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Fender Bullet Owners Club

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by jays0n, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Larry Mal

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    Why thank you, sir! I feel that it took me long enough to catch up with your creation, but I'm glad I did in the end.
     
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    I'm glad you did too. They're a hoot to play!
     
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    Glad to know other people love the Bullet. I just restored my brothers guitar. I ruined this guitar when I was 15. 20 years later I brought it back to life!
    Check out the 3 1/3 min video of me restoring this American classic!
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  5. Ryann

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    Hi, I got this from my uncle. I believe it's a 1982 American Fender Bullet *standard* version, the first of the second runs. But then again, I'm relying on google. Anybody got any info on this?
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    Great work & a really good vid showing the restoration.
     
  7. cuscus

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    It could be an 82 or 83, you will only find out if you look at the neck date & pot dates.

    In mid 82, Fender released 5 six string versions of The Bullet, they also introduced "The Bullet Bass" a short scale & a long scale version. The six strings were - "The Bullet" "The Bullet H1" which both had a white alloy pickguard, "The Bullet S2" "The Bullet S3" "The Bullet H2" which all had plastic pickguards, some were single ply white guards embossed on the lower horn with "S2" - "S3" - "H2".

    Your guitar is "The Bullet" in ivory, known as The Standard Bullet.

    Most of these later strat shaped guitars had a neck with a maple skunk, which was meant to differentiate the Bullet from other Fender models, but some of these guitars had necks with a walnut skunk, these tend to be the earlier of the 82 models, as Fender used up the maple necks from the original tele shaped model, but there will always be exceptions to that rule.

    As a footnote ; all of the Bullets with the alloy guard would have had the "patent applied for " sticker on the guard, from John Page, the patent was applied for on June 10th 1981, but was not granted until 15th Feb 1983, so every alloy guard issued up to the grant date, would have had to be protected by use of the sticker.
     
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  8. John Page

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    Cool video, Bulletdude!

    Cheers,
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  9. Matty74

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    image.jpg So I picked up one of these today at a garage sale for my 9 year old son. It came with the case and amp for $100

    Anything I should know? I'm hardly a guitar expert but it wouldn't hurt to broaden my son's horizons and to get him off the iPad.
     
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  11. cuscus

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    Matty74 - Welcome to the club - Wow that is an absolute steal for that price, a Red Fender Bullet S2 in similar condition went for $427 very recently, although it did have the original case.

    Your guitar is a 2nd version Fender Bullet S2 ( two single coil pickups ), it will be an 82 or 83, the colour is Walnut which was an extra cost option & not as common as the red & ivory standard colours, so assuming it is in playable condition, it is worth much more than what you paid for it.

    These guitars are very good & are often used professionally, they are smaller bodied, but remain standard scale length, this 2nd version had a slim neck, which suits players with smaller hands or students.

    If you need to know anything please ask.
     
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    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg Thanks for the welcome!

    I think it would be a nice instrument for my son to learn to play on.

    I took a couple more pics
     
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    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg Here's another. Don't mind the mess, in the middle of renovating before we move into our new house in June
     
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    The seller mentioned that it belonged to her ex-father-in-law. She's had it stored in the case for the last 25 years
     
  15. cuscus

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    Nice guitar, I do love the Walnut, probably my fave finish ......
     
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    So, my boss picked this guitar up from a pawn shop. I'm a little suspicious about its legitimacy based on the decal on the headstock is a little stained up as if it doesn't belong there. Serial number doesn't say much, or I guess I was looking in the wrong place. Can anyone here help me? Thanks!
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  18. cuscus

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    Hello Gainsbarre & welcome.
    The guitar is legit, but it has not had a good life & has not been stored properly at some point in the past, so the decal has got damp & dried out again, causing it to shrink etc, I have some bullets with decals like that. The guitar also has had a bad refinish that is cracking & peeling, the alloy guard has also been refinished & an attempt has been made to stop the saddles rattling, by sticking something underneath them, the rattling saddles are a problem on some of these guitars.
    Due to the refinish, I doubt very much if the serial number sticker will be in the neck pocket, but its worth a look to see, it should correspond to the serial on the headstock.
    The rosewood necks on these were rarely dated, but the pots will have dates if they are original, the pickups may have dates.
    The kluson tuners are the double line type & will have the patent number D - 160400 & the word patent stamped on the underside, these are old stock that were lying around in the Fullerton factory waiting to be used, they were used on strats & teles from 1964 to 1967 & often appear on early Fender Bullets.

    Here are some pics of a similar bullet, showing the same decal damage, the matching neck pocket sticker & the double line kluson & D patent number.

    The neck sticker serial was often written by hand & stuck over the printed sticker, due to printing errors on the printed sticker.

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  19. cuscus

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    The Mark Two Bullet Collection :

    The "Bullet" ( standard ) available in red & ivory.

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    The " Bullet H1" available in red or ivory.

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    The Bullet variations "S3" - "H2" - "S2" available in extra cost option custom colour Walnut :

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    The Bullet was never officially available in black & no advertising or promotion states that fact, they were obviously available .....

    The Bullet variations "S2" - "H2" - "S3" available in non advertised extra cost option custom colour Black :

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    Nice collection, Cuscus! I also have one of these in black, an S-3. Do you think these may be the international color "cathay ebony?"
    Given Fender's history of using up all available inventory, it may be a possibility. Mine seems exceptionally shiny. Just a thought. Thanks for all the effort you put into this thread!
     
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