know more once I get the amp I want. I am just playing through a basic 1x12 solid state 2 channel amp right now and am eager to play this through a class A tube amp. Overall, this is a good guitar to have around the house for jamming.

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LJP

i would not recommend this guiatar for anyone. i bought it as my first guitar and now that i have played and own better ones, i cant even pick this thing up it sounds...Read complete review

i would not recommend this guiatar for anyone. i bought it as my first guitar and now that i have played and own better ones, i cant even pick this thing up it sounds so bad. it dosent stay in tune, very poor tone and sustain, if you are buying a first guitar go with another companies low end guitar, like a gibson, epiphone or ibanez... not the squier

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5.0

Bullet's Got Bite

By Rock n Roll

from Bristol ,Tennessee

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Squier Bullet Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

    I've done Squier Strats for years but these Bullets are the best. The basswood body is light, which I like, and this wood is very musical as well. The humbucker easily carries the load for rocking hard and serves well for lighter amp settings too; nice tone. The only change I made to the guitar was with bridge saddles resembling the Fender synchronized type but with notches in them for the strings to sit in as I find it easier to palm-mute with them, rather than if they're just flat across the top. Tuners hold strings just fine.

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    5.0

    My kind of guitar!

    By Cnader

    from Washington C.H., Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Squier Bullet Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

      I bought the brown sunburst model. After a little setup and intonation, it plays beautifully with good tone and sustain. It's my go to guitar now. The finish is nice and the hardware is decent, can't beat it for the price.

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      4.0

      this is an excellent entry level electric guitar

      By oldzman

      from st paul mn

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Squier Bullet Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

      i am a beginner and need an inexpensive alternative and this fits the bill, after minor adjustments and changing factory strings its very playable

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      NOT TO SHABBY!

      By John

      from San Antonio

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Squier Bullet Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

        Saw this used in a guitar store, ridiculously low price, so I decided to check it out. The neck was really straight with a very slight relief bow. Perfect! I said wth. I was really there for hook-up bundled cable for mixing board to audio interface. Bought this guitar also for small change. The least expensive guitar I've ever bought. Mine is some sort of enigma, I guess one of the older Bullet Strats. It has that stripe down the back of the neck like some of the more expensive models. This stripe is where a piece of wood is inserted and glued that is arched so the truss rod fits snuggly in it's groove and doesn't bind. I don't see these type of Squirer Bullets listed anymore??? Anyway, this guitar was used, barely. Still had the protective clear plastic coat on the pick guard. Got it home, played it for a bit, then made some needed adjustments to the intonation and string heights. The tuning machines were really tight, anyone got a torque wrench? But they stay in tune really well even after using the tremolo. Played the guitar through the mixing board, no EQ, no effects and listened to it thru the monitors, which are way flat (real time analyzed). All by itself this guitar has really nice tones. Wouldn't say it would be the best for heavy metal shredding, but for blues, classic rock, alternative rock ( kind of stuff I mostly play), it sounds great. I found myself using mostly the bridge humbucker or the bridge/middle pick-up the most. Nice clear highs and a warm sounding bottom. I then plugged it into a Vibro Champ small tube amp. Real nice. Pushed the tubes a bit and got that Eric Clapton like sound. For a beginner, this would be a great first guitar. The action is good, the sound is good and it's fun to play. Cosmetically, it's pretty good too (mine is the sunburst). As you can tell, I really like this guitar. For the price it was a great buy. I have lots of guitars, but believe it or not, this is now one of my favorites.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        With some work this makes a great guitar

        By GibsonMan-70NbX

        from Corbin, Ky

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Finnish Is Nice On Mine
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Neck Feels Really Good
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Bad Tuners But Expected
        • Bridge Slightly Crooked
        • Intonation Way Off
        • Nut Needs Replaced

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Bullet Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

        Got one of these bullets just after christmas when they had a price drop on them. Out of the box it will most likely not be playable as far as it being in tune and intonated properly which was expected. After adjusting the truss rod for proper neck bow, bridge saddles for string heigth, moving the saddles forward or backwards for strenth length, I still had some intonation problems. Playing a G chord the low G note was going a half a note sharp. It was in between G and G#. Other chords had the same problem, it was not isolated to just the 6th string. So I ordered a new Graph Tech Tusq nut for it. I did have to shim the new nut as it was not as tall as the original, but now the intonation is near perfect. This is probably the best intonated guitar I have ever had after this fix. I have had higher end guitars that this was not a big problem, they were not off enough to change the nut. I also put in a 6 on a bar vintage tuners from GFS that fit perfectly and stays in tune. Due to the smaller size of the holes for the tuners, you have to get the vintage size so you don't have to drill them bigger. These two upgrades are necessary for this guitar to be gig worthy. The bridge is good, but will possibly put some new saddles either stainless or the ones with rollers. The electronics as a whole are very good. The switch and knobs are smooth. The pickups for the most part have that strat sound. I find them to be a little on the harsh to shrill sound though. The neck and middle pickup give you a nice clean sound and can handle a little overdrive, but do not sound good to me heavily overdriven. However the humbucker bridge pickup sounds great heavily overdriven and it sounds good clean as well. Next I will be getting a GFS prewired pickguard that has the Alnico V pickups installed which is the type used in vintage strats. They should have a warmer less shrill sound. I will probably just get the standard sss to make this into a standard vintage strat. I know i've rambled on, but if you are a beginner and do not have experience with working on a guitar, you will have to take it to a guitar shop that can get it set up and change those parts out. With the tuners and nut I do not have much invested in this guitar, so for me it was a great buy. Bottom line is with a couple of other upgrades I may do I will have a great playing and sounding guitar that cost no way near an american made fender. Don't get me wrong, becuase I would like to have one, but quality control is still a hit or miss on a guitar no matter what the cost and I for sure do not have a thousand to spend. Another nice little note is on the VHT special 6, a low cost handwired tube amp that pairs really nice with a strat.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good guitar, not playable out of the box

        By GibsonMan-70NbX

        from Corbin, Ky

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Squier Bullet Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

          This is a very good looking and playing guitar once several adjustments are made. I have the arctic white one. After taking it out of the box and tuning it, I found that the intonation was way off after playing a couple chords. After adjusting the length of the strings at the bridge and filing some of the string slots on the nut a little deeper, I have it playing fairly well. I still am a tad sharp on the 3rd and 5th fret on the E and A string depending on how hard I press the strings against the frets, but all chords sound in tune. I changed the pickguard to a Fender tortise shell. The pickups, switch, and pots fit perfectly. I did have a couple holes not perfectly lined up and only had to drill the hole at the bottom next the the second tone knob. The tortise shell looks good against the white/slight creamy color. I will be putting some vintage 6 on a plate tuners from guitarfetish when they come in as the stock tuners have a lot of play in them. They can hold a tune for a little while depending on how hard you strum or bend and pick. The stock pickups actually sound pretty good. I will know more once I get the amp I want. I am just playing through a basic 1x12 solid state 2 channel amp right now and am eager to play this through a class A tube amp. Overall, this is a good guitar to have around the house for jamming.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love it

          By mewannarock

          from here

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Squier Bullet Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

            I bought one of these a few years ago and thought it was pretty good for the cost. Wanted another with a humbucker so I ordered this one. I thought it would not be as good because I got lucky with the last one. I was wrong! This thing is great! You get what your pay for but it sounds good, neck is good, very, very light guitar. Fun guitar, love it.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar and sound for the price

            By K260SOLO

            from OHIO

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Squier Bullet Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

              This guitar is well worth the price for what it is. It is a beautiful sunburst and the finish is flawless. I had no problums with the tuners on my squier and played real nice right out of the box. It sounds really good and the frets are not too bad. I thought i might have to do some ajusting when i started playing it, but i did not have to do anything. I guess i was lucky on that part of it. I own a lot of different guitars and i thought i would like to have one of these, so i went ahead and got one and do not regret it at all. Very nice guitar and i am glad i bought one. Way to go squier by fender.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Beginners Guitar

              By Monican

              from NC

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Good Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small gigs

                Comments about Squier Bullet Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

                This was the very first electric I have purchased after playing an acoustic for 3 years. I wanted something to play around with just get some new sounds. I was not disappointed. I picked it up straight from the box, tuned it, and played out some nice tunes. Whenever you first get the guitar, the strings will come untuned quickly, once you break them in they stay tuned for a while. I'd say for the money you are paying, this is a great deal!

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                (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Fun to play

                By Basement Blues

                from Chicago IL

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play

                Cons

                • Rough Fret

                Best Uses

                • Gig

                Comments about Squier Bullet Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

                Sound is good. No weak spot or buzz issues. Single ply pickguard is not straight but 70's strato has the same issue so I use it to stick sparer picks. The weight varies from one lot to the other.

                After initial inspection of stock condition I disassembled for modification.

                Some of screw thread are almost stripped so I repaired.

                Tuners are cheap and turning resistance is inconsistent but stay in tune very well. If you want to upgrade tuners, note the diameter of the neck holes. Squire has smaller diameter holes than Fender's.

                Body was well made and finish is nice and clean. Some bridge screws were weak. Neck is straight. Good holding balance.

                As always the fret edge was rough. I file them down to my likings. This is the only major minus for this guitar.

                It is fun to customize this Strato. Most Fender parts work well. Upgrading is fun.

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