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Post subject: Fender Montara Question
Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:37 pm
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Fender Montara? What's the deal with these guitars? Just try to find some info out on them on the web, non-existant, like they were never made.

I played one in a Guitar Center store about 1 1/2 years ago, but didn't have any coin to pick it up than. Now I just got one that I have at the local luthier's for set up/clean up etc.

The only drawbacks I can see to it are the oval soundhole will not fit a standard "feedback buster" cover. And the battery can only be accessed through the soundhole after loosening all the strings.

But it's all wood construction, arched back, and strat neck make it a very comfortable guitar.

So does anyone know anything about these? Anybody on here have one? I see some people have a huge collection so thought someone might.

I also have a 78 Musicmaster Bass that was rescued from a barn and rebuilt. And a Squier Strat. So I'm anxious to add this to my measley collection.

Thanx for any info you can share.


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Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:44 am
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An email to Fender gave me this info:


Model Name: Montara (Sunburst)
Model Number: 094-5732-000
Series: CALIFORNIA - SERIES
Source: Japan/Korea
Body Style: Downsized single cutaway with convex back
Top: Spruce
Back and Sides: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale Length: 25.3" (643mm)
No. Of Frets: 22
Machine Heads: Chrome diecast
Bridge: Rosewood
Electronics: Ceramic pickup with volume control and 3-band EQ, Treble, Mid, Bass
Finish: Gloss
Colors: Sunburst
Unique Features: Strat style headstock
Snowflake position marker inlays
U.S. MSRP: $575 to $695
Introduced: 1990
Discontinued: 1992


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Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:59 pm
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Still no one has one of these?

Anyone ever heard of them besides me? I just had to get a new preamp system for mine, and it was not an easy process.

One identical to mine just sold on Ebay for $355. I like to look just to see where the sale prices on any Montara's ever goes. I'd really like to have one with the flamed maple top, perhaps if I win the lottery someday. :D


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Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:59 pm
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WI KISSfan wrote:
Still no one has one of these?

Anyone ever heard of them besides me? I just had to get a new preamp system for mine, and it was not an easy process.

One identical to mine just sold on Ebay for $355. I like to look just to see where the sale prices on any Montara's ever goes. I'd really like to have one with the flamed maple top, perhaps if I win the lottery someday. :D


Sounds like you're a lucky dude! Keep it! If you don't like it, keep it anyways for a rainy day :) You know me, I'm not the one to keep a guitar for value either.

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Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:08 am
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PowerJazzBass wrote:
WI KISSfan wrote:
Still no one has one of these?

Anyone ever heard of them besides me? I just had to get a new preamp system for mine, and it was not an easy process.

One identical to mine just sold on Ebay for $355. I like to look just to see where the sale prices on any Montara's ever goes. I'd really like to have one with the flamed maple top, perhaps if I win the lottery someday. :D


Sounds like you're a lucky dude! Keep it! If you don't like it, keep it anyways for a rainy day :) You know me, I'm not the one to keep a guitar for value either.



I consider myself very lucky to have that guitar. The body is nice and narrow, with the strat neck, how can you go wrong? The first one I played was a GC store in Chicago but I certainly didn't have the $600 that they wanted for it. I kept watching Ebay and snagged this one for $250 with a hardcase.

It doesn't sound like a Taylor when you play acoustic but it's my baby. I was not really hyped about the tobacco sunburst color but since I now have a Strat MIM in the same color so it's grown on me.

Luthier has it right now installing the new preamp, can't wait to get it back from him and try it out.


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Good for you! Can't go wrong with something you like and care for.

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Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:03 pm
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If you want information on Fender Montara you can either call or email
Fender. The email I was given was dhunter@fender.com. Helps to have
serial number. My fender was the California series, made in Japan and
priced from $650. to $780.


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Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:12 pm
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threejohn2 wrote:
If you want information on Fender Montara you can either call or email
Fender. The email I was given was dhunter@fender.com. Helps to have
serial number. My fender was the California series, made in Japan and
priced from $650. to $780.


What I posted up above was all that Fender sent me about my Montara. Not sure if that was the person.

I have to say that I was a little disappointed in Fender's responses when the preamp went bad on it though. Since the body is pretty narrow on the Montara I wanted to find a similar preamp unit. So I got the specs on the one in a new Sonoran guitar and the width was very similar. I called Fender was told flat out that the preamp was not available and no they didn't have any recommendation for a preamp since they "didn't know much about it"......? I understand that the model has been discontinued for about 20 years so you won't have one laying around the shop but I guess I would think in the interest of customer service you would try to sell me something that would fit.

I check around at local stores and found a Dean A/E guitar with a similar sized pickup, emailed them, got a phone call, ordered the preamp and it was here in 3 days.

I love my Fenders but gotta admit I was surprised at how this was handled.


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Post subject: flametop montara
Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:37 am
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i got a flametop montara. a friend of mine who crunched numbers for fender years back bought it for 28 bucks. he GAVE it to me. i have had it for, it seems to me, 15+ years . not only is the top maple , the sides are, and the back is an incredible violinesque mirrored display of beauty. it has m-o-p fret inlays, abalone around sound hole ,and around the entire front(top) the neck of course is maple. im trying to post pics at my space its dscosmicspace@myspace.com[/url]


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Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:45 am
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That sounds like a great guitar, it's such a smooth player I can't believe they weren't more popular.

I'd love to see the photos if you can get them to work.


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Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:33 pm
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I see this is an old post with some updates last month, but I had one, I loved it very much, but it needed some major work that I did not have the time nor money to get her back to playing. I pretty much wore the fret board out (gouged) from extensive playing). sold mine last year for $150 with original HSC. I would probably buy another one if I had the money and found a deal on one. Here are my pics I used when I sold it
http://s611.photobucket.com/albums/tt19 ... e/Montara/
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Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:17 am
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I can't imagine selling mine, I love the feel and play of it too much. It's just a great guitar.

Thanx for sharing the photos, if you're interested there's two different auctions on Ebay for Montaras exactly like that. In case you're interested and have the $ laying around, both with cases too.

Nice to hear from someone else who appreciated their Montara.


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Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:34 am
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Thank you, I will go check them out :)
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Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:27 pm
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So, any luck with those, they both looked pretty nice, one was $200 and one was $300 last I looked, both had hard shell cases too.


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Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:38 pm
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No, I had a few deal come up that I simply could not pass up : ) I got 3 guitars for for my $325. A Jackson Pro Series Kelly XL, Samick Ray Benson Tele and a Squier Standard series P-Bass Deluxe, once I clean up and sell these, I can look again!!
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