#1
Hi everyone

I'm after some input on Dean guitars - the US made ones, not the korean versions. I'm in the market for a new axe and thought I'd all but settled on a Gibson Les paul custom but I keep seeing a razorback flashing in my head. Two completely different guitars I know, but.......

Funny thing is, Dean's wood is not cut from a single piece is it? I've also been reading up on them (Dean) and the general perception is not good. US$5-6K is a fair bit to spend on a new guitar so eveyone's input would be much appreciated.

Cheers
AJ
#2
I've heard good things about Dean guitars but people tend to either love or hate them; play one and see if you like it first.

Also I've consistently heard that Razorbacks are overpriced because of the Dimebag name so be careful.
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#3
In my honest (and rather humble) opinion, the Razorbacks are overpriced guitars for Dimebag fanboys
#4
The thing is I'm not a fanboy at all....just liked the look and sound of it - on reflection I can most surely can the same (or better) sound out of a les paul or flying V, no?
#5
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The thing is I'm not a fanboy at all....just liked the look and sound of it - on reflection I can most surely can the same (or better) sound out of a les paul or flying V, no?


Probably, yes; the only thing that really defines a Razorback in tone is the pickups and the large mahogany body, as long as you use the same amp and pickups you can get teh same tone out of a Les Paul.
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#6
it is not one piece its two and i had to return my dean because the glue that bonds the two pieces deteriorated. now i'm not trashing the company, because i would buy another one but i think i would stay away from the ml's and go with the V
#7
This is off topic, but I could have swore I read this same exact topic before, a long time ago. Wow...
#8
Never played their electric guitars, but I know there basses are pretty meh. Surprisingly enough, I tried a dean acoustic once and it was incredible.
#9
I'm more and more leaning a w a y from the Dean. You very rarely (if ever) hear a bad thing about Gibsons - which offer a lifetime warranty so I think y'all have answered my question.

Thanks everyone.
#10
Quote by deep_sea
I'm more and more leaning a w a y from the Dean. You very rarely (if ever) hear a bad thing about Gibsons - which offer a lifetime warranty so I think y'all have answered my question.

Thanks everyone.


Apart from that apparently in recent years the QC has gone down the drain and you're paying 30% of the price for the lettering on the headstock. Look around more, don't just go for big brand names, look for a local luthier; you might be surprised about the prices they can offer.
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#11
thanks Zaphod....will do. We don't have many luthiers here down under (Sydney) but have you heard of Maton? They are doing some electrics at the moment - I don't particularly like the feel of them though. They've got a slightly "cheap" feel.....
#12
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Apart from that apparently in recent years the QC has gone down the drain and you're paying 30% of the price for the lettering on the headstock.


It's pretty sad that this is the case. Time was you could buy a Fender or a Gibson and be practically guaranteed you were getting a top notch, ready to rip product. Not so now.

The pitfalls of the "label" have increased ten-fold. The name on the product is no longer (or rarely) a true guarantee of greatness. It's no wonder older models command such high prices these days.