Fender Bullet? WTH?

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  1. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Fender Bullet?
    What is this? Can you tell me anything?
     

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  2. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    It's a long scale Mustang. American made, I think. From the 80s? Cool basses. Tele head stock. Chunky neck. I've only ever seen them in some sort of butterscotch/yellow color.
     
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  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
  4. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Every time those pickups were installed in a bass, they made an audible “dink” sound.
     
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  5. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Thanks! Always learning something here at TB!
     
  6. 48thStreetCustom

    48thStreetCustom

    Nov 30, 2005
    Colorado
    I think they came in both 30" and 34" scale.
     
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  7. ajkula66

    ajkula66

    Sep 23, 2016
    NEPA
    That one in the picture was stripped, and has the wrong knobs.

    Early 80s, entry-level-model. I remember the necks being quite thin, actually, but there might have been several profiles offered. Pickup is meh at best IMO, other than that a decent starter instrument and then some. Excellent modding platform in my view, but not a "forgotten gem" by any stretch of imagination.

    My $0.02 only...
     
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  8. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Correct. It has been stripped and re-finished. I'll have more to tell you about it in a few days. I like the finish on the fretboard.
     
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  9. 7dollarbologna

    7dollarbologna Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Downtown Albuquerque
    Desert Eccentric
    My first instrument was an '84 Squier Bullet - the pickguard has a bit different shape
     
  10. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Nope. You got the knobs right. But they actually made that bass in a walnut finish with a black metal guard.
     
  11. ajkula66

    ajkula66

    Sep 23, 2016
    NEPA
    I stand corrected, then.

    Those must have never made it to Europe in any significant quantities back in those days because I don't even remember seeing that colour as an option...and I worked for someone who sold a *lot* of Fenders at the time...
     
  12. grrg63

    grrg63

    Dec 14, 2005
    Pittsburgh
    yes they did
     
  13. CapnSev

    CapnSev

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    Maybe they did make some different profiles, because the two I played had MASSIVE necks. I love the huge neck, it’s one of my all-time favorites on this bass.

    Unfortunately, the body is pretty small, and doesn’t offset the neck size at all. The 34” Bullet neck dives like Dracula on a teenage girl.
     
  14. wmhill

    wmhill

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    as I remember the bullet series was basically entry level budget offerings that used up surplus parts (bodies, necks etc..). Some where pretty decent- there was a bullet guitar (Maybe a Lead I or II ) that had a great tele neck. Then they had an awful one that had a metal pickgaurd that was bent up 90 degrees at the end with the strings saddles attached to it. Most were nothing to get excited about.
     
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  15. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    I'm going to have nightmares tonight for sure.
     
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  16. wmhill

    wmhill

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    It was surely the thing that nightmares are made of!
     
  17. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Lakewood, OH
    great way to get a vintage fender bass on the cheap. those mustang pickups sound great. love the walnut color. i don't love the chunky necks and maple but it's cheap and vintage fender you can't get everything you want.
     
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  18. 48thStreetCustom

    48thStreetCustom

    Nov 30, 2005
    Colorado
    Naw man. My buddy still has that Bullet guitar with the metal pickguard. He bought it new in 83. It's fantastic. If you think of it like a strat you'll probably be disappointed. They're much closer to a duosonic or a mustang. They're selling for around $800-$1000 on Reverb these days.
     
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  19. elgranluis

    elgranluis

    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    I had a red bullet bass , all maple neck , made in USA . Tele headstock , no contours (like a stingray classic). I always thought of it as a precision with a mustang pickup. Nothing felt cheap, really, just odd to have a mustang pickup on a tele/precision .


    If the price is right , I’d grab it.
     
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  20. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    Another smoothie from the Fender blender.
     
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