"Foothill Flat Top" Acoustic / Electric Guitar with EQ - Cherry Marble Design
Play unplugged or plug it in to amplify your acoustic guitar sound on stage using this Foothill Flat Top Acoustic/Electric Guitar from Monoprice!
This full-sized electric/acoustic guitar features a single-cutaway 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 features a built-in piezoelectric pickup with a 4-band equalizer built into the preamplifier, so you can plug in to amplify your sound. It uses coated steel and phosphor bronze wound strings in the following sizes:
E (Coated Steel)
B (Coated Steel)
G (Phosphor Bronze Wound)
D (Phosphor Bronze Wound)
A (Phosphor Bronze Wound)
E (Phosphor Bronze Wound)
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.
Pros: Ready to play right out of the box after minor tuning, very well packaged, decent carry bag. Good paint job, binding, looks awesome, great sound, better than expected quality, looks and sound.
Cons: None. At this price, are you kidding me?
I bought this as a getting-back-into-learning-beater-guitar while it was on sale for under one-hundred dollars with shipping included. I was happily surprised to receive a much better than expected guitar for the price, but I should know by now Monoprice's is usually much more bang for the buck than others. My alternatives were a used guitar off craigslist for more dough or something questionable off amazon, but at the price this one made more sense. When I received it, I liked what I saw. A few days later I took it to my professional-playing friend and handed it to him, and asked him to not look at the brand. I wanted him to check the setup for me and just get his overall impression. He ended up playing it for half an hour straight, nodding approvingly every so often. He knew it was a starter guitar for me so he was judging it accordingly, to be sure, but said it sounded as good as a guitar 3x the price, and better than many. The setup was spot-on and impressed by how loud it can sound unplugged. He also complemented the materials used. What would he change? Maybe put medium (13's, medium, I think) strings on it, but only because that's what he's used to. He didn't even look at the brand at the end until I told him. If it plays well, who cares, really, as far as I'm concerned. I'm stoked to start practicing again with a minimum investment, knowing that if I can't make it sound good, it sure ain't the guitar's fault after I heard him play it.
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Rating: (10 out of 10)
Reviewer: Anonymous from Belleville, MI
2/4/2015 11:52:06 AM
Pros: Solid guitar, ready to play, Pretty good gig bag, looks great.
Cons: None found
This guitar is really great for the price. Entry level acoustic electric guitars tend to start around 200$ and leave much to be desired. Well, Monoprice found a way to make a higher quality guitar for half the price. The volume acoustically is really good, and it sounds clear and clean plugged into an amp. Very happy with the purchase. The gig bag was much better than I expected too. I have bought a few and they usually don't last or don't protect well. This one seems solid and for a padded bag pretty protective.
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Rating: (8 out of 10)
Reviewer: EricTheReDD from Burlington, VT
12/11/2014 1:46:55 PM
Worth Every Penny!
Pros: Gorgeous color. The pictures do NOT do it justice. This is a beautiful guitar!
Low action for easy and fast playability
Battery included with electronics (thank you!)
Included case is nicely padded
Tuners are solid stays in tune very well
Cons: Only 1 strap peg (have to tie onto neck to wear with a guitar strap)
Strong fret buzz on low E 5th fret and high e 3rd fret.
This is a great guitar for the price. The action is great, it plays really well, and I can't get over how stunning the finish is.
That being said... the fret buzzing makes certain chords nearly unplayable. G and D especially. I took a file to the fourth fret on the high e and that helped a bit. I may end up having to replace the nut as it may just been too damn low for its own good.
But all things considered I'm glad I made this purchase. Monoprice has never disappointed me.
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Rating: (6 out of 10)
Reviewer: Anonymous from Stokesdale, NC
11/21/2014 10:38:32 AM
Good value, but inadequate setup
Pros: Very functional guitar
Cons: Strings poor quality, badly oxidized
Setup very poor
The guitar was packed very well and arrived with no damage. Overall workmanship looks pretty good for the price point. It's a very attractive guitar (although the cherry finish is more red in person than the pictures on the web site). Tuning machines are adequate and hold a tune very well.
While the strings were not the best quality (to be expected), both the frets and the strings were badly oxidized (not generally to be expected), which suggests shipping conditions from China were not very well controlled. Changing strings and polishing the frets fixed that, but the other immediate problem was very bad fret buzz on the high E string (and also to a lesser extent on A). If this guitar was indeed set up under the supervision of a master luthier, I suggest the master better instruct his technicians on what fret buzz is. Adjusting the truss rod helped, but the adjustment was significant enough that I doubt the problem was due to being shipped from California. Interestingly, intonation was actually pretty good - which makes me wonder if that's the only thing that was actually checked.
After adjustment, the guitar is very playable.The electronics are inexpensive but adequate and provide pretty good adjustment to your sound. Given the price, it's a very good value. Because of that value I can recommend it, but if you're not able to do simple guitar setup to correct the (at best) inadequate setup from the seller, you should budget a few more dollars for professional setup by a good luthier.
by Monoprice Administrator Greetings David.
Thank you for contacting us and writing your review for PID 610052.
With regards to your review, would you be able to provide me with an image showing the issues you had described in order for us to get a better idea of the guitars state when it was received? I am truly sorry about the experience, but if you can send it to email@example.com that would help us greatly.
Also, did you happen to receive a Set Up Certificate from us that shows that the guitar was set up properly?
Please let me know at your earliest convenience.
Best Regards, Josh L.
by Anonymous Josh,
Thanks for the note. I don't have any images of the guitar as received, but the issues with it weren't easy to see in any case. The oxidation on the strings and frets was mostly detectable by feel (and the black residue on my fingers as I played), and the fret buzz of course detectable by ear. The appearance of the guitar, as I said in the review, was very good. I did receive a setup certificate, but I don't understand how the fret buzz could have been missed if it was professionally set up.
by Monoprice Administrator Greetings David,
Thank you for your response. My apologies on the delay as I was not working over the weekend.
If you would like, I can process an RMA for a replacement guitar. It does seem like the unit is within 30 days of purchase, so it would be at no cost to you. I would be happy to set you up with a replacement to get a new guitar without those issues.
Once you receive the new guitar, if you would like to update your review, you are more than welcome to do so. :)
I can process the RMA personally if you would like.
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