Bullet Mustang - show and explain your mods

Discussion in 'Squier Offset Guitars' started by xtomx2000, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. GustangMcstang

    GustangMcstang Squier Talker

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    I've just set-up a brand new Bullet Mustang on behalf of a friend. The new ones seem to have slightly thinner bodies and they've replaced the classic Mustang logo with a smaller, plainer typeface.
    But I tell you what, the bridge is fine, none of the plinky-ness problem on the 3rd when the saddle is screwed back to the point where it intonates properly, and this was with a set of 10's! Don't know if this was luck or if they have addressed the problem with this style of bridge.
    The rest of the guitar was fine, just a slight tweak to the truss rod required, fret ends are nicely finished, it plays and sounds great.
    Quality control is apparently at a high level just now.
     
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  2. strat81

    strat81 Squier-Meister

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    My son has had his Bullet Mustang for about two weeks now. Great guitar, much nicer than the '94 Bullet Strat I started with.

    I had to fix the tone control wiring on the Mustang, as his had the well-documented problem of the tone pot not doing anything unless the volume was on ten. I had to move the hot lead from the selector switch from the middle lug of the volume pot to the input lug.

    While working on the aforementioned Strat (installed a Lace Sensor Hot Gold in the neck), I replaced the original pots with some Bourns 250K pots and noticed the original pots were 500K. I took one of the 500K pots from my old Strat and replaced the 250K pot in the Mustang. I used the same cap that was in the Mustang. It brightened up the guitar nicely. I found the OEM Mustang pickups to be on the muddy side and swapping the 250K tone pot for a 500K pot made a nice difference. Only took a few minutes to do.

    While I was in there, I replaced the Mustang's jack with a Pure Tone. Gotta eat your Wheaties to plug in and unplug now, which is nice. Plus my tone is now pure, so I have that going for me too.

    It's remarkable how two import guitars separated by 25 years of production had pots that deviated from the typical norms for their pickup types.
     
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  3. guitalias

    guitalias Squier Talker

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    I'm committed now. Bought another Bullet Mustang today. Plan is to use it to produce a body with the lower waist further back, pretty much in line with the bridge. I've had a few guitar related injuries, hoping to make a guitar that is comfortable (for me) to play resting on my strumming side leg while sitting. If that works I'll have a go at making a neck also. Finally replace hardware. Then reassemble the (new) original Mustang & sell.
    Maybe I really should be committed!
     
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  4. smallerthings

    smallerthings Squier Talker

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    On top of my other mods I posted about, I just painted the headstock.
     

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  5. GustangMcstang

    GustangMcstang Squier Talker

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    Top marks for keeping the Squier logo.
     
  6. Oldguitarguy

    Oldguitarguy Squier-Nut

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    Here is my bullet I recently finished with a coil splitting 5 way blade switch and GM Hot Rodded HB’s and a treble bleed. Sounds great. Black roller strings trees arriving today.

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  7. smallerthings

    smallerthings Squier Talker

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    The way I look at it, I wouldn't put a Gibson logo on there, so no reason to put a Fender logo on either.
     
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  8. Oldguitarguy

    Oldguitarguy Squier-Nut

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    Installed roller string trees tonight. Love’em.

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  9. nmagi

    nmagi Squier Talker

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    Hey guys, have a fun day,
    What kind is the finish used on the body? Maybe a good polishing compound to remove the swirls? no scratches or such.
    I made a mistake and asked for polishing lacquer in a luthiers talk and i was pretty much bombed. It's good to know things, times are difficult, but it's better to solve your problems LOL.
     
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  10. smallerthings

    smallerthings Squier Talker

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    I updated this one to be more like an actual Mustang.

    • Routed the body to fit new pickups/wiring
    • Shielded the body
    • Soldered the Mustang pickups and switches to custom pickguard
    • Painted the headstock
    • Applied the decal
    • Put red rubber washers under the knobs
    • Installed Hipshot locking tuners
    • Added Graphtec string trees
    The paint used for the headstock was a Dupli-Color auto paint. I thought it looked close and to my eye it's pretty indistinguishable.

    I really love it. The body was listed as either Lake Placid Blue or Competition Blue, but it looks Ice Blue Metallic to me.

    The pickups are from a Classic Vibe Mustang. I bought black pickup covers, but they didn't fit, so I just Sharpied the white ones.

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  11. Tele-kitty

    Tele-kitty Squier-Meister

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    I love that blue and the matching headstock. I’ve been hoping they hurry and get them in the US so I can snag one.
    Excellent work on it!:D
     
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  12. smallerthings

    smallerthings Squier Talker

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    From my understanding, they're just UK exclusive. I ordered it from Andertons and had it shipped to America. Actually wasn't that expensive and got here quick.
     
  13. wayne thomas

    wayne thomas Squier-Meister

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    thats bloody brilliant, what color exactly was it? and got a link? cheers
     
  14. smallerthings

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    Dupli-Color Avignon Blue Metallic

    They sell it at most auto stores or on Amazon. I used the Dupli-Color clear coat too.
     
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  15. wayne thomas

    wayne thomas Squier-Meister

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    great job on that man. thanks
     
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  16. JoeP90

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  17. JoeP90

    JoeP90 Squier Talker

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    FullSizeRender.jpg Hi y'all I got my competition red bullet mustang so I'd have a home for these Tonerider Rebel 90s. I had to scrape out the pickguard radiused corners to get the covered pickups to fit, followed a 50s diagram wiring as the stock wiring is just wrong, added a small resistor to ground on the vol pot to cut a bit of bass. Issues I had to fix - increased the screw sizes as one neck screw, one bridge screw spun in their holes(!). Polished the frets, Danish Oiled the fretboard, rolled the edges, shimmed the neck to get the action lower. Rotated the selector switch to a useable direction. Jobs to do - realign the string trees as they are 1mm out and pull the strings out of a straight line from the nut to tuner, re-drill some of the pickguard screws as they are not in straight, and for cosmetics tint the headstock and varnish it. It plays well, stays in tune and sounds fendery like a strat/jazzmaster/tele combination.
     
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  18. JoeP90

    JoeP90 Squier Talker

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    Mustang stripes.JPG Bullet Mustang Competition Red stripes
     
  19. Jtolle

    Jtolle Squier Talker

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    Hey guys! So many great bullet stangs here!! Here's mine. CV duo sonic pups, I custom cut the PG (planned on adding a traditional mustang bridge but loved the hardtail so much i chose not too. So its cut for the trad. Bridge) and I double back taped it to keep a clean look with no screw. I drilled 3 holes into the bridge to put in barrel saddles. Added a jaguar strangle switch and amber lacquered the neck. Plays and sounds fantastic!
     

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  20. JoeP90

    JoeP90 Squier Talker

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    Hey Jtolle very cool mods. I like the subtle position of the strangle switch, I had to look hard to find it. How is the 'chrome' to drill through on the bridge - is it like aluminium foil?! I like the 3 barrel look and might do the mod if drilling is easy.
     
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