Route 66 Modern Solid Body Electric Guitar - Black
    Product # 610210
    Route 66 Modern Solid Body Electric Guitar - Black
    Product # 610210
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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.





    Specifications
    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

     

    56 Reviews

    85.89% of the reviewers recommend this product

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    Hard to believe at this price

    • ElectricTommy,
    •  Defiance, OH 
    • 5/19/2016 3:38:30 PM

    Pros: Price. Playability. Finish quality.

    Cons: Needed some setup work by professional luthier.

    First, the finish of theses guitars is outstanding. The price is unbeatable. After a REAL setup by a professional luthier, the playability is excellent. If you want more details, read on.

    I had my doubts about a guitar at this price, but there was so little risk, I ordered one.

    When it arrived, I could see there were a few minor issues that needed attention. String buzz, loose frets, same stuff other reviewers have said. It is doubtful that a real luthier inspects every one of these, but I'll go with their advertising for now.

    I gave this to a contract luthier for the nation's largest MI dealer and asked him to do whatever he felt was needed to put it in shape. He found that the saddle posts were pulling up, and the frets needed to be tamped down. One side of them was smooth, the other required sanding. The nut was from an acoustic guitar. Other than a minor pickup adjustment, and neck adjustment, it was in good condition.

    When I went back to pick it up he said, "I don't know where you got this, but it is a really good guitar. I really enjoyed playing jazz on it." When I told him the price, he was speechless. He said," It's as good or better than the $300 models we sell here." "The only thing that's semi-weak is the tuning heads." I told hime I didn't expect to get Scheller gears for $119!

    Cost of repairs and new nano wound light strings: $57.

    I don't think you can beat this deal for $119 +$57.

    I am going to order a bass tomorrow!

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    Middle of the road

    • DH,
    •  ,  
    • 3/21/2016 8:11:26 AM

    Pros: Great finish. Good looking guitar. Nice value overall.

    Cons: Fret buzz
    Broken strings/poor string quality.
    Misleading advertising regarding setup and inspection.

    The finish on the guitar is excellent. It is the first thing that pops out at you when you see it. If you are hanging it on a wall or using it for decoration then it is a 10 star item. I was actually wanting to play the guitar so that is why my review is a bit more critical. There is a certificate about ithe guitar being inspected by a Luthier but I suspect there is just some guy named Luther looking at the boxes because it was hard to miss the fret buzz coming from all over this guitar. Tweaked the action and attempted to tune but popped two strings in the process.

    Ultimately not a big deal and I think the mechanics are sound. Just downgrading it a bit based on the advertising vs. reality when it comes to the inspection process. Looks like someone slapped a set of strings on it and shoved it into a box.




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    Love it - play it all the time since it arrived

    • patcou,
    •  ,  
    • 1/5/2016 10:53:31 AM

    Pros: - Price.
    - Look
    - Finish
    - Price.
    - The strap button near the neck is positioned correctly so that I don't need strap locks (unlike a real Les Paul)
    - Sound
    - Price.

    Cons: - Gig bag is a bit silly - it crinkles like its made out of wrapping paper. They should replace the filler with real padding.
    - I should have bought more before the price went up !!

    I am very happy with this purchase. I was planning on just hanging it on the wall as decoration, but it plays so well I use it all the time for practice. I was lucky with this one because it came out of the box ready to go. The set-up was perfect - I haven't made any adjustments. I play it through a Marshall DSL40c. I also bought a Honey Burst version of this guitar at the same time as the black one, but it was not set up as well (the neck pickup was adjusted to be so close to the strings that it sounds weird. Hopefully I just need to adjust the pickup height). The bolt on neck is an opportunity for unique modifications. I look forward to accessories from Monoprice - how about a Bigsby like tremolo, a neck with a bone/graphite/brass/titanium/locking nut, or a split pickup wired output? I still get a little mixed up with the control knobs as they are arranged differently than my USA made Gibson Les Paul, but the arrangement seems a bit more logical. Maybe I should re-arrange the knobs on my Gibson!

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    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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