This Article is About
true quality
necessary knowledge
electric guitar
quality control
The Squier Bullet Stratocaster Guitar
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

The Squier Bullet Stratocaster Guitar

The problem with user reviews of the Squier bullet strat

There are times when user reviews are truthful and times when a lack of experience plays a big part in what's said about certain products.

The electric guitar is probably one of the most confusing topics to research online, especially when looking to buy a beginners electric guitar.

Apart from having to take into account whether or not the reviewer has the right experience to make an accurate assessment of the instrument, there is also the date of manufacture to take into consideration.

Very often when a guitar manufacturer decides on a cheap beginners electric guitar product line, they invariably will choose a different country where labour is cheaper than at home, and many times they will move their production from one country to another over a period of time in order to get the most bang for the buck.

Quality can vary from year to year with the occasional glitch in quality control as they set up new premises elsewhere.

Then of course there's the problem of beginners reviewing beginner guitars, which is not the best combination.

Many beginners don't understand exactly how to set up a guitar so it plays well, don't have the know how to get a good sound out of a guitar as well as the necessary knowledge on how to string a guitar and tune it up properly so that it stays in tune.

There are many factors that determine the sound of an electric guitar, and believe it or not, mostly it's got less to do with the guitar and more to do with the amplifier it's being played through.

All things being equal though, different guitars will still sound different through the same amplifier, but the true quality of sound can never be realised through an inferior amp.

One of the most popular guitars for a beginner is the Stratocaster, mostly because of how popular the guitar is with professional guitarists and how often bands are seen with the guitarist playing a Fender Stratocaster.

They're also one of the most copied designs in electric guitar with many clones being made by different brands. Their modular design makes them easier to manufacture as well.

To compete with the budget guitar market, Fender brought out their own line of budget instruments called Squier.

The cheapest stratocaster made by Fender at the moment is the Squier Bullet Strat. Because of the vast number of beginners learning to play on these guitars, one needs to find a Squier Bullet Strat review done by a professional.

Understanding the Squier Bullet Strat, or most Fender Stratocasters for that matter

The Stratocaster is a naturally treble sounding electric guitar and this is due mostly to the pickups used on a regular Strat. These are single coil pickups of which this guitar has three.

There's one in the bridge position, which is the most treble sound, then one in the middle and one near the neck of the guitar.

Obviously one doesn't want a guitar to sound dull and muffled, but most Strats (short for Stratocaster) are way over in the opposite direction.

The nicest Hendrix like rock tone for a Fender Stratocaster is in the neck position as this catches the naturally more bassy part of the strings vibration coupled with a lovely treble response. This is great for clean rhythms as well.

If you're thinking of buying a Squier or Fender Stratocaster, but you're keen on getting a good rock sound as well as that sparkling clean sound that Strats are renowned for, the best option would be to go for what's known as a Fat Strat.

These are configured the same as a standard Stratocaster with the exception of the bridge pickup, which is changed to a humbucker.

A humbucker pickup is two single coil pickups wired in series to cancel out the hum which comes from stray electromagnetic interferences. Some radios, televisions and flourescent lighting have a tendency to give of a mains cycle hum which can be very annoying when coming through a guitar amplifier at high volume.

This is especially prevalent when either the amplifier is driven into overdrive, or a distortion peddle is used.

The advantage of the Fat Strat humbucker pickup in the bridge position

A humbucking pickup has two main advantages, especially in the bridge position.

Firstly, it's louder, which means it'll drive your amplifier into overdrive a lot sooner, and secondly, it has a fatter sound with a bit less treble than a regular single coil.

They're still bright enough for most applications though and when they're designed to match the rest of the pickups on a guitar they generally aren't too much louder as to cause a noticeable volume discrepancy.

This is also helped by the fact that the guitar strings vibrate a lot less at the bridge than they do in other positions, this being the place where the guitar string produces the most treble, a humbucker is fitting.

Leo Fender didn't think of that one! Nevertheless, rock n roll was a different sound back in the 50's.

Making the most of your beginners Stratocaster

The first thing to keep in mind is that electric guitars are made of wood. Wood has a tendency to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity.

Even with the most stringent quality controls in any factory, a guitar that's made in a different country will have to be shipped from one climate to the next.

This means that certain things will happen to the guitar, not just from the factory to you but through the life of the guitar as well. Here's a short list of things that will need attention and things to consider.

  1. The guitar will need a setup. Sometimes you get lucky but mostly this will need to get done, either by yourself or someone who knows how. It's worth teaching yourself how to do this later on as weather is sure going to change.
  2. If after a guitar setup your strings are buzzing against a few frets, you can take the guitar to a guitar tech and ask him to level the frets. Changes in temperature can cause some frets to slowly work their way out of the fretboard by tiny amounts which makes for a less than optimal playing surface. Most guitars at a beginner level of playing will be fine without this.
  3. What's really nice about Stratocaster guitars is the availablity of aftermarket parts, and the closer to a Standard Stratocaster design your guitar is, the easier it is to change things, even as far as necks and bodies.

One needs to know what to look for and expect in a beginner electric guitar before jumping to conclusions or perhaps becoming unnecessarily disheartened by what can easily be remedied.

I hope I have saved you that possible dissapointment.

There are other things to pay attention to when playing electric guitar that may help get the most out of one, but that has more to do with your playing than anything else.

Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Enhance Your Communication Skills With Voice Therapy London
Your voice is what makes the first impression, right after your appearance, when you speak to someone. It is a significant part of your personality and it is desirable to have a good voice. Unfortunately, not everyone is gifted with a great voice quality. However, this should not be any…
By: aby in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   May 15, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Reasons to Take Singing Lessons London
There are many advantages of taking singing lessons London which are not only good for your emotional wellbeing but also for everyday life. You can get professional voice coaching London to improve your voice quality and also to learn a new genre of music. When you opt for such lessons,…
By: aby in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   May 15, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Can I Learn Guitar?
It is a common fantasy of many; you are at a party in a friends' house or maybe all sitting around a fire on a warm summer evening. Everyone is chilling out and having a good time when you reach for the guitar and casually strum a few, well-known, mellow…
By: Rob Houghton in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Mar 02, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Best Way To Learn Guitar - The Secret Method
Learning an instrument is all about repetition. We need to practice and repeat the lessons or piece of music to enable our hands to get used to new movements and positions, and our minds to develop familiarity with a the mental process. It is like learning to tie your shoelaces,…
By: Rob Houghton in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Feb 14, 2016  
  Likes: 0

How to Get the Best Out Of The Dubturbo Sound Production Software Download
You are thinking about buying Dubturbo, the sound production software directed at the beginner, but there is not too much written about how to get the best out of it. There is only promotional stuff and you have to buy the program to get into the members area to see…
By: Steampunk Sound in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Jul 29, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Standard Guitar Tuning
Standard tuning is used by all guitarists, whether they are beginner or advanced. The strings are tuned, from the low 6th string up E- A-D-G-B-E.  A good way to remember this is by using the mnemonic ‘Eddy Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddie’. If your guitar is in standard tuning you…
By: Luke2 in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Oct 06, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Video Guitar Lessons – What To Expect From Them
There are normally 2 methods to learn guitar, Online and Offline. Maybe 10 or 15 years ago this was not like this. Back then it was necessary to look for a tutor willing to teach guitar or, we could have joined a music school, which is still a great alternative…
By: George Balibrera in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Mar 18, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Learn To Play Piano Online - 3 Tips To Learning
An article where you can learn to play piano online. There are many ways to learn and here are some tips that will help you get there.
By: Derek Drapp in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Feb 05, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Guitar Tips
Congratulations! You have decided that, no matter your age, race, religion, or personal reasons, you are going to learn the guitar. Take it from millions of players, all around the world, this is a GOOD thing. Well done! "But", you ask yourself, "How long will it take me to play…
By: Tookie in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Apr 23, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Five Tips To Help You Learn To Play Guitar Online
Learning to play guitar could be a very long process, I can tell you that, however there are ways to begin learning to play guitar easier and faster. There are several musicians who don’t like taking it slow and they try to learn guitar too fast, commonly what happens with…
By: George Balibrera in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Jul 21, 2011  
  Likes: 1

Learn To Tune Your Guitar Or Bass Guitar
Learning to tune your Guitar of Bass Guitar is a matter of hearing a tone or pitch and matching it. At first, if you are not used to hearing for the purpose of matching a tone it can be a little difficult, but becomes easier the more you do it.…
By: Wayne Douglas in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Jan 20, 2012  
  Likes: 1

Replacing Guitar Inlays is Easier Than You Think
If you are a typical guitarist, you may be able to shred on your instrument, and you probably know how to perform basic maintenance, but you might not know how to deal with some of the more complicated aspects of guitar building and customization. Sometimes you need to know how…
By: Luke2 in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Nov 06, 2011  
  Likes: 3

Drum Care - Some Dos And Donts
Do you look at your drum kit and think doesn’t look or sound as good as it should? Are you one of those drummers who consistently puts off caring for their drum kit. Do you constantly treat your drum kit like garbage and find that its quality is deteriorating a…
By: Ryan Kuchel in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Apr 20, 2011  
  Likes: 0

cheap acoustic guitars for beginners
If you are looking at cheap acoustic guitars for beginners then it is important to know that there are basically two types of acoustic guitars, one is a classical nylon string guitar and the other is a steel string guitar. Now many guitar players that don't play classical guitar really…
By: Jennifer Crabb in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Mar 11, 2011  
  Likes: 0

How Do I Tune A Guitar
As a guitarist I have often asked myself ‘How do I tune a guitar in an easy but precise way?’. There are numerous techniques we can use to tune up our guitars but its hard to know which one is the most efficient and the most accurate. In this article…
By: Luke2 in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Oct 04, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 2362    Report this Article