#1
Well, Recently i've been looking a lot at guitars, I mean yeah... There are far better guitars out there than Dean guitars, but I think if you bought a Dean, you'd probably get a hell of a lot better prescence, cause you know instantly people would turn their heads to your guitar.

Do Deans play extremely bad?
What's wrong with them?

Just want to know, for future guitar search-age.. i know not to check / to check the Dean Website

Thanks a lot.
#2
I've got 4 of them. Not a bad player in the bunch. Not a Dime fan so I stay away from the sig stuff, but Dean's on the whole are great. My next 1 will probably be a USA soltaro.
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#3
I like them, they make some decent stuff. I just don't like how they are milking Dimebag's name out of it.
#4
Have you found anything wrong with them at all?

I've been looking at the Dime Razorback V, or one of the Razorbacks, maybe the slime bumblebee?
#5
They play very nice, I have a razorback V, and it ranks as one of the best guitars I have ever owned and I have had many gibson,fender,ibanez,schecer,ESP,jackson exc.exc. But really I wouldnt look at the just a brand every good guitar line has the potential to be a great guitar just depends on how it sounds and feels to you. and people thinking Dean is milking dimes name is laughable every razorback was designed by dime the only thing dean changes is the paint schemes and the money goes to either Rita(dimes longtime GF/ commonlaw wife) or vinnie paul one of those 2 own rites to dimes estate. Its like saying Fender is milking SRV, or Jackson is milking Randy Rhodes.
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#6
That is true,

And it's good to know you've ranked it so highly, it means that it has to be pretty damn good in your eyes.
#7
Yeah, some people don't like the feel of certain guitars. It depends on the player and how it fits you.
#8
Well..

I'm a metal head, so i'd say it'd fit me perfectly fine.

I know what you mean though, you wouldn't exactly turn up to a jazz gig with a Dean V :P.
#9
Not a big Razorback fan, but if that's what floats your boat go for it. best bang for buck in my opinion are the 79 series. Also the black gold series are really nice and come stock with some of the best sounding pickups I've heard in a low cost guitar. Also look used. Some of the older models are really nice. My Icon has a floating piezo bridge that really makes for a unique sound. I haven't been able to find one I like better for less then $1500. Look around. There are some great ones to be had.
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#10
Quote by Chasing Shadows
Well..

I'm a metal head, so i'd say it'd fit me perfectly fine.

I know what you mean though, you wouldn't exactly turn up to a jazz gig with a Dean V :P.


If I was playing a jazz gig and I made a dean V good for Jazz, I WOULD go toa jazz gig with a Dean V

Anyway, I've played a couple, they weren't bad, but I find you can get so much better for the price, for instance, if you're after a trem, a £300 guitar fromDean with a trem, will be awful, but then look at Ibanez, their trem guitars for that price are top notch. Then say you want EMG pickups, you'd be better odd getting a guitar from Jackson for around £500, than one from dean at £1000, yakno.
But play around and find what you like, don't let my words discourage you if you want a dean.
#11
well pretty much any guitar with a floyd for 300$ wont be much good.
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#12
Some of them are good, but when you spend over a grand for a guitar, I think you deserve an OFL and not a ****ty licensed one. It's usually the ones with Dime on the headstock as well that aren't worth the money. I mean.. the owner of Dean quit because of the direction the company was going in or something like that. Their regular V's are really nice though.
#13
Quote by scott58
I've got 4 of them. Not a bad player in the bunch. Not a Dime fan so I stay away from the sig stuff, but Dean's on the whole are great. My next 1 will probably be a USA soltaro.


This man knows what he is talking about. I second this opinion and direct anyone who has anything to say about deans to this quote. Solteros are better than LPs
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#14
Quote by gorkyporky
well pretty much any guitar with a floyd for 300$ wont be much good.


My Japaneese made 1988 washburn G5-V begs to differ.

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#15
Any model your looking at in particular?

razorbacks are great guitars, get them set up to your preferences and they play like butter.

i love ml's more, the 79s are great guitars for the money
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#16
As long as it isn't a Dime signature and you like the feel of V necks, then they're good guitars. The Mustaine sig has a D neck if you prefer the flat, thinner necks too. Personally though, i tried a Dean from Hell and i'd say the name suites it... in the bad way. Everything about it felt and sounded cheap but idk. Maybe it was just that one.
#17
Feel is important and they've just never really felt right to me. In fairness, I may be a little biased as to me they're pig ugly and have the most ridiculous headstock I've ever seen. I just wouldn't even consider one but beauty is in the eye of the beholder so if it's what you want; good luck to you.
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#18
I've played my friend's razorback and while I don't play metal, it played pretty ok for that genre I guess. Just don't buy anything with "dime" on it.
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#19
I like the head stock on the razorback. on the V's kinda makes it look like its flowin. But I prefer a reversed headstock of ibanez, jackson, ESP's and 7 strings.

to be honest for the price of new razorback you can get a c7fr loomis and that is a great guitar for the $ it sounds and plays nice.

I bought this new local for $900 its a nice guitar I love the color of it and the inlays. Plus it has a OFR 7
#20
i have a black gold ML and although im not that experience its an absolute brilliant guitar, cost me $649 and its brilliant, the tone is great, the neck is nice and thin so its great for fast fretting and all that shreddy stuff (concidering i dont have huge hands so the small neck helps)
the headstocks a little big in my opinion, but that doesnt matter
but yeh dont get a dimebag signiture, they milk his name far too much
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#21
Another multiple Dean owner here- mine are an EVO Special Select and a Time Capsule Cadillac (3 humbucker).

Never had a problem with either one besides a burr on the bridge that caused some string breakage. 1 trip to the guitar tech and that was over. Since then, I've enjoyed several years of blissful playtime.

I love 'em both, and was recently offered a used (but pristine) Hardtail for $1100 by Satan...er...the owner of my FLMS (see my sig). If I wasn't in the process of buying an amp, I'd have jumped on it. The Solteros and Vendettas also look pretty good.

Love them though I do, I personally wouldn't buy any of their "artist" or "pointy" guitars because:

1) While they're pretty, I don't care for the feel of pointy guitars in general. In addition, Dean (as well as other manufacturers) are getting a "kewl" premium for those styles because their popularity with metal bands translates pretty well into popularity with metal fans. Almost regardless of brand, you should be able to find a similarly equipped guitar for a cheaper price if you avoid the "pointy" guitars- IOW, more bang for the buck.

2) In any given brand or line, the artist models probably have about $300 or so in royalties built into their prices, meaning that you can do better with a non-endorsed model.

3) The entry-level Deans have been getting a little of a bad rep, ESPECIALLY the ones aimed at the metal crowd- V's, MLs, Zs etc.

That said, I've heard nothing but good things about their '79 reissues (regardless of type) which supposedly are made to the specs of the guitars that made Dean a force to be reckoned with in the first place.

And if you're still skeptical about Deans in general, check out DBZ guitars, Dean Zelinsky's new line that features some similar styles, but

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#22
Royalties= the only reason to buy a Dime. The person who recieves that $ Dime cared about most and prob. took care of. He was an inspiration to millions we need to as fans help take care of that person best we can by buying albums and gear that his Estate endorses and gains royalties from.
#23
Quote by DimeLvR
Royalties= the only reason to buy a Dime. The person who recieves that $ Dime cared about most and prob. took care of. He was an inspiration to millions we need to as fans help take care of that person best we can by buying albums and gear that his Estate endorses and gains royalties from.



That's such a horrible reason to buy a Dean.

The Dimes are usually sub-par guitars with his name, or sometimes even face ffs, slapped on so people will buy it.
#24
Quote by Pac_man0123


That's such a horrible reason to buy a Dean.

The Dimes are usually sub-par guitars with his name, or sometimes even face ffs, slapped on so people will buy it.


+1
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#25
i dont like razorbacks because they are HUGE and uncomfortable to play because of their awkward form. the ones i have access to are of nice quality (1000$+).

i keep my guitar up high though, so if yours is by your knees it probably wouldn't be so much of a problem.

as for the neck, im really biased cause im too used to the neck on my guitar, and i always end up disliking the neck on anything else i play.

they don't feel bad though, id just always rather be playing my guitar.
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#26
In a nutshell, it depends on the specific model. I had a Dean ML79 and it wouldn't be set up. I left it at several shops and they couldn't set it up with low action and no fretting out. I tried out a Chinese Razorback and thought it was uncomfortable and cheap-feeling. My opinion of Dean was pretty dire then, until I tried out a Dave Mustaine VMNT. It felt quite similar to my ESP LTD V-500 but somehow better in every possible way. As soon as I had the cash I bought one, and it arrived with an amazing set up

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#27
Quote by DimeLvR
I like the head stock on the razorback. on the V's kinda makes it look like its flowin. But I prefer a reversed headstock of ibanez, jackson, ESP's and 7 strings.

to be honest for the price of new razorback you can get a c7fr loomis and that is a great guitar for the $ it sounds and plays nice.

I bought this new local for $900 its a nice guitar I love the color of it and the inlays. Plus it has a OFR 7








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#29
Quote by DimeLvR
Royalties= the only reason to buy a Dime. The person who recieves that $ Dime cared about most and prob. took care of. He was an inspiration to millions we need to as fans help take care of that person best we can by buying albums and gear that his Estate endorses and gains royalties from.






Sweet Jesus I hope that was a joke.Dime was a good guitarist,but anyone else notice how he's idolized way more in death than he ever was when he was alive? Seeing all these 15 and 16 year old kids obsessing over him seems kinda weird to me,because most of them didn't know anything about him until he was shot and Dean started turning out new dime models on a weekly basis.

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#31
MLs are great, and they do have a pretty loud appearance if thats what youre looking for. Your tag says 'shredder' so I'm guessing you play metal, but its also more versatile than you'd think.
#32
ippon you have a ****ing sweet guitar man!
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#33
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Sweet Jesus I hope that was a joke.Dime was a good guitarist,but anyone else notice how he's idolized way more in death than he ever was when he was alive? Seeing all these 15 and 16 year old kids obsessing over him seems kinda weird to me,because most of them didn't know anything about him until he was shot and Dean started turning out new dime models on a weekly basis.


I dont know back in 88-89 when I was 11 I heard a song powermetal and it got me to want to play guitar. Whats funny is all these little kids now days with bad japan style hair cuts and who wear girls jeans and shirts that fit a 6yo thinking playing fast and sweep picking is what makes you a good guitar player even though they dont even have an ounce of soul behind their riffs.

If you count paint schemes then yes there are alot of models if you count overall body styles theres less than a dozen. Lets see theres the razorback, The razorback 255, razorback 7 string, Razorback V, Razorback V 255, then the normal dime ML, Not counting Paint jobs is there more I should be aware of?
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#34
ive heard nothing but really good things about them and I really wanted one for a while but then I saw it in a store and just didnt like the finish on it. I would just go and play one (because they have weird neck shapes from what I remember) and see if you like it.
#35
Multi-Dean owner right here, and endorsed by the company. Most people on UG give Dean a bunch of **** for the overdone Dime thing. Dont' get me wrong I think there's too much Dime stuff but Dean makes some great players.

My favorite Dean is the 1984 ML by far. If you EVER find a vintage Dean like that, grab it. They are by far the best sounding guitars made in the last 30 years
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