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Indian laurel board limited edition Bullet tele...any good?

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by fender4life, Oct 2, 2020.

  1. fender4life

    fender4life Friend of Leo's

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    Buying WITH trying is a gamble too ! Theres just no way to know what a guitar is capable of or not if you like me intend to mod it. I NEVER buy guitars thinking that if i don't like it i'm done. I buy with the intention of modding it till i get MY sound. Almost no guitars i have ever owned make me happy stock. I wanted to see my MIM 69 thinline for days after i got it. Once i figured out what i needed to change and tried a number of things it became one of my fav in not THE fav teles i have owned. Trying it fiorst did nothing to tell me any of that. So how can i know whether they will know by trying them? I can't go into GC and ask them to let me bring my tools and parts and sit in the store soldering different pickups in it ! Seriously, trying does absolutely nothing for me. What DOES is evaluating a guitar's potential by the woods, hardware, etc using what i know about how these things affect the sound. With a guitar like the bullet i couldn't really do that because of certain unknowns with it, (indian laurel for example) so i had to take a chance which i did because it ticked a lot of boxes that i couldn't tick w/o going to a 2k fender. And at $179 and GC's return policy there wasn't a lot to lose. If it were a lot more like a vintera at about 5 times the cost or a AO at 10 times, then i would pass and in fact already have.
     
  2. blacktuesday

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    I bought the sparkle red version. I really like it. I made a few cahnges to suit my personal preferences, but I think it's pretty good stock. I just didn't have a tele in the collection, and I love this guitar.

    Funny thing is, my first guitar was an Affinity Strat I purchased new in the late 90s. Over the last twenty something years, Squier has really stepped up their game. Like I said, I think it's a good guitar stock. The Stratocaster took a lot of work to get it to be a good guitar. And the thing about Squier, if you want to change anything, there are a lot more resources than most manufacturers for doing so.
     
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  3. fender4life

    fender4life Friend of Leo's

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    Stock i didn't like the tone at all. So much so that i literally would have headed back to GC and returned it after less than 5 minutes had i not bought it with the intention of modding the H out of it. It sounded kinda odd to me and nothing like any tele i have owned including several classic vibes. It sounded sterile and modern in a bad way. But i guess it depends on what you look for personally. Me, i find myself unable to enjoy playing modern sounding guitars at all, and thats what the stock bullet sounds like to my ear. However, i finally got it where i want it today and a few other changes will be needed but now i'm liking it. Still sounds a tad modern to me but nothing like before, and i think a set of brass saddles will get me the rest of the way. I probably would have returned had i not found a pickup that got me what i wanted out of it If i didn't love the neck so much. Might be my all time favorite neck ! Probably gonna gloss it tho, and i really don't like satin finishes at all. Also need to change the neck pickup, and i am not exaggerating when i say it is THE worse tele neck pickup i have ever heard. Even with a treble bleed i put in the guitar that pickup sounds so muddy when i roll of the volume even a bit that is sounds like the tone pot is on about 3. And the tone pot is disconnected. Seriously, i'm not exaggerating in the least. I really wonder if it's defective but understanding pickup construction quite well i cannot envision a scenario where a flaw could cause that.
     
  4. DougM

    DougM Poster Extraordinaire

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    I agree with you about the pickups, and they sounded pretty poor to me with most of my amps and drive pedals, but the stock neck pickup sounded better than I expected it would with my Katana Mini on the crunch setting. Of course it sounds much better still with new pickups.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CCp_kWnnB3N/
     
  5. fender4life

    fender4life Friend of Leo's

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    The worse sound from the neck is a overdriven tone and rolling the volume down as i mentioned before. It gets so muddy it's crazy. With the guitar on 10 it's usable tho still the worse i have played. Turned down i find it literally unusable. Like i said, sounds like a tone control on 3 or 4. Might even be too muddy for jazz ! Maybe with the amp clean that wouldn't be the case but i get my clean tones from a overdriven amp and rolling the guitar volume down. (with a 250pf treble bleed)
     
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    :lol:
     
  7. Itgoesto11

    Itgoesto11 Tele-Meister

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    YES. I purchased my LPB Bullet Tele on sale for $129. Needed Some fret work And a good setup. Changed the pickups to Bootstrap Pretzels and installed an Oak Grigsby 4-way switch with new pots and electrosocket jack from StewMac. I think the stock tuners work fine and the bridge is satisfactory as well. The guitar holds its own with my other (more expensive) Tele. 0333345B-1230-489C-A034-FEB40BE7D27F.jpeg
     
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  8. fender4life

    fender4life Friend of Leo's

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    My tuners are lousy. Gonna see about getting some conversion bushings and use one of the many vintage style fender sets i have in the parts drawer.
     
  9. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Wow, YMMV indeed. The neck pickup on my Bullet Tele is my favorite neck pickup of any Tele I have owned.
     
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