Squier by Fender Bullet Stratocaster Review

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The Squier by Fender Bullet Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Tremolo is an improvement on the old Squier Bullets, which were black-balled by many users and experts for being poorly built. Squier went back to the drawing board, added a tremolo bar and made the body of basswood, but many players don't like the build on this new model either. The pickups are said to buzz frequently, and many units are "set up" incorrectly (the placement of the strings isn't optimized to the form of the guitar), although it's hard to predict how the wood and strings will interact over time.

Bullet HSS Stratocaster reviews identify this as a remodeled guitar that Squier put out after seeing users up in arms about the design of the original. New additions to the Squier by Fender Bullet HSS Stratocaster (starting at $119, Amazon) include a tremolo bar and a basswood body.

Still, most users seem unimpressed. One reviewer posting at Musician’s Friend, for example, claims that the guitar will not stay in tune and the sustain is short and dull. Another user likewise mentions that the guitar falls out of tune and adds that the tremolo sounds weak and the durability is poor -- some of the screws that held the guitar together actually fell out. The strings also buzz a lot and the finish scratches easily.

An expert reviewer notes that this model has a rough neck, making it extra hard for younger players to learn on, which is odd considering this model is aimed at those new to the instrument.

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