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Monoprice "Route 66 Vintage" Solid Body Electric Guitar (Black) $99, Monoprice "California Classic" Solid Body Electric Guitar (Black, Red or Sunburst) EXPIRED

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Promoted 06-10-2013 by iconian at 02:46 PM View Original Post
Update "California Classic" is now $71.50 with copon code e3201.

Monoprice has a few great deals on electric guitars. Shipping start at $6 and is based on location. Thanks SwifiJon
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Edited June 11, 2013 at 01:07 PM by SwifiJon
Monoprice "Route 66 Vintage" Black Solid Body Electrical Guitar (similar to Les Paul style) $99 - Regularly $129.28

http://www.monoprice.com/products...1&format=2

Also "California Classic" in red or black or sunburst (similar to Stratocaster style) $71.51 At $79.46 + 10% promocode - Regularly $89.28
BLACK: http://www.monoprice.com/products...1&format=2
RED: http://www.monoprice.com/products...1&format=2
SUNBURST: http://www.monoprice.com/products...1&format=1
ADDITIONAL 10% Off with promocode "e32013"

A coupon shouldn't be necessary but if you need to use one, you can use dadsgrads30
EDIT: Shipping varies.

DOUBLE EDIT: Put "e32013" in the coupon code to reduce any order under $800 for 10% off!
Thx TigerFiesta2122


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All hail the mighty humbucker! When you want that rich, heavy, crunch sound made famous by artists such as Jimmy Page, Slash, Pete Townshend, and Bob Marley, you want a Route 66 Vintage Solid Body Guitar with two humbucker pickups from Monoprice!

This full-sized, 22-fret guitar features a basswood archtop single-cutaway body, a bolt-on maple neck, a rosewood fingerboard , and chrome machine heads/tuning pegs. It uses two dual-coil humbuckers, which produce the distinctive sound used in southern rock, heavy metal, electric blues, reggae, and classic hard rock. A three-position switch on the body above the fingerboard allows you to easily select between the bridge and neck pups, or both together.

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), a heavy-duty zippered black gig bag with shoulder strap, a truss-rod wrench, and a pick.
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#151
Quote from GalaxTek View Post :
I got my California Classic, it looks great, but the Chinese dials are a bit cheap looking. Other than that, the finish of the guitar is awesome.

It's back to $90 price now though. I suppose it's not that big of a discount really, only 20%, so it's not epic discount that Slickdeals normally go for. Still, it's a good price for a brand new guitar.

I got an email stating that their ProAudio equipment is 10% off with code: MUSICDAY thru 6/30/2013. Not as good at OP's 20% off, but not bad if you missed out.
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#152
Quote from Scurbdog View Post :
Yes my strings seems to low. Some fret buzz. How do I adjust this? Truss Rod?
Use it for firewood and buy a decent guitar.
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#153
Quote from christop_chen View Post :
I bought the California Classic, but the "Master Luthier" was not on the ball as two of the strings buzz badly.
I think you missed this part:

"Your guitar will be checked out by Master Luthier, our janitor, to make sure they are made of wood, have no more than six chips out of the wood, and that the attached strings are not entirely corroded."

Master Luther is his name. Janitor is his game.
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#154
For those who just bought their first electric guitar, it's pretty common for even more expensive guitars to ship set up poorly. A couple of years ago, I had to return a Standard Stratocaster twice, and that was a brand new $500 guitar from Musician's Friend. The third one wasn't perfect either, but I got tired of the process and kept it. (And no, I'm not picky: these were genuinely messed up.)

Oddly enough, the best set up guitar I bought was a BC Rich model that cost $77. It retailed for $200, but I doubt many people ever bought it at that price.
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Quote from birdwax View Post :
For those who just bought their first electric guitar, it's pretty common for even more expensive guitars to ship set up poorly. A couple of years ago, I had to return a Standard Stratocaster twice, and that was a brand new $500 guitar from Musician's Friend. The third one wasn't perfect either, but I got tired of the process and kept it. (And no, I'm not picky: these were genuinely messed up.)

Oddly enough, the best set up guitar I bought was a BC Rich model that cost $77. It retailed for $200, but I doubt many people ever bought it at that price.
Yes .. shipping can ruin everything.. my $500 guitar broke in shipping that's nothing compared to getting a messed up setup for guitar when u receive it
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Use it for firewood and buy a decent guitar.
Quote from kwadguy View Post :
I think you missed this part:

"Your guitar will be checked out by Master Luthier, our janitor, to make sure they are made of wood, have no more than six chips out of the wood, and that the attached strings are not entirely corroded."

Master Luther is his name. Janitor is his game.
You're just a bright shining ray of sunshine, aren't ya?
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#157
Quote from birdwax View Post :
For those who just bought their first electric guitar, it's pretty common for even more expensive guitars to ship set up poorly. A couple of years ago, I had to return a Standard Stratocaster twice, and that was a brand new $500 guitar from Musician's Friend. The third one wasn't perfect either, but I got tired of the process and kept it. (And no, I'm not picky: these were genuinely messed up.)

Oddly enough, the best set up guitar I bought was a BC Rich model that cost $77. It retailed for $200, but I doubt many people ever bought it at that price.
I have purchased multi thousand dollar name brand guitars that needed setup out of the box. And I've purchased $200 guitars that were almost perfect out of the box.

The difference between those thousand dollar guitars that needed a setup and this one, though, is that the multi thousand dollar guitar JUST needed the standard simple stuff: Maybe a turn or two of the truss rod, possibly new strings, and tuning.

These super cheapo guitars frequently have all kinds of problems that can't be solved in such a simple manner, and some of the comments above suggest those kinds of problems. For example, poorly finished frets (rough), frets that aren't level (string buzz), frets that aren't perfectly aligned (!), neck that isn't fully straight, neck poorly attached to body, tuners that don't stay in tune, hardware (pots, switches) that aren't wired correctly, or are otherwise defective, etc. All kinds of stuff that you can't fix easily, and a "Master Luthier" isn't going to be able to do in the 2-5 minutes he has allocated to each guitar before it's pushed out the door.
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I have purchased multi thousand dollar name brand guitars that needed setup out of the box. And I've purchased $200 guitars that were almost perfect out of the box.

The difference between those thousand dollar guitars that needed a setup and this one, though, is that the multi thousand dollar guitar JUST needed the standard simple stuff: Maybe a turn or two of the truss rod, possibly new strings, and tuning.

These super cheapo guitars frequently have all kinds of problems that can't be solved in such a simple manner, and some of the comments above suggest those kinds of problems. For example, poorly finished frets (rough), frets that aren't level (string buzz), frets that aren't perfectly aligned (!), neck that isn't fully straight, neck poorly attached to body, tuners that don't stay in tune, hardware (pots, switches) that aren't wired correctly, or are otherwise defective, etc. All kinds of stuff that you can't fix easily, and a "Master Luthier" isn't going to be able to do in the 2-5 minutes he has allocated to each guitar before it's pushed out the door.
Well, it's obvious that a thousand dollar guitar is likely to have better quality control than a cheaper guitar, whether $100 or $200. But those aren't the kinds of guitars that the people on this thread are buying. First time guitar players are not going to buy thousand dollar guitars.

So the real choice is between something like this and maybe a model that costs up to $300. I can't really agree that guitars in that price range are so consistently flawed that they're worthless. Obviously a $300 is likely to be better than a $100 guitar, but I've seen many guitars in the latter price range. Some of them are very bad, like you say, but many are not bad at all, in absolute terms or in comparison to expectations. And honestly, the kinds of problems that you mentioned like frets that aren't level are pretty unusual even in this price range.

The other problem when evaluating guitars like this through reviews is that beginners have a hard time getting any guitar to sound good. So when they complain about something like fret buzz, it's impossible to tell whether there's anything wrong with the guitar.
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#159
I tuned mine this past weekend, and there's still buzz/rattle on the upper E string, which appears to be the nut having been cut too deeply for that string. It's a problem, but not a HUGE problem. The frets are all very nicely finished and level. The neck is sturdy and straight. In all, this guitar was well worth what I paid for it.
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I tuned mine this past weekend, and there's still buzz/rattle on the upper E string, which appears to be the nut having been cut too deeply for that string. It's a problem, but not a HUGE problem. The frets are all very nicely finished and level. The neck is sturdy and straight. In all, this guitar was well worth what I paid for it.
Thanks for the update. Did you make any truss or bridge adjustments? I'm noticing the same fret buzz on upper E, even when played open, on my Route 66 classic. The frets seem well seated, level & smooth.
Hard for me to tell if the nut may be cut too deep....but I'm thinking there may be a tad too much backbow, as when I apply some light manual upward flex to the neck, around the 2nd fret, the buzz disappears.

So I'm not sure if I should play with the truss rod, or first try slightly raising the bridge?
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Thanks for the update. Did you make any truss or bridge adjustments? I'm noticing the same fret buzz on upper E, even when played open, on my Route 66 classic. The frets seem well seated, level & smooth.
Hard for me to tell if the nut may be cut too deep....but I'm thinking there may be a tad too much backbow, as when I apply some light manual upward flex to the neck, around the 2nd fret, the buzz disappears.

So I'm not sure if I should play with the truss rod, or first try slightly raising the bridge?
I didn't want to go so far as adjusting the truss rod, because I figured that was pretty much set. Plus, a visual inspection of the nut shows how deeply cut it actually is. I slid the micro-sized Allen/hex wrench under that E-string, right next to the nut, and the buzz disappeared. I suspect switching to a heavier gauge string set may help, but if the nut is cut too deeply for the factory strings, I figure it's only a short matter of time before a larger/heavier string wears down the nut and I have to replace the $7 part, anyway.
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#162
I loosened that E string up enough to raise the bridge at the bottom end of the string, just about 1mm. It seems to have reduced the buzz quite a bit. I still think replacing the nut and strings will make it sound a helluva lot better, though.
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I loosened that E string up enough to raise the bridge at the bottom end of the string, just about 1mm. It seems to have reduced the buzz quite a bit. I still think replacing the nut and strings will make it sound a helluva lot better, though.
FYI, in case anyone bothers reading, after a new Tusq XL nut and a set of Ernie Ball Super Slinky strings, this thing sounds like a real champ with a lot more depth of tone. Just amazing, really, for less than $20 and 30 minutes of time to replace the nut and strings.
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