Monoprice indio guitars

MrClint

Strat-Talker
Nov 16, 2018
298
Lake Balboa CA
In at least some cases bad enough for a friend of mine to have returned two of the three they sent him. The last one was mostly salvageable with some effort.

My opinion is this. It's a $100 guitar and that's what you get. A $100 guitar.
You make a good point. Here on the West coast at least, the Monoprice return policy is very good.
 

MrClint

Strat-Talker
Nov 16, 2018
298
Lake Balboa CA
I'd be curious to know if you get around to it sometime.
OK, no worries. Mine weighed in at 9.2 lbs, with wiggle stick, using my seldom used (by me) bathroom scale. It's heavy enough to function as a sledge hammer in a pinch. LOL
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soulman969

Most Honored Senior Member
Jan 5, 2016
5,698
Fort Collins, CO
You make a good point. Here on the West coast at least, the Monoprice return policy is very good.

My buddy had no problem returning them for another 'til we finally got one where everything lined up correctly and it could be set up properly. Monoprice was very accommodating which kinda says they admit their QC is somewhat hit or miss.

If you get a decently built one they're good enough for their price to be made playable.
 

Baelzebub

Dr. Stratster
Nov 1, 2019
15,306
State of Disbelief
OK, no worries. Mine weighed in at 9.2 lbs, with wiggle stick, using my seldom used (by me) bathroom scale. It's heavy enough to function as a sledge hammer in a pinch. LOL
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Damn..that's lighter than mine by a pound at least. Oh well..reading soulman's posts I think I'll be happy with a heavy one with zero issues and set up right. Thanks.
 

oyobass

Strat-Talk Member
Aug 27, 2020
55
Seattle/Tacoma
Just ordered a pair of blue burst SSS strats, hopefully I have no problems with either of them, since it appears I got the last 2 until Oct 8 restock.

Of course I'll do a full set up to see if I need to do a fret level or just return it.

I got one for me and one for my granddaughter. The neck on her FirstAct guitar is too wide for a beginner, although it is set up well. Out of all my guitars, she prefers my SX strat, so hopefully this will work for her.

I'll eventually put a split-rail single-sized humbucker in the bridge for her, since she loves AC/DC's sound, but it should work ok for her until then.

At 13 years old and already 6' tall, she might grow into the FirstAct, but a strat is so much cooler, better looking and more ergonomic. She is already taller than me, but her hands aren't as big, to the new guitar should be helpful.
 

oyobass

Strat-Talk Member
Aug 27, 2020
55
Seattle/Tacoma
The guitars arrived when we were out at the state fair. Afterwards, when we were pulling into the driveway, I asked my granddaughter if she could help me out by doing a chore for me. She looked dubious, but went along with it to humor grandpa, lol. When we got inside, I handed her a pocket knife and told her to pick a box and open it. Her confused look quickly turned to happiness the farther along she got with her "chore".
The guitars are as perfectly set up as any I have received out of the box, better than the vast majority. The nut on each, despite having minor rough edges had the string depth cut expertly. Intonation was fairly close, but changed anyway, once I put a fresh set of Super Slinkies on it.
Attached are a few shots of my guitar and the kiddo unboxing hers. I had to send the granddaughter home with her guitar before I could set it up much, besides tuning it up and stretching the strings out. When she comes over next we'll have a project to work on together.:) PXL_20210919_023647662.jpg PXL_20210922_172313376.PORTRAIT~2.jpg PXL_20210922_172541056.PORTRAIT.jpg
 

Baelzebub

Dr. Stratster
Nov 1, 2019
15,306
State of Disbelief
Nice to hear that they arrived as well setup as the one I got.

You didn't say, but it looks from the pics like the fit and finish are also up to par, which was also my experience.

Great color!... Wanted to ask, how was the weight? And what type of bridge is that? As stated earlier in the thread mine was a bit heavy and had a Wilkinson but that looks a bit different. Not that that would matter if I was that young and 6"! I'm sure it's well within tolerances.

I'm looking forward to hearing your, and her, comments on how they play and sound.
 

oyobass

Strat-Talk Member
Aug 27, 2020
55
Seattle/Tacoma
Nice to hear that they arrived as well setup as the one I got.

You didn't say, but it looks from the pics like the fit and finish are also up to par, which was also my experience.

Great color!... Wanted to ask, how was the weight? And what type of bridge is that? As stated earlier in the thread mine was a bit heavy and had a Wilkinson but that looks a bit different. Not that that would matter if I was that young and 6"! I'm sure it's well within tolerances.

I'm looking forward to hearing your, and her, comments on how they play and sound.
The fit and finish are quite good. The setup actually disappointed me, in that it left me very little to do. I enjoy turning a sow's ear into a silk purse. The Indios have been very silky to start with.

The trem is the typical cheap import style, with a block just big enough to function, but it seems to function well. It has cast saddles, but again, very functional. The bridge came decked, which is something new for me, having had only Floyds and Bigsbys in my past. I had thought the 6 screw bridges were maybe better than Bigsbys, but vastly inferior to a Floyd, (just like I used to ignorantly think single coils were inferior to humbuckers). Real world experience trumps all, as they say.
A little lip balm on the string trees and nut and you can come back to pitch very well. You can also tune to drop D without throwing the other strings out of tune, something that a Floyd or Bigsby couldn't dream of.
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Playability is top notch. I tightened the truss rod about a quarter turn, reducing the relief to a little more than a sheet of paper worth, (I was a wanna-be shredder in the '80s :). I could go lower, but not without impacting the guitar's tone negatively/ choking out its dynamics.

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Sound wise, cheap ceramic pickups sound like exactly that. The ceramics in my SX hss/Floyd Strat are much better than these. I hadn't felt a need to change out those, but I think I'll order a set of Pale Ale pups from Bootstrap for the Indio.

To say I'm happy with this guitar would be an understatement. Along with my NUX MG-30 modeler, it has been one of the best music bang for the buck investments since I got my $150 SX 6-string Jazz bass from Rondo Music many years ago.
 

Baelzebub

Dr. Stratster
Nov 1, 2019
15,306
State of Disbelief
The fit and finish are quite good. The setup actually disappointed me, in that it left me very little to do. I enjoy turning a sow's ear into a silk purse. The Indios have been very silky to start with.

The trem is the typical cheap import style, with a block just big enough to function, but it seems to function well. It has cast saddles, but again, very functional. The bridge came decked, which is something new for me, having had only Floyds and Bigsbys in my past. I had thought the 6 screw bridges were maybe better than Bigsbys, but vastly inferior to a Floyd, (just like I used to ignorantly think single coils were inferior to humbuckers). Real world experience trumps all, as they say.
A little lip balm on the string trees and nut and you can come back to pitch very well. You can also tune to drop D without throwing the other strings out of tune, something that a Floyd or Bigsby couldn't dream of.
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Playability is top notch. I tightened the truss rod about a quarter turn, reducing the relief to a little more than a sheet of paper worth, (I was a wanna-be shredder in the '80s :). I could go lower, but not without impacting the guitar's tone negatively/ choking out its dynamics.

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Sound wise, cheap ceramic pickups sound like exactly that. The ceramics in my SX hss/Floyd Strat are much better than these. I hadn't felt a need to change out those, but I think I'll order a set of Pale Ale pups from Bootstrap for the Indio.

To say I'm happy with this guitar would be an understatement. Along with my NUX MG-30 modeler, it has been one of the best music bang for the buck investments since I got my $150 SX 6-string Jazz bass from Rondo Music many years ago.

All that pretty much mirrors my experience.

I took a look at those on the Monoprice site after your post yesterday and couldn't believe they were only $100. I got a CALI DLX which typically lists for $229, on sale, $196 to my door. I think the added cost is reflected in the Wilkinson trem and Alnico V pickups mostly...maybe a little for the ash.

I originally purchased it thinking it would be a good platform for polishing skills...fret leveling and such...and as a "testcaster" for pickup swaps and other mods, that I could use without fear of losing much if it ended up FUBAR,

But it was just too serviceable a guitar to do any of that out of the box...so I get your disappointment.

But hey...it's a happy sort of disappointment. I'll find something else to suit that purpose, play with this as is until I run across a young person who needs a bit of direction and/or encouragement and gift it to them.
 

oyobass

Strat-Talk Member
Aug 27, 2020
55
Seattle/Tacoma
All that pretty much mirrors my experience.

I took a look at those on the Monoprice site after your post yesterday and couldn't believe they were only $100. I got a CALI DLX which typically lists for $229, on sale, $196 to my door. I think the added cost is reflected in the Wilkinson trem and Alnico V pickups mostly...maybe a little for the ash.

I originally purchased it thinking it would be a good platform for polishing skills...fret leveling and such...and as a "testcaster" for pickup swaps and other mods, that I could use without fear of losing much if it ended up FUBAR,

But it was just too serviceable a guitar to do any of that out of the box...so I get your disappointment.

But hey...it's a happy sort of disappointment. I'll find something else to suit that purpose, play with this as is until I run across a young person who needs a bit of direction and/or encouragement and gift it to them.
I forgot to mention the weight- Nothing exact, but it's lighter than my les paul copies, definitely lighter than my boat anchor SX "alder" strat. A buddy picked the Indio up and called it light, but he's a Les Paul player. I'd guess between 7.5 and 9 pounds.

Not very specific, I'm sorry... Next time I see the scales AND I remember to use them, I'll let you know :rolleyes:
 

Wound_Up

You can call me Duane 😁
Jan 23, 2020
4,969
NW LA
My Indio is phenomenal. Out of the box, it needed nothing but tuned up and played. Action was perfect. Relief was right on spec. Fret ends were rounded and polished so there was no pointy bits. Intonated perfectly. Even came with D'addario 9s on it.

TBH, it was set up so well that I left the D'addario strings on it and played it that until they were well past dead lol. I didn't want to change strings for fear of messing up the setup lol. It all, worked out though. New strings didn't affect it at all. I absolutely love my Indio DLX Plus Goldtop. It came with alnico 5's and full size Alpha pots. Rosewood fretboard. Weighs in at a very light 7.7 lbs. It couldn't be any better, TBH.


I was this close ~~> <~~~ to buying a white Cali Classic for $99 tonight but I didn't. Their black burst flame Boardwalk(335 clone) is on sale for $200, also. They're both still in my cart. I want one of each but I want a sweet Epiphone Les Paul more, I think.

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Here's that Boardwalk. I wonder if that headstock is specific to that guitar or if they'll start putting it on the 66 Classic and DLX Plus, also.

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I've tried to ask Baelzebub about his but I never get an answer.
 
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Wound_Up

You can call me Duane 😁
Jan 23, 2020
4,969
NW LA
The guitars arrived when we were out at the state fair. Afterwards, when we were pulling into the driveway, I asked my granddaughter if she could help me out by doing a chore for me. She looked dubious, but went along with it to humor grandpa, lol. When we got inside, I handed her a pocket knife and told her to pick a box and open it. Her confused look quickly turned to happiness the farther along she got with her "chore".
The guitars are as perfectly set up as any I have received out of the box, better than the vast majority. The nut on each, despite having minor rough edges had the string depth cut expertly. Intonation was fairly close, but changed anyway, once I put a fresh set of Super Slinkies on it.
Attached are a few shots of my guitar and the kiddo unboxing hers. I had to send the granddaughter home with her guitar before I could set it up much, besides tuning it up and stretching the strings out. When she comes over next we'll have a project to work on together.:) View attachment 509081 View attachment 509084 View attachment 509085

Nice! I just realized how narrow the 12th fret dots are on that neck. You don't see that on import guitars normally. They're usually spaced pretty close to the edges. Wow. I thought they looked pretty close in Monoprice's stock pics and your pic confirms that they are quite narrow compared to anything but Fenders I think.
 


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