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Idyllwild Cedar Solid Top Acoustic Electric Guitar with Fishman Pickup Tuner and Gig Bag
Enjoy the bright projection of solid cedar with the Idyllwild™ Cedar 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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- User's Manual (Mar 9, 2016)
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Fishman® is a registered trademark of Fishman Transducers, Inc.
Questions and Answers
Body Length - 20"
Body Depth @ End Pin - 4-3/4"
Upper Body Width - 11-3/4"
Waist Width - 10-7/8"
Lower Bout Width - 15-3/8"
PROS: The woods are all great, the cuts on mine were expertly chosen and have awesome grain and resonance. The neck is this stunning light maple that compliments the sides and Cedar so much. Seriously everything about this guitar is just insane for the price. I love this thing, pick one of these babies up!
CONS: Cons: None that I can tell on the guitar, like at all. It was immaculate, and it was set up pretty dang well upon arrival, All I had to do was set it up to my preferences and break the strings in for an hour or so. The bag did have a tiny part where the thread came undone. But who cares, it's a quality case for being freeeeee!
PROS: Fit 'n Finish
Neck strap pin
Nice gig bag
CONS: No bone nut, bridge, or bridge pins. But at this price point, who cares!
That said I prefer this guitar over the Gibson any day. It's a bit brighter than the Gibson, so if you're looking for a deep boomy tone, then this guitar isn't for you.
I purchased this guitar to play a lot. I don't currently perform anywhere but I wanted something that I could beat on and go deeper with my skills. This guitar really fits the bill in that regard.
The downside to the guitar I received is that there appears to have been some sort of white stain or paint that dripped onto the guitar before they finished it, both on the side with the electronics and on the soundboard. I contacted Monoprice about a return but they said they were out of stock for months, and again, I bought this guitar to play, not to look pretty.
Overall, after 20% off, I'm quite satisfied with the guitar and will not be returning it. I'm hoping for many years of enjoyment out of this thing or until I feel that my skills warrant an upgrade. Would have given it five stars if it didn't have the blemishes.
PROS: Plays great, nice gig bag, great value for the money!
CONS: nut and bridge seem cheap, finish issues with my particular guitar.
1 year ago
I purchased the cedar top guitar, and it plays phenomenally. The other reviewer is very enthusiastic, but for a good reason. Not a single fret buzz or rough edge. Perfect action/string height (for me), and the strings are exactly what I wanted. I tuned the guitar with the on-board electronics and the guitar really sang immediately. Setup and sound = 9.5/10. Better than anything in the price bracket (300) that I have personally played, and near some of my favorite guitars at twice the price point. This is a rich and bright sounding guitar, even with the cedar top. I can't imagine how bright the spruce top must be.
But all is not perfect...
The quality of the finish did leave much to be desired. There is an area over 2 inches long where the cutaway portion of the body meets the neck that was sanded heavily after staining, and it really shows if you go looking for it. I have 150-300 dollar guitars that got this right without issue, so I really think this is unacceptable on a guitar billed as being equivalent to examples beyond this price range. The bindings and perfling could use a bit more of a steady hand as well, but those types of issues are acceptable at this price point. (Smudges due to stain bleeding, slight damage) Also, the mother of pearl looking border around sound hole doesn't quite match the neck inlays. Still a beautiful guitar though, and I love that it doesn't come with a pick guard.
Overall I am happy with the purchase, and hope mine was just a bad example from a finish perspective. I'm not sure if I will return it given that it plays so well. I would be disappointed to exchange for one that looks perfect, but plays/sounds different.
PROS: - Sound was better that I could have hoped for
- great cuts of wood
- comfortable neck
- On board electronic work nicely
CONS: - Some finishing issues
- Inlays don't match boarder around sound hole as well as hoped
First the good points. It seems very well constructed. No glue drops or ill-fitting joints. Looking inside reveals carefully carved and sanded bracing. The solid top is a piece of excellent cedar with a tight, even grain. The frets appear to be polished and the tuners work quite well. It's mighty pretty with fancy mother-of pearl fret markers and inlaid sound hole trim as well as herringbone binding and satin wood inlay on the rosewood sides and back.
It plays comfortably, makes nice clear bar chords and sounds beautiful amplified or not. As mentioned elsewhere, not a take-no prisoners dreadnought boomer, a bit more mellow - a fine sounding guitar. The gig bag is first rate and thickly padded. Lastly the price was amazing for a guitar of this quality - a big Monoprice plus.
Now the bad points. The maker needs to finesse the the final sanding, finish and buffing. You can see cross-grain sanding marks under the finish in raking light and a bit of roughness on the edges of the body. The the bigger problem is the buffing. My guitar shows buffer burns on the edges in about five places, the worst of which cut through to bare wood. I was able to make them look better by carefully using Meguiar's Scratch-X polish, but the burn-through remains a dull mark on the edge. Another small problem was a dead 9V battery in the pickup which
worked fine after a fresh battery.
The guitar is made so well that it is a shame that it is not finished to the same standard. I will keep it because of how well it plays and sounds. My criticisms are just for information and should not keep anyone from buying this very nice guitar.
11 months ago
11 months ago
I'm a hobby player so you can take that into account. I do practice with two experienced players and they both were impressed with the quality.
The finish was almost perfect and the tone was bright but good for a new Guitar.
I ordered one for one my playing buddies.
1 month ago
Like others have said, the tuners are nothing to get excited about but feel usable so far. Doubt I'll mess with the nut.
Top is very nice, body appearance is an ok color tone.
Sound for my guitar and in my ear sounds warm and bright, very bright. With a pick almost too bright, probably try different strings (Martin's maybe) to see if I get a more even tone.
Nice gig bag, nice to have both strap connections. No comment yet on the pick-up, tested it and it works, sounds good so far.
Tuner is simplistic, but in a pinch . . .
For the money you think "beach guitar", but when you see an play it you think very nice guitar! As others have said, it's not a Taylor, or Martin, but so far amazing for the average player that doesn't perform regularly or wants an extra guitar around (like me)
11 months ago