The first guitar of many, the Fender Bullet! 

This is an early Bullet, made prior to the sale of Fender that resulted in two years of Fender manufacturing occurring primarily in Japan.

The guitar has been out and about.  There are dongs through the finish and wear throughout.  However, the frets are in pretty good shape.  The pickguard must have failed at some point.  It was replaced with one made by our friend and neighbor, Paul Chandler.  There are no new screw holes or changes caused by the pickguard change.

The rest of the guitar is original.  It plays really well for a guitar of its price range.  The truss rod was checked and there is room for adjustment if needed in the future.

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Hardshell case included.

  • Color: Ivory
  • Weight: 7lb 3.2oz
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Date: Sept 20, 1983
  • Neck Profile: C
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Inlays: Black Dot
  • Frets: Original
  • Fret count: 21
  • Nut material: Synthetic
  • Nut width: 1 5/8"
  • Scale: 25.5"
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: .80"
  • Neck thickness at 12th fret: .93"
  • Action 1st String at 12th Fret: .050"
  • Action 6th String at 12th Fret: .050"
  • String gauge: .010-.046
  • Hardware Color: Chrome
  • Bridge Pickup Brand: OEM Single Coil
  • Bridge Pickup Reading: 5.91k
  • Bridge Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Middle Pickup Brand: OEM Single Coil
  • Middle Pickup Reading: 5.90k
  • Middle Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Neck Pickup Brand: OEM Single Coil
  • Neck Pickup Reading: 5.97k
  • Neck Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Pickguard: 3 ply Chandler after market
  • Bridge: Hard Tail
  • Tuners: Original
  • Switch: 5 way
  • Pots/Codes: Original 137 824?
  • Case: SKB Hard Shell
  • Notes: 

Listed8 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
  • Bullet S-3 with Maple Fretboard
  • White
  • 1983
Made In
  • United States
  • Fender Vintage CBS Era
Pickup Configuration
  • SSS
Color Family
  • White
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Fretboard Material
  • Maple
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Neck Material
  • Maple
Offset Body
  • No
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Model Family
  • Fender Bullet
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • String-Through
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Number of Frets
  • 21

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