Cadillac Review

manufacturer: Dean date: 12/24/2010 category: Electric Guitars

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Dean: Cadillac
The 2006 Dean Cadillac is an extraordinary guitar, all in mahogany, with set-neck construction, a flamed maple top, and a beautiful see-through finish.
 Sound: 8
 Overall Impression: 10
 Reliability & Durability: 8
 Action, Fit & Finish: 10
 Features: 9
 Overall rating:
 8.7 
 Reviewer rating:
 9 
 Users rating:
 8.4 
 Votes:
 24 
 Views:
 6,534 
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overall: 9
Cadillac Reviewed by: NickBrewer, on december 24, 2010
6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 400

Features: The 2006 Dean Cadillac is an extraordinary guitar, all in mahogany, with set-neck construction, a flamed maple top, and a beautiful see-through finish. The crossover between the Gibson Les Paul, Gibson Explorer makes it easy to play this extraordinary guitar; standing up or sitting down. The Grover tuners and the Tune-O-Matic bridge keeps it in tune, while the Dean Zebra pick-ups contribute it to make it an extremely versatile guitar. Although I swapped the original pick-ups with some golden EMG 81/85, it still sounds great. // 9

Sound: Playing through a Marshall JCM900, through a Marshall 1960 cab, this guitar plays everything; with the original pick-ups installed it played funk, soul and pop just as well as country, hard rock, and metal. With the EMG pick-ups installed, it played just as great - even with the Standard Dean Zebra's installed, you're able to squeal as hard as Zakk Wylde does it, splitting the Zebra's creates a great strat-sound, perfect for stuff like "Remember" by Richie Kotzen. EMG's or not, it's extremely silent, although some buzz appears while splitting the pick-ups. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: The guitar is ready to rock the second you take it out of it's case - the action is not too high, and the pick-ups aren't too close to the strings; although the body is a mix between a Les Paul and an Explorer, it kind of has a feel of SG too it, although the neck feels slightly more like a Les Paul. The binding around the neck and body melt perfectly together, making playing even smoother. // 10

Reliability & Durability: I've been using this guitar for about 11 gigs; the first couple of times I brought a backup, but eventually it became unnecessary - I use Roto 11 strings, and I only need to change my strings every 2-3 months. Only downside might be the stap buttons, which are a bit small, making it hard to find strap-locks that fit. // 8

Overall Impression: I play country, hard rock and metal in the key of Zakk Wylde, and even play in a metalcore band aswell - this guitar does a fantastic all-round job. I will defiantly get some additional copies of this guitar, although it's mid ranged when it comes to price, it plays like it's worth a fortune. // 10

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