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  • Monoprice making guitar stuff?

    They're introducing some patch cables and stuff. The 8" patch cords at $3 a pop are especially interesting.



    http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...02&cp_id=10244



    They're making mics, stands, and pocket headphone amps and such as well.



    As a big Monoprice fan, I wish I could be excited, but I have mixed feelings. Their home audio stuff is the best bang for the buck on the market, no doubt about it. Their XLR balanced cables are great. I use them every day and have no complaints. Their power cables are all I ever use. They're cheap and reliable and of good construction.



    However, their instrument cables have largely sucked so far. The handling noise is terrible! Plus, they've been rather hummy and prone to interference. At the same time, they're too thick, it's the worst combination of qualities for an instrument cable. I've had several of their 1/4" cables and ditched all of them. They are just not pro grade instrument cables. If they're making patches out of that, I'm not particularly thrilled. At the same time, maybe handling noise and stuff like that doesn't matter at 8", but you don't want stiff pedal couplers. I think I'll stick to Pro Co instrument cables and GLS patch cables, thank you.



    As for the other stuff, I wonder how they expect to compete with the budget stuff from the MXLs and Audio Technicas of the world.
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    They're also getting into the cheap guitar game:



    http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...08&cp_id=10859











    The price is nice, and included gig bag is a nice touch (but will probably be crap)... I don't mind the headstocks either. It'll be interesting to see what the quality is.
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    • #3
      They also started selling Amplug knockoffs.

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      • #4
        This is tongue-in-cheek hilarious. I love Monoprice and I'd almost be tempted to buy a guitar just to have one with Monoprice on the headstock, but I have to admit: I'm frightened by the sloppy detail of the body work and binding depicted here ...







        Headstock:



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        • #5
          Where is the sloppy binding? All I see is a reflection around the perimeter of the body near the binding. That guitar looks remarkable considering the price. I think the headstock shape is tasteful too.

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          • #6
            Oh boy, that binding is pretty much peeling off the guitar, and this on the demo model.



            I don't like Epiphone LP100 much, but this looks much, much worse.
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            • #7






              Quote Originally Posted by Jim85IROC
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              Where is the sloppy binding? All I see is a reflection around the perimeter of the body near the binding. That guitar looks remarkable considering the price. I think the headstock shape is tasteful too.




              Maybe you're right about it being a reflection. Bindings at all on a $120 guitar is very remarkable, indeed.
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              • #8
                ****************ing hilarious! Monoprice is definitely leveraging their Chinese sources for sufficient quality and maximum cheapnuss.




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                • #9
                  The should really add another dollar to the price of each guitar and hire someone to design a decent logo to put on there.

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                  • #10
                    The "binding" looks like a white painted line on the side of the guitar.

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                    • #11
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                      • #12
                        The strat looks a little funky, too. Check out that burst :P







                        The neck doesn't look too bad, though. Tuners seem to be better than what you would find on ultra cheapo guitars (those ones with the removable covers on the back)



                        Edit: Actually, that fretboard looks pretty sharp on the sides, like it has a hard 90 degree angle along the edge/top.
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                        • #13
                          What's the resale on those?
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                          • #14
                            No go on the guitars, but I have used their cables for guitar and studio for a long time. Really can't beat em for the price. I like the heft of the guitar cables.
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                            • #15
                              In regard to the monoprice 1/4" TS cables I have never really considered them guitar cables but rather cables intended for line level sources. I use them in the FX loop,or to run my hd500 into the mixer but absolutely not as guitar cables.

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