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Route 66 Modern - Solid Body Electric Guitar - Honey Burst
So what do you do if you have a successful product launch, like we've had with our Route 66 Vintage Solid Body Guitars? Well, if you're Monoprice you listen to customer feedback, make improvements, and release a new version that addresses those concerns. Enter the new Route 66 Modern Solid Body Electric Guitar from Monoprice!
The most obvious change is that we've eliminated the plastic pick guard and the plastic label around the pickup select switch. This allows you to see all of the beautiful finish of your choice, without being obscured by the plastic bits. In a bid to modern styling, we've sharpened the horn below the cutaway, giving an "edgier" look to the guitar body.
One of the standard complaints about the Vintage version was the quality of the strings. Not only have we increased the gauge from 0.009 to 0.010 inch on the high E string, but we are now using our coated strings, for increased durability as well as sonic excellence.
Finally, we adjusted the orientation of the volume and tone knobs. The entire knob assembly was rotated 90° counterclockwise so that the orientation of the knobs corresponds to the orientation and location of the pickups. So the neck pickup, which is on your left when wearing the guitar, is controlled by the leftmost knobs, while the bridge pickup (on the right) is controlled by the rightmost knobs.
The rest of the guitar remains the same as the Route 66 Vintage model. It is a full-sized, 22-fret guitar with a basswood archtop single-cutaway body, a bolt-on maple neck, a rosewood fingerboard, and chrome machine heads/tuning pegs. It uses two dual-coil humbuckers, which produce the distinctive sound used in southern rock, heavy metal, electric blues, reggae, and classic hard rock. A three-position switch on the body above the fingerboard allows you to easily select between the bridge and neck pups, or both together.
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.
|Body Style||Archtop Single-Cutaway with Dual Humbuckers|
|Construction||Bolt On neck|
I am very happy with this guitar. The only things wrong with it are some minor (and I mean VERY minor) finish flaws on the body, plus the new Monoprice logo on the headstock is even uglier than the old one shown on the web site. Otherwise it's a beautiful looking axe.
Came nicely set-up, spot on intonation (after quick string tuning). Frets are smooth and nicely polished. Action is set low and fast, neck is smooth and quick. I have no problems with any of the electronics. Right out of the box, a quick string tuning and mine is a very playable instrument. Even the strings aren't too terrible. Good weight and balance, just sits in place, to be played.
I'm so impressed, I'm definitely going to add the Strat copy, and maybe even the P-bass copy if I can get in on a good sale.
If you're in the market for a first guitar and thinking about one of the Epiphone Les Pauls, get this instead. If you're a seasoned player, it'd be a good backup or for alternate tunings rig. If you're looking for something decent so as to not have to worry about getting it stolen or beaten on, you could gig with it no problem
PROS: Great guitar for the price
Got it with the free shipping deal
CONS: tiny wood screws holding the strap pins
the "gold top" went on sale the day this one arrived.
PROS: Price definitely!
Great sound for inexpensive guitar.
Hard to beat value.
CONS: Gig bag is a little cheap.
Ends of frets a little sharp in places.
I was going to buy the Gold Top, originally, but couldn't wait for it to be restocked. If you are as curious as I was, purchase one and see for yourself. Once you play it, you won't want to put it down!
I have been playing for 51 years and performing for 49. From Rock, to Country to Big Band to Ethnic music. I can't wait to break this out on my next gig. Highly recommended to my friends.
PROS: Quality product with an extremely low price. Beautifully finished, nicely modified design of a Les Paul. Setup done well and ready to play. Nicely balanced with a comfortable feeling neck and fret board. Sounds incredible using a Line 6 Spider amp. Quick shipping from Cal to Jersey.
CONS: Strings weren't "cinched" in the tuners, which cause slipping and detuning when playing hard and bending notes. Restringing the guitar fixed that.
PROS: Beautiful Guitar, Paint is Perfect, Details are Smooth and Clean. Wood exception grain, Intonation Good had to Tweak just a hair on the low E string only. Set Up Great, good Action. Tuners Good, Strings, Well We all have Our Favorites, but Ok. Sound, Awesome, Toggle Switch Strong and Smooth. V & T controls also smooth. Great Guitar no Problems at all. I own a Real Les Paul, and to be Frank I now wonder Why I spent that much money, This guitar, Yes It needs Up grades, but few, and they sure don't cost 6,000.00 Dollars. I've been Playing since I was Eight years Old, I'm 60 now and have Owned many, many Guitars High end ones and at the bottom of the barrel ones. lol But This Monoprice Guitar is Awesome all the Way around. I am Ordering another one, maybe Two. I purchased the Honey Burst, the next one is the Tobacco Burst and probably one of the Strats. Buy One You want regret it at all.
CONS: That I didn't Find Them Sooner!
PROS: It's everything they advertised. Easy to play, good sound, and great price!!!
CONS: None so far.
PROS: many. see review.
CONS: Slight buzzing on top E string. Strings will need to be replaced. I wish it said Route 66 or nothing at all on the headstock instead of MONOPRICE... I love monoprice, just saying. I noticed that the volume and tone knob sets are reversed from what's standard. The rhythm set was on the bottom and bridge set was on top. I thought the bridge pickup was broken for a moment. Resoldering wires could fix this if it bothers you to much.
PROS: Great value! Excellent guitar! Small truss rod adjustment needed. Not a problem. This guitar is just as good as those that cost thousands of dollars! Wonderful sound through any amp! Way to go Monoprice!
PROS: Price, quality
PROS: Nice price, plays well, nice finishing, balanced sound (comparing to other guitars and betweeem 2 pickups-bridge and neck), intonation perfect, unknown strings (but sounds okay), it came without a guitar strap (I bought a 5 buck one and did the job).
CONS: none so far.