Interesting that you mention that. I've got the Bullet Tele, and also a CV 60s Thinline Tele. Both are advertised as having 9.5" radius, but the Bullet fretboard feels flatter than the Thinline. Not by much--just a tad--but noticeable....The fretboard feels flatter than 9.5" to me, but that might be my imagination...
there’s mine. Tort pick guard and Bootstrap Alnico III pickups. And brass saddles. Bridge was ok as is-
Really pretty. Tort looks great on that color.yes to flat radius. But plays nicely…oh…abalone knobs with the surf green/tort.
Oh- “Raw Nickel” on the neck pickup cover…
I just used my handy-dandy Stewmac radius gauge on my Bullet Tele, and it measures as 10". Which is kinda how it feels to me. Great great guitar.Interesting that you mention that. I've got the Bullet Tele, and also a CV 60s Thinline Tele. Both are advertised as having 9.5" radius, but the Bullet fretboard feels flatter than the Thinline. Not by much--just a tad--but noticeable.
How’d it go? Did you bring one home?Thanks all! I have been all over the place in my tele search since making this post (from Bullet to Monoprice to Hadean to MIM to Classic Vibe to Affinity back to Classic Vibe...). I think that I have come full circle- or maybe I've just worn myself out.
GC has the Surf Green Bullet on sale now, and my local store has it in stock. It is my son's birthday, so depending on where he wants to go to lunch, I may be able to pop in to check it out. If so, I have a feeling that I'll bring it home.
That does seem like it would be a pretty cool guitar--50's style body with pau ferro board--but on the other hand, if you don't care about the name on the headstock, you could get two (or more) differently configured Teles for the same money (or less). My Squier Tele Bullet, Squier Cabronita, and used Squier Tele Standard came out to a grand total of $502.
A few thoughts...
Bullet Tele's are pretty good for the price, even if a bit rough around the edges sometimes. If you can, try it out in the store to make sure it's not too rough. If you can handle a basic setup, minor nut slot file/lube and light fret edge smoothing it should be good.
As always, I recommend not hopping right into mods. See how you like it "as is" before tearing into it. You know it's kind of a compromise, given it's roughly 15% of your max $1200. If you don't think you can embrace those compromises, save your money up.
I’ve had two bullet Teles and a Strat. Couple of years ago a local shop had them at ‘to clear’ prices and I bought a matching pair. Really, really good for the price, so much better than others on the market. Spent some time tidying them up and they became my ‘to hand’ guitars about the house and grandchildrens’ (Under supervision) play things. Sold them on to add to my savings pot for a Strat.A kit or parts build might be an option if you enjoy doing that kind of thing. That would give you more control over parts and you could get something closer to what you really want. It will probably cost a bit more than a Bullet, depending on what parts you go with. You also won't know how good it fits for you until you're done with it.