Recieved my first Squier, a Bullet Stratocaster

Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by Atlen, Jul 27, 2019.

  1. Atlen

    Atlen Squier Talker

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    @so1om: It is brand new, picked it up at the postal office saturday.
    Original strings, felt a bit rough compared to my other guitars so was concidering returning it and get a standard or a CV, but after playing it and getting used to it I really like it. Removed the plastic earlier today. Will restring it, sand it with fine sandpaper and oil it later today.
     
  2. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    My bullet tele needed a little work out of the box. But after a little fret cleaning strings and a setup it was awesome
     
  3. brians

    brians Squier-Nut

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    You will like it more and more once you've made it yours

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  4. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    At this price point you will need to do some things yourself. The first on allot of them is some attention to the frets. 2nd is a standard setup and new strings. If you don't like the neck finish or non finish you could use true oil. Another option I have done is spray it with a vintage tint and then do like 13 coats of clear. I did that on the Daphne but only did 2 coats on the back of the neck and just did some really fine sanding to make it to smooth.
    Just a few ideas. There are people here that know how to do this stuff allot better than me.
     
  5. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

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    I like the way this Strat looks . I'm gonna have to find me one :0)
     
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  6. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    Oh Yeah.. Forgot to mention I like that Strat too... Looks killer. They sound good stock but if you did decide to do mods I'd say good tuners and upgrade the pups switch and pots. I would put a mint PG on it too. wait... haha.. I have a white SE body with a Bullet neck (like yours) and put Texas Special pups in it and a mint guard. I also found some good cheap Dopro tuners that have white buttons. I've thought about tinting the neck but kind of like it as is so haven't bothered.

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  7. Atlen

    Atlen Squier Talker

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    Good day to you all and thanks for all your input.
    I removed old strings (even though they were almost brand new), tuning pegs and string trees and sanded the neck and headstock before I applied lemon oil to the fretboard and natural furniture oil to the neck and headstock. There are still a few rough spots that didn't go away, but it is a lot nicer now. The headstock felt rougher than the neck, but after some light sanding it is much smoother. I don't think they used their finest sandpaper anywhere else than on the neck.
    I let it cure for a little while then put it all back together with EB Super Slinky strings. Looks and feels a lot better.

    The tuners feel rough and some require more force than others when tuning, think they hold the tuning well though. I saw that some have more grease in them than other. Could it be a good idea to apply more grease or do I risk that they will unwind and not hold the tuning well if I do so?

    Another issue I have noticed is when bending the D-string hard in the 16th fret it starts buzzing till it eventually kills the string when i push it, but is ok when i pull. I guess the 17th fret is a bit to high around the A- and low E-string. This occures also a bit in the 15th fret, but not as much, maybe 16th fret is a bit too high too? Is there an easy way to correct this?

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  8. LonePhantom

    LonePhantom Squier Talker

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    The neck came up great!

    With regards to the fret, it may not be seated properly in its slot. Check to see if it is sticking out a little. If it is you may just need to apply a little super glue under it, and carefully tap it back in, maybe clamp it carefully with some cloth to protect the neck and fret.
     
  9. Hektor

    Hektor Squier Talker

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    The neck on the Bullet HT are finished with Satin Urethane according to Fender's website. So it isn't raw wood.
     
  10. Gip111

    Gip111 Squier-Meister

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    Well, $140 Bullet new vs $650MIM new. I like it. How does it sound?
     
  11. BlueSquirrel

    BlueSquirrel Squier-holic

    Dec 21, 2018
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    @ fadetoz Thanks for the input! What kind of clear did you use?
     
  12. Gip111

    Gip111 Squier-Meister

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    As far as the rough tuning as I have found with cheap guitars, most of the issues come from the nut, some lube or a better nut will make your tuning smoother. I find Allparts graphite nut from GC $5.99 works great.
     
  13. Hektor

    Hektor Squier Talker

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    Bah, the tuners on my Bullet HT are a bit on the horrible side, they will get swapped, but I'm not complaining for the price I paid (I've paid a LOT more for a Gibson). The one's on my brother's Affinity are a lot better.
     
  14. Atlen

    Atlen Squier Talker

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    Yeah I know, but it feels like raw wood. Feels better to me after I oiled it. The webshop i ordered it from says polyurethane...

    Neck & Fingerboard
    • Neck Material: Maple
    • Neck Finish: Polyurethane
    • Neck Shape: C
    • Fingerboard Material: Indian Laurel
    • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5''
    • Number of Frets: 21
    • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
    • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
    • Nut Width: 42 mm
    • Fingerboard Inlays: Pearloid Dots
    • Truss Rod: Standard
    • Scale Length: 25.5''
     
  15. Atlen

    Atlen Squier Talker

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    I don't have many other guitars to compare it with. Nearest proper guitar shop is ~4 hours away. Bought the Bullet online.
    The Bullet both feels and sounds a bit more raw than the Telecaster and the Epiphone I have and is a lot lighter. Makes it easy to pick up and just noodle with :) I think it is a very fun guitar to play. Need to spend some time with the Telecaster though. I just got it back after lending it to my wifes little sister for a couple months and I have spent all my "guitar-time" fiddling with the Bullet.
     
  16. Atlen

    Atlen Squier Talker

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    Forgot to put graphite in the nut when i changed the strings, but the tuners feel rough even without strings ;) Was thinking about getting a cheap bone nut off ebay though. These are really cheap, might try them out:

    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148356&icep_item=333263939857

    Have ordered rolling string trees off ebay. Costs only $1.12 so I thought I'd give them a try.

    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148356&icep_item=112098458492
     
  17. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Chicago
    I only have two Strats... a MIM Fender FSR w/USA standard loaded guard, and a Squier Bullet I modded (tuners/pups).

    I like how the thinner Bullet body reverberates against me when I play it... it “feels” more responsive... but the MIM “sounds” more responsive. I like the barely finished neck feel, just as much as the MIM’s satin poly (I don’t care for the CV’s Candy coat gloss poly).
    Yes, the Bullet has a couple finish drips near the neck... but you really have to look hard to see them.

    Which do I play out? The Fender
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    Which do I wail on... on just for fun practice days? The Bullet.
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    YMMV
     
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  18. LonePhantom

    LonePhantom Squier Talker

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    Jeez I love those maple boarded bullets. I only discovered them a couple months ago. I wish I could find one in the green.
     
  19. Atlen

    Atlen Squier Talker

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    @radiotech nice guitars, like the black hardware
    Funny thing, I just watched a video with Marty Music and Philip McKnight, where Philip said that Surf Green is called the million dollar colour because everytime they launch a guitar in that colour they make a million dollar so they only release them in that colour for a limited time to make it more special.

    Does the bullet come with maple fretboards? This is Indian Laurel.

    Fender/squier have the Affinity in surf green and indian laurel fretboard on their site so you should be able to find one of those if you want one.

    https://shop.fender.com/en-NO/squie.../affinity-series-stratocaster/0370600557.html
     
  20. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Chicago
    Thanks!


    Only the Bullets with black hardware have maple fretboards, and it’s often a MF/GC special run.
     
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