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Route 66 Modern Solid Body Electric Guitar - Black
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Route 66 Modern Solid Body Electric Guitar - Black

So what do you do if you have a successful product launch, like we've had with our Route 66 Vintage Solid Body Guitars? Well, if you're Monoprice you listen to customer feedback, make improvements, and release a new version that addresses those concerns. Enter the new Route 66 Modern Solid Body Electric Guitar from Monoprice!

The most obvious change is that we've eliminated the plastic pick guard and the plastic label around the pickup select switch. This allows you to see all of the beautiful finish of your choice, without being obscured by the plastic bits. In a bid to modern styling, we've sharpened the horn below the cutaway, giving an "edgier" look to the guitar body.

One of the standard complaints about the Vintage version was the quality of the strings. Not only have we increased the gauge from 0.009 to 0.010 inch on the high E string, but we are now using our coated strings, for increased durability as well as sonic excellence.

Finally, we adjusted the orientation of the volume and tone knobs. The entire knob assembly was rotated 90° counterclockwise so that the orientation of the knobs corresponds to the orientation and location of the pickups. So the neck pickup, which is on your left when wearing the guitar, is controlled by the leftmost knobs, while the bridge pickup (on the right) is controlled by the rightmost knobs.

The rest of the guitar remains the same as the Route 66 Vintage model. It is a full-sized, 22-fret guitar with a basswood archtop single-cutaway body, a bolt-on maple neck, a rosewood fingerboard, and chrome machine heads/tuning pegs. It uses two dual-coil humbuckers, which produce the distinctive sound used in southern rock, heavy metal, electric blues, reggae, and classic hard rock. A three-position switch on the body above the fingerboard allows you to easily select between the bridge and neck pups, or both together.

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. Additionally, it comes with everything you need to get started, including strings (installed), a heavy-duty zippered black gig bag with shoulder strap, and a truss-rod wrench.

Body Style Archtop Single-Cutaway with Dual Humbuckers
Body Material Basswood
Neck Material Maple
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Construction Bolt On Neck
Scale 628mm (Full-Size)
Weight 9.3 lbs
Machineheads Chrome
Pickups Humbucker-Humbucker


53 Reviews

86.23% of the reviewers recommend this product


Great guitar for the money

  • TEK,
  •  Fletcher, NC 
  • 11/15/2015 1:12:34 PM

Pros: Great finish, it's flawless! Good setup out of the box.

Cons: Slight imperfection/divot in one of the frets.

I am very happy with this guitar. For the money, it can't be beat. The neck is smooth and plays very fast. Pickups and electronics are actually pretty good.

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Rockin' Les Paul style

  • vliam,
  •  San Antonio, TX 
  • 10/23/2015 10:27:49 PM

Pros: The look, fit, and finish
Price and value
The seller

Cons: Setup

First and foremost, I'm a neophyte at best. So my opinion is based on the expectations of someone new to playing guitar.

This thing is amazing. I have some slight experience with guitars, in my youth, 30 years ago. I had a bit of free time and thought, for the price of this, it would be a cheap hobby. The quality is fantastic. I mean really... how is this thing possible? It's a beautiful guitar. The pictures really don't do it justice. You could easily pay three times the price for essentially the same fit and finish. You could pay a lot more for less.

So, ignoring that for a moment, how does it sound?
Excellent. I'm still new at this but it sounds awesome. Even unplugged, it has a great sound and sustain. Mine has an issue with a slight buzz on the B string. I think that it just need a little adjustment by backing up the elevator near the bridge. That should probably mute the buzz. It's a minor tweak and, as is, doesn't affect the sound when amped. I just hear the buzz when unplugged and practicing. Overall, the setup was pretty good.

Other thoughts:
I had two small dimples in the finish where the back of the pickguard would have been. Not sure why but they're not clearly visible unless you're examining it. The frets have a small edge over the binding. It's really slight and doesn't affect play in the slightest. I'll probably smooth it off just a bit with some sandpaper. The tuners aren't great. They have a bit of play in them. So it takes a little more time to get it just right. They seem to be built okay though. They'll last a good while until I can swap them out. The pickups seem pretty good. The pots are okay. The knobs are a little wonky but that's only if you are staring at them and see that they're not spinning flat relative to the top. This is just my nitpicking and irrelevant to the performance of the guitar. I wanted to change them out with black speed dial style knobs anyhow. The strings are good and will probably last until I get something else.

Overall, I don't think you can beat this deal. If you're looking for an entry-level guitar that can deliver big sound, this is it. There's some opportunity to make it better or more personalized to you but it's an awesome starter. I already have my eye on the Retro Vision as my next guitar.

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route 66

  • johnny,
  •  Covina, CA 
  • 10/12/2015 10:56:24 AM

Pros: looks nice play,s good

Cons: strings are cheap

got the honeyburst on sale i have high end guitars so i was pleasantly surprised that for the money the monoprice
route 66 is a good buy it looks great fit and finish is good action is good out of the box good tone
the strings are cheap but thats a quick fix if you want a good buy on an axe thats worth the little bit of cash you spend buy it . its not a paul but your not spending paul money but its cool !!

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Best ~$100 guitar

  • Anonymous,
  •  Louisville, KY 
  • 10/6/2015 7:24:55 AM

Pros: Solid well made electric guitar
Sounds good

Cons: Strings

I just got this guitar yesterday and it was shipped quickly (for free) and was well packed. Got it home and put it through its paces. Got some really nice sounds out of it. The pickups are pretty good but a little noisey for humbuckers. I may drop some other pickups in it. I didn't get a chance to take a look inside to see how everything is laid out. Will try to get to that this weekend. So far I'm really pleased.

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Route66 guitar - AWESOME!!

  • e-knight,
  •  ,  
  • 6/12/2015 4:16:47 PM

Pros: build quality is great
unbeatable price
came ready to play (straight neck, proper action, intonation, and even tuned!)
decent electronics (definitely the infamous Leas Paul sound)

Cons: no strap
gig-bag could be a better quality

I read and saw many reviews of the Route 66 guitar before buying. The guitar I received actually met my expectations precisely. From the great build quality, to the famous Les Paul sound, the guitar is really a good deal. I liked the fact that it was setup properly before shipped (it even came tuned!)

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