California Classic - Solid Body Electric Guitar - Red
    Product # 610102
    California Classic - Solid Body Electric Guitar - Red
    Product # 610102
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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
    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


    58 Reviews

    93.1% of the reviewers recommend this product


    Good Price

    • Steve Calumet,
    •  castle rock, CO 
    • 6/24/2016 11:42:46 AM

    Pros: nice finish, I like the red, good color, sounds OK, i bit bright, but that was expected

    Cons: get a lot of fret buzz, will have to see if i can fix it

    I bought it as a wall display, looks good for the price

    nice finish, I like the red, good color, sounds OK, i bit bright, but that was expected

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    My 3rd California Classic

    • Xiangqi,
    •  KENT, WA 
    • 6/13/2016 9:30:44 PM

    Pros: Can't beat this for the price.

    Cons: Pickups are a little 'bitey', and not as 'chimy' as you might find on another 'S model', but that probably goes with the price. (they definitely seem like powerful pickups in any event). Other con is I wish Monoprice would expand their guitar/amp product line. It would be great to see/hear something in the guitar line, with P90-style pickups. In the amp line, a solid state with 12" speaker would be cool.

    Obviously, I love this guitar. This is my 3rd one, in red. I like this red. The frets are smoother than just about any guitar I've got. Given everything about this guitar, it's fairly unbeatable on sale for $76something.

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    Crazy price!

    • ElectricTommy,
    •  Defiance, OH 
    • 6/2/2016 6:40:36 PM


    Cons: Needs setup work out of the box

    Had to get it. $76? Really? Finish is superb. Like all of their stuff, it needs serious setup attention and better strings out of the box. No, it's not a genuine Strat, but seriously, if you want to give as a gift or have a beginner at home, this is definitely the way to go.

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    Pretty darn good except for the ugliness!

    • Anonymous,
    •  Plymouth, MN 
    • 4/10/2016 8:26:40 PM

    Pros: With some adjustments a great guitar for the money.

    Cons: Red was soooo ugly. Obviously that is a subjective statement but hey, this is MY review. Needed bridge adjustment but that is soooo easy to do on this style instrument. Neck is super thin.

    I bought this guitar in red...and I sent it back. You might love the red but I thought it was the ugliest red guitar I had ever seen. My friends also thought it was hideous. Must be a little orange in there. That being said, the frets were perfectly smooth which I did not expect. I had to raise the bridge pieces on three of the strings because they buzzed when you weren't even fretting. On strat like guitars that's an easy fix. The neck was also thin to me. If you are into thinner necks I would get this guitar in a different color because it really sounded good through my tube amp! Monoprice stands behind their gear so I was able to return it! Good company!

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    Respectable Guitar for the Price

    • sp,
    •  Knoxville, TN 
    • 3/11/2016 4:19:10 PM

    Pros: Good fit & finish
    Decent fretwork and smooth fret ends
    Pickups are decent
    Plays out of the box
    Solid value at this price point

    Cons: Nut slots are the right depth, but the top of the nut is too high
    Red color is "creamier" than website images
    Tuners are okay, but some have a lot of play in them

    I ordered the Red California Classic and I'm rather happy with the quality of the guitar for the price. Overall a respectable guitar at this price point. I purchased it as back-up for my Epiphone Les Paul and so I could have a guitar with a tremolo.

    My 4 stars are based on the value of the guitar vs others in this price range ($75-$299), not the entire universe of ($300-$2000+) stratocaster styles guitars. Fit and finish were better than expected. Fret ends appeared to have been filed down and smoothed, which is great. Factory strings are decent enough that you can play around right out of the box. Pickups are great given the cost. Neck wasn't warped.

    The tuners have a lot of play in them, which is not good, but they seem to work okay. The red colored guitar doesn't look exactly like the picture - it's red, but it's not the candy apple red that the picture might have you believe. In-person it looks like more of a "creamy" red for lack of a better description. The nut slots are cut rather deep, I believe that they are cut to the correct nut height for decent action, however probably as a cost-cutting measure they didn't go back and file the top of the nut so that the strings aren't buried down so deep, which could lead to pinching and tuning problems.

    If you are thinking about wanting to play guitar, but don't want to make a big initial investment this would be a good starter guitar, but if you stick with playing you'll like pay much more for your next one instead of upgrading this one. Also, if you want a back-up guitar to take around to friend's houses or one the road, this is would be a good choice.

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