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Discussion in 'Squier Strat Forum' started by Rob DiStefano, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. DougO

    DougO Strat-Talk Member

    23
    Jul 30, 2016
    Texas
    I bought a Bullet Tele a couple of weeks ago when it was $149. It's really impressive for the price, feels great. The frets need breaking in, but otherwise pretty sweet. My biggest complaint is that that little e string is too close to the edge, so I'm thinking maybe a new nut may be in its future.

    The other thing I may upgrade eventually is the tuning keys. I find myself tuning a lot, but maybe that's because I'm bending the crap out of the strings because it plays so easily.
     

  2. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    That's a GREAT image.

    Question: You say you only replaced the tuners (same here) but the PG and pup covers look aged/yellowed. Is that just the lighting shift for the image or a parts change?
     

  3. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    Wait for it.....................................






    wait....................................







    pics or it didn't happen!
     

  4. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Strat-Talker

    Age:
    72
    142
    May 5, 2006
    Park Ridge, NJ, USA
    for the three current production bullet strats i've had, all had really cr@ppy 1/4" post tuners that just required 5/16" reaming for a set of gotoh deluxe vintage installed.


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  5. 1980

    1980 Strat-Talker

    432
    Dec 18, 2016
    United States
    The tuners were the only upgrade I thought was truly necessary. I also did further mods for appearance and preference. Mint green PG, cream knobs and covers, added roller string trees, sanded and put a thicker coat of laquer on the neck, replaced the saddles, upgraded the pickups, and all electronics.
     
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  6. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Strat-Talker

    Age:
    72
    142
    May 5, 2006
    Park Ridge, NJ, USA
    'nother sea foam green coming, the hss version so that pickguard will immediately get tossed. :whistling: :sneaky: :D

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  7. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Strat-Talker

    Age:
    72
    142
    May 5, 2006
    Park Ridge, NJ, USA
    MF sale on HSS sea foam green for $110/shipped or sea foam green SSS for $120/shipped. get 'em while ya can.
     

  8. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    58
    May 2, 2016
    Cranston, Rhode Island
    I found that too. They're decent guitars but why do they use those crappy tuners. I put fender locking tuners on mine because the original just wouldn't hold
     
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  9. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Strat-Talker

    Age:
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    142
    May 5, 2006
    Park Ridge, NJ, USA
    i could care less about the tuners and far more about the drill bit diameter used on the headstock tuner holes.

    the "sea foam green" HSS arrived a few dayze ago and it turned out to be a pretty surf green SSS instead. makeover done. shakedown over. next up, a vintage bone nut. keeper!

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  10. Philo426

    Philo426 Strat-O-Master

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    503
    Mar 16, 2017
    Struthers,ohio
    Why did you sand off the Squire decal?
     

  11. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Strat-Talker

    Age:
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    142
    May 5, 2006
    Park Ridge, NJ, USA
    so i can fool people into thinking it's an MIA instead of an MII, then after playing i *always* tell them the truth - and watch their expression. :) when i create and install the nut, the headstock and neck will get a light amber shader coat, too.
     
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  12. rich815

    rich815 Strat-O-Master Strat-Talk Supporter

    Gotta add mine here. Got from a friend who had bought off another guy who supposedly upgraded the pots. My friend upgraded the trem/bridge with a very decent Wilkinson and put in an awesome set of CM Daugherty ‘55 RI pups. I changed the tuners out for Fender locking ones and changed the pickguard to black and the knobs, switch tip and pup covers to mint. I love it.

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  13. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Strat-Talker

    Age:
    72
    142
    May 5, 2006
    Park Ridge, NJ, USA
    these guits iz like greasy deel 'tater chips - soooo good that ya just can't have 2 or 3 or 4, so i just bought a 5th. ya-huh, $110/shipped.
     

  14. MrPoppa2

    MrPoppa2 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    76
    Apr 5, 2011
    Sun City, Az.
    I have a 2008 Squier in Surf Green, I put in a loaded pick guard awhile ago . The stange thing about mine is that it is a 1 5/8 inch body, it is a COB serial number, and I have heard that there are several COB Bullets around, they feel like a 1 3/4 full size fender, I'm happy. .........Poppa IMG_0078.JPG IMG_0074.JPG
     
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  15. Polarbear

    Polarbear Don Poleone Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Apr 18, 2011
    St Leonards, UK

  16. Polarbear

    Polarbear Don Poleone Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Apr 18, 2011
    St Leonards, UK
    Its a Bullet neck, does this count? :D

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  17. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca

  18. AxeChimpanzee

    AxeChimpanzee Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    48
    20
    Mar 31, 2018
    Uk
    No you aren't weird lol. Its interesing.
    But can you explain why. Is it to do with Tone? Does a thicker strat have a nicer tone? Or is it about how it looks or feels?
     

  19. AxeChimpanzee

    AxeChimpanzee Strat-Talk Member

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    20
    Mar 31, 2018
    Uk
    [QUOTE

    PSA 2: If you plan on getting a Bullet: do yourself a favor and order some replacement tuners.[/QUOTE]

    YES. Great advice. The Tuners are rubbish. Get better ones (its a mod worth the money to help tuning stability). Changing the nut and trees wouldn't hurt either and i would suggest graphtech tusq. They are fairly inexpensive but again excellent for improving tuning stability.
     

  20. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    It is only a feel thing.