Red sparkle telecaster

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by whaynes3, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. JVjunky

    JVjunky Squier Talker

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    Apr 30, 2019
    United Kingdom
    This is my red sparkle Tele. A very early Indonesian Standard from 1999 serial IC 99xxxxxxx.
    Not exactly a red sparkle but a much more subtle metallic red that I believe was called Red Frost and now quite a rare colour.

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  2. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier Talker

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    Jersey


    To anyone purchasing one of these 2019 Squier Bullet Limited Edition Telecasters I highly recommend fret end filing and fret polishing. I even needed to sand my neck heel with the paper I had on hand; 600, 1200, 2000. You may be able to see the blackened roughness of the unfinished heel on the first image. There was also some stray adhesive along the skunk stripe that needed to be taken down. No biggie. Just sayin'.

    More importantly the harsh fret ends could prove distracting to the player. I tape off and file. There are many excellent video tutorials, readily available to all, that will demonstrate the process better than I can. Simple but not necessarily easy. Much like the best things in life. A little technique is required and, especially for a novice, a small chunk of time and calm patience to ensure you get it where you like it. I use a medium sized file, a small file, and then I dress the frets with the aforementioned sandpaper followed by a polishing with high-end car buffing compound and finishing polish (I owned a black car a few years ago). Each step works because my white rag was still picking up some gray debris at the polishing stage. As they say, now it plays like butter.

    If any of you folks are looking for a NGD to lift your spirits, this Squier Bullet should do the trick.
     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2019
  3. horax

    horax Dr. Squier

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    Aug 9, 2010
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    I'd love to get one of those, change the neck to a brad paisley model offset V, and then do the pinstriping to look like his awesome red crook!

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  4. horax

    horax Dr. Squier

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  5. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier Talker

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    It's been scorching hot and humid this weekend so I had plenty of time to play this new Squier Bullet Telecaster. I just reset the pickups making this the third setup in a week. Most of it was tedious fretwork and jerking about with a pickguard install. Plays great now. I've been putting on old records and playing along. It's just about as good as I can get it. Fine guitar. Lots of fun.

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  6. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier Talker

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  7. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier Talker

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    They are said to be in stock, so if you're in the mood I think it's worthwhile. I'm happy with mine from earlier in this same lot.
     
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  8. Gip111

    Gip111 Squier-Meister

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    Dec 10, 2014
    nj
    I like that black pickguard. Where did you find one to fit the Bullet?
    Im looking for one for my light green Bullet tele.
     
  9. Eddie

    Eddie Dr. Squier

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    Nov 5, 2016
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  10. Eddie

    Eddie Dr. Squier

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    Nov 5, 2016
    New York
    Looks like the Open Boxes have been sold. :(
     
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  11. techowiz

    techowiz Squier-Nut

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    Aug 21, 2014
    new york
    Was the $109 used or new Ken?
     
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  12. techowiz

    techowiz Squier-Nut

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  13. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier Talker

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    Thanks. I got it from Stratosphere for $9.99 plus shipping. It's a "fits USA/MIM" Black/Red/Black eight hole. I wanted a blackguard with no adjustment holes. It took a bit of doing: No Adjustment Holes Guard for Bullet. Stratosphere should have an eight hole with adjustment screws too. They shipped right away. The eight Bullet holes seem to be right where they should be.
     
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  14. Eddie

    Eddie Dr. Squier

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    Nov 5, 2016
    New York
    I'm on a short vacation for the long weekend. Chilling in the hotel room right now. What irks me is that if I had stayed home ... the hotel costs would have covered three of these: 2 red sparkle and 1 blue. ha ha

    Everything is measured in the number of Squiers I "could" have purchased.
     
  15. MrYeats

    MrYeats Squier-holic

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    Dec 28, 2017
    Padre Island
    I wish someone would do a blindfold test for guitar necks and playing..Indian Laurel vs. Rosewood.
     
  16. nicod98

    nicod98 Squier-Nut

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    Jul 9, 2014
    Belgium
    I would too... I have done the blind Squier vs Fender test a few times....
    Done it by either playing them and having the others listen, and tell which one it is Fender or Squier, and by letting them play blindfolded, without letting touch anything but the strings and neck.

    I'm pretty sure I know what the results would be of that test.
     
  17. Gip111

    Gip111 Squier-Meister

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    Dec 10, 2014
    nj
    Oh man, that's sad. Even sadder, I think the same way:(
     
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  18. Gip111

    Gip111 Squier-Meister

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    nj
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    So I went looking on line yesterday and came across Musiclily on Amazon, $8 and some change, was on my front door this morning! This was a perfect fit, no cutting or drilling. Single ply like the old time Teles and no static, the white one was driving me nuts. Thanks for the input though.
     
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  19. John Slinger

    John Slinger Squier-Meister

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    Apr 26, 2019
    Greenville
    That looks great !
     
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