California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar - Black
    Product # 610100
    California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar - Black
    Product # 610100
    Color : Black
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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.

    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


    214 Reviews

    91.87% of the reviewers recommend this product


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    • Mr. Knowitall,
    •  Douglassville, PA 
    • 7/16/2016 11:39:24 PM

    Pros: Awesome quality for an unbelievable price, and backed by the best customer service company in the world bar none. I am a guitar tech, and invest a couple hundred dollars, and have a great guitar for thousands less than the competition. Would like a maple fingerboard, but that's personal preference, otherwise it would be 10 out 10

    Cons: Not many - The hardware, pots, pickups and tuners are good enough for garage bands, but if you want something to gig with, you'll need to put some money into it.

    This is my 3rd Monoprice guitar, a Retro Vision, a lightening California Classic, and this my 2nd California Classic. Pros: The California Classic is an amazing instrument, and I should know, because I own a collection of vintage Gibsons, Fenders Ovations, etc. With minor hardware, electronic upgrades, I can now leave all my collectors at home. I'm blown away at the quality of these Monoprice guitars, the bolt-on neck, the urethane finish, the certificate of authenticity, all add up to a great product. From beginners to masters, these fit the bill, and wish I could have owned one in the 70s, when I was learning. My first guitar’s strings were a mile above the fingerboard. I'm a tinkerer, and never leave well enough alone, so I'll end this with - I put time and a little money into this guitar, but it played, and sounded fine out of the box.

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    Great Value!

    • Anonymous,
    •  Grafton, NY 
    • 6/14/2016 5:14:46 PM

    Pros: Plays and sounds well, no rough ends on fret wires, finish excellent.

    Cons: Inconsistent feel of tuners - some stiffer than others. But they seem to stay in tune.

    Was a bit apprehensive as I always aspire to - "you get what you pay for", but this guitar defies that. It plays well, the action on the low E a bit low - but will correct that easily. The tuners ( some a bit stiff) seem to stay in tune - even after traveling with changes in location and humidity levels. It honestly feels like a guitar costing much more.

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    This one was very nice

    • Anonymous,
    •  Middletown, DE 
    • 6/13/2016 1:44:36 PM

    Pros: Many Pros about this strat

    Cons: so far Monoprice has been inconsistent with quality but if you can get lucky or can perform a set up the price is hard to beat. One thing that is consistent is the gigbag. Its about as much protection as nothing at all - better described as a dust cover. They should think about a better quality bag and put their name on i for some advertising

    I purchased 2 guitars from Monoprice recently - an LP style and this strat copy. The LP was so badly set I I almost returned it but a string change, intonation adjustment and some neck work to to remedy some bad buzzing finally got it playable. Enough about that. This Strat was the total opposite - the frets were nice, the set-up was great (Obviously done by someone who knew what they were doing - or did I just get lucky??). The finish was very nice. Sound-wise was a total surprise - and in a good way. So overall - looked great, played great and sounded much better that the price. this was a good deal. So I'm 1 for 2 with Monoprice. Next time the have a sale I might try to break the tie.

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    great buy

    • nick,
    •  Robbins, NC 
    • 6/10/2016 6:18:35 PM

    Pros: price
    plays great

    Cons: none so far

    good value for the money

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    Showed up with issues, but ended up being a good thing.

    • Michael ,
    •  ,  
    • 6/6/2016 5:37:25 AM

    Pros: Pros
    Body finish
    Neck finish and diameter
    Tidy electronics cavity
    Clean, hefty pick guard which feels quality
    Freakishly good sounding stock pickups for the money once they are shielded.
    Tuners aren't too bad either.

    Cons: Cons
    Cold solder joints
    Cheap wire with bad insulation.
    Stripped Strap Peg
    Not in love with the stock strings
    The stock nut was so cheap and soft that it caused massive intonation inconsistencies and awful fret buzz anywhere near the headstock. I would beg you to do yourself a favor and swap it out for a composite or bone nut.

    This guitar arrived with a horrendous nut. Like it was the worst nut I've ever seen in terms of the setup and material. Both of the strap pegs were loose and the bottom was just stripped plain and simple. The guitar had a little bit of phantom interference from the get go. But i picked it up for 69.99 so I decided to delete my initially very pissed review for a more pragmatic approach.

    I debated sending the guitar back but I was in love with the finish and neck, they are just outrageously good for the price. So I ended up heading to my local guitar store and picking up a standard strat TUSQ nut, I shaped it just a tad for the monoprice nut cavity. Then just a dab of super glue and it was good to go. After replacing the nut I opened the tidy electronics cavity and replaced all of the wiring with top quality, and more appropriately gauged sets. The pots and switch are cheap but they do a such a fine job so why change them. After resoldering the electronics cavity up with my preferred wiring setup, I copper taped and insulated the pick guard assembly around the electronics and the input jack. Just to try and stifle that little bit of latent noise, it worked perfectly. Also, to deal with the small tuning issues I locked down the bridge and prefer it that way. Another fix I did was drill oversized holes where the strap pegs were stripped and loose, added a bit of bonder, and tapped metal helicoil type taps into the wood. Which made it just rock solid on the straps. Once it was all done with surgery it went back together and got a new pair of EBs and he transformation was complete. After all was said and done I spent about 35 dollars on top of the price of the guitar to get the issues fixed, and fixed they are. The composite nut brings out a gorgeous top end ring and along with new strings and a setup livens up the guitar amazingly and compliments the slick neck very well. This toy priced guitar is now one of my favorites out of any guitar I've owned or currently own. Hard to put a price on value like this. (Sorry for the 4 star rating but the techs needs to be inspecting these much better. If I'd been a beginner it wouldn't have turned out so well I'd imagine) oh yeah and I also took off he neck and sanded the neck joint on both sides because there was paint drip in there that was causing this tiny pop ever so often on the neck. Tiny bit of 1000 grit cleared that up. Seriously monoprice, if you'd price this at 99.99 and implimented just a bit more time Into fabrication and build quality and perhaps critical setup components like the nut, this product would be unstoppable for value.

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