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Route 66 Modern Solid Body Electric Guitar - Vintage Sunburst
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Route 66 Modern Solid Body Electric Guitar - Vintage Sunburst

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
Body Material Basswood
Neck Material Maple
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Construction Bolt On Neck
Scale 628mm (Full-Size)
Weight 9.3 lbs
Machineheads Chrome
Pickups Humbucker-Humbucker


48 Reviews

88.54% of the reviewers recommend this product


Route 66 Modern Solid Body Electric Guitar - Vintage Sunburst

  • Jerry,
  •  Ocoee, Florida 
  • 7/28/2015 8:57:17 AM

Pros: It is a good copy of the Gibson Les Paul at a low price.
Good action right out of the box.

Cons: I needed to put a new lighter set of strings
I needed to do a new set-up

A very good guitar and copy of the more expensive one. I have not played in over 20 years due to other medical conditions and I enjoy picking up this guitar and playing one like I used to have way back from the 60's. Will be playing this one a long time.
Thank you Monoprice for a very good product.

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Beautiful finish, set-up less than desirable

  • GS,
  •  Navarre, FL 
  • 2/20/2015 3:08:39 PM

Pros: Beautiful looking guitar.

Cons: Unfortunate fret buzz.

I agree with the previous reviews that claim this appears to be a much more expensive instrument. The finish is flawless on the item I received. The toggle switch is pretty stiff and loud, but it may loosen up with use. The rest of the electronics sound great and I won't be replacing them any time soon if at all.

Unfortunately, the professional luthier that inspected this item missed the terrible fret buzz between the 3rd and 5th fret. The problem isn't with the neck bow but is from frets either not properly seated or finished so adjustments to the truss rod won't work.

All in all a great buy especially if you're willing to pony up a few extra bucks to have the deficiencies repaired.

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Lovin It!

  • Craig ,
  •  New Britain, CT 
  • 1/12/2015 6:12:53 AM

Pros: Easy playing, great looking and sounding guitar.

Cons: Nothing major. I had to tweak the set-up and tighten the toggle switch.

I recently got the Vintage Sunburnt Route 66 guitar and I love it! I only had to change the strings and tweak the set-up to get a great playing/sounding guitarist an unbelievably low price. Will definitely recommend Monoprice to all of my jamming friends!

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Route 66 Guitar Vintage Sunburst

  • Andy,
  •  Villa Park, IL 
  • 12/29/2014 11:08:38 AM

Pros: Inexpensive compared with similar guitars.
Nice tone.
Well made.
Seems to be well set up.

Cons: Packaging could be a bit more sturdy.
Bag is basic (I've bought a new one.)
I will need to obtain a pick guard.

This is a beautiful guitar. Have only had it a few days, but everything seems very nice. Beautiful finish, well crafted, nice tone and good electronics. The boxing could be more rugged, but there was no problem...and the bag that comes with it is very basic.....but overall I'm very pleased.

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  • Petesdragon,
  •  Norristown, PA 
  • 12/28/2014 11:32:19 PM

Pros: Workmanship excellent. Tune it up and play. Minor adjusting. It looks and feels like a much more expensive instrument.

This is my second Route 66. I was so impressed by the quality off the first one (gold top) I figured I better order another before Monoprice realized they were shipping the wrong guitar. The overall experience is excellent and this musical instrument far surpasses all expectations. It's beautiful to look at and a pleasure to hold and play. A solid and substantial piece.

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