California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar - White
    Product # 610101
    California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar - White
    Product # 610101
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    California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar - White

    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.

    Specifications
    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

     

    62 Reviews

    92.9% of the reviewers recommend this product

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    Showed up with issues, but ended up being a good thing.

    • Michael ,
    •  ,  
    • 6/6/2016 5:37:25 AM

    Pros: Pros
    Body finish
    Neck finish and diameter
    Tidy electronics cavity
    Clean, hefty pick guard which feels quality
    Freakishly good sounding stock pickups for the money once they are shielded.
    Tuners aren't too bad either.

    Cons: Cons
    Cold solder joints
    Cheap wire with bad insulation.
    Stripped Strap Peg
    Not in love with the stock strings
    The stock nut was so cheap and soft that it caused massive intonation inconsistencies and awful fret buzz anywhere near the headstock. I would beg you to do yourself a favor and swap it out for a composite or bone nut.

    This guitar arrived with a horrendous nut. Like it was the worst nut I've ever seen in terms of the setup and material. Both of the strap pegs were loose and the bottom was just stripped plain and simple. The guitar had a little bit of phantom interference from the get go. But i picked it up for 69.99 so I decided to delete my initially very pissed review for a more pragmatic approach.

    I debated sending the guitar back but I was in love with the finish and neck, they are just outrageously good for the price. So I ended up heading to my local guitar store and picking up a standard strat TUSQ nut, I shaped it just a tad for the monoprice nut cavity. Then just a dab of super glue and it was good to go. After replacing the nut I opened the tidy electronics cavity and replaced all of the wiring with top quality, and more appropriately gauged sets. The pots and switch are cheap but they do a such a fine job so why change them. After resoldering the electronics cavity up with my preferred wiring setup, I copper taped and insulated the pick guard assembly around the electronics and the input jack. Just to try and stifle that little bit of latent noise, it worked perfectly. Also, to deal with the small tuning issues I locked down the bridge and prefer it that way. Another fix I did was drill oversized holes where the strap pegs were stripped and loose, added a bit of bonder, and tapped metal helicoil type taps into the wood. Which made it just rock solid on the straps. Once it was all done with surgery it went back together and got a new pair of EBs and he transformation was complete. After all was said and done I spent about 35 dollars on top of the price of the guitar to get the issues fixed, and fixed they are. The composite nut brings out a gorgeous top end ring and along with new strings and a setup livens up the guitar amazingly and compliments the slick neck very well. This toy priced guitar is now one of my favorites out of any guitar I've owned or currently own. Hard to put a price on value like this. (Sorry for the 4 star rating but the techs needs to be inspecting these much better. If I'd been a beginner it wouldn't have turned out so well I'd imagine) oh yeah and I also took off he neck and sanded the neck joint on both sides because there was paint drip in there that was causing this tiny pop ever so often on the neck. Tiny bit of 1000 grit cleared that up. Seriously monoprice, if you'd price this at 99.99 and implimented just a bit more time Into fabrication and build quality and perhaps critical setup components like the nut, this product would be unstoppable for value.

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    Pleasantly Surprised

    • Shane,
    •  Goleta, CA 
    • 5/5/2016 12:50:55 PM

    Pros: Price
    Ease of setup
    Quick and free shipping

    Cons: Frets are a bit rough, and the strings scrape a bit on bends. This can be buffed out with a variety bag of steel wool.
    Knobs are set unevenly, different under-gaps between the pickguard.

    When the guitar was first unboxed, it sounded horrible, but after a proper setup (just google how to setup a fender stratocaster and watch some videos), it sounds great. The intonation is nice, the action can be set pretty low without too much buzz, and the pickups sound good. I also have a 90's japanese strat, and the playability is comparable.

    Tips for anyone who buys:
    Buy some 3 in 1 oil to clean the fretboard and lube the metal-string contact points.
    Also open up the back and move the tremolo springs to the output positions to balance the tension.

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    California Classic

    • Eddy,
    •  Chicago, IL 
    • 3/21/2016 11:01:44 AM

    Pros: All Pros

    Cons: None

    This is a real strat copy true to specs and great craftsmanship sound and reliable as any other guitar out there. The price is unbelievable and I know I will have many years of playing time on this guitar! It is beautiful to look at and the tone is amazing, thank you Monoprice for making this model available for all us musicians.

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    Awesome Guitar

    • Stingray,
    •  Woodstock, NY 
    • 1/19/2016 7:32:26 PM

    Pros: Best Value I have seen, unbeatable in a Budget guitar, Nice sound and Playability, Better than a Fender Squire, and is very nicely made.

    Cons: could not find any

    Great Guitar for a Cheap Price, Stays in tune, sounds great and is a nicely made Axe. Guitar was almost tuned when unpacked, intonation was good, Sound quality was nice, very Stratocaster Like tone, for a lower priced instrument.

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    Great Value

    • Minnesota Bob,
    •  Iowa City, IA 
    • 12/26/2015 5:05:14 PM

    Pros: Quality for the price. Set up was pretty good. Not fancy but functional.

    Cons: For $ 75.00 ? Not much...... Maybe new strings after a while.

    I bought this guitar with discounts on sale for under $ 75.00 shipped. I have a MIM Fender Strat and this MONO guitar is close in feel to that. The set up was almost as good. Build quality was nice w/ no blems. The sound was brighter. Not sure if it's the pick-ups or the Basswood body.
    If your looking for a beginner to advanced beginner guitar, this may be the one. For the price, it can't be beat. I own a couple PRS guitars too and for the money( 1/10th), the MONO is worth it.
    I was worried it wouldn't stay in tune or the Chinese craftsmanship would be a problem but it hasn't been at all.

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