Every couple of months, Guitar Center holds one of their “List” sales. During the weekend (usually over a holiday) they publish a listing of stuff they’re selling at lower than normal prices. I’ve fared well at past events (my POD 2.0 cost me $49) and often preview the lists before the sales actually start.
Well, the last one over Fourth of July featured a Squier Tele Bullet for just $89. I had seen Squier Bullets at this price before, but they were typically single-pickup Strat-style bodies. I was intrigued, so I went online to check out what this thing might be.
Over at SquierTalk, there was some buzz beginning to build. I started to see some pictures and get some descriptions: a Tele style body, rosewood neck, two humbuckers, big knobs, three finishes (black, candy apple red and sunburst). I knew I needed to take a look.
I arrived at GC on the first day of the sale and tried one out. I actually like the way it played, it sounded better than any sub $150 guitar I’d ever played and miraculously, it stayed in tune for more than five minutes. I hemmed and hawed, and put it back. But I was hooked.
I went back on Monday to try again. They didn’t have the sunburst one on the rack, so I asked them to pull one from the back for me. When I pulled it out of the box, it was almost in tune! The G string was off a bit, but otherwise, it was pretty close. I fine tuned, plugged in, and played. Needless to say, it worked for me a second time. I took it home.
So here’s what I have. A sunburst Tele body that seems to be five pieces of wood.
Black pickguard with two very cheap, but serviceable, humbuckers. It should have had a three-way switch, but mine is a five position wired like a three way.
The tuners are the crappy ones everyone uses on their cheap guitars (my old Epi Jr. Special had the same ones) but these stay in tune. It has a hard tail bridge, but the strings don’t go through the body as most Teles do.
It’s a fun axe that stays on the stand. It will make an ideal modding platform when I get the nerve to do it. All in all, $89 well spent. Oh, and if you missed the sale, this thing is only $129!