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None, none more black.

It's a simple, affordable and practical electric guitar designed for beginners and students. The all-black styling includes the added benefit of 2 humbucker pickups to produce a wide variety of rock and blues tones.

FEATURES
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood 9.5" Radius
  • No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo
  • Pickups: 2 Humbucking Pickups
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone, Tone
  • Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade:
  • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickup
  • Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Bridge: Hardtail
  • Machine Heads: Covered Tuners
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)

Get this black Tele and keep your budget in the black.

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SquierBullet Telecaster HH Blackout FSR Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
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    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice surprise!

Caught this on sale from MF and decided to get it to use as a mod platform. It arrived 3-4 days later. Pulling it out of box I just felt it was super...Read complete review

Caught this on sale from MF and decided to get it to use as a mod platform. It arrived 3-4 days later. Pulling it out of box I just felt it was super cheap, I was thinking about just putting it back in there before I even got it all the way out and returning. Took it out anyway plugged in and checked it out. Turned out to be a killer little unit, innotetated well, and actually great sounding, especially the bridge P/U. I know they Chinese alpha brand pots, jack, and switch but they work great and feel as good as any of my USA axes.
The neck is a little thin for my taste but I am able to quickly adjust to it. Other than thin, the neck was ver nice also, the fretwork and fingerboard edge actually surprised me, better than some on more expensive guitars I've had in the past.
It is very light weigh and at my age (55), I'm loving that too.

This ain't no vintage Tele, Strat or Les Paul, but if you need a decent guitar cheap this one will work just fine.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cheap, cheap, cheap

Know what you're getting going into your purchase. This is a cheap guitar. The basswood feels light, the grain looks cheap, the all black, IMO, looks ridiculous. The frets are terrible,...Read complete review

Know what you're getting going into your purchase. This is a cheap guitar. The basswood feels light, the grain looks cheap, the all black, IMO, looks ridiculous. The frets are terrible, and so are the tuners. The stock bridge humbucker was servicable. The neck humbucker was useless.

The GREAT news is that this is a *very* low priced guitar! I added two Seymour Duncan humbuckers, an APH-1 in the neck and a SH-14 in the bridge. I got them both in zebra, which really makes the guitar look much better. I still haven't spent nearly as much on this guitar as a Made in Mexico Fender tele, and I can get a perfect early Van Halen/AC DC/Scorpions metal sound. Early 80s metal was my first love, and this guitar flat out delivers.

Basswood is a light wood, and there still isn't much warmth to it, but I feel like it's exactly what Eddie Van Halen was going for when he make his Frankenstrat. And, actually, the APH-1 does a remarkable job balancing the tone. It just isn't a very hot pickup. It's perfect for my clean or even overdriven channel though.

Like I said, know what you're getting before you buy. Despite the cheap tuners, its got a hard tail, so it stays in tune very well. There's nothing to be said for the frets other than get ready to file. Get a professional setup (it was awful out of the box) and upgrade the pickups, and you've got a nice axe.

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar for the Money!

By Jay Stueve

from USA

Comments about Squier Bullet Telecaster HH Blackout FSR Electric Guitar:

I have to give this guitar a 10 simply based on the price and what you get for that price. It's not a $3k PRS or an American Tele so don't expect that. But, for the price it's more than worth it. I would pay twice what I did to own this thing.
Everything you need in a guitar. No frills.
I'm surprised by the fit and finish of this instrument. I work in a music store and frequently play hi end stuff. The Jim Root Tele is only slightly better in quality. It certainly isn't 10x better! Although the price is 10x higher for the Jim Root. The guitar set up really well and plays well. The finish is close to flawless. Outstanding guitar for the money.
Incredible value!!!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice surprise!

By TeleConvert

from Macon, Ga.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Comments about Squier Bullet Telecaster HH Blackout FSR Electric Guitar:

Caught this on sale from MF and decided to get it to use as a mod platform. It arrived 3-4 days later. Pulling it out of box I just felt it was super cheap, I was thinking about just putting it back in there before I even got it all the way out and returning. Took it out anyway plugged in and checked it out. Turned out to be a killer little unit, innotetated well, and actually great sounding, especially the bridge P/U. I know they Chinese alpha brand pots, jack, and switch but they work great and feel as good as any of my USA axes.
The neck is a little thin for my taste but I am able to quickly adjust to it. Other than thin, the neck was ver nice also, the fretwork and fingerboard edge actually surprised me, better than some on more expensive guitars I've had in the past.
It is very light weigh and at my age (55), I'm loving that too.

This ain't no vintage Tele, Strat or Les Paul, but if you need a decent guitar cheap this one will work just fine.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Cheap, cheap, cheap

By Will94

from Columbia, MO

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Pros

  • Low price

Cons

  • Low Quality Components

Best Uses

    Comments about Squier Bullet Telecaster HH Blackout FSR Electric Guitar:

    Know what you're getting going into your purchase. This is a cheap guitar. The basswood feels light, the grain looks cheap, the all black, IMO, looks ridiculous. The frets are terrible, and so are the tuners. The stock bridge humbucker was servicable. The neck humbucker was useless.

    The GREAT news is that this is a *very* low priced guitar! I added two Seymour Duncan humbuckers, an APH-1 in the neck and a SH-14 in the bridge. I got them both in zebra, which really makes the guitar look much better. I still haven't spent nearly as much on this guitar as a Made in Mexico Fender tele, and I can get a perfect early Van Halen/AC DC/Scorpions metal sound. Early 80s metal was my first love, and this guitar flat out delivers.

    Basswood is a light wood, and there still isn't much warmth to it, but I feel like it's exactly what Eddie Van Halen was going for when he make his Frankenstrat. And, actually, the APH-1 does a remarkable job balancing the tone. It just isn't a very hot pickup. It's perfect for my clean or even overdriven channel though.

    Like I said, know what you're getting before you buy. Despite the cheap tuners, its got a hard tail, so it stays in tune very well. There's nothing to be said for the frets other than get ready to file. Get a professional setup (it was awful out of the box) and upgrade the pickups, and you've got a nice axe.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Something Different

    By Jerkowitz

    from St. Louis, Mo

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    Comments about Squier Bullet Telecaster HH Blackout FSR Electric Guitar:

    I have a dozen other Tele's in all price ranges. I bought this one to have the feel of a Tele with a heavier sound. It does this well.
    Much like a tele but the humbuckers being the main difference besides the cosmetic features sets it apart from your basic tele.
    With guitars being cut out by computer controlled cutting machines it is harder to find bad guitars. The main things to check is assembly, setup, and quality of parts. For the price range you get a collection of decent parts put together well. The only thing of note were the fret ends were beveled well but not rounded which gives the feel of sharp ends when playing. This doesn't bother me, 20 minutes with a fret end file and I have it the way I want it. Besides that a normal setup is required which is normal for any new guitar.
    Got mine on sale here at MF but still a good deal at the regular selling price.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    ECG

    By Edwin Guilbeau

    from Florida

    Comments about Squier Bullet Telecaster HH Blackout FSR Electric Guitar:

    This is a great guitar for the money that can easily be tweaked or upgraded to your liking.
    Bullet Telecaster HH Blackout FSR
    It's a Tele with modern styling and pick-ups.
    Finish is nice, looks great. Tuning machines are kinda crap, but, for the price, they'll work. Neck feels good. Solid build. I lowered the action at the bridge and actually loosened the truss rod a half turn and now it plays as well as a Tele worth 5 times the price. Fret edges are a bit sharp.
    Can't beat the value. Great price for what you get. Eventually, I'll change out the tuners, get some roller tee retainers and get the frets "dressed", but hey, it's all there.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a great little guitar !

    By sixstring

    from Kentucky

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    Comments about Squier Bullet Telecaster HH Blackout FSR Electric Guitar:

    Considering the cost, playability and the quality that was put into this instrument it is at least a 9 and probably more like 9.5 !
    I am rating this at a 9, simply because it plays so easy. Had to file the frets and settup the intonation, but when done it is a small gem for the money. No it's not my Fender '72 reissue, but it isn't as expensive either. You do get what you pay for, but for the money this guitar is great.
    Very decent quality for the money. You must consider this is a beginner guitar.
    I am a retailer of musical instruments and this guitar can't be beat anywhere for the price.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A wicked guitar for a low price

    By Vincent Cabagnot

    from Pasadena

    Comments about Squier Bullet Telecaster HH Blackout FSR Electric Guitar:

    I would recomend this guitar to anyone. Please note the tuners, and fret ends are the only issues but they are workable to fix easily. This can be a good first guitar, backup guitar and also a project (which I am using it for) I intend to take this out on the road this summer for live shows, and it's doing well in our practice sessions, so I can't wait!
    First off, I've been playing guitar for 27 years, and I have quite a few guitars that I use for shows and practice. I am a pretty established giging musician. I also do some repairs to guitars, so I know my way around very well.
    Feature-wise, this is a great guitar. The pickps are loud, and are actually above what you would expect from an import guitar. They are warm and were holding their own. Electronics are ok, work well. 3 way switch. Neck feels good and is set up very well for arriving in a box!
    For the money this guitar is a STEAL. An excellent backup guitar and if you want to improve it with pickups and new parts, you have a playground that looks HOT as hell. Everytime I take this guitar around all my friends totally just go slack jawed from its look. The paint job is great, nice and glossy. The guitar feels light and is made from the commonly used basswood. It's a soft wood, so dont try to abuse this axe too much. But it's got good sustain with stock pickups.

    CONS:The tuning pegs are cheapo. Yes of course there's got to be a flaw or two. The tuner screws are cheap. But I also play hard at times. I have replaced the Tuners with Sperzel locking tuners. And it's now rock solid! NEVER goes out of tune! That goes to show you how solid the construction / Neck /body joint keeps it in tune now in additon to the tuners.


    Fret ends are not finished that well. Mind you, I piced up an american made les paul studio (a guitar 4x the price of this) , the same day I got this, and it also had sharp fret ends. This guitar's fret ends are so -so finished, but it had a few dodgy sharp ones. I did file them with a special fret end file, and now it's like butter.
    For the money you will not find a better guitar. great Finish, great sound, great playability.

    It's a solid guitar but you can customize the hell out of it to make it yours. I stuck in a pair of DiMarzio D-Activators (which I also got here for a good price!) and it KILLS now. There even is a whole website for Squier fans who mod their guitars. For a small amount of money you can make a MONSTER playing guitar. I've customized another Squier strat once, and everyone who uses it never wants to return it to my friend who owns it!
    Great job Squier / Fender!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome guitar, worth at least double

    By Richard

    from Utah

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    Pros

    • Awesome Neck
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Great construction
    • Great durable finish

    Cons

    • Cheap tuners
    • Flimsy selector switch
    • Fret Buzz
    • Needs a good setup

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Squier Bullet Telecaster HH Blackout FSR Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar as a project more than anything. I just sold my Jackson Rhoads and had $300 to spend on a new guitar. Bought this with the intentions of upgrading electronics and tuners. It was on sale for [$], and it look nice in the pictures so I bought it without trying one out first. All I can say is that I was pleasantly surprised. Of course it needed a set up, but other than that, it was superb right out of the box. The only gripe I had with it was the tuners. Super cheap and hard to turn, but I swapped them for Schallers pretty quick. The stock pickups were heads and shoulders above any comparably priced guitar. I swapped the bridge pickup for a Bareknuckle Nailbomb, for more of a metal touch. Anyways, the neck and body are rock solid and very professionally done. The neck has a matte finish on it, which is awesome and a nice change from the ultra glossy/sticky finish of Squiers I have played in the past. I recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a Jim Root Tele, but wants to spend a fraction of the cost. With a few hundred in upgrades you can have a guitar that surpasses it, for about $500-$600 less.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Giggable out of the box

    By Gary Mould

    from California

    Comments about Squier Bullet Telecaster HH Blackout FSR Electric Guitar:

    The only dislikes are the aforementioned mediocre, but functional, pot taper. Also, the rosewood fretboard was a little dry. That is no fault of Fender or Musician's friend. I live in the desert and it is very dry here.

    I don't like huge frets or skinny necks so this Squire is perfect for me. It sounds fantastic through my Egnater Tweaker and Celestion Greenbacks.

    Musicians Friends has great prices and always gives me great service. I am just a customer with no connection to the company. Their team is always courteous and helpful to me. They go to 11 for their customers. Thank you!
    A great HH Tele. I prefer the tone of the Basswood body over Agathis on bolt neck guitars. The pickups look and sound just like the humbucker in my Squier 51. So, that will tell you what they are like. They measure 9K on my DMM so, they work well for playing clean or dirty. The Telecaster character is there when using both pickups together, which yields a sweet clean tone. The maple neck with rosewood fretboard is nice and chunky. I can see some flame in the maple. The body is 1 5/8 inches thick and mine tips the scale at 7 pounds, 7 ounces. I think it is made by Court in their Indonesian factory.
    The quality is great for this level of an instrument. (I wish there was something this nice and at this price range back in the 1960's!) The tuners hold fine, fit and finish is good and everything works. The taper of the potentiometers could be better but they function fine. The switch is solid and reliable. No fret sprout, dead frets, loose frets or uneven frets. The factory strings sound great and I'd like to know what they are so I can stick with them on this guitar. The neck relief was perfect out of the box. Nut slots are cut well and there is no string binding at the nut.
    Great bang-for-the-buck guitar. I would not hesitate to buy another. It is also a great modding platform (La Cabronita anyone?) and I would recommend it to my friends. I could have taken it out of the box, tuned it, and gigged with it that evening. It is really that nice.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very nice for the Price!

    By Sagittarius-IvKAY

    from Arizona

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    Comments about Squier Bullet Telecaster HH Blackout FSR Electric Guitar:

    Good craftsmanship and good fit and finish. Great neck with good action. Great sound from the humbuckers. The tuning keys could be a bit better though but they do keep the strings in tune for a reasonable lenght of time.
    Great.
    Awesome.
    Great bang for the buck!

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