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California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar - Black
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.
|Body Style||Double-Cutaway with Tremolo|
|Construction||Bolt On Neck|
PROS: Amazing value. Arrived in tune!
PROS: Well constructed, beautifully set up. Comes with serviceable gig bag. Astonishingly well priced. For a beginner (or practice) guitar it really is unbeatable.
CONS: Comes strung with 9's (I think). Nothing wrong with that, but they don't seem to be of very good quality - my top string broke almost immediately. Recommend you re-string it on arrival. Slightly buzzy on the sixth string, intonation ok but not perfect, stays in tune only reasonably well.
PROS: Low cost, minimal commitment easy to feel comfortable with practicing mods and setup. No worries about loss of damage. Perfectly good for practice. Comfortable to play like most S-style guitars. Not a toy.
CONS: Lacks impressive brand name. Components not the highest quality, but they do the job. May need some setting up or mods to make it feel great (like many guitars).
The action, feel and look all surpass it's price by far. It's easy to play. The knobs are nice and tight, switch is clicky. The input for the cord, solid. The finish looks great. I was concerned about the tuners due to other reviews but these are great so far. It stays in tune very well. Even the strings are fine. I had another set ready to go but I'll play it with these until they're worn. If you're thinking about it, stop thinking and go for it. I can't give a really true assessment of the pups but they play well through the Honeytone and it's a great set up on a budget. I'm very happy I will never sell this guitar! I may upgrade the pups in time. I would every confidence in buying any of the other models based on this purchase.
The finish really is beautiful - I got the black and it just looks sexy. (Except for the name on the head stock. I love you Monoprice, but really?)
The shipping was super fast - California to Georgia in about 4 business days. Nice! Packaging was nice, too.
The only real complaint I have so far is some really annoying neck buzz on the low E string - frets 1-3. There is some on A as well, but not as bad. Like I said, I don't know much about guitars, so maybe this is something that can be easily adjusted. I'll keep fiddling.
Overall, much improvement over what I had. I recommend for anyone wanting to learn on something that looks really nice and plays well (other than aforementioned buzz.) If you're not ready to fork over a bunch of cash for someone new (including yourself) but still want a quality guitar, I recommend.
Fast shipping (typical Monoprice)
CONS: Really bad neck buzz on low E - especially frets 1-3
frets are a little prickly
It's the one I keep reaching for. These will make great Christmas presents!
PROS: Excellent build quality and finish. Neck feels just right. Good balance. Sounds great
Neck feels good as does all the hardware, sounds like a full priced strat after putting some DR 10's on the guitar.
Every part I have looked up from a strat MIM will fit on this guitar, Hmmmm?
If you are looking for a good playing guitar then you have found it right here on MonoPrice this is a outstanding piece of musical equipment and by the way the neck feels fantastic and has blazing fast action right out of the box without not even the slightest fret buzz (Thanks, Roger Gresco) who would have thought all this for under $90, for all you skeptics out there who feel you have to pay a small fortune for a great sounding quality built instrument you might better rethink this one and give it a shot you won't be sorry.
How are you doing this MonoPrice? Who are you getting to build these guitars? they a top notch.
By the way I bought this "California Classic" and the "Route 66" and both are equally as good in their own distinctive ways.
For those of you on the fence come on over you will not regret this purchase, if you can't tell I am mind boggled in how in the world MonoPrice can produce, sell and make a profit on such a nice guitar this is no el cheapo like you find on auction sites and pawn shops trust me I know.
PROS: Beautiful Guitar(Finish)not a bad spot nowhere on the guitar, Quality build, parts and sound.
These guitars have it all, I have some very expensive guitars and equipment and this guitar is no slouch or sacrifice to any of my other instruments.
Basswood sounds brillent with great tones and undertones.
Maple Neck and Rosewood Fretboard.
CONS: Strings are not the best and I will replace the Nut with a Tusq®.
Included pick sucks
PROS: Great sound for the price. I purchased this as a starter guitar for my kids and myself to learn on.
You can't go wrong here.
PROS: Solid construction, good tone, better than average playability
CONS: Noisy pickups, a little thin, stock strings are cheap
4 months ago