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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

SwifiJon 74 June 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM in Online Only (3) More Monoprice Deals
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Promoted 06-10-2013 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


Description:
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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#46
Ok, I bit on the Route 66.

I've been pleased with Monoprice, and they are a very good bang for a very low buck.

I'm willing to bet that this guitar is easily comparable to the Epiphone LP-100 [epiphone.com] without the brand name or the warranty.

These sell all day long on Amazon for $250
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...escription I'm in!

If nothing else, at least my kids can play around on Rocksmith without me having to worry about them ruining my guitar.

Thanks OP!
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#47
Quote from waltz78 View Post :
Actually, Monoprice seems to have always been a company focused on "let's find a product that is popular, find a Chinese supplier that can make the best version at an affordable price -- not just the cheapest possible -- and sell just one or two of that item." They haven't just been about cables for a long time.
I agree with you and I should explain what I mean because I have gotten lots of good stuff from Monoprice beyond just cables. They've done a great job with things that are primarily electronic or electrical devices. A guitar is so much more than that and as somebody who has played guitar for over 20 years I think it's awesome when people decide to branch out and give it a shot. I just hope that they're decent enough quality to not discourage anyone from sticking with it (can easily have playability issues or poor sound)

Maybe I'm just getting older and somewhere in my brain just quit and decided that this is too far for Monoprice to branch out Big Grin

Hopefully they'll keep doing what they do well and I won't have to wade through too many things to find what I want on there. Anyways, wasn't trying to threadcrap! Hope everyone that gets one of these comes to love playing as much as I do!
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#48
My son has been playing for around 6-months, on a junior sized acoustic guitar with some nylon strings. His finger strength has improved significantly. Would the route 66 be "too big" for him? Perhaps I should go to a guitar shop and have him try a full-sized guitar?
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Quote from UnstableChimp View Post :
My son has been playing for around 6-months, on a junior sized acoustic guitar with some nylon strings. His finger strength has improved significantly. Would the route 66 be "too big" for him? Perhaps I should go to a guitar shop and have him try a full-sized guitar?
What size is the current one? 3/4?
At 10, I'd suspect it would be harder, especially if there's a decent jump in nut width. It would be worth seeing how much difficulty he has in a guitar store (try out both an LP and Strat style).
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Quote from Frogstar View Post :
What size is the current one? 3/4?
At 10, I'd suspect it would be harder, especially if there's a decent jump in nut width. It would be worth seeing how much difficulty he has in a guitar store (try out both an LP and Strat style).
3/4.

I fear this might sell out, before I can get to the guitar store with him. I think I will order, and if it doesn't work out, wait for him to grow into it. Or, I now have an excuse to learn for myself....
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#51
Had to bite on this deal - thanks OP.

If it sucks I can always return it, sell it on craigs for $100, or turn it into an art project Smilie

Now I just need to find a good Gibson sticker [ebay.com] to cover up that monoprice logo
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Quote from jnthornh View Post :
How does this compare to the Rock Band squier? That's the only electric guitar I have and I never use it with the game any more. I've read that the RB Squier isn't so great as a regular guitar.
The Squier compares more to the California Classic than the Route 66 since they a completely different type of guitar.

If you want to compare those two, I found the following:

Rockband Squier
+ usb/midi out
+ stratocaster body
- plastic fretboard (cheap feeling)
- no whammy bar
- no tone/pickup controls
- fatter neck for electronics
? mute switch (make sure this is disengaged when using it as a regular guitar)
? video game buttons

California Classic
+ Rosewood fretboard
+ whammy bar
+ tone controls
+ pickup controls
+ more like a traditional stratocaster above and not altered to fit rockband
- unknown brand( logo on headstock says Monoprice)
- crap strings (according to people)
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#53
Sweet, thanks for the rundown!
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#54
Quote from SwifiJon View Post :
Yes. 30 day money back guarantee. No restocking fee. I believe you'll have to pay for shipping back. The one defective item I had from them (a mouse), I didn't have to pay for the shipping to ship the item back. At $99-$130 new, do you really expect a resell value on the guitar?
And shipping will run you about $60 to return it. So don't even consider that an option.

You buy it, you own it.

Not sure why everyone is excited about this. A no name cheapo guitar for $100. Nothing special about that. First act has been producing cheapo guitars in this price range for years.

The only interesting thing here is that they claim to have a luthier who will set up the guitar before shipment. That's novel, but probably also good business practice for low end cheapo guitars that otherwise arrive here utterly unplayable. The setup is only a turn of the truss rod and string adjustment. They're not doing the hard stuff such as fret leveling.

Really, this is the kind of "not a deal at all, but someone says it's cheap" posting that gets people hot and bothered for reasons that are unfathomable.
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#55
Quote from touchmenot View Post :
I'm so tempted lol even tho i'm not in the market for an electric guitar. I am interested on bass guitars tho. I was gonna buy it but the Monoprice label on the head made me pass lol

same here, laugh out loud
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Quote from SwifiJon View Post :
The Squier compares more to the California Classic than the Route 66 since they a completely different type of guitar.

If you want to compare those two, I found the following:

Rockband Squier
+ usb/midi out
+ stratocaster body
- plastic fretboard (cheap feeling)
- no whammy bar
- no tone/pickup controls
- fatter neck for electronics
? mute switch (make sure this is disengaged when using it as a regular guitar)
? video game buttons

California Classic
+ Rosewood fretboard
+ whammy bar
+ tone controls
+ pickup controls
+ more like a traditional stratocaster above and not altered to fit rockband
- unknown brand( logo on headstock says Monoprice)
- crap strings (according to people)
You can get a good set of strings for four bucks, so there's that.
Quote from kwadguy View Post :
And shipping will run you about $60 to return it. So don't even consider that an option.

You buy it, you own it.

Not sure why everyone is excited about this. A no name cheapo guitar for $100. Nothing special about that. First act has been producing cheapo guitars in this price range for years.

The only interesting thing here is that they claim to have a luthier who will set up the guitar before shipment. That's novel, but probably also good business practice for low end cheapo guitars that otherwise arrive here utterly unplayable. The setup is only a turn of the truss rod and string adjustment. They're not doing the hard stuff such as fret leveling.

Really, this is the kind of "not a deal at all, but someone says it's cheap" posting that gets people hot and bothered for reasons that are unfathomable.
I already told someone else if I were in the market for a cheap Strat, I'd get the SX Hawk from Rondo.
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#57
Here's a review of the guitars

http://www.agileguitarforum.com/s...=monoprice
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The Strat has vintage tones, nothing ceramic hot and modern about it. I know some of you wouldn't want that, but this thing is realistic to the old Strats all the way. I did mess with the pickup heights some, finally setting them fairly high compared to my MIM Fat Strat or, (initially), my SX Hawk. Of the three, and this may be a measurement of my age and country music influences, I much prefer the Monoprice and SX tones over the ceramic single coils in the genuine Fender. Setting the pickup heights as closely to the same on the Monoprice and SX guitars, they sound very much the same to me. For the future of my money, Rondo and Monoprice have got something going here that I really like.

The Les Paul pickups, I set in a way that is fairly low to the body. I have 3 very useful and very different tones on the 3 switch settings without having to move the tone controls much at all. I could imagine how every tone it makes would be useful, but what I'm capable of limits what I can use.

The domino effect of these two guitars is, I'll be selling my MIM Fat Strat, my Epi LP Traditional Pro, my Epi Dot Deluxe and possibly my SX 335 style goldtop hollowbody.
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Quote from kwadguy View Post :
Not sure why everyone is excited about this. A no name cheapo guitar for $100. Nothing special about that. First act has been producing cheapo guitars in this price range for years.

The only interesting thing here is that they claim to have a luthier who will set up the guitar before shipment. That's novel, but probably also good business practice for low end cheapo guitars that otherwise arrive here utterly unplayable. The setup is only a turn of the truss rod and string adjustment. They're not doing the hard stuff such as fret leveling.

Really, this is the kind of "not a deal at all, but someone says it's cheap" posting that gets people hot and bothered for reasons that are unfathomable.
The reviews from several people say otherwise. If it plays even half as good as my ESP LTD EX-250 for $99 to toss around, I'd be happy.
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Quote from kwadguy View Post :
And shipping will run you about $60 to return it. So don't even consider that an option.

You buy it, you own it.

Not sure why everyone is excited about this. A no name cheapo guitar for $100. Nothing special about that. First act has been producing cheapo guitars in this price range for years.

The only interesting thing here is that they claim to have a luthier who will set up the guitar before shipment. That's novel, but probably also good business practice for low end cheapo guitars that otherwise arrive here utterly unplayable. The setup is only a turn of the truss rod and string adjustment. They're not doing the hard stuff such as fret leveling.

Really, this is the kind of "not a deal at all, but someone says it's cheap" posting that gets people hot and bothered for reasons that are unfathomable.
Although this is true, but even $200-300 or guitar doesn't come without issues. I was considering $450 Jackson guitar where every single review except one said its an awesome guitar. The one single review that said the tremolo system is made by Ibanez Edge III is utter garbage. I did a little more research about the bridge and found out that Edge III is bad if not worst Floyd bridge system of all. So there's no best Floyd rose system so far for that price range I heard. So If you take away the bridge its a normal guitar.Now I want to consider simple cheap guitar that plays just as well as expensive ones. So that's just one example.
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Quote from xecutionkrk View Post :
Although this is true, but even $200-300 or guitar doesn't come without issues. I was considering $450 Jackson guitar where every single review except one said its an awesome guitar. The one single review that said the tremolo system is made by Ibanez Edge III is utter garbage. I did a little more research about the bridge and found out that Edge III is bad if not worst Floyd bridge system of all. So there's no best Floyd rose system so far for that price range I heard. So If you take away the bridge its a normal guitar.Now I want to consider simple cheap guitar that plays just as well as expensive ones. So that's just one example.
You do not want a cheap Floyd Rose system. They all suck. If you need a Floyd Rose system, get a genuine Floyd Rose system, or do without.

All guitars have potential issues. I've had $2000 guitars come out of the box as disasters--although infrequently--and I've had $200 guitars that are pretty close to perfect out of the box--although infrequently.

That said, the chances are very high that a $99 guitar will have issues.

The reviews of this guitar do not convince me that this is a good deal or a hot deal. What they say is that if you get a lucky one, you will find it comparable to other cheap guitars, even cheap guitars with name brands. Not sure how strong an endorsement that is. Guys who claim they are about to sell off their MIM Fender Strat for this guitar are just...unbelievable...unless they got a really crap MIM Fender Strat.

There are great cheap guitars out there at times--the Squier '51 at a closeout price of < $100 was a modern era classic of that sort. But most cheap guitars are just cheap guitars.
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