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

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


86 Reviews

90.12% of the reviewers recommend this product


Love It

  • Jim Mulligan,
  •  Amityville, NY 
  • 11/19/2015 10:37:03 AM

Pros: Beautiful paint, great action and playability, excellent tone, quality hardware.

Cons: New logo on headstock, came with action set too low, other minimal gripes, but really nothing major.

This is my second Monoprice guitar, and I love both of them. I have this guitar on a stand where I can look at it all the time because it is so beautiful. Plays great (after a one-minute bridge adjustment) and sounds terrific. Well worth the money. I would recommend buying one. I don't know what gauge the strings are probably 10's, but they sound and play really nice.

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Best bang for the bucks guitar

  • Anonymous,
  •  Louisville, KY 
  • 10/13/2015 11:08:29 AM

Pros: Good fit and finish
Good sound(s)
Great guitar for the money
Solid performer

Cons: Gig Bag - At least it comes with one
Slight Fret buzz that I haven't tracked down yet

I like this guitar as a beater that I can take anywhere and play without worrying about it getting stolen or damaged. I may switch out the pickups but the "factory" ones aren't too bad. I did install strap locks on it as all of my other guitars have them and I didn't want to get a dedicated strap for this guitar. I like it and will use it regularly.

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  • Anonymous,
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  • 9/11/2015 10:47:18 PM

Pros: Solidly built, fantastic sound, smooth playing, aesthetically pleasing, extremely affordable.

Cons: Heavy, but that's to be expected from such a sturdy guitar, so pretty much nothing.

I was shopping around for a new electric guitar because my previous one was literally falling apart. I had always wanted a Les Paul but never had the money (or the talent to deserve one, if I'm honest) to put up for the real deal. Since my birthday was around the corner, I knew I'd have some extra cash, so I checked this out. After seeing all the positive reviews, I decided that this was the best bang for my buck, and boy, I could never be happier with my decision. It has been over a year and I am still convinced that it's the best present I've ever bought for myself. I'm convinced because I have such a smooth, well-built guitar, I've gotten much better at my hobby. I'm sure time and practice is a factor, but I loved this guitar so much that I was constantly playing it which led to improved skills. I've played my cousin's LP since and they sound pretty much identical. Only difference is, he paid out the butt for his. I would recommend this to anyone. Out of my collection of guitars (with some costing several times the amount of the Monoprice) this is my absolute favorite.

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Route 66 Goldtop guitar

  • King Ralph,
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  • 8/22/2015 12:13:31 AM

Pros: I was very impressed when I yanked this ax from the box. A slight tuning and was ripping out tunes ASAP. I put a set of Ernie Ball Slinky 10's on and really fell in love with thi baby! Fabulous neck, frets are perfect, and so far stays in tune. Intonation is bang on. I love the sound coming from the pickups. The pots are smooth and responsive. I put a set of elliptical strap locks on also. I'm waiting on a "Strat" California- they are out of stock. I told my buddy in Calgary about my ax and he has already got himself the " Tele"cream one in his hands. He ordered on Tuesday got it on Thursday. Once I get my "Strat" il probably get the "Tele" as well. Don't wait- buy one now!!!

Cons: None yet!

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Poor setup

  • Graham Wiatt,
  •  Monroe, VA 
  • 7/19/2015 10:04:26 AM

Pros: It feels good, but I haven't yet plugged it in. Great looking guitar, and I've already pimped it out!

Cons: Setup sucks. 1st, 5th and 6th string all buzz on some frets. I'm waiting for new Elixir strings and I'll raise the bar a bit to see if that helps. Unless you pay for a local setup near my home!

Your site says every 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."

I'm guessing Mr. Gresco was on a coffee break and missed mine.

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