Fender Squier Bullet Strat Review | Good vs. Bad

The Squier Bullet Strat by Fender Headstock

The Fender Stratocaster design has been around since 1954 and remains one of the most popular and copied guitar styles of all time.  For those who don’t have several hundred or even thousands of dollars to spend on a new guitar, however, you must consider other options. If you’ve been doing your research, that means you’ve run across guitars like the Squier Stratocaster or the Squier Bullet Strat.

Before you take the time to read this review, though…STOP. Take this quick, 5-question quiz first to determine whether this or another guitar is right for you.

Bullet Strat “Good Fit” Quiz

My budget for buying a new electric guitar is:

The purpose for buying this guitar is:

I see this guitar purchase as:

The most important aspect of this guitar for me is:

My feelings toward Fender are:


So now that you’ve taken the quiz, I welcome you to read my review of the Squier Bullet Strat by Fender.

Squier Bullet Strat Review

A review of the Squier Bullet StratThe problem with guitar reviews is that rarely do you, the person researching their next guitar, have the ability to understand the original expectations of the person reviewing the guitar.

This is especially true with guitars like the Bullet Strat. I’ve seen some reviews where the guitarist raves about the Bullet Strat and others where they bash it to pieces. In my opinion, it all has to do with your expectations.

Let’s make one thing very clear here: the Squier Bullet Strat is a beginner guitar whose main purpose is to give new guitarists the chance to learn guitar at a very low price.

If this is where you’re at, you’re going to love the Bullet Strat! If you expect too much more than this, you’re bound to be disappointed.

So with that out of the way…

Is the Squier Bullet Strat Well-Produced?

The Squier Bullet Strat uses basswood, a low-cost alternative to Alder, Maple or other often-used guitar woods. As a beginner guitarist you likely won’t be able to tell the difference.

The Bullet Strat looks and feels almost exactly like the original Fender Strat including the size of the neck, shape of the body and the use of 3 single-coil pickups.

Most people I know who’ve had the Squier Bullet for more than a year say that it has held up well to constant use, which is a great reason to consider a Squier Fender over a no-name brand.

That said, the tuners aren’t very high quality and the neck is noticeably low-quality. The electronics leave much to be desired and the knobs feel a bit cheap. Eventually you’re going to want to upgrade for a better guitar.

How does the Bullet Strat Sound?

What’s great about the Squier Bullet Strat is that many users, including myself, report being pleasantly surprised by the high-quality sound that comes out of this beginner guitar.

If you plan on gigging on a weekly basis the Bullet Strat might not cut it, but for the occasional gig or just plugging in to play with friends, you’re going to be happy with how it sounds coming straight out of the box.

The Black version of the Squier Bullet Strat

Is the Bullet Strat a Good Value?

In short: yes.

Are you purchasing for somebody who isn’t quite sure if they are going to love playing the guitar? The Squier Bullet Strat will provide a good playing experience without breaking the bank.  So that if you do decide to leave guitar playing to the pros, you won’t be out too much cash.

The best part is that they also sell the Bullet Strat as a beginner guitar pack.  Which means that it comes with a whole bunch of extras that you’re going to want.

The Fender Squier Bullet Strat pack

Do you need a guitar you can modify or bang the heck out of? Then the Squier Bullet is an excellent option.

It’s easy to work with and won’t matter if you make a big mistake. What’s great is that parts for Strats are readily available so you won’t have a problem upgrading the parts!

Concluding Thoughts

If you took the quiz above and your answers indicated that the Squier Bullet Strat is a good fit for you, then, based on my personal experience, I think it’s an excellent option.

It will sound good, it will last until you’re ready to upgrade your guitar. A great way to learn the electric guitar!

For more information, I suggest checking out pricing, ratings and more on Amazon.com:

Check pricing and reviews on Amazon

15 thoughts on “Fender Squier Bullet Strat Review | Good vs. Bad

  1. Hey Josh, came across this while research the Bullet. I just picked one up with a HSS config. Bought secondhand so had to do a setup on it. After that was done i’m fairly pleased. I have a Showmaster Rally as well and i’d say it’s just as easy to play. I owned 3 guitars last Christmas(13), a Musiman Cutlas 1, an Academy acost/elec and an old classical that were not sure about lol. I know own 37 and haven’t paid over $200 for any(except the musicman). I own 3 Greg Bennett Malibu’s and many other lowend names. One thing i’ve noticed in the acoustics is many of the lowenders aren’t setup very well. As for electrics, once I put my favourite strings onn set the action and intonation, i’m happy. I’m hoping to have a couple of my guitar snob friends have a go at my collection and see what they think. Out of what I have, I have some favourites. An El Degas HSS Korean 80s, a Rocker Acoustic,and old EPI acoustic(not epiphone just EPI), and a Brownsville Choirboy. And of course my old Silvertone 26933(1456). Anyway, thanks for the info

  2. Hi
    I just picked up a Squier Bullet all maple neck made in Japan the number on the metal piece on the back of the neck is SQ36687 I’m trying to find out the year of this guitar and the worth of it, I would appreciate it if you have the information!!!!!

    Thank You

  3. right now I own 3 Stratocasters and I use all 3 of them my cheap is a white bullet strat called Emma is mainly use for rehearsal and as a backup great guitar well worth the money and I recommend squire bullet Stratocaster very reliable

  4. I don’t know what to buy. Ibaniz makes nice looking $139.00 guitar(Basswood), Epiphone makes the Les Paul Special II(Mahogany) for $129.00 then the Squire Bullet(Basswood?)for $129.00 right now on Amazon. I could REALLY use some advise here ASAP. Thanks in advance.8•)

    1. Carl
      I bought my son an Epiphone Les Paul Special 2 quite a few years ago and its held up all these years and the sound is amazing it has all gold hardware and its black I bought it at musciansfriend.com they have quality guitars…when buying a guitar dont go by looks go by the sound of it and how it feels when your hoding it go in a music store and check out different guitars then go on musiciansfriend.com they have many to choose from and free shipping…good luck!!!!

  5. My son is a studio guitar player. After he graduated from college he got married and took my les Paul and fender strat. That was 8 years ago. I have a Martin I play. I wanted another electric, so just for the heck of it , I bought a squire strat bullet from guitar center for 99$. Of course I had to set it up. I was very impressed with the feel and sound and enjoy playing it. Maybe l’ll buy another squire with no regrets.

  6. Having had my Lonestar Strat stolen, a colleague has lent me a Bullet, and I have to say that while it’s no Fender original, it’s not half bad. Coming through a Marshall MG30, I can get some decent sustain out of it and the only downside is the fretboard, which is a bit “edgy”, constantly feeling you are going to fall off the side, especially nutwards, top side. I’ve been playing(Pro and semi)for nearly 50 years and I wish this quality had been around when I was investing in my first electrics!

  7. I have or have had strats from US, Mexico, Japan and China. The bullet one form China I have reminds me remarkably of a 1960’s US strat I used years ago – and also a Cousin of mine who has a 60’s strat. They can be that good but you probably have to try several.

  8. You can play 5 different guitars, all the same brand and model and they will all be a little different. The secret is to play EVERYTHING and choose what feels right. Generally, I prefer set-neck guitars as they give better sustain but I have 7 guitars and 3 are bolt-ons and they all play well. Just today, I played a $5000 Gibson acoustic and it was a terrible P.O.S. It’s all in the setup and one should learn to set the action and intonation correctly. A squire of any model has enough basic quality that it can be upgraded with better hardware and setup with fret-levelling and it will play somewhat like an expensive one !!!

  9. I bought a ’64 Fender Stratocaster in 1970.
    After offshores came out, I called those short-scale guitars.
    Looking at advertisements and professional reviews,
    I never see anyone talking about different measurements.
    No-one talks about there not being an aluminum sheet behind the pick-guard.
    For some offshores, the tremolo block isn’t pulled against interior wood.
    When Leo Fender built his guitars, Jazzmaster, Deluxe, Stratocaster, Jaguar and Telecaster, the necks were interchangeable for all those models.
    There are authentic design protocols, and then there are offshores.
    If you are talking about these guitars, you should mention the differences.

  10. I bought a Squier Bullet Strat secondhand in Durban South Africa, wanting to graduate from an Epiphone Gibson acoustic to jam with some friends. We were all pleasantly surprised about the sound quality after a bit of setting up of intonation. The other plus point is that the guitar is so much lighter than original Fender Strats. Playing in the same company as a Epiphone Les Paul and a Gibson Les Paul Standard, there is no need to feel inferior at all if played through a Fender amp or the likes thereof.I have not even contemplated upgrading the hardware on this guitar, it is so good as it is. A definite recommendation for anyone looking to start out in full electric mode.

  11. The reviewer is correct here on many counts, but as a player for 40 years, with lots of nice guitars including a Martin, Gibson Les Paul and a handmade boutique guitar, let me say that my Squire is one of my favorite guitars. Not only can I have fun with it at the low price point, but it is a guitar that can actually hold it’s own on any stage if…
    1. You have to go through a lot of them to find the good ones, but they are there. I play 10 at a Sam Ash before landing on the right one.
    2. You have to “set it up”. You could take it to a pro, but it’s a Squire, so learn to do it using youtube videos. It will feel like more of a part of you when you do the work yourself.
    3. When you can swing it, upgrade the pickups. I got a set of Fender 57/62 that I put in mine and the difference was night and day. After that, save up and get locking tuners, then save up for a better bridge block. Look all of this up on youtube so you’ll know what I’m talking about. When you are done, you’ll have a guitar you won’t have to feel bad about having.

    This is an excellent guitar to get as a beginner and keep throughout your life. Some might argue that you could by a cheap Fender Strat for what the upgrades will cost, but what fun is that? In a way, upgrading as you can afford it is like having a payment plan.

    I’ve got $500 into my Squire including the guitar, but when I specked out what the same guitar would cost from Fender it was almost $1700.

    I love my Les Paul, but the Squire and I do things and go places I’d never take it to.

    Have fun.

  12. Your quiz is flawed. You seem to be unaware of the Squier Classic Vibe and Vintage Modified series, which give true Fenders a run for the money, delivering top-notch quality at a very affordable price.

  13. I just bought a 2003 bullet stray for £30. It was filthy and not set up. I cleaned it. Polished the frets. Set it up and it plays way slicker thany custom fender Dave golmoir strat which cost a fortune. Happy and pissed off all at once!! 😁

  14. I have owned and played guitars most of my life,58 years old. I have an absolutely wonderfull 61 telecaster original that has tone and playability to die for. After having it apraised I decided it is too valuable to cart around to gigs, and daily learning. I have been looking for years to find a companion to it and reserve the original for special sessions and studio work. Just recently i have had the money to do some serious research into it. I have played every version fender sells and sad to say the further up in price and stature the worse they got (playability wise, workmanship on all of them is great) . The main problem is that they are NOT set up before being offered for sale and its difficult to judge how good a guitar its going to be without risking possibly thousands of dollars and possibly being disappointed.
    Having said all that I finally made a decision and bought a squire ’50s classic vibe . It plays AND sounds the closest to my ’61. Countless possitive reviews and vidio demos on these helped with that decision.
    The reason i came here was to research a strat bullet for my daughter who is away at university and missing my 79 strat.

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