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    Monoprice Idyllwild Spruce Solid Top Acoustic Electric Guitar with Fishman Pickup Tuner and Gig Bag
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    What is the neck shape? I'm looking for a very slim neck like Blueridge guitars have.
    A shopper on Jan 19, 2017
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    BEST ANSWER: Thanks for your interest in our guitars. The neck on our Idyllwild acoustic guitars is a soft "C" shape. It is fairly thin compared to many acoustics so it is comfortable to play but thick enough to feel substantial. Give it a shot. If you do not like it you can take advantage of our 30 day money back guarantee. I think you will like it, especially for the money.
    Is it sitka spruce?
    A shopper on Nov 13, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, this acoustic/electric guitar has a solid Sitka Spruce top.
    Would this be a full size guitar or a small body guitar?
    A shopper on Sep 27, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Irasy question... yes, the guitar is full size .... fits perfectly in a full size Dreadnaught case. And it's A amazing value. Ok you didn't as that! More stuff you didn't ask ... check out the spruce top guitar also. It's worth the extra $$. Mahalo. Ira
    Does it come with a strap?
    A shopper on Apr 13, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Nope - it doesn't come with a strap. It comes with a decent, soft gig case that has a carrying strap though.
    Hi , is this a true "Dreadnought" shape guitar ?
    i.e.: Will it fit in a dreadnought case , should I chose to do so !!
    Thanks ,
    Gary 
    Gary I on May 26, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: It fits perfectly in a standard Dreadnaught case ... fits perfectly in my Martin case and others

    Ira Kay
    What string gauge does it come with? What string gauge do you recommend? I saw several reviews suggest phosphor/bronze string?
    Chris D on Jul 30, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Our Idyllwild solid top acoustic guitars ship with D'Addario EXP16 strings. These are a coated phosphorus/bronze 12ga set. Replacement should be done with same gauge strings to avoid string height issues. You can go down to a 10 or 11 ga set if you need an easier set to play or go to a bigger set, 13ga, if you want more volume and tone. If you change gauge you will most likely need to have the guitar set-up or see our Guitar Set-up 101 blog.
    What is the nut width?
    A shopper on May 26, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Nut width is 1.69" (43mm).
    Does anyone know what laminated wood of the side/back of the guitar? Does it have the scalloped bracing?
    A shopper on Jan 11, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: It looks like Sapele to me(a kind Asian mahogany)
    I don’t know about scalloped bracing. It’s NOT cross braced. Just straight across, but the braces seem to be sanded down nicely. It’s a decent guitar for the price.
    4.5 / 5.0
    25 Reviews
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    Unplayably buzzy but clean & well built, hoping for better replacement
    Based on the reviews, I was expecting more. I wasn't expecting perfection, but in its delivered state it is unplayable.

    From prior reviews I heard such good things about the setup on this guitar. Mine was terrible. At concert pitch (A 440hz) the action on the first 3 frets is so poor that the guitar is unplayable, buzzing very loudly on all strings, and COMPLETELY "noting out" on the 1st string. Did Monoprice QA actually play this guitar before it went out? It doesn't sound like it, otherwise I doubt it would've shipped. The setup action of the guitar is very poor and buzzy up through the 12th fret, even with the lightest finger touch (forget it with a pick).

    Otherwise the fit and finish of this guitar is really nice: very pretty clear smooth gloss with nearly no hickeys, and it looks fairly thin, especially on the top, which is good. Nice inlays and binding, cleanly done. When it's not buzzing horribly, tone is bright, tight and "spruce-y", as expected, and should mellow with some age.

    I have a collection of about 10 guitars (mostly electric): Several Fenders, Gibson, Gretsch, and a few acoustics, and I've been playing both casually and professionally for over 25 years. I care about having great, playable setups, and sadly as-is it's unplayable. I bought this as a discount "beach guitar" that I could bang around with, and if it's set up properly I expect it would fit the bill. I've put in an RMA to replace this one, I'm hoping it was just a quality-control dud and the replacement will have a correctly set action.

    If this guitar had a playable action & setup right-out of the box as so many other reviewers have noted, it would be a 5-star guitar for sure.

    PROS: Almost impeccable gloss finish
    Clean fret edge dressing
    Pretty spruce top
    Generally nice sound (when not buzzing)
    Well assembled
    Decent gig bag

    CONS: Unplayable buzzing on the 1st 3 frets
    Generally buzzy up to the 12th fret even with light picking.
    September 2, 2016
    A lot of guitar for a little cash.
    Let me start out out by saying I have GAS...Guitar Addiction Syndrome. I'll also preface this review by saying that I started playing guitar about 53 yrs. ago and have/had a formal training in music early on. Made money playing and have never given up the craft. I also have an electronics background to compliment the artistic side of things. I've owned a fair amount of guitars over the years with the present arsinal of acoustics being a Martin, Gibson, Sigma 12, Ovation, and two Blueridges'. Up until last year I also owned the cheaper Monoprice acoustic/electric but sold it to a friend. So when Monoprice came out with these solid top guitars, I just had to have one (GAS took over!). To cut to the chase, this guitar blows me away for the price-to-quality ratio. As opposed to the lower priced acoustic/electric cutaway electric I purchased a year or more ago, this guitar was perfectly set-up out of the box.. There were no fret buzzes or abnomalies as such that needed to be corrected. The fit and finish were comparable to the Blueridges I own (also made in China that sells for 3-4x more). The sound emanating from the solid sitka spruce top is crisp, bright, clear, and articulate. Almost too bright. But that might lend itself to the strings...which are D'Addario EXP lights which, coincidentally, are (one of) my favorite strings. Kudos' to Monoprice for installing top-of-the-line strings on this guitar. A more mellower tone might be experienced with the solid cedar top guitar that, with enough GAS build-up, I might just have to make a move on. Whether or not you're a finger picker or a strummer, this guitar will fit the bill on both...and I do both myself. A lot of cut-away acoustics sound rather thin but this guitar does not. It sounds like a full blown dreadnought. The only negative I can think of is the onboard Fishman electronics. While I may be spoiled with the Fishman Aura active electronics setup on my Martin Performing Artist A/E, I will say that it is a better electronics package than is what is on the cheaper MP A/E's. It is subject, though, to feedback/low-frequency-howl but which could be eliminated with a sound-hole cover...which I plan to get for this guitar. While the tuners appear to be adequate, I may eventually change them out for Grovers. Also, the plastic bridge and nut pieces swapped out for bone. The bottom line is this...this guitar could serve to be a be-all/do-all guitar without the need to spend mega-bucks for an ALL SOLID BODY guitar when, in all seriousness, you (or anyone else) would never know that it is NOT an all solid-body guitar. This guitar is that good.

    Also, Kudo's to Monoprice for making good on an order discrepancy I brought to light. Their customer service head and shoulders above their competition.

    PROS: Build quality

    CONS: None at this price point..
    June 17, 2016
    Like a Taylor for $$$ less
    Sound: Bright, articulate, rich, similar to a Taylor. If you like the Taylor sound and not the price, this is for you. If you like a soft top (martin) with a more balanced (smooth) tone this is not for you.
    Finish: Perfect! As a matter of fact, I own 5 monoprice guitars and the finish on all is perfect.
    Play-ability: No complaints. Medium size neck. Truss rod will need to be loosened 1/2 turn to relieve some buzzing.
    Electronics: not tested
    Overall: Amazing value. Excellent strings and gig bag too!!! I love the sound of this and have no intention of "upgrading". Thumbs up for Monoprice. Also, read the review from Woody Texas. Very accurate.

    PROS: Taylor type brightness and ring for a fraction of the price.

    CONS: none
    September 23, 2016
    This is a really good guitar!

    Think about this one before you buy a Blueridge CE.

    PROS: Big sound. Deep, but clear, with big woody overtones. This ax is made to make a big noise in a string band, and can hold its own with big-name acoustics. I love the sound of this guitar!

    Beautiful - the spruce on mine has a small bearclaw deep enough to make it through both sides of the bookend, it looks like dimples. Otherwise, the grain is straight & clear. Fame flash evident across entire top. Sides are a sapele-colored and stripey. Back is well-matched and gorgeous, with striking quilting & deep flame pattern, which also shows on the inside ply, even though that mohagony is unfinished. To answer another reviewer - the rosette is real wood, and really nice.

    C-shaped hog neck is straight and easy to play, and I really like the way it rolls near the headstock. It's comfy for me. I need a magnifying glass to tell the fretboard on mine isn't ebony - it's that dark and dense. Love it! A picker's guitar. Frets arrived smooth and polished. Beautiful headstock with imitation ebony tuner buttons. Tuners work very well, nut and saddle are hard corian. Bridge on mine is Indo ebony or rosewood, and very light color. Seems a good design, with a routed belly. Tapered X-bracing inside, just about the best for a CE.
    Proper 9v electronics sound good, but I've only plugged it in a few times and can't comment on the need for a sound hole cover yet. The phase switch is nice.

    This is a bit more demanding guitar to play than the older Monoprice acoustics, but only because it's so expressive, clear, and distinct. The action is great right out of the box, I had no problem either with playing barre chords, or woodshedding it with a big bluegrass pick. Intones well. This guitar arrived with ZERO buzzes or dead frets.

    CONS: Be careful you don't unintentionally leave the tuner on and run down the 9v battery...

    My guitar arrived immaculate, but the case smelled perhaps a little "over humidified" ...Trivial at this overall value, but a little weird.
    July 29, 2016
    How can you go wrong
    Awesome guitar. Had it for a few months now and scannot find a single issue with it. I did see a blemish on the finish about the size of a pencil eraser that is near the input jack. That is visible in the right light. Not being picky. Just pointing out how hard I had to look in order to find something. To be fair, I went to the local box store and picked up a 700.00 solid top which had many more flaws.

    As far as playability, I am not advance but this guitar plays beautifully and the tones are great. My neighbor who is an advanced player took this for a spin and after playing for about 2 minutes, found out how much I paid for it. After telling him he promptly put the guitar down, picked up the IPad and ordered one for himself.

    Love this guitar and will probably buy the Cedar top too.

    PROS: Sound

    CONS: I should have gotten both the Cedar and the Spruce top. For this price you can't go wrong
    October 9, 2016
    Needs a little work to be playable
    First, I have to say that this is an impressive guitar for the price I paid (on sale plus 20% off). Finding a solid spruce top for less than $300 isn't easy. That being said, you need to know a little bit about guitars, particularly setup, if you buy one. The guitar I (and many others based on the reviews) received had no relief at all in the neck. This gave it low action, but was unplayable due to fret buzz. Fortunately, a few quarter turns of the truss rod (inside the soundhole) with the included hex wrench solved almost all of the buzzing. There were still a few high frets on the bass side at the 14th and 15th position, but I build me own electric guitars and am adept at leveling frets. Not really an area that gets much play on an acoustic, but many people would not be able to address this without taking the guitar to a repair shop.

    Also, while they come with D'Addario strings, the ones on mine with tarnished and sounded tinny. A string replacement made a big difference and that, along with the aforementioned adjustments, resulted in a guitar that sounds as good as any $300-400 acoustic I've played. Also, the gig bag is a decent one, about equal to one you'd pay $20-30 for.

    If Monoprice would include a note with the guitar about adjusting the truss rod if there's fret buzz, that might save them dealing with some returns. Overall though, a great deal!
    August 8, 2018
    1 month ago
    Response from Monoprice
    Micheal, I am glad you are enjoying your new Idyllwild guitar. I am sorry your instrument was not perfect out of the box. Please take a look at our new blog "Guitar Set-up 101" where we address the exact problem you have, http://blog.monoprice.com/2018/06/04/guitar-set-up-101/ .
    August 15, 2018
    Dave L Staff
    High frets make me question the veracity of this being sent up by a pro luthier
    Very mixed feelings. First I must say that the claim comes setup is crap. It shipped with a flat neck so none of the strings would ring when I received it. I set the relief in the neck easily enough (the truss rod wrench is included), but there are 2 high frets. One in the bass side of the 14th fret (which you could argue is rarely used) but one on the treble side at the 5th fret, which is used all the time. I will have to fix the frets, which I have the skills to do, but wouldn't expect most people to feel comfortable with. This was not a "pro" setup.
    The bookmatched back is gorgeous, the rest of the body is very nice except for a pin size defect in the binding.
    The neck is not even close in quality: you can see where the glue squeezed out and was improperly wiped when they glued the fretboard so there is an ugly uneven whitish line along most of the fretboard. They didn't bother trying to color the glue line before applying the lacquer.
    Tuners look fine at a distance but look like the imitation wood playing they are upclose. They seem to hold tune just fine, which is important
    The guitar came string with d'Addario 12 gauge phosphor bronze strings, which is a good choice for that guitar. They look dull but are supposed to be coated for longevity so maybe that's why they look the way they are.
    The electronics seem fine, the tuner works well, and unplugging the amp cable shuts of the battery automatically. Playing with the "phase" button definelty made a difference for me.
    The gig bag is perfectly serviceable with about 10mm of padding and two large pockets and it's amazing it is included at that price.
    The logo on the headstock is very discrete for those people that worry about what others may think of the brand of your guitar.
    For this price, I dont think you can complaints too much about the cosmetics, even the glue line in the neck, especially with such gorgeous wood, so it could have been 4 stars. I cannot give it more than 3 stars because of the high frets, especially the one at the 5th fret. That guitar is not playable without work and it would cost as much as what I payed for the guitar to have a pro fix it. At least you can play the Monoprice lottery and return it and hope the next one is better and doesn't come with its own set of problems.
    If you know how to work on guitars, this is an amazing value , but not for the player that will not take a wrench to his guitar for fear of breaking something.
    Glue squeeze out, you can feel the bumps by the nut
    Another glue squeeze out below the fretboard
    August 4, 2018
    1 month ago
    Great guitar for the money.
    I was pleasantly surprised how good this guitar was for the money. It looks and sounds like a guitar that costs much more than it does.
    October 31, 2017
    11 months ago
    Beautiful Guitar
    I've wanted a decent guitar for a very long time. I'm not a professional guitar player at all, in fact it's my least skilled instrument out of many others. I've had my eye on this guy for a while though and finally pulled the trigger. I have not plugged it in to listen to the pickups yet, but other than that everything about this guitar is beautiful from the wood grains to the logo script. Very happy with the purchase!
    December 15, 2016
    1 year ago
    Amazing guitar!!!!!
    Nothing, absolutely nothing bad to say about this guitar. Plays like a $1000 + guitar right out of the box. Great sound (haven't plugged it in yet so can't comment on that) .They even included a battery. You guys rock. Can't get over the play-ability of this thing . It is unbelievable at this price point.

    PROS: Everything.

    CONS: NADA thing.
    September 10, 2016