Purchased from: Long & McQuade
Sound — 7
Even though it is a simple guitar it suits my rock/punk music style really well with the humbucker, but I am also using a Line6 Spider II 15 with it so the amp channels greatly improve it. Because it doesnt't have single coils it isn't noisy at all, I don't get any feedback on any channels and that is one thing that pleased me. It has good variety in sounds but as I said that may be my amp doing the job. I must say though that for $99 CAN you would think this would be a crap guitar but it has much better sound than expected. The 2 things I found not so good was the sustain on certain channels and it doesnt't stay in tune very long (no more than 1 or 2 good practices tops) due to the lower end parts, but still overall good.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall it is a good match to my simplish punk rock style, even tougher and more demanding music as well. I bought this as my beginner first guitar and it has done a good job of that, now I would like to invest in a new one but I would definitey recommed it to beginning guitarists who don't have a lot of cash to spare. I like it's versatility in terms of styles but not so much the lack of features. I have played friends squire strats and I personally prefer the Bullet to them, to me it feels better and has better sustain but that may just come with working it in.
Reliability & Durability — 7
This guitar will be ok Live but if you are playing something like it it would be nice to have a backup just because it is so light that it feels not too durable, but it has taken a few bumps from myself and has seemed to stand up fine to all that. The only piece of hardware that would ever concern me is the bridge because at one point I had a problem with the screws always coming loose. It took a while to get it sorted out but eventually I got them to stay in there, but I wouldn't want that failing on me while performing.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The first Bullet I picked up for some reason was electronically a dud, so that was disappointing coming from squire, but the one I picked up later was set up well, haven't had any issues with the patch cord input or the knob or strings, but I found coming from the factory the strings were set quite high. The finish was perfect when I got it but the body and pickguard scratch quite easily, not noticable from a distance but definitely up close, but the finish has been great and hasn't worn yet after about a year.
Features — 6
Overall I find this guitar doesn't have a whole lot of features, I mean one pickup and 1 volume knob? Pretty basic, however good for the beginner, I bought this as my first guitar and it's definitly easy on the wallet. The humbucker is good for my punk rock style, however it plays good clean as well.