#1
So I am planning to get a squier bullet hss. I am also getting a fender mustang 1. Is the guitar/amp good for a beginner? I have played acoustic for 2 years btw. Trying to get a blues/jazz/hard rock sound.
#2
For now, it's fine. The Bullets are kinda crap but hey, it's not unexpected at that price point.
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look for a used Affinity series. the bullets are just crap.


+1 they aren't far off in price either if you look around.
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#5
id look for a standard series, they can be had for like $150 used.
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#6
I'd go at least with a Squier affinity - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/squier-vintage-modified-stratocaster-hss-electric-guitar/h78850. It's not a huge amount more, and it's worth saving up the extra money to do; you won't regret it.

If you want my honest opinion, though, you'd ideally save up for this one - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/fender-standard-stratocaster-hsh-rosewood-fingerboard-electric-guitar?rNtt=standard%20stratocaster&index=18

The price is far from unreasonable, and eventually you can have the pickups, pots, and tuners swapped out to have a custom guitar that's worth way more than what you paid for it.

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#7
whats your budget? whole thing, guitar / amp?

bullets are the quintesential "beginner electric". i had one to start. really, not bad. they will get you going. i dont think anybody would disagree that most people trade/ sell em off after a year (s) or so depending on how fast you progress and how much you play. for home bedroom use, not bad, especially if you dont know what you want or how to scan the use market for hidden jems.

as a more experience player, you may be able to have formed your own preferences and spot good / bad quality gear and construction, and be able to pick a used axe out of a lineup and find that super awesome jem at a low price. thats what i would do.
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#8
I'd avoid the Bullet, as others have said. Take a look at te Yamaha Pacifica; it's a bit more expensive, but it's worth the extra.
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#9
I'd go the Epiphone route if I were you, they're more dependable but I have never played a guitar that cheap honestly so I'm not too sure what the build quality on the cheaper Epiphones are. Don't just look at one specific type of guitar, research your options and choose what you think will be best for you!
#10
No bullet. Look for used deals, you can find some affinitys or maybe even a classic vibe for around $150. Reverb is a good place to start looking
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I'd go the Epiphone route if I were you, they're more dependable but I have never played a guitar that cheap honestly so I'm not too sure what the build quality on the cheaper Epiphones are. Don't just look at one specific type of guitar, research your options and choose what you think will be best for you!

Nah. I'm an Epi fan, but below their Standard/Pro price bracket they can't be depended on to constitute a decent guitar. The rule of thumb I've often seen expressed on here concerning Epis is that if it's bolt-on, it's not worth it, and while I wouldn't be quite so absolute I think that's a pretty solid assessment. Sure you're never going to get the best gear for that kind of price, but Epi's specials, 100s, G-310s and suchlike are pretty invariably unconvincing. If you want a good Epi for that price, you need to go used and the cheapest to look at is probably the worn G-400. I've had a Squier Affinity Strat and while it didn't blow me away (well, since it was my first guitar, I'm sure it did right at the start) I'd take it any day over an Epi for the same price. For what it's worth, Epi and Squier compete pretty evenly from about £250 (that's about $400, but with markets and all I don't really know what'd be equivalent; I believe guitars are cheaper west of the Atlantic.) and upwards, so saving and going used from either brand would be a good choice.

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No bullet. Look for used deals, you can find some affinitys or maybe even a classic vibe for around $150. Reverb is a good place to start looking

I doubt it at that price, but I strongly recommend the Classic Vibe and Vintage Modified ranges from Squier if you can stretch the budget and go used. South of £300 (sadly, I'm not sure they are anymore - I've noticed the Squiers have jumped in price in the last couple months) there's nothing that's impressed me as much as these.

Vintage Modified is especially worth mentioning because OP mentioned elsewhere that he's into classic rock - the Vintage Mod range has a fair few HSS and HH guitars, and the singlecoils tend to be fairly hot. It mostly sits between Standard and Classic Vibe in terms of price, so if you can nab a used one you could be onto something.
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#12
Personally I would skip right on past the Squier Bullet and Affinity. Squier makes some great guitars but these two just aren't that good. I've owned plenty of Squiers and as a brand I love them. The Classic Vibe is the best guitars Squier makes but the Standard ad Vintage Modified are pretty good as well.

I have also had an Epiphone Les Paul Jr and a Les Paul 100 and there were pretty good guitars as well...much better than the Squier Bullets and Affinitys I have played.

The Mustang amp is a great choice. I had one and it was pretty good.
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i have a vintage modified and love it. i wonder if the classic vibe is actually $179 better.
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#14
Keep saving and buy something like this:
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#15
Fine amp, but the guitar is as people have already said not good. I have one and it was a waste of money. It's a guitar you buy to get the answer to the question - "Is this a hobby I'll stick with?", thinking you don't want to spend too much initially. Either you stick with the hobby (sell the Bullet at loss and buy something better) or you don't, and you sell the Bullet. Either way, you probably spend/lose more money than if you'd bought something better in the first place.

I'd look at the Vintage Modified or Classic Vibe Series regarding Squier.
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#16
I'd consider a Yamaha Pacifica 112V if you can spare roughly £200 and still have enough for the amp
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i have a vintage modified and love it. i wonder if the classic vibe is actually $179 better.

I would have to say the Classic Vibe's I have owned are definitely better, as to how much better, that's subjective. In my case the Classic Vibes I owned were as good or even slightly better than most MiM Fenders I have played.
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