"Retro Vision" Solid Body Electric Guitar - Blonde
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.
Pros: This is a very well built guitar. It feels solid and comfortable in your hand. It is well finished.
The locking machineheads are nice.
The volume and tone pots are smooth and turn easy without a lot of friction.
The sound is really nice on a clean channel with some reverb.
The satin finish on the back of the neck is a nice touch.
Cons: The strings do not go through the body of the guitar.
A full maple neck (including the fingerboard) would be an improvement.
Through body strings and maple fingerboard and I would get this an 8 or 9.
Color - this is not a soft beige as shown in the picture. It is more of a bright yellowish color. Also the solid yellow edges bleed over on the front and back of the body kind of like a try at a yellow sunburst or something. It may have been better to just go transparent all over.
The neck was good with no sharp edges and the frets ends have been rounded as you would expect on higher priced guitars. This is a beefier neck than I would have expected. It is not a thin neck. It plays nice and the satin on the neck give a nice feel as well.
The setup was good and I did not need to make any adjustments to the intonation. I would have preferred the strings a bit lower for better action. Have not tried to change them so I am not sure if the strings will start buzzing.
You could go to the local guitar store and spend $170 to $250 on a base level Tele model but this one will make you happier. Unless you need to have the "S" model made by "F" then get one from here.
** Watch the color on this one ** sending it back is going to cost you shipping in both directions. If you are ok with a bright yellowish Tele style guitar, then get this one.
Update on first post:
So... I have had the guitar for a few weeks now. The color has grown on me. It was just not what I was expecting based on the pics. Almost everyone that has seen it really like the color as well. After having this and playing for a while I would up my rating to a 9 (I may have been critical because of color issue), but it is a really nice guitar with great tone.
I decided to compare it to a $200 Squire, a $600 MIM, and a $1300 US playing into the same amp I have on the same setting (Blackstar Club 40, Clean channel - Volume=3 o'clock, Tone=2 o'clock Voice button out - this gives a really good classic rock crunch). The Squire was a joke, the quality was awful. Anyone thinking of getting one, do yourself a favor get one from Monoprice. In all, my Yellow Tele would compare to the MIM, so spend at least $600 or get one from here.
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Rating: (8 out of 10)
Reviewer: Anonymous from Palm Springs, CA
7/9/2014 5:25:29 PM
Pros: Guitar is awesome looking , feels great , sounds really good. Great Value !
Cons: Strings that come with guitar are little soft , I like a thicker string - not much of an issue...
Overall I would recommend this guitar , fun , great sounding , and a great value.
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Rating: (9 out of 10)
Reviewer: Yet Another Dreamer from Huntington Beach, CA
7/9/2014 3:33:44 PM
More yellow-colored than pine-colored, but plays wonderfully
Pros: Great tones, great electronics, excellent guitar for a beginner, excellent packing for shipment, set up was super-easy and quick, great finish.
Cons: Color is definitely more yellow than pine or wood-colored.
So.. this is my 3rd guitar I purchased from Monoprice.com. So even though I'm a beginner guitarist, I'm a certified Monoprice frequent-flyer! What the anonymous reviewer said about the yellow-ish finish is correct, and I knew that going in - so I was less disappointed.
My suspicion is that the wood used to make the body of the guitar is slightly uneven in natural color - but I can't really confirm that and it's only speculation.
The sides of the body "plank" are definitely yellow and look like... (Red: 239 Green: 217 Blue: 105 ) or EFD969. That said, on the front and back sides of the plank, the finishing color looks thinner, and you can definitely see the dark streaks and lines that you'd normally see in a plank of pine wood. And the wooden "patina" of the front of the plank is much more visible from a little further away.
OK, so that said, I think Monoprice should re-do the pictures for this guitar, because it doesn't look like the one in the picture. However, the guitar finish itself is of a great quality, as are the electronics, and the feel of the guitar and the tones are the twangy kind you'd expect from a more classic guitar with this same kind of pickup configuration.
All in all, a great guitar. Definitely excellent for a beginner for myself. I'm very pleased with Monoprice's quality, delivery, packaging and service. It's obvious to me that Monoprice wants to leave a favorable impression - and they do!
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Rating: (8 out of 10)
Reviewer: chuck from Springfield, OH
5/10/2014 7:47:42 AM
Pros: very good quality finish very good looking guitar.seems to play well and sounds good for the price and setup seemed to be very good
Cons: cant really find any
so impressed with the quality that I purchased the retro vision,california classic,route 66 modern to be wall hangers and loaners in my basement studio man cave that I will play them next to my Gibson and fender guitars.very good intry + level guitars and you can see the quality built in the finish and entire guitar
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