Price paid: £ 350
Purchased from: Pro Solo Music
Sound — 10
I am a guitar Teacher and a session guitarist and I bought this guitar even though I own many to be a workhorse that I'm not constantly worrying about damaging! I teach and play anything in the syles of Dream Theatre/Steve Vai/Joe Satriani/Foo Fighters/Metalica etc to anything like; Hendrix/SRV/John Mayer/Pat Metheny etc. This guitar is great in feel and apearance even though it is not the most expensive guitar I own. I am confident that it is a reliable, great sounding guitar which keeps in tune with no problem even with extreme wanging! It is bright acousticaly which means it packs plenty of tone when plugged in. I use a Laney VC30 Twin 12" and various effects but also use a Pod XT Live. This Guitar sounds great no matter what I use it with live or in the studio.
Overall Impression — 10
I've checked out the Dean website and there are other finishes that this guitar comes in. I would buy another Dean Custom 350 Floyd without hesitation and would highly recomend that weather you are a beginer or a pro, this guitar is worth trying out. I just hope I get paid a large ammount of money by Dean for this review!
Reliability & Durability — 10
I believe this guitar will last me for quite some time and I intend to use it exhaustively! I own a Fender USA Deluxe Strat, Ibanez Jem 7V WH, Ibanez RGT42, Parker Nightfly, Burns Brian May, Fender Mexican Reverse strat, and a Yamaha Pacifica 604. This Dean guitar is as good as any of the above and I'm actually enjoying playing it more than the Ibanez Jem! I will be gigging this guitar for certain and in case you didn't know - I love it!
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was set up with no problems when I bought it. The action is low enough with a smooth feel when playing which is good enough for sweeping/tapping/speed picking/leggato styles, yet high enough to get your fingers behind those bends when playing SRV or any kind of Blues Styles! As I mentioned above, the Bookmatched Flame Maple Top is Perfect and I can't believe how high the build quality of this guitar is for the low price tag.
Features — 10
I think this guitar is a 2010/2011 model? It is made in China although the final setup is done in the US supposedly? It is a 24 Fret Guitar with Medium/Jumbo Frets & the Neck is a 25-1/2" Scale bolt on c shaped maple afair with a rosewood fingerboard. The machineheads are made by Grover and the headstock is a good sized upside down pointy Ibanez type effort! The body is a nice bookmatched flame maple top on a basswood body which is well balanced and comfortable, I'd say it is kind of like a S-Series Ibanez in shape - more rounded than other pointy "super-strat" type guitars. even though the heel is square like a Strat heel as opposed to round on more modern guitars, access is no issue and I kind of like the traditional feel. The finish is Transparent black and is well finished. The Bridge is an Original doublelocking Floyd Rose Special(worth the price of the guitar alone), and like the rest of the hardware, is finished in a cool looking chrome nickel finish. The Pickups(Dean designed)are Passive and are a twin humbucker affair. They sound brilliant and the neck pickup is a bit like a Semour Duncan 59, while the Bridge Pickup is in the vein of a DiMarzio Fred! Normaly on a guitar like this I would swap them for Dimarzio's but they sound tht good I'll keep them! There is a 3-Way selector Switch with the normal Bridge/Brige+Neck/Neck operation, but the tone pot next to the Volume control acts as a coil tap so you can get Bridge single/outer Coils of both Humbuckers/Neck Single. This gutar came with no case or gigbag, but for the price - I'm not complaining.