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Brand
Fender
String Material Type
Nickel Steel
String Gauge
Medium


Benefits of Bullets

A Close-Up look of the Bullet-End

‘Bullets’ and ‘Super Bullets’ strings are so named for the bullet-like terminus of their bridge ends, which differ markedly from the ‘ball-ends’ of conventional electric guitar strings. They are designed to impart greater tuning stability and sustain through improved string-bridge contact.

A Stratocaster tremolo block cut away in cross section shows how a bullet and ball end fit.

The Perfect String for Stratocasters

An effect of the ball-end design is that when bending a string, the wire in that small slack area bends slightly, allowing the ball-end to seat itself more closely against the bridge. Then, when ‘diving’ the tremolo, tension on the bridge end of the string is briefly released, causing the slack area to attempt to spring back to its original un-bent position, only to ‘re-bend’ when bending the string again. The problem is that when the string returns to tension, it might or might not be seated against the bridge exactly as it was before, which means there’s a pretty good chance that it will be slightly out of tune. Another problem is that, on Stratocaster guitars, ball ends often get wedged in the tremolo block channels pretty tight, making them difficult to remove when changing strings.

The Bullet-End design is especially well suited to Stratocaster guitars because the bullet ends fit far more precisely into the tremolo block, closely fitting the circumference of the string channel, and they slipped out easily when changing strings.

  • Improved Tuning Stability
  • Greater Sustain
  • Lengthened String Life
  • Designed Specifically for Stratocasters

A Brief History of The Bullet-End

A Close-Up look of the Ball-End

On ball-end strings, the core wire of the string wraps around a separate piece, a tiny metal 'ball'.

A 1979 Fender ad for Super Bullets features Larry Carlton playing a decidedly un-Fender-like guitar.

With its long history of instrumental innovation, it’s no surprise that Fender eventually turned its attention to guitar string design. Specifically, Fender engineers of the early 1970s were aware that the standard ball-end string design that had prevailed until then presented very specific tuning problems, especially on tremolo-equipped guitars

The problems lay in the design of the string themselves. On ball-end strings, the core wire of the string wraps around a separate piece, a tiny metal ‘ball’ (more like a very short tube, really; see Ball-End picture at the right). This creates a small V-shaped area of ‘slack’ fit in the two places where the wire loops around the ball. At normal string tension, this ‘slack’ wire loop is taut and unbent, and the ball end is prevented from completelyabutting the bridge plate (or, in the case of a Stratocaster, from sitting completely snugly in the trem block channel). This fit isn’t the most optimal form of contact between the end of the string and the bridge.

Fender engineers sought to remedy this situation in the early 1970s by designing a new string end that optimized contact with the bridge. They did away with the ball-end design entirely; in fact, they did away with whole idea of winding the string around a separate end piece.

Their solution was to attach a tiny cylinder of solid steel plated with zinc shaped like a bullet to the end of the string in a tidy-one piece construction (see Bullet-End picture at top right). There was no loop and hence no slack, and the business end of the bullet made tighter and more uniformly solid contact with the bridge. Further, the nature of the precision-machined bullet-end design meant that the string returned to the exact same position every time, greatly improving tuning stability even after heavy tremolo use.

Fender introduced its bullet-end electric guitar strings circa 1974 under the name ‘Super Bullets'. They were available in pure nickel and nickel-plated steel versions for electric guitar and bronze-wound for acoustic guitars. Although Super Bullets electric strings could be used on many different guitars (Larry Carlton touted them in a 1979 Fender ad in which he was pictured playing a Gibson guitar!), they were especially popular with Stratocaster players.

Super Bullets existed largely unchanged until the early 1990s, when Fender switched from zinc-plated steel to brass for the bullet ends. Brass had the additional advantage of imparting improved sustain. By the mid-1990s, Fender was offering pure-nickel bullet-end strings dubbed ‘Bullets', nickel-plated steel bullet-end strings dubbed ‘Super Bullets', and bullet-end acoustic strings in bronze and phosphor bronze versions. Bullet-end stainless steel strings appeared in the late 1990s.

Today, Fender continues to offer its classic bullet-end electric guitar strings in the strong, slender forms of its pure-nickel 3150 Original Bullets, which are ideal for vintage-style tone, and nickel-plated steel 3250 Super Bullets, which offer characteristic tonal power and durability (both pictured below).

Choosing The Right Gauge

String Gauge can play an important role in how efficiently your instrument performs. Typically thicker gauges provide a hotter output, more low-end frequency response, and overall a richer tone.

The gauge also greatly effects the string tension on your guitar which can alter how difficult your guitar is to play. If the tension is too light it can cause tuning stability issues, if it’s too heavy it can make it too difficult to bend notes. A good general rule of thumb is to see what gauge strings your guitar manufacturer placed on the instrument out of the factory and try that first.

It’s also important to note that if you go super-heavy with strings you may have to file your nut for the strings to seat properly. Once this is performed, the guitar will no longer be in optimal condition to move down in gauges. So it is recommended to start on the lighter side and move upward until you find your sweet spot. Scale length of your guitar can also play a large part in string tension and the smaller the scale typically the heavier gauge string you want.

Description

Fender super bullets are the ultimate string forfender trem users. nickel-plated steel makes these anexcellent choice for rock and other styles of music wherethe guitar needs to cut through.fender super bullets are one of the world’smost-popular sets of strings and for good reason.the german-made bullet end fits precisely intofender tremolo blocks, enhancing sustain and stability.that means you get more for your money with superbullets: they stay in tune better and they resonate more.by the way, the bullet end isn’t just for trem users;it also enhances sustain and stability on guitars withstring-through-body type bridge designs.

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Features

  • Fender super bullets are the ultimate string forfender trem users.
  • Nickel-plated steel makes these anexcellent choice for rock and other styles of music wherethe guitar needs to cut through.
  • Fender super bullets are one of the world’smost-popular sets of strings and for good reason.
  • The german-made bullet end fits precisely intofender tremolo blocks, enhancing sustain and stability.
  • That means you get more for your money with superbullets: they stay in tune better and they resonate more.

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