Is the Squier Bullet Stratocaster any good?
I have extremely fond memories of my first guitar which was a Squier Stratocaster, it was a beautiful guitar that sounded absolutely amazing when played clean. So it was with some excitement that I took a look at the current version to try and answer the question is the Squier Bullet Stratocaster any good?
Both Fender and Gibson produce cheaper version of their guitars using a different brand name. In the case of Gibson their cheaper guitars are sold under the Epiphone name. With Fender it is Squier.
Squier or to give the company its original name the V.C. Squier Company was established in 1890 by Victor Carroll Squier. Originally the company manufactured strings for violins, banjos and guitars. However, when Fender purchased the company in 1965 the gradually transformed the company to produce low cost versions of the Fender guitar and bass range.
Coming bang up-to-date the Squier guitar range is split into three main groups based on price. The entry level models are badged under the Bullet name with the mid-price Squiers being the Affinity series and the top end the Vibe series.
With the budget guitar market being so competitive Squier are having to pull out all the stops to compete. But I think with the Squier Bullet Stratocaster they might have got the competition whipped.
So what does the Squier Bullet Stratocaster have to offer?
Remember this is a budget guitar so don’t expect top end features. Manufacturers of budget guitars have to save cost somewhere and they do so by using cheaper raw materials and components. So the wood used in the body will be less exotic, the pickups and electrical components will be cheaper too. This is done so that you get a cost effective guitar, but although cheap the guitar should be playable. With the Squier Bullet Stratocaster you certainly get that!
The body of the guitar is basswood with a bolt on maple neck topped with a 21 fret rosewood fingerboard. The pick-up configuration is standard Stratocaster being 3 single coil pick-ups accessed through a 5 way selector switch. The electrics are finished off with a master volume and two tone dials to give you great control of the tonal output of the guitar. The bridge is a synchronous tremolo which allows some whammy bar antics, however think Hank Marvin rather than Eddie Van Halen as too much dive-bombing will de-tune the guitar.
First off the build quality for such a cheap guitar is very good. But you would expect that from Squier. You can get the guitar in a range of colours, my particular favourite has got to be the Tobacco Sunburst which is really nice to look at. The feel of the guitar is good and it plays well with no fret buzz. Plugged in the guitar has a good sound which does start to sound a bit ropey when you crank up the distortion but generally it knocks the spots off a lot of the other cheap competitors out there. However, I have to say there is nothing that sounds quite the same as a Strat played with a clean tone and a hint of reverb. The sound is truly amazing and the Squier Bullet Stratocaster certainly gives you that sound which, considering the price, is worthy of a firm thumbs up.
If you are looking for a starter guitar, either for yourself or as a gift for someone, then should you consider the Squier Bullet Stratocaster? I think that yes this is a really good guitar and well worth the money so give the Squier Bullet Stratocaster a go!
The Squier Bullet Stratocaster has a recommended retail price of £119. However, you can currently buy the Squier Bullet Stratocaster for £91 through Gear 4 Music which is a phenomenal deal for a great guitar!