Price paid: C$ 700
Purchased from: steves music
Sound — 9
This guitar only does great when your playing heavy metal. In my opinion this guitar with the DigiTech Metal master and some on amp effects just screams black metal. If your into Cradle Of Filth or Immortal, buy this guitar. This guitar always has full sound, and its nice and smooth, although there can be some odd buzzing every now and then. This guitar is great for sliding, tapping and tremolo picking. In my opinion a heavy but not muddy distortion plus some in amp chorus and reverb makes the perfect effects. And the sustain on this guitar is insane I held one of the highest notes for over 90 seconds.
Overall Impression — 10
I'm a third almost fourth year player and I also own a superior Fender Stratocaster. I like this guitar better because it gives a darker sound and its just more fun to play. I love this guitar because of the comfort-ability level and the way it looks, but my Fender is far better and just could kick its young butt any day. I wish this guitar had 2 more frets and thats about it. For the money its a great guitar, I have no serious problems with it.
Reliability & Durability — 7
The problem with this guitar is the fact that its strap knobs are retarded. I had to adjust my strap like crazy, because the knobs were to big. And after a bit the bolt on the output slot comes lose, this is easy to fix if you just hand tighten it after each session of playing.
This guitar is just a great practice guitar its pretty fragile because of its hollow body. I'm also too scared to let it out of the house it looks to nice! I would definitely say the finish will last, it seems pretty permanent.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar is a master piece in this section. The action is super fast and doesn't hinder my hands from having there crazy tapping fits. Basically it can handle any speed of playing. The shape of the body is really nice. It is not hard at all to hold and is very large. The problem with the largeness is the cost of the case. But the reason why i bought was because it was so easy to play and hold. The finish is one of the coolest in all of the Dean guitars. It truly is, with its white sunburst green lightning bolts all over the guitar, and the black background, this guitar is eye candy.
Features — 9
This guitar is great for a good practice or too show off to your friends, although my Fender Stratocaster is still bettter. The name of this guitar is called The BlackBolt. Its a Dimebag Darrel guitar and has gone under tha radar for a bit. The paint job is really nice, the green bolts accent the black pant nicely. The input slot gets a bit loose as many do, so tighten the bolt frequently. The pick ups are pretty good although it can produce a high pitch buzzing and pick up your voice. The tuning knobs are the real star of the show. Its meant to be tuned and de-tuned and tuned up again, it just doesn't go out of tune immediately. It has 22 frets not 24, but its reasonable. The guitars neck is probably one of the best ive ever felt. Its thin and not all glossed up like some guitars. This means sliding is very easy. I love this guitar.