With the versatility to play classic country, rock, blues, and jazz tones, you can make this Retro Vision Solid Body Electric Guitar the workhorse of your collection!
This full-sized, 22-fret, single cutaway electric guitar features two single-coil pickups and is capable of producing a wide range of tones. With the bridge pickup, you can get that bright, rich, cutting tone known as the country "twang" made famous by artists such as Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. With the neck pickup you get a warmer, mellow, bluesy tone, such as that of Albert Collins or Muddy Waters. Additionally, rock musicians as diverse as Syd Barrett, Chrissy Hynde, and Keith Richards have found a way to make their own distinctive sound using this style of guitar.
The guitar is constructed with a basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, and rosewood fretboard. It features locking tuners and is strung using Monoprice's coated-steel strings (light, 0.010"). The chrome volume and tone knobs are accompanied by a three-position switch, which lets you select the neck or bridge pickup, or both.
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.
Great guitar! Looks AWESOME! but unfortunate problem...
Pros: Looks like a dream (sunburst)
sounds like a champ
Feels really great
The monoprice LOGO is not that awful when the guitar looks that great
Cons: There was a chip in the finish close to the 1/4 inch plug...
The guitar is absolutely AWESOME! love it and its sound and finish is completely freakin sweet... although I am gonna knock a point because of the chip in the finish.... but otherwise it is absolutely awesome
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Rating: (8 out of 10)
Reviewer: Anonymous from Rego Park, NY
1/20/2015 4:37:47 PM
Very nice guitar after some fret work
Pros: sounds terrific
Cons: high E string seems a little close to the edge of the neck making it just a little bit fussy to play E-string licks. Some string buzzing after adjustment it was gone though action is a tiny bit higher than I prefer, no biggie.
Great overall value and the sound is true. Compared it with a $1000 Tele American Special and a friend's '69 and this guitar hung with 'em. I recorded with this guitar in both the bridge and middle positions and in either position, the tone is seriously excellent. In bridge position, no effects used, play normal and it sounds like it's out of Buck Owens. Push hard and you get some nice modern bite. In middle position, back off the tone control, add a hint of reverb and the sound is creamy sweet with a forward presence that cuts through. Really nice. Initially the guitar had some badly ragged frets. I had the frets dressed and Monoprice took care of it. Thanks guys. I'm a big fan and will continue to buy all my cables and audio supplies form you as well as recommend you to my friends and band mates (have gotten several customers on board it you want to know who, email me!)
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Rating: (8 out of 10)
Reviewer: Anonymous from Venice, FL
1/18/2015 10:02:14 AM
Pros: Excellent value, great playability, tremendous sound.
Cons: Arrived in less than perfect confition.
I own both the Retro Vision in black and the California Classic in sunburst. I will focus on the Retro Vision (as I have previously reviewed the California Classic) and compare it to the California Classic for those deciding between the two, and for other owners of either guitar looking to purchase the other.
I purchased the Retro Vision on sale for $99 and I am very pleased with it. I expected the guitar to have the same neck and pickups as the California Classic but I can say that the neck and pickups on the Retro Vision are very different. The neck is slightly thicker and very easy to play, with slightly larger fret wire than the California Classic. The pickups are entirely different from the California Classic and deliver the tone you expect from a guitar of this style. The bridge pickup is very clear and responds well to overdive lead tones in ways the California Classic does not. The Retro Vision has a much brighter and harder sound than the California Classic. Each guitar sounds very good and sounds as one would expect guitars of the each respective style to sound, these do not sound like cheap guitars.
I bought the California Classic a year earlier than the Retro Vision. The Retro Vision shipped with much nicer coated strings than the California classic did when I bought it new. The coated strings stay in tune better, feel better, and have lasted much longer. I have been playing the guitar heavily for a month and the high strings still retain their original shine, whereas my sweat will usually darken strings in under a week. The locking tuners on the Retro Vision are superior to those on the California Classic, however neither guitar has a problem staying in tune. The nut of the Retro Vision is a much tougher nut than the nut of the California Classic, which I had to replace after a month or two of playing. All knobs and switches on both guitars feel very solid. The Retro Vision is quite a bit heavier than the California Classic, both feel very solid to hold and play. I made minor adjustment as the bridge of the Retro Vision to eliminate buzzing on the lower strings, but overall the set up was good. The Retro Vision is more prone to fret buzz than the California Classic however, which has none at all.
The Retro Vision did not arrive in as good of condition as I expect from Monoprice. Compared with my California Classic, which had no issues, the Retro Vision required some work to begin. I expected the frets to arrive unpolished, but the Retro Vision’s frets were even worse as they were heavily oxidized right out of the box. The fretboard was also covered in a fine layer of gray dust, presumably not brushed off from the factory. Steel wool cleaned the frets just fine, although I have noticed the frets on the Retro Vision dull and oxidize more quickly than the California Classic’s frets. This is primarily a cosmetic issue. The jack on the Retro Vision is looser than the jack on the California Classic, the cord can sometimes slip out a little bit. I tightened the screws on the pickguard and found several spinning freely. While this does not seem like it will cause the pickguard to come off, I did not have this issue on the California Classic. I was most disappointed to find a crack about one inch long on the body where the neck meets the body. The finish besides this is fantastic, but the crack was disappointing. Had this been a more expensive guitar I probably would have returned it, but since it was just a cosmetic issue and is not an eyesore, when playing I chose not to return the guitar.
Overall, if you are looking for a guitar, both are excellent choices. If you are looking for a guitar in the style of the Retro Vision, I would say the higher price is still definitely worth it, although it is not quite the value of the California Classic.
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Rating: (5 out of 10)
Reviewer: Jason from Murrieta, CA
1/14/2015 12:29:14 PM
Pros: Inexpensive, functional guitar
Cons: Sharp edges on metal components
I was looking for an inexpensive T-type guitar and found the Retro Vision on sale, so I thought I'd give it a try.
The 1st guitar I received had the following issues at the time of receipt:
1) When tuned to standard tuning the B and G strings were in contact with the frets. * The neck had a back bow * I adjusted the truss rod to reduce the back bow * I adjusted the bridge height for the strings laying on the neck
2) The intonation of the high E and B strings were incorrect. * I adjusted the intonation for these 2 strings.
3) The neck shifts/rotates back and forth in the body pocket (The neck tends to shift down toward the high E string causing the string to be very near the edge of the fretboard and the low E string move further over the fretboard) * I gently confirmed that the neck screws were secure, but they didn't hold the neck solid.
4) The nut on the cable jack became very loose within a few hours of playing. * When I looked at the jack plate to consider fixing another item on this brand new guitar, I noticed the screws holding the jack plate were all installed at an angle.
Some of these items are very minor, while others are a structural problem. With the marketing emphasis on being set up by a professional luthier, I was expecting more from this instrument even at the low price. So I sent the guitar back for a replacement.
The 2nd guitar (replacement) is a much better instrument with regard to build quality and set-up. However, the edges of the tuning keys feel sharp and the ends of the frets are not finished flush with the fretboard. I'll keep this one and finish up the sharp edges myself because the guitar plays pretty well, all things considered.
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Rating: (10 out of 10)
Reviewer: Anonymous from Lakewood, CO
1/2/2015 5:16:38 PM
Great Guitar for the price
Pros: The satin finish on the neck of this guitar makes it easier to play. A glossy finish on a neck can become 'sticky'. When I was comparison shopping, I found that a satin finish neck was usually only available on more expensive guitars. This, and all of the features mentioned by other reviewers made the Monoprice Retro Vision guitar a better choice for my purposes.
Cons: The very good quality and low price of this Monoprice guitar makes other imported guitars seem overpriced.
I started doing business with Monoprice years ago buying their inexpensive ink cartridges, HDMI cables, and HDTV wall mounts. I was always satisfied with the quality of the items I received. After more than a year of seeing Monoprice guitar ads in my email, watching the videos on YouTube, and a lot of research on imported guitars I finally ordered the Retro Vision Solid Body Electric Guitar in Black. It arrived undamaged in just a few days. I've played it daily for almost a month now.
With my 40+ years of guitar playing I can sum up my review by saying that this is a great guitar for the price. And it comes from a company that stands behind their products. So if your considering a new inexpensive guitar…this Monoprice guitar is an excellent choice.
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