Sound — 7
The Strat sounds pretty damn good at times. I've gotten some awesome sounds out of the neck and middle pickups mainly, the bridge seems to sound like complete shit. There's also alot of buzz when I set it to the bridge pickup or the middle by itself. That said, I've managed to work miracles of tone with this thing, not too shabby. If you're gonna play with more than a little overdrive though don't even bother playing chords though. Straight mud.
Overall Impression — 8
Not only is it an entry level guitar, but it's THE entry level guitar. It is for a reason though, it's a great starter guitar for sure! I would definitely recommend a Bullet Strat to anyone thinking about learning how to play. They are super comfortable and easy to pick up and play. They also offer a few options for someone new to the axe (a whammy bar, 5 different pickup choices, etc.). If this guitar were stolen from me or lost I would probably kinda miss it, and then buy a used mexi or american sunburst Strat with a maple fretboard. Hmm... maybe someone should steal it from me?
Reliability & Durability — 6
I have never played this guitar in a live setting, and have no plans to. The only thing I really use it for is recording experiments and just a beater to sit around the house and play. The guitar feels like its ready to fall apart sometimes. The strap buttons are screwed in pretty solid, and the hardware seems to be set in rather well. I would MAYBE use this guitar as a backup live if I needed another guitar, which I haven't yet, or maybe if I needed a guitar with single coils live. The main issue with the guitar however is that it has a lot of trouble staying in tune. Sometimes when I use the whammy bar or do any intense string bending it'll go right out of tune. Sometimes it'll stay in tune for hours and hours of playing though. Strange. Not the most reliable or durable guitar in the world for sure.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was actually set up pretty damn well too. Strings pretty low to the fretboard but I got used to it. Really easy guitar to pick up and play. Looks really nice too, the finish is a real deep classic sunburst that doesn't look cheap at all. If I was just looking at a Mexi Strat and a Bullet and couldn't see the names on the headstocks I might not be able to tell which one should cost 500$! No flaws that I could see.
Features — 8
Alrighty, Squier Bullet Strat... made in 2009 im assuming in china? 21 lil frets, pretty nice looking 3 tone sunburst finish, rosewood fretboard, whammy bar, 3 single coils, 5 way selector, typical cheap Strat you guys know the score. Pretty great features for such a cheap guitar.