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Woodstock Vintage - Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar - Natural
Get unplugged and deliver an acoustic performance using this Woodstock Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar from Monoprice!
This full-sized acoustic guitar features the classic dreadnought body style. It is constructed with mahogany sides and back, ply spruce top, a set-in nato (aka eastern mahogany) neck, rosewood fretboard, and chrome tuners. It uses coated steel and phosphor bronze wound strings in the following sizes:
|E (Coated Steel)||0.012||0.30|
|B (Coated Steel)||0.016||0.41|
|G (Phosphor Bronze Wound)||0.024||0.61|
|D (Phosphor Bronze Wound)||0.032||0.81|
|A (Phosphor Bronze Wound)||0.042||1.07|
|E (Phosphor Bronze Wound)||0.053||1.35|
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. To protect your investment, it comes with a 10mm padded, zippered, gig bag with shoulder strap and a truss-rod wrench.
Ply Spruce Top
|Neck Material||Nato (aka Eastern Mahogany)|
PROS: Nice sound. I was surpeised by the good tone. Nice finish. Nice bag for the price
CONS: Not many, a bit of glue needed to be removed, but no big deal. Unlike the other review I read, this one needed the truss rod adjusted and a few fretts tapped down to remove buzzing.
Thanks Monoprice for selling another great product and making certain it is in first class shape before sending it out. The person receiving this one was real important to me!
PROS: Setup, Inspection prior to shipping, Sound
CONS: Needs a pickguard
PROS: Cost Quality
CONS: For the cost difference I'd get the version with the cutout and the onboard electronics. I think they are $25 more and well worth the cost to give you access to the frets above the 12th fret and the ability to plug into an amp. BTW, the monoprice $99 guitar amp is also a great value as are the monoprice strat and les paul style electrics.
PROS: Excellent value for a starter guitar.
Biggest surprise: The tone. I haven't taken the time to examine the bracing or internals too much, but it plays and sounds like a true dreadnought guitar should, very full yet balanced in lows and highs. I'm considering doing a side by side comparison with my Martin dreadnought. I'm not saying this thing sounds better than a $2000+ guitar, but I think it comes pretty close, and that alone is wild.
Like on other Monoprice guitars I've purchased, the setup on this guitar is spot on. Great action up and down the neck, nut work looks fine, saddle is at appropriate height, no buzzing of any kind, frets seem level and properly crowned. The other guitars I've purchased from Monoprice have suffered slightly from sharp fret edges that could use some addtional filing by a luthier, but I think that was mostly related to changes of humidity throughout the year and a lesser quality or improperly seasoned wood. This acoustic is NOT showing any signs of sharp fret edges at this time, but I will monitor it over the course of the year as the humidity changes.
Fit and finish on this guitar is the only place where you might see why it is only $112. There are some places where you can see some glue sticking out near portions of fretboard and body joints, and I'm not sure if the sound hole inlays are anything more than decals. There, of course, are also no other ornate pieces or bindings around the guitar body, but I would hope you weren't paying so little and expecting much of that. The strings are not the greatest either, but again if strings are the only necessary upgrade to this thing, we're still talking about an incredible instrument for the price.
In short, this is a fantastic starter guitar, I cannot imagine you could get a spruce topped/mahogany backed guitar that sounds as good as this one does for the insanely small price. I've played other $100 acoustic guitars and they are laughable in comparison of wood quality/hardware quality/tone. This guitar could easily be confused for something 5x the price, maybe more. I could also see this being a great "beater" guitar for someone not willing to take their high dollar acoustic guitars out on the road or by the campfire or on the plane.
PROS: Playable immediately
Nice wood quality for the price, mahogany back and spruce top
Solid tuning machines
CONS: Probably needs a restring with your favorite acoustic strings for best tone
PROS: Plays great
No adjustments needed
CONS: Maaaybe a few small blemishes, but nothing abundantly obvious
PROS: sounds fantastic! feels and looks great and the bag is very nice
PROS: Nice fit and finish, neck and frets are adjusted just right. Plays better than my fender guitar that I bought 15 years ago.
CONS: Strings were a little below my standards, changed to Martin SP and it really sounds good now.
PROS: Excellent tone (with upgraded strings better, but shipped strings fine)
Really attractive overall look
Excellent fit and finish
CONS: I maybe should have gotten a 3/4 size guitar - this is a pretty big instrument