#1
alright, so i got a check of 400 bucks from my parents club thing for going to college. i plan to use that money to get a guitar with it. you see i might have to live in a dorm so i thought it was wise to get a acoustic/electric and besides i was already leaning that way. well while searchin i found this, what do you guys think, do you know anything about it, and is it worth it, if not show me some other options. thanks


http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product?sku=512176
#2
dean acoustics are horrid, i had a dean exotica, and i had to get rid of it..it was a pig. So i got a tangle wood. Anything but a dean please.
#3
Never played an exotica , but this one is great. I should add I put Martin SP 11 strings on it. Good combination. It stays in tune really well and when it does start to go out all strings go out of tune at the same rate. I'm on it 2 to 3 hours a day (more on weekends). Unplugged it has a brighter sound, but plugged in you get a great range of tone. If anything ever happens to it I'll buy the same thing again. i have the white one. I'm getting a black one in august.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-Tradition-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar?sku=516019
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Last edited by scott58 at Jun 28, 2007,
#4
Well seeing as it doesnt even have a solid spruce top stay the hell away from it. You can get much better guitars for the money. And I wouldnt recomend an acoustic electric for your price range because they generally arent worth the money. A normal acoustic and a soundhole pickup is usually a better option when your on a budget. Also, to me your "going to be living in a dorm so should get an acoustic electric" doesnt make much sense to me as the whole point of an acoustic electric is to plug into an amp or PA to make yourself louder. But if this is one of those want rather than need situations I can completely understand that.

My recommendations go like this:
Grab a soundhole pickup if you need one, maybe something like this:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-Markley-Pro-Mag-Grand-Acoustic-Pickup-Bundle?sku=304003
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seymour-Duncan-Woody-HC-HumCanceling-Soundhole-Pickup?sku=300957

And then buy something like this:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Alvarez-Artist-Series-AD60S-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=518737
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-FG730S-Solid-Top-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=519049
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seagull-The-Original-S6-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=512120

If you have your heart set on an acoustic with a built in pikcup for whatever reason, whether its need or want, it doesnt really matter I guess, just i dont think in your price range an aocustic electric gives you good value for money. but here are my recomendations anyway:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Alvarez-Artist-Series-AD60SC-Dreadnought-AcousticElectric-Cutaway?sku=518739

That one is actually a decent guitar and has a half decent pickup system in it. Also if you want it to stand out a bit you can go for the black model.

Just to clarify. The Dean is ****house, It might be worth about $150, but definitely not $370 big ones. Hell, a Yamah FG700S (a fantastic guitar by the way) cost like $200 and is about 3 times the value for money than the Dean. The Yamaha has a solid spruce top, which means it will have a much better tone than the Dean which only has a laminate top.
#5
My experience with Dean is quite different, but to each his own i guess. Especially with all my buddies who swore by solid top guitars, but who are now looking at Deans after they have heard and played mine. As i've said i'm getting another one in august. I'm not interested in the tone "sweetening" with age. I want it to sound exactly the same as it does now for as long as it can. The playability of this guitar is outstanding and frankly I think most of you are limiting yourselves with some of your specifications. I play plugged for the range of tone that the equipment can give. not just to be "louder". I set my equipment just loud enough to be heard over the normal sound of the guitar. In the end though it's really up to the individual ear. Personally though I have no problem with laminate top guitars.
Dean Icon PZ
Line 6 Variax 700
Dean V-Wing
Dean ML 79 SilverBurst
MXR M 108
H2O Chorus/Echo
Valve Junior (V3 Head/Cab and Combo)
VHT Special 6
Phonic 620 Power Pod PA
Wampler Super Plextortion
Line 6 Pod HD