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Monoprice Retro Vision Guitar - Blonde $89.99 AC FS

Cedric Greene 340 53 June 23, 2016 at 08:46 AM in Musical Instruments (3) More Monoprice Deals
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Monoprice.com has their Retro Vision Solid Body Electric Guitar - Blonde (Telecaster knock-off) on sale for $109.99 - $20 with coupon code Sum20 and free shipping over $50. $43 off regular price. Comments do say the color is closer to yellow than the standard Fender blonde just FYI.
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Are these any good?
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Monoprice.com has their Retro Vision Solid Body Electric Guitar - Blonde (Telecaster knock-off) on sale for $109.99 - $20 with coupon code Sum20 and free shipping over $50. $43 off regular price. Comments do say the color is closer to yellow than the standard Fender blonde just FYI.
These deals always come back to: "It wasn't pure crap like I was expecting!" I think people want to know they found the diamond in the rough. I bet you really can get a Monoprice guitar to sound as good as a Fender Squire as some have said. Kudos on that. Maybe there is even some kind of moral victory in that.

But why not just buy the Squire or an Epiphone for about the same amount of money? I guarantee that a major manufacturer like Fender or Epiphone will stand behind their product better. How do I know? Experience. I have had guitars that needed warranty work from all three of these companies and BY FAR, the worst people to deal with were the Monoprice service reps. Their corporate policy sucked too, with me paying shipping both ways. I would have been better off buying a Monoprice guitar through Amazon than directly from them. Now I don't even by cables from these guys. The only seem to sell me the cheapest imported Chinese junk no matter how many times I try to buy from them.

Until their guitars are $50, they will not be enough of a deal for me. I respect if it is a great deal for you and you want to rock a guitar from them. I tried it and it sucked. Muddy pickups, terrible action. Maybe I got a bad couple of guitars. Who knows. I just felt immediately like my hundred bucks could have gone towards something better.

I recently saw on my local Craigslist a really nice Washburn electric for $75. It wasn't perfect, but it is a better deal and better guitar than this new one from Mono. I am not saying Monoprice can't make a passable guitar. I know they make plenty that are called "great" and "good" by many people, even by experienced players. I am only saying I would personally buy a used Fender, Epiphone, ESP, Washburn, etc. for roughly the same price. Even if I were only buying one to play the beloved Rocksmith. (Which, incidentally, this WILL work for.)
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These deals always come back to: "It wasn't pure crap like I was expecting!" I think people want to know they found the diamond in the rough. I bet you really can get a Monoprice guitar to sound as good as a Fender Squire as some have said. Kudos on that. Maybe there is even some kind of moral victory in that.

But why not just buy the Squire or an Epiphone for about the same amount of money? I guarantee that a major manufacturer like Fender or Epiphone will stand behind their product better. How do I know? Experience. I have had guitars that needed warranty work from all three of these companies and BY FAR, the worst people to deal with were the Monoprice service reps. Their corporate policy sucked too, with me paying shipping both ways. I would have been better off buying a Monoprice guitar through Amazon than directly from them. Now I don't even by cables from these guys. The only seem to sell me the cheapest imported Chinese junk no matter how many times I try to buy from them.

Until their guitars are $50, they will not be enough of a deal for me. I respect if it is a great deal for you and you want to rock a guitar from them. I tried it and it sucked. Muddy pickups, terrible action. Maybe I got a bad couple of guitars. Who knows. I just felt immediately like my hundred bucks could have gone towards something better.

I recently saw on my local Craigslist a really nice Washburn electric for $75. It wasn't perfect, but it is a better deal and better guitar than this new one from Mono. I am not saying Monoprice can't make a passable guitar. I know they make plenty that are called "great" and "good" by many people, even by experienced players. I am only saying I would personally buy a used Fender, Epiphone, ESP, Washburn, etc. for roughly the same price. Even if I were only buying one to play the beloved Rocksmith. (Which, incidentally, this WILL work for.)
I would love a used Fender for $90! Hook a brother up!
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my guitar player bought one. put new pickups and rewired it and uses it as an open G guitar. he leaves it on our truck in the heat and cold with no issues. its actually a nice guitar. stock electronics are not the best. feels nice and the finish is quite well done.
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I would love a used Fender for $90! Hook a brother up!
Ironically, I just opened my mail and there is a neon orange ad from Guitar Center ... It has a Fender HSS strat for $99. It also has an Epiphone Les Paul for $99. (One is a Squire and the other the lowest-end Les Paul. But hey, for under a hundred bucks, what do you want?) Going on the used market via Craigslist will yield even better guitars in that price range. And don't forget, you have to pay shipping with Monoprice. You will pay shipping to return it to them and again to get a replacement if your situation is like mine was when I bought from them. (Of course, I bought a Strat model and not a Tele. These teles may be better.)

One user in this thread said his friend has one that he leaves in a car all the time. I would think either of the guitars I just mentioned could be left in a car and turn out just as bad as a Monoprice guitar will in time. For new players, just know that isn't a good way to roll! He may have been illustrating the durability of the guitar, but still, you shouldn't put a musical instrument anywhere you wouldn't leave a child. That is a good rule of thumb.

If you want to learn on a good guitar, both of the ones I mentioned above will fine and I would say better than the Monoprice guitar. Plus, Guitar Center will have a better return policy if something goes wrong. None of these will have much resale value, but the Monoprice will have the worst resale value of all. Hurting value even more is the fact that your new guitar could also have the ugly Monoprice logo on the headstock, (or perhaps just an "M" if they have wised up on all models). "MONOPRICE" on their headstocks always was a bad idea. Nobody wants that! Some of the original full-name logos are still on old stock these guys close out, so watch out for that.

I also saw in the GC ad that there is an Ibanez acoustic for $90. It will be about 10 times better than the Foothill Flattop Acoustic sold by Monoprice, for any of you thinking of going acoustic. I tried THREE of those Flattops last year (like a fool thinking just the electric guitars would be bad) and each of the ones I tried had horrible finish work and lots of fret buzz. That is why I now say: "Friends don't let friends buy Monoprice." Smilie

This is all just one man's conjecture, albeit derived from my experience owning and playing many guitars. Take it as you will and rock on!
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my guitar player bought one. put new pickups and rewired it and uses it as an open G guitar. he leaves it on our truck in the heat and cold with no issues. its actually a nice guitar. stock electronics are not the best. feels nice and the finish is quite well done.
I will give you that. The feel on mine were good. They use what I call PISSWOOD (meaning, I have no idea what kind of wood they use). But all had a nice smooth finish and felt good in my hands. I kept thinking my necks were bamboo, the body was basswood and the fret board had to be some sort of pine that was stained. I never cared about the wood. My issue was the fret buzz and bad finish work overall. The muddy pickups would need replacing and so I just gave up. That was when Monoprice became jerks to me. They hate returns. Best wishes to you and your band! Keep bringing good music into our world buddy. It needs it!
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Dangit, I want a Telecaster I can mess with... but these Monoprice guitars aren't worth more than their sale prices. I can spend another $200 on replacement parts and labor from a luthier, but if I'm going to spend that much, I might as well get a Squire.

With all those sales from Adorama on Strats, why not a Tele? Throw a man a bone!


Side note:

I saw the other guy talking about Washburns. Their warranty process is pretty good. They require you to pay one-way shipping if you want to send it in for repair (return shipping is free), but alternatively, they have authorized repair guys all across the US. And these repair shops range from mom-and-pop shops to Guitar Centers. I actually had to take a brand new one in because the wiring was crossed inside the guitar. The guitar is beautiful and I got it at such a deep discount (online order), so I figured I'd try out the warranty process. First place was a mom-and-pop shop that told me they would hold it for a couple of months because of the backlog on repairs. So I took it to a Guitar Center instead, which was on the lowest end of my choice for repair shops, but they got to it in three weeks and the repair guy was actually the most knowledgeable guy I've ever met. Guitar Center replaced the switch with one from another Washburn and the internal parts were in-house wires and pots, but that didn't deteriorate the sound. No cost to me. I just had to take my guitar in with the receipt, even though the purchase was from an unrelated store, and Guitar Center did all the paperwork and called Washburn for me to authorize the repair. So I would say that it was a good experience with their warranty process, especially since it's a lifetime warranty: As I understand it, it's the lifetime of your ownership, not the lifetime of their production cycle!
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Quote from goodguy2k2k View Post :
Are these any good?
Depends what you are looking for.

Fit and finish tends to be very inconsistent on these. Pickups are OK at best.

That being said, a squier bullet strat isn't much better.
  • If you are looking to add another guitar to your collection I would pass on this.
  • If you are trying to get your first guitar I would seriously consider the Epiphone Les Paul Special II. These are usually around the $100 price point.
  • If you want a tele style guitar I would save up a little more and get and G&L ASAT Classic Tribute. The regularly go on sale for around $350 and are an excellent value at that price point.
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For those comparing to Squier guitars:


Squier Bullets - terrible, don't waste your money
Squier Affinity - decent if you can find one made in the last 5 years or so (or buy new)

I would put the Monoprice right between the two. I've owned many squiers and have played the mono's. And I have one of their acoustics which I truly love.

If you can find a Squier Affinity made in indonesia, those are the best used bang for the bunk fender-style guitar, IMHO. I just sold a chinese model affinity tele with upgrade pickups for $150, but they should go for around $75-100 used.

Don't pay more than $50 for a Squier bullet series.

If I didn't pick up a vintage modified 72 telecaster yesterday, I'd order this monoprice one just to have a tele to goof off with.

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Depends what you are looking for.

Fit and finish tends to be very inconsistent on these. Pickups are OK at best.

That being said, a squier bullet strat isn't much better.
  • If you are looking to add another guitar to your collection I would pass on this.
  • If you are trying to get your first guitar I would seriously consider the Epiphone Les Paul Special II. These are usually around the $100 price point.
  • If you want a tele style guitar I would save up a little more and get and G&L ASAT Classic Tribute. The regularly go on sale for around $350 and are an excellent value at that price point.
+1 for G&L's tribute series! Made in Indo but as good as a Mexican Fender
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Last edited by xjeffx June 23, 2016 at 11:10 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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I understand we are looking for deals, but there's a limit to how cheap a guitar can be.

For around $90 you can get decent pre-owned guitars, which normally sell in $200-300 range. Earlier poster mentioned Squier Affinity, which will be better and more respected guitar that Monoprice. For a bit more you can get open-box Affinity from online retailers. For example, at the moment Musicians Friend has several open-box Affinity guitars for $159.

Me personally, I would go pre-owned route and search Craigs List, classifieds and consignment shops. If you are patient you can get real gems for small price. Just 3 weeks ago I bought pre-owned Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III from a discount store for $140 (including hard Epiphone case). That guitar is in very good condition and plays extremely well! This is a $700+ guitar, so you know...
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