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Dolemite

What It Was!

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Dec 30th, 2017 11:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Bought a surf green one online.. waiting on the brown truck.

Therealfrogman
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illegal is a sick bird....
Dec 30th, 2017 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like em and would buy one without a second thought. Post some pics stat!

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Dec 30th, 2017 11:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had an Affinity a few years back that I modded and sold. It was a decent Tele. I lived in NC at the time.

Oddly enough I think that very guitar is hanging in a pawn shop here in VA.

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Dec 30th, 2017 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not a tele, but I have one of the strats.

I've had it since 2002; modded it numerous ways multiple times and it continues to be one my most regularly played instruments.

The neck feels absolutely great (to the point I had a refret done @ 10 years that cost more than the original guitar with case)

The specs have changed numerous times with the Bullet Series, but last I knew the body thickness was up to standard Fender size.
Mine is of the "thinner" era, but I still love the feel of it.

You'll probably want to swap out the pickups after a very short time. Let us know what you think after you get it!


Dolemite

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Dec 31st, 2017 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

I will.

Looks like dis (stock pic)

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Dec 31st, 2017 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like the colour scheme! I think rosewood works great with surf green. Same as my strat, but I refinished mine in lacquer. The original was black poly.

Surf Green Bullet

Dolemite

What It Was!

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Jan 10th, 2018 01:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Boss!

It came, set up was lousy and truss rod was loose. (It was used.) Did a set up, re-slotted the nut for some Cobalt .011s. Greased it up - fretboard, nut slots, pots. Raised the pickups. Twang-o-licious. You oughta hear it thru the used Marsh Deluxe I just snagged. Snappy as heck, neck pickup is juicy. Will gig with it soon.

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Jan 10th, 2018 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

COOL!

Is the body much thinner than a typical Tele-twanger?

Dolemite

What It Was!

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Jan 10th, 2018 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

1/2 in or so. Couple pounds lighter too, but my other Tele Squier is a freekin' boat anchor.

I'm giving that one to a student's kid who also plays. Rat Fink sticker and all!

Dolemite

What It Was!

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Jan 31st, 2018 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Update: two gigs under my belt. Both were different kinds of music, but the thing delivered!

First with Mitch Woods/Rocket 88s @ Funky Biscuit - jump blues in a 5 piece combo w/piano, sax, upright bass & drums. Ran in into an old BFDR, mostly front pickup with tone rolled off. Nice fat tones.

Second gig was with Charlie Pickett @ Young Circle amphitheater in Hollywood. 3 guitars/bass/drums, knucklehead
Roots rock - think Son House and The Stooges in a five car pileup. Used the 100w Mustang III on a Marshall patch with a MOSFET pedal for solos. Screamed like an ex-wife.

It’s a keeper!

Stratokatsu

Miami, Florida

Playing wrong notes for over 50 years
May 31st, 2018 12:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have 2 of the Bullet Strats, one trem and one hardtail. Based on bang for the buck, they have me thinking about a Bullet Tele.

My generalization is that the Bullets are extremely workable guitars, cheap enough to afford mods to whatever you might want, but playable enough as they are to adjust and use as is.

For a home hobby player like me, they are the best value out there.

CurtO

USA

Are there power outlets in Heaven?
Oct 31st, 2019 10:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

It appears that Fender switched the body wood from Alder to basswood on the Bullet Tele. I had an Affinity on order, than switched to a Bullet just because its going to be heavily modded and I could get it a couple of weeks earlier, AND I like the string through bridge vs the top mount. I'm a bit concerned about the softness of a basswood body. Any others have basswood that can share feedback? (on any guitar, doesn't have to be a Squier Bullet)

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Lauren's

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Nov 1st, 2019 12:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

Basswood is a great tonewood.

If it were not ideal for a solidbody guitar, Ibanez would not use it on their top-line models.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 11:18 AM, Nov 1st, 2019)

Mick Reid
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Australia

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Nov 1st, 2019 05:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

As Peegoo said, nothing wrong with basswood.

I also think it's too easy to get sucked into tonewood snobbery.
I'm not saying body material makes *no* difference, but it's merely one part of a bigger sum imo.

I own 3 basswood guitars 2 strats, 1 tele. They all sound great. (even when I play 'em!) ;^)

FWIW, basswood with Fender's poly finish makes for a very durable instrument, providing you don't smash it like Pete Townsend or hit it with a ball-peen hammer.

If you're going to be changing hardware, just be mindful of making sure you start the screws properly so the new screw goes into the existing "threads" of the old ones and you'll be fine.
And don't over-tighten them!
If you strip one out, dowel & re-drill, easy peasy.


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Lauren's

a tractor
Nov 1st, 2019 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mick, try this:

In a good screw hole in wood (one that's been formed by a screw and is not already stripped), carefully place a single drop of water-thin CA and let it cure for at least 10 minutes.

This saturates the wood fibers around the screw hole, forming into a hardened 'threaded insert' in the wood. It is ideal for applications where a wood screw will be removed and replaced over time.

(1) Form the wood first with the screw to create a threaded hole; (2) add the CA, and (3) let it cure...I don't need to explain why this step is important!.

This makes stripping out the wood very difficult unless you really try to do so.

I learned this years ago when building R/C planes that used balsa wood, which is a super-soft wood with no screw-holding capacity. Do the CA trick, and balsa holds screws like maple.

CurtO

USA

Are there power outlets in Heaven?
Nov 1st, 2019 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Great info Mick and Peegoo, Since I'm going to be swapping out the electronics anyway, it makes sense to go with the Bullet vs the Affinity. I'll be tossing less quality electronics with the Bullet. Does anyone happen to know if the body thickness is the same on the Bullet as it is on the Affinity Tele?

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Nov 1st, 2019 04:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Does anyone happen to know if the body thickness is the same on the Bullet as it is on the Affinity Tele?"

The body thickness has changed over time with the Bullets and Affinities.

They used to be thinner, then they got thicker, and at one point, they were "full" thickness.

I pretty sure the current Affinity are slightly thinner than Fender MIM models, but can't say what the latest production Bullets are.

There is much discussion about this online. I once saw reference chart someone put together but it a number of years ago and probably not reflective of current production.


CurtO

USA

Are there power outlets in Heaven?
Nov 12th, 2019 10:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just got the Blue Limited Edition Bullet off of MF. I was very surprised by the quality. I paid less than $100 for this thing. I'll be swapping out the pickups and control plate as i just happned to have them laying around. However, the bridge pickup sounds great to my ears. I will definately be replacing the neck pickup. Other than the neck pickup, it plays, looks and sounds fantastic. Best $100 bucks I ever spent.

customteletim

United States

Nov 13th, 2019 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just placed my order for another Surf Green Tele. I got the first one earlier this year. It needed a little work when it came in. There was a little problem with the pickups and the frets were a little scratchy, but it's totally worth $130.

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