California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar - Sunburst
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    California Classic Solid Body Electric Guitar - Sunburst

    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.

    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


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    left-handed version available?
    A shopper on Feb 16, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, we would not carry a left handed version of the guitar. I do apologize for any inconvenience.
    Can anybody tell me what the body thickness is? Thanks for any help.
    Kevin S on Apr 6, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: The California Classic guitar body measures 1.75" thick. This tapers down to 1" thick in the center of the comfort contour carved on the upper side.
    Do you know when you are going to have these back in stock?
    Emily B on Jun 24, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Thanks for your interest in our guitars. This model is currently replaced by our new Indio Cali DLX models. ETA 7/31/17
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    Indio Cali DLX Quilted Maple Top Electric Guitar with Gig Bag Blue Burst
    Do you know when these will be back in stock?
    A shopper on Jun 24, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your interest in this instrument. The original Monoprice Pro Audio Series California Classic has been discontinued. We will be launching the new Indio electric guitars 7/31.
    Indio Cali DLX Flamed Maple Top Electric Guitar with Gig Bag Trans Red
    Indio Cali DLX Flamed Maple Top Electric Guitar with Gig Bag Trans Red
    Indio Cali DLX Quilted Maple Top Electric Guitar with Gig Bag Blue Burst
    Indio Cali DLX Quilted Maple Top Electric Guitar with Gig Bag Blue Burst
    Does the tremolo put this guitar out of tune? The reviews are good, but I would like to hear from a customer who's used it. No staff answers, please.
    A shopper on May 5, 2017
    4.7 / 5.0
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    Very very impressed
    My qualifacations: Playing 20 years, mostly rock and metal.Own a custom $1700 carvin CT-6, a Schecter Hellraiser, and Ibanez RG. Been in two bands.

    Im very impressed with this guitar for the price. Ive never bought such a cheap guitar but with all the positive reviews and that I was tipsy at 2am and bored I decided to buy it. VERY glad I did.

    For beginners, dont worry that the strings suck, you change guitar strings all the time and they are cheap. Strings should NEVER factor into purchasing a guitar.

    The neck was straight, frets looked fine, no buzzing from the strings fretting out, the finish on the body was excellent.

    I put on some new strings and intonated the guitar with my strobe tuner....If you really want this guitar to sound its best you are going to need to change strings to what you like and then intonate the guitar the those it. (the guitar will still sound good to a beginners ear without an intonation).

    Obviously the parts are not top of the line but they more than work. My one complaint, but it was to be expected, was the bridge tremelo system, when you use it the strings go out of tune instantly unless used extremely lightly. To fix/upgrade this would cost about $50 for locking tuners, $12 for rolling string trees, $12 for a new nut, and $50-100 for a new bridge. After that it would play perfect...If you wanna go one step further upgrade the pickups and pots for another $100 and you will have a very impressive guitar for dirt cheap....All that said this guitar plays great just as it is. I read these reviews over and over before buying because I couldnt believe what people were saying...well it was all true...This is a great value for what it is


    PROS: Everything is amazing for the price

    CONS: Tremelo will cause guitar to go out of tune...but please read my full review
    July 12, 2013
    Holy awesome!!!
    I bought this guitar, and immediately bought a loaded Fender american standard strat pickguard with all electronics already installed off ebay for $80 shipped. Spliced the wires together, used a dremel to widen the cavity by the lower pot, shaved a tiny bit off the bridge side of the pickguard, drilled new pilot holes for the pickguard screws and now have an AMAZING guitar for $180, all in.


    PROS: This thing is so cheap. In fact, as cheap as toy guitars at the toy store. But make no mistake, it is an AMAZING instrument. Bought it on a whim, figuring if it makes noise at all I could use a strat sound on something and tune to the chord I was playing.

    It came perfectly set up, perfectly intonated, made of real, not laminate,wood. The hardware is great. Kills Squiers that cost 3x as much. Seriously, just a joy to play. Octaves are still octaves all the way up. Nothing frets out. The finish is perfect.

    I do not know how they do this for this price. And a gig bag too?

    CONS: The electronics & strings, obviously. Just replace them.
    August 2, 2013
    Unbelieveably Nice Guitar
    I bought this guitar based on all of the raving reviews I saw on here. I was looking for a backup strat for my Fender. It may end up being the other way around. I have a Fender deluxe player's strat (MIM) with noiseless pickups. This guitar literally sounds 10 times better than my Fender. Absolutely unreal how well this Monoprice strat takes effects and distortion and doesn't sound weak and "tinny" like my Fender. The neck is the best I have seen as far as playability. I haven't touched any of my 30+ other guitars since I received this. I sit and play it for hours and it is the easiest guitar to play I have ever seen. As stated, I have over 30 guitars, including other strats, several Les Pauls, Schecters, Yamaha and others. This inexpensive guitar blows them all away. There are just certain guitars that fit you and that you can sit and play for hours and thoroughly enjoy it. This is that guitar. I'm not sure why one would replace the pickups in this as they sound awesome through my Randall amp and my Boss ME-80 effects machine. I plan on purchasing another to use as a backup and am seriously considering selling my Fender...or I may slap some Lace sensors in it. Either way, this guitar is just crazy good for the money. I have never been more impressed, especially considering what it is selling for. Monoprice has really produced a quality instrument that is worth multiple times more than they are charging for it. Thanks Monoprice!!

    PROS: Great tone, neck plays like butter, nice low action, stays in tune fairly well, extremely fast neck, beautiful finish, just a great guitar.

    CONS: Tuners could be better but are dequate. Not sure how hardware will hold up over the long run but also seems adequate.
    August 17, 2015
    Strat Knockoff
    Overall, this is a great value, no lie.I couldn't believe the eye appeal straight out of the box!The neck, bridge saddles were setup fine.These are things any customer should be able to set up
    to their own personal preference.The range of tones is amaxing, especially considering there were no buzzes, squawks, or foreign radio stations being picked up! I may just buy another guitar, but in a different color, of course.Well done!

    PROS: Ok, so it's not a Fender, but at that price, what would you expect? What I did get was an exceptional value, right out of the box.Ok, string replacement is a given, but the pots worked fine, no static, and audio taper was fine.After a few days, tho, the neck did need a 'tweek', as it started to get some fret buzz that it didn't have at first.This is normal, as the wood/neck gets acclimated to your area.It came with gig bag,allen wrenches, and a signed certificate of tech who set up guitar before shipment.Finish was way better than expected.I would readily order another, but I'd have to figure out how to hide it from my wife )

    CONS: Strings were cheap, but easily replaced.I'd rather see cut corners in this area, than another area like frets or electronics.
    June 19, 2013
    This guitar is unbelievable!!
    I cannot beleive the build quality and the play qulaity that this guitar has for $89, it doesnt even seem possible! It plays equel to a $400 epiphone guitar or better! I am asstonished. I have no idea how Monoprice does it, but they do. If you are looking for a really, really nice guitar that anywhere else would be valued in the $350-$450 range, then buy this strat-like guitar that Monoprice offers. Also, on a side note, it also comes pre-setup which is huge. I cannot beleive they would pu tthe effort or $$ into a $89.00 guitar. It even comes with a certificate of authenticity saying my guitar was personally set up by Roger Gresco! Awesome, thanks Monoprice!

    PROS: - Price is unreal
    - Build Quality is exceptional
    - Play Quality was so much better than expected, exceeded expectations
    - Suprisingly, this guitar has a really great tone
    - Exceptional value

    CONS: - Absolutely None!!
    - Strings are a bit thin for the avg or moderate player, but perfect for the beginner player. So expect to put thicker guage strings on this guitar and you will be flying in the clouds!
    January 11, 2013
    LOVE this guitar
    I bought this guitar as a 'camper guitar' to leave in the camper at the lake. I have 3 fenders of different varieties that I usually play, but how surprised I was to see how well-made and beautiful this piece is. Spent the entire day playing it. I know you're not going to believe this, but it actually was IN TUNE when I got it out of the box and I played it right away. I hope they put other models on sale, because I'm definitely going to be purchasing more of these.

    PROS: not too heavy

    came set up and ready to go

    plays great

    CONS: none
    March 10, 2014
    Great guitar!
    I'm a guitar beginner so I can't really say how this compares to other things. But I like the guitar and it's functional and playable for me. Can't go wrong with it at this price. Thanks Monoprice!

    PROS: Good looking, functional

    CONS: None
    June 21, 2015
    Overall at this price this guitar cannot be beat. It's that simple. With a setup it sounds as good as or better than many higher priced guitars.

    PROS: Price

    Sound quality


    CONS: Needed some adjusting to eliminate buzz, nothing complicated

    The bag it comes with is just a dust cover
    June 9, 2015
    This is an Amazing value!
    I played this guitar at the Nashville Summer 2013 NAMM show at the Monoprice Booth. I was very impressed by the quality and sound. For the sake of potential buyers I have to say this thing is almost as good as instruments costing ten times this amount. All it needed was a little fret dressing and its a great addition to my studio. I bought the GoldTop as well and its just as amazing.
    July 24, 2013
    MonoPrice has a winner
    Beautiful guitar, plays as good as any strat I have ever picked up, very fast action with precision intonation all over the fretboard, stays in tune after playing hours of heavy hammering on the guitar.
    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.
    Beautiful craftsmanship.
    Basswood sounds brillent with great tones and undertones.
    Maple Neck and Rosewood Fretboard.
    Triple pick-guard

    CONS: Strings are not the best and I will replace the Nut with a Tusq®.
    Included pick sucks
    February 11, 2013

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