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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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#61
Quote from kwadguy View Post :
You do not want a cheap Floyd Rose system. That 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.

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.
Point taken
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#62
Never played before, for a first guitar should I better go with the ones on Amazon :
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...d_i=507846

It's 110$ with the amp or should grab this one here and buy an amp separately? I'd get a cheap headphone amp for now. What's the best bang for the buck?

Any advice?
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#63
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.
I guess that really depends on where you live. If you're local to the Los Angeles area, you can probably drop it off. Their office is in Rancho Cucamonga off the freeway. You can even pick it up if you want, but if you live that close you can do overnight nor co shipping for $5.85. Personally I'd rather pay the $6 shipping than drive the 20-30 miles to pick it up. Worst case, I pay the $10 in gas to drop it off.

I believe if you are comparing the deal to a Strat-copy, you will see those deals all day long under $99. It's not often though that you can get a Les Paul copy for around $100. The reviews point to this being an excellent entry guitar and if $100 gives someone a chance to pick up a Strat or better yet be able to pick up a Les Paul copy to see if they like the humbucker, I can't see how they can go wrong, especially if most of the downside is cosmetic.

Don't fault it for what it's not. Any $100 guitar is an entry guitar. If it stays in tune and keeps a beginner playing along and maybe moved them along from RockBand/Guitar Hero to a physical guitar, it did it's job.
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Quote from Loriazak View Post :
Never played before, for a first guitar should I better go with the ones on Amazon :
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...d_i=507846

It's 110$ with the amp or should grab this one here and buy an amp separately? I'd get a cheap headphone amp for now. What's the best bang for the buck?

Any advice?
I wouldn't get that guitar on Amazon, I don't have the Monoprice guitar but I've seen good reviews on it. I am so tempted to grab one but I don't have cash and I refuse to charge anything right now.

Do yourself a favor and get a cheaper guitar than Amp. A Chinese guitar can play and sound good (I have a $100.00 Chinese telecaster copy that I LOVE) but a cheap amp is crap. Look for a used Vox Valvetronix or a Fender Mustang I. Those go on sale for about 100.00.
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Quote from Loriazak View Post :
Never played before, for a first guitar should I better go with the ones on Amazon :
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...d_i=507846

It's 110$ with the amp or should grab this one here and buy an amp separately? I'd get a cheap headphone amp for now. What's the best bang for the buck?

Any advice?
I'm not trying to crap on this deal but for a few more bucks, you can get a decent beginner guitar. I'd find somebody you know that plays and have them help you find a decent used guitar on Craiglist or even going to Guitar Center and looking through the used section. You can actually search the used section online and see what your local store has. Then if you find something you like, you should be able haggle a few extra bucks off. You might pay more at a GC versus CL but CL is full of flakes and people who lie/misrepresent what they are selling. That is why I suggest you find someone who knows guitars.

You can easily find a Epiphone SG or LP Studio on Craigslist for $200 or less. I've seen Epiphone G400 for $150 on my local CL. Agile AL series LP's go for ~$200 on CL. If you are going to buy brand new, I'd check on the rondomusic.com site because they have a good bang for your buck value.
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I believe if you are comparing the deal to a Strat-copy, you will see those deals all day long under $99. It's not often though that you can get a Les Paul copy for around $100. The reviews point to this being an excellent entry guitar and if $100 gives someone a chance to pick up a Strat or better yet be able to pick up a Les Paul copy to see if they like the humbucker, I can't see how they can go wrong, especially if most of the downside is cosmetic.
Exactly. $100 and under Strat clones are dime a dozen. You rarely see a decent Les Paul clone in that range. One of these guitars is a much better deal than the other (which isn't to say that the Strat copy can't be good; I've never played it).
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Man, this is a hard one for me. Got my motor running when I saw the post!

I have an awesome g&l strat, but have wanted to get a les paul or other humbucker guitar, preferably solid mahogany with a set neck. This at best, is half way there, with basswood and a bolt-on neck.

I bought an epiphone black beauty for my nephew a few years back off ebay for 400 bucks which was likely from someone in china who hijacked a shipment or bought a load off the manufacturer before they left the factory. It was absolutely perfect. I see you get various epiphone special editions between 3 & 400 bucks from sweetwater where they will check the setup.

All the good reviews are scary, are they edited or hand picked?

I'll wait patiently to see what you all have to say on yours. And if a good offer on a real one comes along, I'll check it out.
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Man, this is a hard one for me. Got my motor running when I saw the post!

I have an awesome g&l strat, but have wanted to get a les paul or other humbucker guitar, preferably solid mahogany with a set neck. This at best, is half way there, with basswood and a bolt-on neck.

I bought an epiphone black beauty for my nephew a few years back off ebay for 400 bucks which was likely from someone in china who hijacked a shipment or bought a load off the manufacturer before they left the factory. It was absolutely perfect. I see you get various epiphone special editions between 3 & 400 bucks from sweetwater where they will check the setup.

All the good reviews are scary, are they edited or hand picked?

I'll wait patiently to see what you all have to say on yours. And if a good offer on a real one comes along, I'll check it out.
Have you checked out the Agile guitars at Rondo Music?
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Quote from kovy View Post :
The Gretsch Americana Guitars that were on SD from Overstock clearanced for about $30. They can be easily sold for $250- $300.
you had to remind me about those. i took too long and missed out and really kicked myself about it. there was a gray one i wanted.
but i thought they kicked them out the door @ 50 bucks instead of 30..
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Quote from strattao View Post :
Yeah, I've been wondering the same thing...

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

Here's what they say about the new models...

So what do you do if you have a successful product launch, like we've had with our Route 66 Vintage Solid Body Guitars? Well, if you're Monoprice you listen to customer feedback, make improvements, and release a new version that addresses those concerns. Enter the new Route 66 Modern Solid Body Electric Guitar from Monoprice!

The most obvious change is that we've eliminated the plastic pick guard and the plastic label around the pickup select switch. This allows you to see all of the beautiful finish of your choice, without being obscured by the plastic bits. In a bid to modern styling, we've sharpened the horn below the cutaway, giving an "edgier" look to the guitar body.

One of the standard complaints about the Vintage version was the quality of the strings. Not only have we increased the gauge from 0.009 to 0.010 inch on the lower E string, but we are now using our coated strings, for increased durability as well as sonic excellence.

Finally, we adjusted the orientation of the volume and tone knobs. The entire knob assembly was rotated 90° counterclockwise so that the orientation of the knobs corresponds to the orientation and location of the pickups. So the neck pickup, which is on your left when wearing the guitar, is controlled by the leftmost knobs, while the bridge pickup (on the right) is controlled by the rightmost knobs.

The rest of the guitar remains the same as the Route 66 Vintage model. It is a full-sized, 22-fret guitar with 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, and a truss-rod wrench.
I find it curious that the location of controls was altered since the original orientation was that of a Les Paul. Specifically, consider the "diagram" below

1 2

3 4

For Les Paul, 1 is Tone for neck pickup, 2 is Volume for neck, 3 is Tone for bridge pickup and 4 is Volume for bridge.
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Quote from joe_sun View Post :
Have you checked out the Agile guitars at Rondo Music?
No I haven't, but I've read good things about them. The reality is that with cnc & robotic machines, along with cheap labor, there'll be a a continuous stream of decent guitars coming down the line. I'm good with my current electric and acoustic, so anything else I pickup I want it to play REALLY nice, and I enjoy good materials and fine craftsmanship. So until something comes across my path that I feel might make a difference, or increase my stoke level, I'll sit tight.

The argument that a really good player can play anything and make it sound great is true, but most good musicians have good equipment, it might be beat to hell, but it's solid. I can attest that when you find a guitar that has a really sweet tone to your ears and playability, it's something special and will make you enjoy your music that much more.

Now I'd like to see what they can come up with for amps.......
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#72
I have no idea about the quality of these guitars, but the last thing I'd recommend to a friend that wanted to start playing guitar would be to order one on the internet.

Go to Guitar Center or another shop and play a few guitars. See what feels right in your hand.

And nearly everyone wants a guitar that sounds like a Fender, and you can usually get a cheap one at the shop for not much over the price of these.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/gu...th-tremolo

http://www.amazon.com/Fender-Star...ratocaster
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#73
Just a heads up: The Route 66 (LP copy) has a bolt-on neck.
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#74
Is it relatively easy to make this guitar work for a lefty?
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Quote from eeddings View Post :
In my experience, the first runs of guitars coming out of China and Korea are always better than second, third, etc. runs. I tend to believe the same for these at Monoprice given the reviews I've read for the guitars on Monoprice.com.
The China manufacturers are very good at making an item at cost and then little by little finding ways to make it cheaper in order to make a profit. Tape a box instead of glue, substitute a material, cheaper thickness, etc.

It drives US distributors nuts because what they got as samples aren't necessarily what ships 6 months down the road.
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