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Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard

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A great introduction to the Fender family.

The Bullet Tele is a simple, affordable and practical guitar designed for beginners and students. A perfect choice for a first guitar no matter who you are or what style of music you want to learn. Featuring the classic features that made the Tele one of the world’s favorite guitars, the Bullet Tele is a great introduction to the Fender family. Case sold separately.
 
Key Features
• Maple neck with “C”-shaped profile
• 21-fret rosewood fingerboard
• 2 single-coil Telecaster pickups with three-way switching
• Vintage-inspired 6-saddle Bridge

FEATURES
Body 
Body shape: Single cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Basswood
Body finish: Polyurethane
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: C
Neck wood: Maple
Joint: Bolt-on
Scale length: 25.5 in.
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Polyurethane
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 9.5 in.
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 21
Inlays: Dot
Nut width: 1.65 in. (42 mm)
Pickups
Configuration: SS
Neck: Standard Single-Coil Tele 
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: Standard Single-Coil Tele 
Brand: Squier
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Controls
Control layout: Master volume, tone
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: 6-saddle vintage-style
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Die-cast
Color: Chrome
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Slim (42mm) Body Profile, Traditional Tele Headstock Shape, White Dot Position Inlays
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: Indonesia

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SquierFSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard
 
4.3

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (5)
  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (6), Professional musician (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Buy it before it's gone

I am surprised at how good this guitar is for the money. I was skeptical because of the mixed reviews but I decided to go for it since it was on sale during the...Read complete review

I am surprised at how good this guitar is for the money. I was skeptical because of the mixed reviews but I decided to go for it since it was on sale during the Memorial Day weekend. I always wanted a surf green telecaster with a rosewood fret and this squier didn't disappoint. Once I fixed the action, intonation, installed new strings, and applied some honey oil on the fretboard it played amazing. I was worried that I would get buyer's remorse from this purchase however, I was proved wrong. I think people will be surprised by the quality once it's setup. Plus the color is gorgeous.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mine Went Back...

When I first pulled the guitar out of the box. I was impressed by the looks and fit and finish. The fret ends were smooth, and I could not find a flaw in...Read complete review

When I first pulled the guitar out of the box. I was impressed by the looks and fit and finish. The fret ends were smooth, and I could not find a flaw in the finish, other than some dirty smudges on the back of the neck, which cleaned off with an eraser. The pickups sounded good, although a little weak compared to my other Teles. I did notice how heavy this Squier was, just shy of 9 pounds. The problem surfaced when I went to restring it. The low "E" string did not want to pass through the back of the guitar and out of the saddle. The saddle was adjusted so far back for proper intonation that the holes did not line up. I had to move the saddle forward to install the string, and then reposition it back to the rear, which put a sharp backward angle on the string (below the saddle). In my opinion, the bridge plate is installed too far forward. I returned the guitar for a refund because I did not want to go through this trouble every time it needed a new set of strings, requiring the guitar to be re-intonated each time. Too bad, because I really did like the guitar other than that one big design problem.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Mine Went Back...

By Jimmy J

from Way Up North

Pros

  • Nice Fit And Finish

Cons

  • Wrong Bridge Placement

Best Uses

    Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

    When I first pulled the guitar out of the box. I was impressed by the looks and fit and finish. The fret ends were smooth, and I could not find a flaw in the finish, other than some dirty smudges on the back of the neck, which cleaned off with an eraser. The pickups sounded good, although a little weak compared to my other Teles. I did notice how heavy this Squier was, just shy of 9 pounds. The problem surfaced when I went to restring it. The low "E" string did not want to pass through the back of the guitar and out of the saddle. The saddle was adjusted so far back for proper intonation that the holes did not line up. I had to move the saddle forward to install the string, and then reposition it back to the rear, which put a sharp backward angle on the string (below the saddle). In my opinion, the bridge plate is installed too far forward. I returned the guitar for a refund because I did not want to go through this trouble every time it needed a new set of strings, requiring the guitar to be re-intonated each time. Too bad, because I really did like the guitar other than that one big design problem.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Buy it before it's gone

    By Jazz

    from San Jose, CA

    Pros

    • Best bang for your buck
    • Doesn't feel cheap
    • Has that telly twang
    • Smooth once you install new strings

    Cons

    • Needed to setup action and intonation
    • Weak pickups

    Best Uses

      Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

      I am surprised at how good this guitar is for the money. I was skeptical because of the mixed reviews but I decided to go for it since it was on sale during the Memorial Day weekend. I always wanted a surf green telecaster with a rosewood fret and this squier didn't disappoint. Once I fixed the action, intonation, installed new strings, and applied some honey oil on the fretboard it played amazing. I was worried that I would get buyer's remorse from this purchase however, I was proved wrong. I think people will be surprised by the quality once it's setup. Plus the color is gorgeous.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Inexpensive Guitar I Ever Bought!

      By Shamgar

      from Wisconsin

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • ANYTHING!!!

      Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

      The guitar came and was everything I was expecting from a guitar at this price point. The build quality very much impressed me, I have much more expensive guitars that were not as well executed as this guitar is. The setup was good out of the box. Neck checked flat with a notched straight edge, frets rocked perfectly level, action a bit on the high side for me at 1/16" for the low E at the 17th fret and 3/64" on the high E. String radius needed a bit of tweaking and two bridge hold down screws were not as tight as I would have liked. Nut was acceptable out of the box. The tuners are not as smooth and even as I would like, but light years better than was on my first ever guitar and certainly better than what I have seen on other entry level guitars. Finish was perfect, no complaints at all. The body is heavier than I expected for Basswood. It almost felt like I was wearing my 1990 '59 Les Paul Reissue... Negatives... the rosewood fretboard is nothing like the rosewood on my other guitars, I expect the rosewood is a rosewood "like" wood of the same basic species. It is heavy for a Telecaster. Lastly, the pickups sound fairly good, but they are nothing close to old school Fender pickups. A/B tested the guitar against my 2000 American Deluxe Stratocaster and while it held its own, there was no real comparison in the tonal qualities of the pickups... but the Squier only cost a fraction of my Strat. This is a great guitar for the money! Buy one now while they are still 149.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great SQUIER Bullet Tele !!!

      By Denny

      from Springdale,AR.

      See all my reviews

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Well built Tele a a Great Price

      Cons

      • Be aware though, I ordered the Surf Green,
      • BUT IT IS MINT GREEN! BEAUTIFUL!

      Best Uses

      • Practice,Jamming,casual giging

      Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

      This is a great sounding and well built and good looking Tele!!!!
      And at this Price, is A GREAT VALUE !!!
      For this PRICE , DON'T WAIT!
      IT's A STEAL !!!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Cheap Guitar I've Ever Played

      By JT

      from Toledo, OH

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Neck a bit thin for my large hands.

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

      I really like this guitar. It's a string through and not a top loader! Mine weighs a very comfortable 7.5 pounds. I was really surprised by the pickups as I was expecting them to sound like excrement. Instead, they have a very usable Telecaster sound and don't need to be upgraded unless one wants to. The neck came in straight and almost perfectly intonated. I can't say enough good things about this guitar. The color is absolutely beautiful. The only nit pick would be that the neck is smaller than I'm comfortable with as I prefer a chunkier neck. I like this so much that I'm thinking of buying the Butterscotch Blonde version as well.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar, at ANY price!!!

      By eSGEe

      from Swamps of Florida

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

      This Bullet -- while targeted to entry level beginners is a GREAT guitar. I am no beginner, and no "newb" I currently own over 20 guitars, the Surf Green color and AMAZING price point had me pulling the trigger instantly. I figured for that price ----if it needs work I can do it--- it needs NOTHING straight out of the box it tuned and intonated perfectly.
      I threw out the upgrades list----this guitar doesnt need it.
      Neck is a dream to play --no issues with rough fret ends-- if your thinking of getting one DO IT FAST before they cathc on and double the price!!!! (and it would be a good axe AT double the price!!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      You get what you pay for.

      By BigKingBud

      from TheCarolinaCongo

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

      The fretboard is like 1/8" thick, I know guitarists who could easily 'play through' this fretboard. The pots are so cheap it is ridiculous. The body feels like it might be fiberboard or something like that. The tuners feel like they might have plastic gears, they feel SOOO cheap.

      You can get some Tele-twang out of the bridge pickup, and the guitar 'plays' fine. But EVERYTHING is as low-end as it gets. The bridge saddles are cheap. I eyed the neck and bridge and they are off by at least a 1/4 inch. Dragging the whole bridge down towards the knobs, this offsets the strings with the neck. it can't be adjusted by pulling the neck down.
      If you are a serious guitar player at all, I am not sure why you wouldn't invest just a few hundred more to get a better fretboard, body, hardware and electronics.
      If you have a kid who doesn't play guitar and you just wanna get them a test guitar, THIS is the ONLY real use this guitar could possibly be of.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      OK, but probably not for a beginner

      By Timex

      from Southside Va

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Poor QC

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

      Body finish is very good. No drips, runs, trash or splatters. Neck is comfortable but was a little rough. Smoothed out with a scotch bright. Neck is OK maybe a little on the thin side and exhibited fret sprout on the lower side. I'm sure it's sealed but it has an unfinished appearance. Very flat, no gloss but it gives it a "soft" feel. Kinda velvety not sticky like heavy poly. The frets felt "gritty". Especially during bends and needed polishing. Strings were WAY high and intonation was off. One of the tuning keys was loose which a why I hit QC as a "con". Upon inspection the base was not tapped deep enough for the nut to tighten adequately. Shaved a little off the threaded end and it snugged up fine. All the tuner nuts were either loose or just barely hand tight. You either need a good tech to set this guitar up or you need to know how to do your own set up and tech work. Experienced players usually have some familiarity with the instrument but newbies would be disappointed with this guitar. It's a good guitar if you're willing to do a little work and tweaking. Had I not known what to do, I would probably have sent it back but I was able to do a little work and now it's worth keeping.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice guitar for the money.

      By Cliff

      from Ranson WV

      About Me Novice

      See all my reviews

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

        My first one went back due to chips in the finish but the second one that arrived was almost perfect. I noticed the action was a little high and there was a gap between the neck and body. It ended up being the green coating was not completely removed from the pocket. I filed it down just a bit and re-installed the neck and the action was good. Put new strings on it and its a great guitar. I put it next to my classic vibe and the quality is great.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT GUITAR FOR THE PRICE

        By Michael

        from J Town

        Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

        For the price this is a great guitar and mine is the sea foam green color so they may have quality control issues on the color

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        FSR Bullet Telecaster

        By Roadhouse

        from Minnesota

        See all my reviews

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • The color (surf green) is really nice.
        • The neck feels great.
        • The price can't be beat.

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

            Dear fellow guitar geeks, this is a nice little guitar that should be carefully considered and not be overlooked. My gut told me it was well worth the cost and thankfully my gut was correct. She's pretty and she's ready to go right out of the box. However, I took the initiative to purchase a set of Fender '64 pickups to add my own spin to it. Not that it needs it but, at this price, I can afford to make at least one cool modification. I have a feeling these will go quick so get one while you can.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Five stars because of the price...Hard to beat!!!

            By RaveNation

            from Rock Island. IL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adaptability
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

            Anyone who is looking for an additional guitar to add to their collection that doesn't own a Tele this would be right where you'd click "add to cart". I wouldn't say the pickups are poor, but I also wouldn't pay good money for them. I hate it when dudes say "best bang for your buck" but it's hard to argue with the avlue of this. When you compare it to the Epiphone "Les Pauls" Guitar Center is attempting to unload at the same price point, I would take this guitar over any of those all day. This is coming from a guy who grew up Gibson and isn't a huge Fender fan. I sold a Japanese Strat ten years ago because it was too heavy, but it had great fatboy frets. Although this one doesn't have Clarence Gatemouth Johnson type of fret width, the frets are much bigger than I would expect.

            That said, I would not make this your primary axe. There is simply too many minor shortcomings to rely on it all of the time. It just seems like something is about to go wrong at all times. It hasn't yet, but I'm a studio rat. If something doesn't go right, I simply grab something else.

            Also I would highly recommend that whenever purchasing a guitar this inexpensive, you add some kind of flair as you can see in the attached picture below. I found an old nameplate that belonged to someone in my family at some point, and I found some card in one of my drawers that used to fit in some handheld game. Seafoam green plus Navy blue seems to work. I would think that for the maple or butterscotch axes you'd go tan or maybe purple if you're that out there.

             
            4.0

            Big bang for your buck!

            By bluesgull

            from Columbia, SC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • great value

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

              Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

              I was really surprised by the play-ability of this guitar for the price. I bought it to gut and replace all the parts! The neck had a little rough spot on it, but really felt good otherwise. I would recommend this guitar to any parents looking to buy their kid a starter guitar. You really can't beat this deal.

               
              5.0

              Great guitar.

              By smoke eater

              from Arizona

              About Me Novice

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
              • The pick guard is of poor quality.

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

              Had to replace the pick guard, with a custom one. Found the one that came with the guitar had pit marks, ordered another guitar, and found the same problem.

               
              4.0

              I would have upgraded to a better finished guitar.

              By smoke eater

              from Arizona

              About Me Novice

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

              I love the guitar, but found the pick guard with bubbles in the plastic, had a another guitar shipped to me to replace the first one, and found the same problem. I have returned the 2nd guitar, and have then since ordered a custom pick guard, which I am happy with.

               
              4.0

              My First Tele....

              By Matt

              from Kentucky

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Surprised with the pickups. Nice sound

              Cons

              • Flat Sound
              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

              Flat sound and fret buzz only due to not setting it up yet. I'd give it 5 stars really but I've played a couple tele's here and there but this one isn't a far cry from those. Really impressed with the pickups and great tone. For this price, you cannot beat that. This is my first one ever and it is a beauty. Neck feels good. Was expecting scratchy frets and they're fine. After a good setup, this will be a mean machine. Good job Squier/Fender. Thanks MusiciansFriend for a great deal!

               
              5.0

              Well worth the money

              By RaveNation

              from Rock Island. IL

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

                A steal at a hundred and fifty. Really a fantastic deal!

                 
                2.0

                The guitar has all the potential in the world, but...

                By John

                from Overland Park, KS

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Poor Quality Control
                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

                I had been shopping around for a telecaster for months. I was on a budget so I was looking to buy a used Fender, G&L or buy a new Squier because the reviews were so positive and the guitars are so affordable. I went back and forth trying to decide which I wanted to buy and ultimately chose the FSR Bullet based on all of the positive reviews and the way it felt when I went to handle it in the store. My local Guitar Center was out of stock when I was ready to purchase so I ordered one online from Musician's Friend. To my surprise, the price was 30 cheaper! Awesome! As soon as I got it out of the box, I hooked up to my amp and began messing around. Immediately I noticed the high e string was off. Every time I played the string it would slip right off the fret board. A quick glance with the eye and you can tell that the space between the B and e string is a little larger than it should be. You can also tell the string sits too close to the end of the fret board. And even looking down at the pickup, you can see the string is nowhere close to being centered on the pup. I've been trying to determine if I should just send it back for another or if I should see if I can make some tweaks and correct it. Either way, for a product that has multiple levels of quality inspection (they sign off on a tag), this should not be an issue. Anyone who plays this guitar would notice this right away. If not for this, I would give the guitar a 5/5. It appears I just got one that was poorly constructed.

                 
                5.0

                Unbelievable

                By Starflyer59

                from TN

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

                  I bought this for parts with the intent to mod heavily. I have a 72 thinline Tele, and I wanted some single coil twang for some neo-surf indie projects I'm working on. I had already ordered a Curtis Novak custom wired pickup for the neck. Everything I'd heard was that the neck pickup on a Telecaster was an after thought, and on a Squire bullet I imagined it would sound pretty rough. Well, I was wrong. Both pickups are phenomenal. How and why this is possible, I do not know. I went ahead and bought a second one for the mods because I could not bring my self to alter the tone of the first one as it was.
                  I bought an Affinity Squire Strat for a mod project last year, and the pickups and fretwork were what I expected. Inexplicably, both were much better on the Bullet Tele.

                   
                  5.0

                  I would suggest this instrument to be used by other musician

                  By Frank

                  from Guam

                  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

                    • gigs
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard:

                    It is everything I expected out of a tele.

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