This Bullet was in for a simple restring and setup and it turned-out sounding and playing specifically as I expected — the really feel is wonderful but the sound is ho-hum. These Squier-branded Bullets made in Korea are the direct inheritors of the Bullet branding used on American-produced Fenders of the early 80s. The shrunken Strat body shape was very first employed in the second year of production on American-produced Bullets and then it moved to Japanese-made Bullets (with Squier branding) and lastly ended-up on these late 80s/early 90s Korean-produced Bullets.
This guitar was practically below the radar for the blog but I wanted to post on it due to the fact I figured I’d uncover a slew of misinformation (and I did) about them on the net like people supposing that they had been mated guitars utilizing American necks and hardware… or Japanese guitars with mixed electronics… or this or that explanation that simply does not add up. The reality is that this is a “Super Strat” variant of the “inexpensive student import Bullet” and simply takes place to be significantly less-evident than the more “Normal Strat” models that can be had all the time on eBay in their Korean and Japanese forms.
Kindly, a Korean Fender serial list can be had at this hyperlink, though it does not narrow the date variety quite significantly.
The guitar has no pickguard and as an alternative has rear-mounted controls and “pickup rings” to hide their mounts. The whammy apes the a lot more modern American-style unit in that it has two posts and floats (for up/down use) more freely than the vintage multi-screw varieties.
The pickups are far more than probably using ceramic magnets and the neck and middle positions are regular, plastic-bobbin single coils whilst the bridge is a “Super Strat”-style humbucker. As I mentioned before, the tone is ho-hum and the overwound humbucker is ballsy but — that’s it. The single coils do sound a handful of times far better than your average cheap import of proper now, although.
Sealed tuners make tuning-up straightforward-peasy and steady.
The neck has a fairly modern really feel in its slim, flatter-radius reduce, but it is good and stable and has held-up well. The dots are pearl, the board is rosewood, and the frets are jumbos.
I could picture this as a nice little hot rod if, say, a P90-in-humbucker-case was place in the bridge alternatively. I just basically do not like these potent buckers… there’s no nuance to their tone.
Also, note the Tele-stye neck pocket. Whilst the bodies and electronics on these guitars may possibly be unremarkable, the necks are fairly nice and anything like this would make a great neck to swap over to a Tele physique.
The skunk-stripe seems a bit surplus on a rosewood slab-board neck, but it does appear neat and the finish over the maple has aged to a nice “vintage” color.