Indio cali classic by monoprice

Guitar Tricks Forum > Gear Reviews > Indio cali classic by monoprice

Sour_Note

Full Access

Joined: 12/25/17

Posts: 10


Retail Price: 99.99 USD

Price Paid: 75.00 USD

Upgrades after purchase: 60.00 USD

Pros:

- finish is perfect

- no fret sprout

- incredible value and quality for $100.00

- built to modify

Cons

- stock tuners not the best

- can't put your hands on one as this is only available on the internet

Purchased this guitar after seeing many reviews as I wanted an inexpensive guitar I could travel with and experiment with to increase my skills and u derstanding in guitar maintenance. This was money well spent in my opinion. Out of the box this guitar was setup fairly well and all it needed was a new set of strings and to be tuned. I purchased this to experiment with and upgrade but before doing anything to it I decided to keep it stock and see how I liked it. Overall I was impressed and if it had been my goal just to purchase an affordable guitar it would have been a perfect purchase. If you are reading this and your purpose is to buy an affordable and playable instrument then you may want to take a look at this before heading to the guitar store.

As I mentioned above I also wanted to learn a bit more about guitar maintenance so I decided to make a couple upgrades which improved the quality.

1. Changed the tuners: Standard tuners were ok but wanted something more stable. Bought some locking tuners ($20.00) online that required no new drilling. Just dropped them in, tightened with a socket wrench and screwed them into the existing holes. This took less than half an hour and I am not someone you would describe as "handy". The tremolo block on the bridge is relatively light (as is the case for most budget strat clones so that would be another option for upgrading especially if you use the tremolo arm (whammy bar).

2. Loaded pickguard upgrade ($40.00). This requires 3 wires to be soldered. Two for the jack and one on the tremolo claw. Also required some minor filing for the pickguard but it was very close to a straight drop in. A bit more advanced than changing the tuners but with YouTube and patience it is certainly doable. Also, if you are looking for a project guitar this one has a bathtub cavity so any pickup combination on your pickguard will work.

To summarize, out of the box, this guitar is a great option if you are just starting out or want a second guitar. It can be had for $100.00 or less. If you are looking for something that you can experiment with (like me) it also provides a great platform to use as a starting point. For a few $$$ more you can personalize it.

#1


Retail Price: 99.99 USD

Price Paid: 75.00 USD

Upgrades after purchase: 60.00 USD

Pros:

- finish is perfect

- no fret sprout

- incredible value and quality for $100.00

- built to modify

Cons

- stock tuners not the best

- can't put your hands on one as this is only available on the internet

Purchased this guitar after seeing many reviews as I wanted an inexpensive guitar I could travel with and experiment with to increase my skills and u derstanding in guitar maintenance. This was money well spent in my opinion. Out of the box this guitar was setup fairly well and all it needed was a new set of strings and to be tuned. I purchased this to experiment with and upgrade but before doing anything to it I decided to keep it stock and see how I liked it. Overall I was impressed and if it had been my goal just to purchase an affordable guitar it would have been a perfect purchase. If you are reading this and your purpose is to buy an affordable and playable instrument then you may want to take a look at this before heading to the guitar store.

As I mentioned above I also wanted to learn a bit more about guitar maintenance so I decided to make a couple upgrades which improved the quality.

1. Changed the tuners: Standard tuners were ok but wanted something more stable. Bought some locking tuners ($20.00) online that required no new drilling. Just dropped them in, tightened with a socket wrench and screwed them into the existing holes. This took less than half an hour and I am not someone you would describe as "handy". The tremolo block on the bridge is relatively light (as is the case for most budget strat clones so that would be another option for upgrading especially if you use the tremolo arm (whammy bar).

2. Loaded pickguard upgrade ($40.00). This requires 3 wires to be soldered. Two for the jack and one on the tremolo claw. Also required some minor filing for the pickguard but it was very close to a straight drop in. A bit more advanced than changing the tuners but with YouTube and patience it is certainly doable. Also, if you are looking for a project guitar this one has a bathtub cavity so any pickup combination on your pickguard will work.

To summarize, out of the box, this guitar is a great option if you are just starting out or want a second guitar. It can be had for $100.00 or less. If you are looking for something that you can experiment with (like me) it also provides a great platform to use as a starting point. For a few $$$ more you can personalize it.

Guitar Tricks Admin

Full Access

Joined: 09/28/05

Posts: 3003

Thanks for this review! This will be super helpful for someone looking to make a new purchase.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

#2

Thanks for this review! This will be super helpful for someone looking to make a new purchase.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

Sasha-B

Full Access

Joined: 08/09/18

Posts: 100

Thanks for reviewing this guitar! It's one thing to hear it from online reviewers, but quite another from a fellow forum member.

2018 Guild M20

2021 Iris CH

1996 Fender Telecaster-deluxe, MIJ

2021 Epiphone SG P90s.

#3

Thanks for reviewing this guitar! It's one thing to hear it from online reviewers, but quite another from a fellow forum member.

2018 Guild M20

2021 Iris CH

1996 Fender Telecaster-deluxe, MIJ

2021 Epiphone SG P90s.

stvostrander

Full Access

Joined: 12/07/20

Posts: 1

Do you happen to have a link for the tuners or loaded pickguard that you used? Mine is arriving tomorrow

#4

Do you happen to have a link for the tuners or loaded pickguard that you used? Mine is arriving tomorrow

Sour_Note

Full Access

Joined: 12/25/17

Posts: 10

Originally Posted by: stvostrander

Do you happen to have a link for the tuners or loaded pickguard that you used? Mine is arriving tomorrow

Links to both are below. There are lots others of to choose from that are similarly priced. Best of luck.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071HP77WX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01I0V40HO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

#5

Originally Posted by: stvostrander

Do you happen to have a link for the tuners or loaded pickguard that you used? Mine is arriving tomorrow

Links to both are below. There are lots others of to choose from that are similarly priced. Best of luck.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071HP77WX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01I0V40HO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1