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Idyllwild Spruce Solid Top Acoustic Electric Guitar with Fishman Pickup Tuner and Gig Bag
Enjoy the bright projection of solid spruce with the Idyllwild™ Spruce Solid Top Acoustic Electric Guitar! Our solid top guitars offer a level of playability found only on guitars costing $400-$500 or more. Great for direct recording to computer, rockin' on a Saturday night, or leading worship on Sunday morning, the Fishman® Isys+ pickup system provides a warm, natural tone, while its built-in chromatic tuner ensures that you are always in tune and sounding your best. The 10mm thick heavy-duty gig bag protects your guitar from dings and scrapes as you travel. All Monoprice guitars are setup by hand in Southern California. Setups include having the frets filed so they are free of sharp edges, ensuring that the nut and bridge are properly seated at the correct height, that the strings have the right amount of action with no buzzing, and that the electronics are functioning properly, so you can plug in (or not) and play right out of the box!
Solid Top: Solid top guitars offer richer sound with a greater dynamic range than laminate or ply tops. This means that high frequencies sound sweeter and low frequencies are fuller.
Fishman® Isys+ Pick Up: The Fishman® Isys+ pickup system provides a warm, natural tone, while its built-in chromatic tuner ensures that you are always in tune and sounding your best.
Protection: The 10mm thick heavy-duty gig bag protects your guitar from dings and scrapes as you travel.
Simply Beautiful | Acoustically Rich | Affordably Priced
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You're never on your own with Monoprice products! We have a full team of friendly and knowledgeable technicians available to answer your questions, both before and after the sale. Contact our technical support team for questions about our products, troubleshooting, or even suggestions for products to fit your particular needs. Not to be outdone, our friendly and helpful customer service team is here to make your ordering, delivery, and any possible returns a quick and painless operation, from start to finish!
- User's Manual (Mar 9, 2016)
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Fishman® is a registered trademark of Fishman Transducers, Inc.
Questions and Answers
i.e.: Will it fit in a dreadnought case , should I chose to do so !!
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..
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)
Decent gig bag
CONS: Unplayable buzzing on the 1st 3 frets
Generally buzzy up to the 12th fret even with light picking.
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.
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.
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.
CONS: I should have gotten both the Cedar and the Spruce top. For this price you can't go wrong
4 months ago
10 months ago
CONS: NADA thing.
Well done monoprice!
4 months ago
So I ha to try your new solid top acoustic electric guitars. Bought the Cedar To and the Spruce Top.
I was amazed when I saw how well they were setup ... dam, right out of the box. Tuned to Eb, and had a ball playing them. Finsih was great, electronic did the job well.
My hat's off to you Monoprice ... you did a great job on these Guitars.
One comment ... the Cedar Top is a better looking, and possibly sounding guitar. The neck inlays are better then the dots on the spruce top ... just being picky ...
Great Job again .....
9 months ago