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What's the difference between a Bullet and Affinity?

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by richey88, Jul 3, 2017.

  1. richey88

    richey88 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2009
    philly suburbs
    Body thickness? Hardware? Just got a Bullet, seems full size, was set up surprisingly well, plays and sounds great.....buddy had an Affinity but I just heard it, didn't get to play it....
     

  2. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    It's pretty obvious none of us know.

    My suspicion is really no difference at all. They just created a more "budget" Squier which has nothing signficantly to do with how it's made, but rather, a marketing thing.

    All about price points:

    Fender comes up with a line of inexpensive guitars to compete with all of those no name imports, but not compete against their own Squiers.
     

  3. CK Dexter Haven

    CK Dexter Haven Tele-Holic

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    This..however I was really surprised that they did BSB, I would think they would limit it to short runs of special colors, and features. A few years ago they did one with a Humbucker in orange, things like that.
     

  4. 5ofeight

    5ofeight Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Quality of parts I would have though, that seems to be the only difference right on up the guitar make scale...
     

  5. richey88

    richey88 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2009
    philly suburbs
    Yeah it was strange, the Affinity neck felt pretty much the same, but I opt ed for the Surf Green (wonder if there are more pieces of wood?) Dang neck feels great but blinding (the back and headstock). Sounds and plays so well i'll overlook it if no inexpensive solutions present themselves
     
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  6. cbh5150

    cbh5150 Tele-Meister

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    The bodies on current Bullets are basswood; Affinitys are alder. Same thickness, tho. Nut width on the Bullets is 42mm vs. 40.6 or whatever on the Affinity, but IMO the Affinity neck is a bit thicker and rounder...other than that, I don't think there is much difference.
     
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  7. MuddyWolf

    MuddyWolf TDPRI Member

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    Somehow i feel better about alder than basswood. i also like the chunkier affinity neck. I would feel better if the affinity nut was 42mm but in reality i got skinny little fingers and can play a cowboy C chord without being crowded so really i dont care about that anymore.
     
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  8. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    europe
    Maybe it's not always true, but Bullets tend to have humbuckers.
     

  9. blackspider57

    blackspider57 TDPRI Member

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    I noticed the following:
    42mm. Nut width.
    Bullet has a string through body,
    skunk stripe on neck,
    insert at truss rod hole,
    neck pick up can be adjusted without removing pick guard.
    Input jack typical telecaster vs. plastic square.
    Pots and selector switch appear identical to my Standard Telecaster. P1000538.JPG P1000541.JPG
     

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  10. logans_tele

    logans_tele TDPRI Member

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    That's great info there, thanks for posting!
     
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  11. Kerberos

    Kerberos Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Nice looking Tele!
     

  12. richey88

    richey88 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2009
    philly suburbs
    Not crazy about the pots and switch, but..... for what I paid, this can be addressed. Thanks also for the report!
     

  13. h4ck.b0x7

    h4ck.b0x7 Tele-Meister

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    You never have to dodge an Affinity...
     
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  14. luckett

    luckett Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 14, 2011
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    Are the SS Bullets routed for a single coil neck pickup like the Affinities?
     

  15. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Friend of Leo's

    Oct 29, 2013
    NYC
    Oh, yes you do... sometimes.
     
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  16. justjazz

    justjazz TDPRI Member

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    You can always have the nut widened. I had my tech do that on my Affinity strat
     

  17. richey88

    richey88 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2009
    philly suburbs
    Nope. Full 'bucker rout in there (just swapped pickguards) IMG_0066.JPG
     
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  18. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

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    I think it's basically point of origin.
     

  19. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Tele-Holic

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    And letters, 9 letters difference.
     
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  20. blackspider57

    blackspider57 TDPRI Member

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    I should of mentioned, these are the differences I noticed between my FSR Bullet and the Affinities I see currently available. Also the top picture showing the controls is the Bullet (Surf Green) the picture below is the Standard Telecaster (vintage Blonde)
     

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