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California Classic - Solid Body Electric Guitar - Red
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. Additionally, it comes with everything you need to get started, including strings (installed), the tremolo/whammy bar, a heavy-duty zippered black gig bag with shoulder strap, and a truss-rod wrench.
|Body Style||Double-Cutaway with Tremolo|
|Construction||Bolt On Neck|
Neck feels good as does all the hardware, sounds like a full priced strat after putting some DR 10's on the guitar.
Every part I have looked up from a strat MIM will fit on this guitar, Hmmmm?
If you are looking for a good playing guitar then you have found it right here on MonoPrice this is a outstanding piece of musical equipment and by the way the neck feels fantastic and has blazing fast action right out of the box without not even the slightest fret buzz (Thanks, Roger Gresco) who would have thought all this for under $90, for all you skeptics out there who feel you have to pay a small fortune for a great sounding quality built instrument you might better rethink this one and give it a shot you won't be sorry.
How are you doing this MonoPrice? Who are you getting to build these guitars? they a top notch.
By the way I bought this "California Classic" and the "Route 66" and both are equally as good in their own distinctive ways.
For those of you on the fence come on over you will not regret this purchase, if you can't tell I am mind boggled in how in the world MonoPrice can produce, sell and make a profit on such a nice guitar this is no el cheapo like you find on auction sites and pawn shops trust me I know.
PROS: Beautiful Guitar(Finish)not a bad spot nowhere on the guitar, Quality build, parts and sound.
These guitars have it all, I have some very expensive guitars and equipment and this guitar is no slouch or sacrifice to any of my other instruments.
Basswood sounds brillent with great tones and undertones.
Maple Neck and Rosewood Fretboard.
CONS: Strings are not the best and I will replace the Nut with a Tusq®.
Included pick sucks
PROS: Pick-ups, electronics, guitar body, finish, tremolo. action is low and set up well done. craftsmanship. Value!!!
CONS: I had problems with tuning pegs and thought I was going to have to replace them. I tightened them instead, now they seem to hold. The tremolo is a standard vintage modern. Like the Fender unit the trem arm rides high and gets in my way. It's also a little stiff . If you're used to this and it doesn't bother you then it's really not a con. I'm replacing mine with a 2 post, adjustable trem arm height model. A
PROS: Fantastic guitar for the price
You can't go wrong here.
PROS: Solid construction, good tone, better than average playability
CONS: Noisy pickups, a little thin, stock strings are cheap
I am VERY happy with this instrument. For seventy bucks and about an hour of work, I got a great-sounding guitar.
PROS: Sounds like a vintage strat.
Frets were level, with no protruding ends.
CONS: Nothing that couldn't be fixed easily.
PROS: Good price, sounds great,well made, looks great
CONS: Knobs could be better quality, tuners tighter
It arrived better packed than any guitar I've ever seen shipped...Heavy cardboard, foam, more cardboard, and a padded space-blanket! (wow)
Came set up pretty well, and after a couple tweaks, it's a great guitar.
I tightened up the tuner knobs a bit with a Philips screwdriver, this helped in tuning, and staying in tune.
My guitar aficionado friend compared it favourably to his $1500 Strat!
If you have the small amount of money this costs, you should buy it now. -)
PROS: Very nice build quality and finish
Hardware and volume and tone pots better than expected
Plays quite well right out of the box
Sounds exactly like it should
Came packed impressively well
CONS: The strings that come on it are 9 gauge, and only "OK"
The edges of the frets are a LITTLE sharp, won't cut or crape you, but could use polished for a better feel
The protective plastic was a bit tough to remove
Gig-bag is a bit cheap....but it was free, so....
PROS: This guitar is every bit as perfect as the other two I bought. Beautiful white finish and is set up better than my high dollar guitars. I am sold on monoprice guitars and intend on getting more of them for my grandkids.
CONS: None in my book. I'd like to see monoprice come out with hardshell cases for these guitars. I like my guitars in a nice case and sometimes the case will cost as much as the guitar or more. All 52 of guitars I have are in hard cases even these monoprice babies.
PROS: Well made. Put together right. Components are much better than the CBS era Fender components. I am very satisfied. Candy apple red - It looks great. Action is on the high side, but that is how I like it. I am sure it depends on which tech sets up the instrument.
CONS: Might need to cut a new nut - I get a bit of fret buzz on the middle strings. Also, considering replacing the pots to get more variation in tone. I like mud on the bottom (overdrive the tube amp) and bright popping single coil in the open position.
Bang for the buck
CONS: There is some clear plastic on the pick guard that is a PITA to remove, especially under the strings and around the pickups and tone controls. A minor quibble.