Price paid: A$ 1600
Purchased from: Rockshop NZ
Sound — 9
I play a variety of music my main being metal and rock but I play jazz and classical aswell, it is perfect for metal because it is a very bassy sounding guitar but it also great for screaming solos. I am currently running it through a Line 6 Spider III 120 watt with a Boss pw10 wah and it sounds great for me I love the sound and how loud the active pickups make my amp go. It is a tad noisy with heaps and heaps of distortion but if you r a gud player you will be able to eliminate that with ur playing style or buy a noise suppressor. the guitar is mostly set up for metal obviously but it does do some quite nice clean tones aswell but it does not look the part for classical or jazz playing styles so really it should stick to metal or rock playing.
Overall Impression — 10
I play mostly rock and metal and this guitar literally rocks the house. I have been playing four years now and this is the best guitar I have ever played I even like it better than a Gibson les paul and I am a huge fan of them trust me. If it was stolen I would find out Who stole it go to their house and roundhouse kick them until they die the wankers I love this guitar. If I wish it had one thing the only thing is that has 2 volume knobs instead of 2 tone but what can you do?
Reliability & Durability — 9
I haven't played a Live show with this guitar but I think if taken care of properly it would stand up to a lot although I would always have a backup guitar no matter what. The hardware will last for a long time is is rough and rugged metal that is meant to last. The strap buttons are jim Dunlop strap locks so they will hold your strap on great and if it falls off then you musnt have put it on correctly. The finish is definitly thick and will last as long as the guitar does which I'm hoping is a very long time.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This guitar was quite well set up straight from the factory I haven't changed anything although I think it may have been fiddled with while it was in the store because I knw most guitars aren't so perfect from the get go, the pickups are at a gud height for me the bride pickups could be lowered a bit but no biggy for me. Apart form that everything is absoluetly perfect.
Features — 8
This is a Dean dave mustaine signature guitar made in korea in 2006 I think, it has 24 frets and is a mahogany dave mustaine spec neck so it is wide and flat and is a 25.5' scale neck. The body and neck are both made from mahogany and is has a black finish all over with dave mustaine's angel of deth graphic. Body style is based on a Jackson king v, the bridge is a tune-o-matic with a string thru body, it has active dave mustaine duncan live wires. Tuners are grovers. Came with a hard case with a moulded interioir, jim Dunlop strap locks and an alan key