Price paid: € 359
Purchased from: Beernaert (Kortrijk, Belgium)
Sound — 9
I play metal and rock, and I have to say, the guitar is very good for playing those genres. The sound it produces is stunning! My previous guitar was a random cheap Stratocaster by Richwood, and I hated the sound it made. At first, I thought it was my amp (a cheap 10W Volcano). But as soon as I plugged my VMNTX into it, I knew it was the guitar. As I've said, I have a 10W Volcano (you can only swithc High/Low tones and put it on Overdrive), and a Dinaosaur DME-1 effectbar, with 3 pedals in it: Digital Delay (Short/Long, Feedback, Time, Level), Chorus (Depth, Speed, Level) and Overdrive (Distance, Drive, Tone and Level). Well, it also has a 4th pedal to bypass all effects. The guitar's noice is very clean, so I can recommand it to anyone Who doesn't want to spend too much money on a decent guitar.
Overall Impression — 8
I play metal, Dave Mustaine plays metal, so ofcourse it fits. At this time, I play for 2 years and 10 months or something. Before I bought it, I was informed, I knew nearly everything about the guitar (online, because the guitar dealer never sold a Dean in his life before). If I would lose my guitar, I don't think I would buy this particular model, I think I would buy the more expensive VMNT, because the VMNTX got me convinced about it's quality and the VMTN has just that little extra. I love it's shape, it looks totally badass, and the you can easily reach the 24th fret because if the cut. Also, the guitar has very nice details, some parts are cut away, such as a part of the outer wingpart and the point where the legs meet is also cut away (inwards). I don't know how to explain this, sorry. I compared it (online... ) with other deans, but since I'm a big fan of Megadeth and Dave Mustaine, this one had that advantage. It's my first Dean, but it's certainly not the last one I'll be buying! There's only one downside, and it's the fact that it doesn't have a tremelo, my previous guitar had one, and I enjoyed playing that. But then again, one of my next Dean's will have it. Love and bruises to y'all!
Reliability & Durability — 9
The guitar is very trustworthy to play Live. It has never let me down so far, and that's for nearly a year. The strap buttons are trustworthy as well. Trust me on this one. I would go to a gig with just this guitar, yeah. And as stated above, the marks my table left are invisble at a distance (say 1 meter), the finish will last for ages, as long as you treat it with respect.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar has a couple of small mistakes, being a screw that's not exactly 90 inserted, and the pickups being a bit loose. But it doesn't affect it's playability. Something I have to note about the finish, I play near my desk, which is a marble-top table. And sometimes the long "legs" of the guitar hit the corner of it, which leaves a mark.
Features — 8
The guitar was made... I think it was in 2008, because at the time, it was a recent model. It has 24 frets, a maple neck with rosewood fretboard. The body and head are black finish. A sharp V-shape (you can stab people with it.) It has dual Dean design black open humbuckers. There are 3 knobs on it and a 3-way tone selector. The pickups can easily be changed by wider pickups, they've left some open space for it. (Sorry if I don't know all the english terms, I wasn't raised english.) The tuners are Mini Grover 6 in line tuners. All the hardware is black, which makes it look very cool.