Price paid: $ 400
Purchased from: guitar center
Sound — 9
The pickups in this guitar are great, I am currently running a DigiTech RP350 through a Crate GLX120OH head and a GX412R cab, and it sounds ok, to get the most out of this guitar you should have a tube amp (as appears makes most guitars sound better anyway) the neck pick up can get Really nice clean bright tones, I use this guitar in jazz band at school and sounds great, and the bridge pick up gets great gain response and takes away a lot of fuzz and is good for just about any genera that requires a good rich distortion sound (too learn more about the SH-13 look and my review for it. The guitar has amazing sustain it can keep going for hours, with the Floyd Rose you can make all your favorite dive bomb and other signature Floyd Rose sounds
Overall Impression — 10
I tend to play pretty much everything from jazz to metal, and this guitar is great for both, this is my favorite guitar out of my Ibanez and Dimeblade, I've wanted this guitar for awhile and now that I finally have one it is all I thought it would be. I've been playing for about a year and a half, if this was lost or stolen I'd be devastated and would defiantly purchase another, I love pretty much everything about this guitar the pups, tuners, body shape, size, feeling/shape of the neck, paint job, as much as I love the floyd adjusting the springs to the string tension is a pain in the ass but I think every one can relate, but thankfully it has the trem block built on so I can apply that and freely tune just like a tune-o-matic bridge. Plus, ye my hero is Dimebag Darrell so what's better to have then one of the cowboy from hell's favorite guitars.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've had this guitar for a good 3-4 months now so I haven't had the chance to play a show with it yet but I'd say this guitar is trustworthy enough to hold up through a show, I put on strap locks as soon as I got the guitar so I cam make sure it doesn't fall and dent/scratch itself. I play this guitar very often and the finish doesn't have one scratch on it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I purchased this guitar used so it came with a few bad scratches on the back, but that's only because it was used, and the wood holding the screws for the trem-block were stripped but was simply because it was used other than that this guitar is absolutely stunning and will get your attention love it or hate it.
Features — 10
Not exactly sure what year this guitar was brought in to production or which year mine was built, This guitar was crafted in Korea, 22 jumbo frets, Mahogany body with a set Mahogany neck and rosewood finger board with pearl Dot inlay, 24-3/4" scale, and a comfortable "U" shaped neck. The cool thing about the neck on this guitar is and first glance it does not seem to be a set neck because of the way the neck joint has been crafted, but it is a set neck. This guitar features a all black finish on the neck and back of the guitar, and one hell of a hot paint job on the front (if you look close by the input jack there's a skull on fire) and Cream (I guess) bindings on the neck. Black Grover machine heads, Deans famous ML body shape A Seymour Duncan SH-13 "Dimebucker" bridge treble pick up for you shreaddin solos and leads and a Dean stock humbucker in the neck for all your clean passages, With a three way selector (Up=Neck position, Middle=Both, Down=Bridge pick up) with two "Dime traction" volume knobs and one master tone, licensed double locking Floyd Rose bridge with a trem block built with it so with a twist of a screw you can completely block the action of the tremolo, and to top it off a Dean classic "V" shaped head stock with firey explosion, I guess you could call it, on the head stock with "DIME" printed in big bold letters in the middle and a truss-rod cover with ML on it, my guitar came with a gig bag (mine was purchased used) and I believe newly ordered ones come with a Dean Standard Hard shell ML case (Which is a deal because I had to get mine separate from my Dimeblade and it was another 120 bucks! )