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California Classic - Solid Body Electric Guitar - Red
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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


52 Reviews

94.23% of the reviewers recommend this product


Yup, it Works!

  • Gary D. Lucas,
  •  Minoa, NY 
  • 9/17/2015 8:22:15 PM

Pros: Works and looks good!

Cons: For the price, none.

So here is the scoop from my perspective. I'm not a guitar player, I'm a drummer. But, wanted a back-up guitar at my house for practice and to learn a few things on the guitar myself. So, I didn't tell anyone in the band I was ordering this guitar because I didn't want them to have any preconceived notions about it. So when they showed up for practice, I asked them to try it out. They didn't recognize the "M" logo on it, so they had no clue where it came from. Both guitar players played it, and to me it sounded like they were playing their guitars to me. When I asked them how it "felt" one said "it's pretty good" the other said "it's okay". I then said it was a new guitar and asked what they thought would be a good price for the guitar. One said it played like a $250 guitar and the other said $200. When I said I paid under $90 including shipping and tax, they couldn't believe it. They said it's a steal at that price. So, for the price, it's a 10 star value. Now, would it work for a "real" gig? Who knows, I can't make that call. But for learning or as a back-up for a real show, I think you probably are not going to beat the deal. I wouldn't have spent this much time on a review if I didn't think it was worthy. However, I can't speak to the longevity, but this will not get heavy use. I will update if something happens. Oh, and I paired it with the red flames guitar strap. Looks great!

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Quality at a crazy price

  • pizza1,
  •  ALPINE, CA 
  • 8/9/2015 3:01:53 PM

Pros: Smooth frets, great intonation, nice red finish and good sounding pickups

Cons: At this price none

I play mostly acoustic but wanted a strat style electric to plug in and have some fun. After reading all the reviews I figured this was a small enough investment to take a chance and I was not disappointed. Look this is not an American Fender or a MIM Fender but it is certainly as good or better than many upper end Squier's without doing any mods. I love it the way it is and mine was setup very nicely out of the box. The bag it came with is not the greatest but at this price it serves its purpose. I have to agree with many others that I don't know how they can make money on these at this price. I give it 10 stars because of the price to value ratio and as far as resale value, for 70.00 if I decide to upgrade I will probably pass this on to a kid that really wants to learn. Monoprice rocks.

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Red California Classic

  • Anonymous,
  •  Denver, CO 
  • 7/20/2015 1:16:56 PM

Pros: - Perfect glossy finish and a great red - it looks great
- all controls seem to work as they should
- frets are very smooth, neck seems straight, no buzzing
- a great guitar for the price
- arrived in perfect shape

Cons: - nothing major - the stocks strings weren't great, the pickups were set a bit high, and the action was also a bit high on some of the strings, but a new set of strings and a few easy minor adjustments made it very easy to play

This is my second Monoprice guitar having also purchased and reviewed the Route 66. I am very happy with both guitars. My Route 66 had some rough fret edges (they could use a bit of rounding on the edges), but the fret ends on the California Classic are very smooth. The action was a bit high initially on some of the strings, and the low E string was a bit off in terms of intonation and that string was hard to tune. I replaced the strings and lowered the action down to what Fender recommends for a strat which was easy to do. Intonation now seems excellent, action is good, and I don't have any buzzing on the frets. All the controls seem to work fine, and the finish is great. I am not an experienced player, but for someone starting out like myself, I can't imagine a better guitar for the money. It does seem to have a nice clean tone, and a very different sound as compared to the Route 66.

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  • Ricktx,
  •  Greensboro, NC 
  • 7/16/2015 5:46:36 PM

Pros: This is a beautiful instrument and exact dimensions of a Strat. I bought this for display for a Fender Strat pick guard signed by BB King. This was an exact fit. This is now in a display case and with Srat logos, a beautiful piece. I did not play this unit.

Cons: No cons. Nice product!

This is my second Monoprice guitar and will buy more to mod.

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Outstanding quality and price!

  • Dante,
  •  ,  
  • 7/10/2015 10:21:57 PM

Pros: Plays and sounds great. Action is perfect. Finish is excellent.

Cons: not one

What a fantastic deal!! Strings are actually very very good. Knobs and all hardware well assembled. Someone actually checked it out before it was shipped and did a really good job of setting it up, was almost in perfect tune when I got it. Guitar plays and sounds like a strat. It's unbelievable the quality at this price point. Neck, action perfect, frets nice and smooth, and they threw in a nice little gig bag to boot. The finish is gorgeous !! Fast delivery, well packaged. Sweet !!

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