Saturday, March 16, 2013

1981 Fender USA Bullet at GC in Indianapolis for $349

The Fender Bullet is a not-very-well known model that was only made in the USA for a few years before being shipped to overseas production as a Squier.  I spotted this one at a Guitar Center in Indianapoolis and I chatted with Robert in the guitar department there and he verified that it is a USA model with an E1 serial number making it part of the original 1981 USA Bullet run at the Fullerton CA factory.

This guitar is either a very RARE bird or it has been modified at some point in the past 30 years.  The reason I say that is because it has 3 pickups and a 5 position switch and as far as I have read on all the Fender Bullet owners forums (including the one at TDPRI.com) there never was an official model with this Tele-ish body shape and the all in one pickguard/bridge combo that had 3 pickups.  The Bullet Deluxe S3 had three pickups but it also had a separate bridge.   The fact that the middle pickup on this one has exposed pole pieces and the other two don't makes me suspect it was added later and the switch also changed to a five way.  But here is the mystery:  Those original USA Bullet pickguards with the integrated bridge are made of METAL!  So how the heck could someone cut a nice clean factory looking hole for the pickup and mount it in there without tearing it up or even marring the paint?  Could this be a one of a kind?  Don't ask me. - JC





108667797 SOLIDBODY ELECTRIC
VINTAGE 1982 FENDER BULLET RED TELE 0209130621

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Guitar Center Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana  46250
317-578-9570
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Available In: Indianapolis Telephone: 317-578-9570 Manager: Josh Stuban
VINTAGE 1982 FENDER BULLET RED TELE 0209130621
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