Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
I play this guitar for metal, and that's what it does best. While it doesn't give you the authentic Megadeth tone, it does give you a great tone for all types of metal. I used this with a Spider III (Yeah, Yeah, I'm getting a valveking soon), and it still made me feel like a metal master. It has a bright sound to it, and does what it set out to do: Give you a metal tone for under $500.
Overall Impression — 8
This guitar gives a nice metal tone for the price, and although the pickups aren't so hot, they get the job done. The guitar looks great, plays great, sounds good, and best of all: It has "Metal" all over it! If you are looking for a metal guitar in the $300 price range, I would definitely recommend it!
Reliability & Durability — 8
Haven't run into any problems with it, but for small gigs, I would use this guitar without worry. Larger, more wild shows will tear this guitar apart however (not literally, but it will be stressful). Dean did a good job making this guitar, and it is better made than most guitars in the price range.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Guitar was in great shape. Pickups were in great shape and were nice and sturdy, action was perfect, Bridge was nice. The neck was well fit into the socket, and the finish was so-so. It was kinda sparkly (on the silver model) and looked pretty dull and plastic-y. Pickups selector Switch was a bit F-d up though, but besides that, the guys at Dean sure know how to make a good cheap guitar.
Features — 8
This guitar rocks for the price! Has a nice fast bolt-on neck much like a Fender Stratocaster. You can really shred on this thing. Guitar has 24 frets, and the 'V' shaped body really let you get great upper fret access and playability. Rosewood fretboad with Standard Dot inlays. String through body with tunomatic bridge. 2 volume/ 1 tone controls, with a 3 way Switch. Stock Dean Humbuckers. Basically, it's what you get for a $300 guitar. With a killer look and lightning fast neck.