What means "Bullet"in relation to a strat?

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  1. jellybean

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    Hi Squire Strat fans, on my Squire Strat headstock can you read: "Squire Bullet Strat by Fender".
    "Bullet" means for me "Patrone"(I am a german nativ speaker),- a
    fatal thing in a gun.
    I can not understand why this is a name for a musical instrument.
    Does anybody now something about that?
    Thank you very much
    Jellybean
     
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    Probably just that someone at Fender or Squier thought it sounded cool. Like the Fender Mustang or the Fender Jaguar. Neither of those guitars resembles a horse or a large cat, but they sound cool.

    And the Squier Bullet just denotes that it is on the lowest tier of Squier guitars. So it will be the least expensive.
     
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    It’s a model.
     
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    Ouch. Was that necessary? :) I also have one. Mine isn't plywood it's a laminated body.
     
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    It's actually pronounced 'bull-ay' – it is French, and is named after the man who designed the model – Jean Pierre Bullet.

    I'm only joking friend – willkommen :) !
     
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    Along those lines (with the Fender Mustang etc.), I wonder if it had anything to do with the movie Bullitt, which featured a Ford Mustang:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullitt
    It seems to me that in the 50s and 60s, guitar companies often tried to link their guitars with popular cars at the time, with matching paint, etc.
    At any rate, I imagine Fender thought Bullet was just a cool-sounding name.
     
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    You had me in the first half...not gonna lie!
     
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    Do they still make the Santa Clause guitar? The "Starcaster" that used to show up at Christmas every year with the tiny amplifier?
     
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    I could be wrong,

    In the 70s, a "bullet" strat was an American standard but back then they had a different truss rod style which was nicknamed bullet


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    The Squier bullet Stratocaster doesn't have that type of trussrod, but the word BULLET is a nice wink to the fender history.
     
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    Slacker G Strat-O-Master

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    I remember those. I liked them and thought they were a nice touch.
     
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    I'm with @Ferpie . But now it just designates a particular line of production. Some come with bullets. Some don't.
     
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    My Bullitt Strat was actually a mid nineties Bullet Series Strat body that I modded and designed from the Bullitt Mustang. It even has a pic of the old and new cars on the neck plate.
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    Bullet is one of those words in Fender history that they reused as needed.

    Some "ballpark" history: Squier was the name of a company that supplied strings to Fender in the early days. Fender eventually bought that company. The strings came to be called Fender Bullets after the shape of the ball end. Fender designed a truss rod adjuster in the shape of a bullet (IMO one of the coolest designs ever). In the late 70s/early 80s Fender released a Bullet guitar in various configurations. Soon after that, Fender introduced Squier as a guitar brand, and eventually called an entry level guitar Bullet.

    As stated, these are ballpark facts, but it's all there if you look for it.
     
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    Well, I wasn't trying to impugn the brand. I know lots of people love the Bullet, whether in it's own right or as a modding platform.
    But since you brought it up, what is the body made of on the Bullet line? Is it poplar? Because my first electric actually does have a plywood body! Made by a company called Best Choice. But I will say they did a good job on the lamination. I didn't know it was plywood until I started digging into it to replace the bridge and the electronics. But the Wilkinson bridge I put in gives it some pretty good sustain.
     
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    They totally linked them with popular cars. Heck, half the colors in Fender's catalog were the colors used on cars at the time.
     
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    Thanks for the link - I did not know the history of the Bullet guitars.
     
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    There's also the use of the word bullet to mean a song that goes to the top of the "top 100" chart quickly. I have no idea if that has anything to do with Fender's use of the word or not.
     
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    It does! Number one with a Bullet! According to John Page....

    "When I designed the Bullet I was still giggin' a lot and still reading the trades... like Billboard. The Billboard charts always had a silver star around the number of singles/albums that were shooting up the charts quickly. They were usually the "hits" So I thought that the phrase "Number one with a bullet" which was a classic DJ/industry phrase, would be a great advertising campaign for it. Fender marketing chose not to go with it... so the decal never made any sense. But what was funny, as a side note, the very next NAMM show after I released it, an import company... maybe Tokai or Hondo, basically ripped off the design and called it the All Star... silver star with the numeral one in it and all."
     
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