Indio Flame Maple Electric Guitar Review

What? Why the hell is there a guitar review on Niche Gamer? Well, our friends at Monoprice wanted to send us a unique Indio Flamed Maple Electric Guitar Controller to check out, so here we are. As I often enjoy taking part in Blacksmith 2014, I thought why not try something a little different? Without further ado, here is my take on Indio Flame Maple Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar:

Indio by Monoprice Flamed Maple Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (Charcoal Grey)
Manufacturer : Indio

MSRP: $249.99

I’m not going to pretend to be some kind of shred lord or even tell you that I’m even remarkably “decent” at playing guitar, but I like to dabble when I can and have spent a lot of extra money time to try to learn.

Right out of the box I noticed that this Indio guitar is much better quality than I expected. I thought for $250 it was going to be poorly put together, feel cheap, or just be downright janky – but the Indio brand seems to be surprisingly decent quality.

Taking the Indio Flamed Maple Electric Guitar out of the box everything looked good but I noticed a rather rough little dent on the back of the guitar where it looked like something had bumped into it and the wood was slightly dented and there was a chip in the paint with some cracking in the shiny layer around it.

Monoprice’s PR firm was quick to offer to RMA and ship me a replacement, but since it was just ready for a review, I didn’t really see the need for it. Sometimes things happen in shipping and it’s good to see they’ve been understanding.

The Indio Flamed Maple Electric Guitar comes in a slim zippered bag which is quite nice – it’s definitely not weatherproof and couldn’t absorb much damage, but it’s a cut above being simply a dust cover, and it has backpack straps for easy transport of your Indio guitar.

The Indio Flamed Maple electric guitar came pre-strung with D’Addario strings and was supposed to be pre-installed in-house by their master luthier, which was a good idea as it didn’t mean I had to immediately take it to a local guitar. shop for setting it up before I could even check it out.

The guitar has a good weight and the neck is quite nice considering the budget price of this guitar. I played it for a few hours, testing different settings and it never had any trouble holding the pitch or staying in tune.

It’s way better than I can say on the Epiphone Les Paul Junior which came with my OG copy of Black-smith years ago, it still requires readjustment if you put it down for more than 30 minutes.

In the end, I found the Indio Flamed Maple Electric Guitar to be quite nice compared to other entry-level guitars between $150 and $350, but its flaws show up immediately once placed next to it. of a more expensive guitar.

It holds up pretty well against the LP Jr, but feels cheap and unrefined compared to my Schecter Omen Extreme 6. The in-house tech obviously likes the action on their guitars much higher than I do, because my fingers were quite sore from having to press so hard to hit clean notes properly on the Indio, despite the fact that it felt well in hand.

I never noticed any intonation issues or anything like that when checking out the Indio Flamed Maple Electric Guitar, but my personal preferences make this one a bit hard to recommend without a few caveats.

The action was considerably higher than I would prefer, as I have stubby little fingers, so I prefer my strings much closer to the neck. I also found the metal at the ends of the frets to be a bit sharp. During seemingly normal bends, I actually caught the lower E string on the edges of the fret a few times, which caused the entire string to be pulled under the fret board.

I’m also not a fan of having the strap under the face instead of outside above the neck which meant I always felt like my strap was twisted and that bothered me . These are mostly minor complaints, but I would say that to get this Indio guitar into the condition you want it to be, you’ll probably need to take it to a local shop for adjustments and a little extra cleaning.

The Indio Flamed Maple Electric Guitar Case is decent, but at $250 you’re almost better off buying a guitar starter kit to get the strap, case and a practice amp/picks if you’re considering that. for a beginner. For $329 you can get a Squier knockoff and full kit and they would do the pro setup for you in the store if you bought it from somewhere like guitar center.

You’d probably be looking at $325-$350 if you’re like me and prefer it modified from how it’s likely to arrive from the factory. All in all a very nice semi-hollow body option for the price, especially if you know a bit about guitars, you can make your own tweaks right out of the box. Hell, you can even pick up one used one if you want one for a little cheaper, but for the price, might as well pay an extra $20 to get the gig bag.

For a seasoned player who doesn’t want to drag their $600+ guitar to local gigs or who wants to use a cheaper guitar for practice, the Indio Flamed Maple Electric Guitar is a surprisingly decent instrument for the price – and the price. one of the lowest costs you’ll find on a semi-hollow body of any brand.

And yes, before you ask, we are going to do a review for Blacksmith+ once we had time to play with it.

The Indio electric guitar by Monoprice in flamed maple is available for purchase from Monoprice (insert affiliate link). Monoprice provided Niche Gamer with a loaner unit for the purposes of this review.

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