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California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar - 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


38 Reviews

92.37% of the reviewers recommend this product


Incredible Value!

  • Frettin,
  •  Imperial, Mo 
  • 7/24/2015 9:47:54 PM

Pros: Amazing value. Arrived in tune!

Cons: None

Own several name brand guitars. Can not beat the cost for value of this Monoprice guitar.Considering purchasing additional Monoprice guitars.

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  • Yongching Tee,
  •  Atlanta, GA 
  • 7/10/2015 9:57:22 AM

Pros: Good guitar enjoying it alot, came at a timely matter.

Cons: The box it came with was almost falling apart, came with a dent in the guitar

Pretty good guitar for the price, is my first electric guitar and have been playing it non-stop.

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  • Cran Pollock,
  •  Duncan, OK 
  • 12/23/2014 7:47:24 AM

Pros: Great sound for the price. I purchased this as a starter guitar for my kids and myself to learn on.

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Great Guitar

  • J45deluxe,
  •  Santa Cruz, CA 
  • 10/27/2014 1:43:57 PM

Pros: Excellent build quality and finish. Neck feels just right. Good balance. Sounds great

Cons: None!

This is a great guitar. It is set up perfectly, the attention to detail is amazing, the pups sound great....
It's the one I keep reaching for. These will make great Christmas presents!

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  • Jason Zack,
  •  New York, NY 
  • 9/28/2014 8:22:38 PM

Pros: Low cost, minimal commitment easy to feel comfortable with practicing mods and setup. No worries about loss of damage. Perfectly good for practice. Comfortable to play like most S-style guitars. Not a toy.

Cons: Lacks impressive brand name. Components not the highest quality, but they do the job. May need some setting up or mods to make it feel great (like many guitars).

This is an excellent basic guitar. For a basic studio riff, or practice guitar that you're not concerned about leaving in the office, car or at a friend's house, taking to the beach, etc., I think it's great. I've been quite impressed with the general build quality and components. It just works. The stock strings were scratchy on the frets, but that seemed to disappear when I put a new set on. br brMore experienced players using sophisticated playing techniques may notice some quirks. At first I felt the fingerboard was too flat, but I've gotten used to it. It feels good and works well overall. br brOne of the reasons I bought this guitar was so that I could mess around with it, practice setups and modifications, etc. I wouldn't want to do that kind of messing around with an expensive guitar. This is and will continue to be great for those kinds of projects. For the first time, I did truss rod, bridge saddle, and intonation adjustments, and I'm thinking about trying pickup, tuner, and neck changes. It doesn't *need* those things, but they could be upgraded. No flaws that make this guitar unplayable, and if you're using effects and a decent amp, I wouldn't even worry about the pickups, which are fine. The more time I spend with it, the more I personalize it with various mods and relic-ing techniques (i.e., beating it up a bit), I'm finding the sound opening up and I'm getting used to the fingerboard radius, and it's taking what I'm throwing its way. And ultimately that may be the nature of a guitar like this. Whereas a insert famous brand name and high end model here may come stock with its own "magic", this guitar is the blank slate for whatever magic you are willing and able to put into it. That's not necessarily a bad thing and I am glad to have this as part of my collection.

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