California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar - Black
    Product # 610100
    California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar - Black
    Product # 610100
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    California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar - Black

    You know it when you hear it. That distinctive California Classic sound made famous by artists like Dick Dale, David Gilmour, and Ritchie Blackmore. Whether it is the surf, blues, psychedelic rock, country, or classic hard rock, this California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar from Monoprice is the perfect axe for your daily practice and performance needs.

    This full-sized, 22-fret guitar features a double-cutaway body made of basswood, a bolt-on maple neck, a rosewood fingerboard, and chrome machine heads/tuning pegs. It uses three single-coil pickups in the bridge, middle, and neck positions. A five-position selector switch allows you to use each of the three pickups individually, while the 2 and 4 positions combine the neck and bridge pups with the middle one for that distinctive "quack" sound. A tremolo/whammy bar is included for note bending.

    Before it gets shipped to you, each Monoprice guitar undergoes a setup, tuning, and inspection process by Master Luthier Roger Gresco here in Southern California. The setup ensures that the neck is straight, the action is right, and that it will stay in tune.



    Specifications
    Body Style Double-Cutaway with Tremolo
    Body Material Basswood
    Neck Material Maple
    Fingerboard Material Rosewood
    Construction Bolt On Neck
    Scale 648mm (Full-Size)
    Weight 7.2 lbs
    Machineheads Chrome
    Pickups Single-Single-Single

     

    282 Reviews

    91.74% of the reviewers recommend this product

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    Good value for the money

    • Jesse,
    •  Peoria, AZ 
    • 9/13/2016 7:16:29 PM

    I ordered the California classic in white.

    The shipping was free, and very fast. Ordered on Sunday night and got it Tuesday afternoon.

    Came well packaged and included a black gig bag. The gig bag is thin but does have padding and I can see myself using this for light-moderate travel. Nice little bonus.

    As for the guitar, the finish on the body was well done. Has more of a cream color than pure white but it looks good. The fretboard and pickups were a bit dusty with brown dirt/dust on them but a general cleaning/wipe down will do the job. The action (string height) was pretty good, low with no fret buzz.

    It wasn't intonated properly but if you know how to do that kind of thing, it's a quick fix.

    My greatest sort of let down was the pickups. They are ordinary in the sense that it amplifies the guitar but they are nothing to gush about. I want to be able to gush about my guitar and how it sounds, you know?

    So, I will change out the pickups but other than that, the finish, hardware, feel of the neck, packaging and delivery, and gig bag for a whopping $67 - you cannot beat this. (I got mine on sale)

    ** Something to note about my pickup opinion the sound of your guitar is to your preference and these pickups are not my preference for how I want my guitar to sound. That being said, these pickups do not diminish the value in the guitar for what you pay for it.

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    Can't beat it

    • BMACK,
    •  Corona, CA 
    • 9/8/2016 8:56:13 AM

    Great guitar for the price - no setup needed. I wish Monoprice would make more models!

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    Good and Bad

    • Robert Casey,
    •  Thomasville, NC 
    • 9/1/2016 10:43:03 PM

    Pros: Looks great, plays great. Setup was pretty good out of the box. Hardware feels very acceptable. Subtle labeling give it a pro look like that of a more expensive guitar. If you can get on for $64 dollars like I did, there is no way you will regret the purchase. Playing Nirvana, Ramones, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, 3 doors down, rock and roll, jazz, blues whatever, this guitar has given me much more versatility in my gear arsenal.

    Cons: Scratches in pick guard and minor noticeable side gap on neck. Perhaps it was just the one I received. Still the guitar plays and sounds great.

    Well, I have to say when I first received this guitar I was excited. First impression upon opening the box and having a look was WOW. In the picture the guitar looks to be more of a true white while the one I received was more of an off while classic creamy color which is fine with me. The pick guard and pickups however was actually more of a pure white so be aware of that, it doesn't bother me but it may others. I was pleased to see that the front of the head stock has just a small simple M in a subtle silvery gray on it rather then the word Monoprice. I think this was a good move by Monoprice as it give the guitar much, much more style and cool factor. It does say Monoprice on the back of the headstock in the same silver gray color with the words Pro Audio Series or something similar under it. I didn't find anywhere on the guitar that said "Made in China". It may say it somewhere but I haven't seen it. The wood of the neck and head stock appeared to be in perfect condition with no rouge edges and a satin finish. The frets look to be in good condition, with hardly a rouge edge to speak of. Overall, this guitar looks really cool and stylish. It's also go a bit of heft to it, I was expecting it to be lighter though I see the heavier weight as something positive that give the guitar an overall solid feel.

    Hooked it up to my Amp (Fender Mustang V with Burgera 4x12) it was really impressed with the sound. I don't know how they make these single coil pickups compared to the name brand ones, and I'm no Fender Strat aficionado, but to me, the sound great overall. Dialing up some clean and light distortion/overdrive presets, all I can say it WOW again. For playing blues, jazz, alternative rock or old skool rock and roll, this freaking guitar is bad ace. The California classic must have more of a standard neck scale which I can really tell compared to my PRS 245. The spacing of the strings also seem to be a bit wider which actually makes this guitar a bit easier to play, I hadn't really realized what I was missing and if I ever buy another guitar I'll probably be looking for something that feels more like the Monoprice then the Smith. The set up out of the box is pretty good, but I think it can definitely be improved. To what extent remains to be seen but the initial setup was very playable. The knobs and selector switch feel very good, though I don't think the volume pot and possibly any of the others are logarithmic but they work well enough, not a deal breaker for me.

    OK, negatives. When I first received the box, one end was completely open. I don't know when or where that happened and it quite possibly was UPS's fault. Pulling the guitar out which was inside the gig bag, there didn't appear to be any shipping damage of any kind so I don't know what was going on there. Removing the guitar from the gig bag the first thing I noticed was what looked like some dirt on the pickups though it easily wiped away. Next thing I noticed was the plastic covering over the pick guard, the shipping plastic film they put on electronics and the like, was partially missing and where is was missing the pick guard had quite a bit of scratches on it. Nothing major or too noticeable mind you but worth mentioning. Another pick guard on amazon would be cheap enough.

    Now, here is the ONE thing that has me a bit concerned, mind you, this guitar is really quite awesome and just insane when you consider I paid $63.99 shipped for it. The one thing is, there is a bit of a noticeable gap on the sides of the neck pocket. It's nothing too dramatic, it probably a little less than the thickness off a playing card. The neck seems firmly attached and the pick guard where it fits at the back is tight with no gap. I don't know if this is common on Strats, I've seen pictures of some other strat style guitars and noticed this same thing. Not sure who the neck sits to the body at the back of the neck closest to the bridge but the overall tone and sustain of the guitar seem to be perfectly fine and actually quite good in reality. One thing I noticed while jamming on some cords was I would actually feel the body of the guitar resonating against my body which was an amazing sensation I'm not sure I've experienced to the same degree as on this Monoprice. It gives me that warm fuzzy feeling inside. That said, between the scratched pick guard and the neck side gap, this guitar is just about perfect save for the fact that my playing style causes me to accidentally turn down the volume knob. I don' know what the common fix is for this, perhaps I can get a reversed volume pot.

    In conclusion, if it wasn't for the minor scratches and minor neck gap, I'd say this guitar was a no brainer. It sounds and plays great and perhaps I just got a bit of a questionable sample. I'm considering returning it for a replacement to see if this one was just a fluke. Either way, for what I paid, once again, it sounds great, plays great and looks great. The knobs feel good and the switch is tight. Don't know how it'll hold up over time but for the price, you will not find a better guitar. More times then not, you won't find a better guitar for twice the price. I have to wonder how they make any money off these things.

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    Good and Bad

    • rfxcasey,
    •  Thomasville, NC 
    • 9/1/2016 9:35:11 PM

    Pros: Looks great, plays great. Setup was pretty good out of the box. Hardware feels very acceptable. Subtle labeling give it a pro look like that of a more expensive guitar. If you can get on for $64 dollars like I did, there is no way you will regret the purchase. Playing Nirvana, Ramones, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, 3 doors down, rock and roll, jazz, blues whatever, this guitar has given me much more versatility in my gear arsenal.

    Cons: scratches in pick guard and minor noticeable side gap on neck. Perhaps it was just the one I received. Still the guitar plays and sounds great.

    Well, I have to say when I first received this guitar I was excited. First impression upon opening the box and having a look was WOW. In the picture the guitar looks to be more of a true white while the one I received was more of an off while classic creamy color which is fine with me. The pick guard and pickups however was actually more of a pure white so be aware of that, it doesn't bother me but it may others. I was pleased to see that the front of the head stock has just a small simple M in a subtle silvery gray on it rather then the word Monoprice. I think this was a good move by Monoprice as it give the guitar much, much more style and cool factor. It does say Monoprice on the back of the headstock in the same silver gray color with the words Pro Audio Series or something similar under it. I didn't find anywhere on the guitar that said "Made in China". It may say it somewhere but I haven't seen it. The wood of the neck and head stock appeared to be in perfect condition with no rouge edges and a satin finish. The frets look to be in good condition, with hardly a rouge edge to speak of. Overall, this guitar looks really cool and stylish. It's also go a bit of heft to it, I was expecting it to be lighter though I see the heavier weight as something positive that give the guitar an overall solid feel.

    Hooked it up to my Amp (Fender Mustang V with Burgera 4x12) it was really impressed with the sound. I don't know how they make these single coil pickups compared to the name brand ones, and I'm no Fender Strat aficionado, but to me, the sound great overall. Dialing up some clean and light distortion/overdrive presets, all I can say it WOW again. For playing blues, jazz, alternative rock or old skool rock and roll, this freaking guitar is bad ace. The California classic must have more of a standard neck scale which I can really tell compared to my PRS 245. The spacing of the strings also seem to be a bit wider which actually makes this guitar a bit easier to play, I hadn't really realized what I was missing and if I ever buy another guitar I'll probably be looking for something that feels more like the Monoprice then the Smith. The set up out of the box is pretty good, but I think it can definitely be improved. To what extent remains to be seen but the initial setup was very playable. The knobs and selector switch feel very good, though I don't think the volume pot and possibly any of the others are logarithmic but they work well enough, not a deal breaker for me.

    OK, negatives. When I first received the box, one end was completely open. I don't know when or where that happened and it quite possibly was UPS's fault. Pulling the guitar out which was inside the gig bag, there didn't appear to be any shipping damage of any kind so I don't know what was going on there. Removing the guitar from the gig bag the first thing I noticed was what looked like some dirt on the pickups though it easily wiped away. Next thing I noticed was the plastic covering over the pick guard, the shipping plastic film they put on electronics and the like, was partially missing and where is was missing the pick guard had quite a bit of scratches on it. Nothing major or too noticeable mind you but worth mentioning. Another pick guard on amazon would be cheap enough.

    Now, here is the ONE thing that has me a bit concerned, mind you, this guitar is really quite awesome and just insane when you consider I paid $63.99 shipped for it. The one thing is, there is a bit of a noticeable gap on the sides of the neck pocket. The neck seems firmly attached and the pick where it fits at the back is tight with no gap. I don't know if this is common on Strats, I've seen pictures of some other strat style guitars and noticed this same thing. Not sure who the neck sits to the body at the back of the neck closest to the bridge but the overall tone and sustain of the guitar seem to be perfectly fine and actually quite good in reality. One thing I noticed while jamming on some cords was I would actually feel the body of the guitar resonating against my body which was an amazing sensation I'm not sure I've experienced to the same degree as on this Monoprice. It gives me that warm fuzzy feeling inside. That said, between the scratched pick guard and the neck side gap, this guitar is just about perfect save for the fact that my playing style causes me to accidentally turn down the volume knob. I don' know what the common fix is for this, perhaps I can get a reversed volume pot.

    In conclusion, if it wasn't for the minor scratches and minor neck gap, I'd say this guitar was a no brainer. It sounds and plays great and perhaps I just got a bit of a questionable sample. I'm considering returning it for a replacement to see if this one was just a fluke. Either way, for what I paid, once again, it sounds great, plays great and looks great. The knobs feel good and the switch is tight. Don't know how it'll hold up over time but for the price, you will not find a better guitar. More times then not, you won't find a better guitar for twice the price. I have to wonder how they make any money off these things.

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    Exceeded my expectations A LOT

    • Jeff,
    •  New Boston, MI 
    • 9/1/2016 9:03:33 AM

    Pros: 1) cost (unbeatable)
    2) build quality @ this level of cost is GREAT
    3) sound quality (very, very good in a couple hours of playing)!

    Cons: 1) minor fret buzz

    I'll make it short and sweet:

    1) packaged very well in shipping, zero issues
    2) finish is PERFECT, all parts are tight, nothing loose, nothing funky
    3) slightly out of tune (whoopie do), 5 min perfect tune
    4) only SLIGHT fret buzz, probably needs a proper setup or some tinkering, ONLY with a lot of string action (maybe even excessive), no points off for an un-setup out of box guitar

    I see absolutely NO glaring issues, she plays very well!

    5/5 here!

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