The Bullet is an electric guitar produced by Squier, a subsidiary of Fender. It shares the same design as the Fender Stratocaster. The Squier Bullet uses less expensive parts than the Stratocaster to reduce the cost. Despite the near identical appearance, the specifications for the Bullet are significantly different.
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The Squier Bullet has a basswood body. The body design is nearly identical to the Stratocaster in shape and size, except the Bullet body is slightly thinner. The tuners, bridge and jack plate are chrome. A white pickguard holds the pickups and controls. A vintage tremolo bridge is installed with a spring cavity in the back of the body. A vintage tremolo bridge allows the guitarist to decrease the pitch of the strings by pressing down on the tremolo bar. The Bullet comes in brown sunburst, Daphne blue, black, fiesta red, pink and arctic white finishes.
The Squier Bullet has a 25.5 inch scale (also known as Fender scale) neck. The scale is the distance from the nut on the neck to the bridge. The neck is maple with a rosewood fingerboard. There are 21 medium-sized frets. The nut width is 1.650 inches.
The Squier Bullet has three single coil pickups. A five-way selector switch is used to select the active pickups. Each pickup can be selected individually. The neck and middle or middle and bridge pickups can be used in tandem. A volume and two tone potentiometers are used to control the output of the pickups.
The first incarnation of the Squier Bullet differed slightly from most production models. In the 1980s, Fender produced a guitar model known as the Bullet, a student guitar based primarily on the Fender Telecaster design, rather than the Stratocaster. The Bullet was originally intended as a replacement to the discontinued Mustang and Musicmaster models. Fender shifted production of the Bullet to its Squier subsidiary in 1984. The original Squier Bullet had a Stratocaster style body, which replaced the Telecaster body for the Bullet in 1982, but retained the Telecaster neck. Squier added the vintage tremolo bridge, which was not present on the Fender Bullet design. Production was moved from Japan to Korea in 1987. The Korean Bullets replaced the Telecaster neck with a copy of the Stratocaster. This alteration was the last major change to the Squier Bullet design.
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