Purchased from: internet
Sound — 10
The tone of this guitar on a tube stack is f-ing sweet. I have an older Peavey all tube head and a Rivera cab w/ Vintage 30s and it sounds perfect to me. My other guitars have 81/85s and the bill lawrence sounds so much more natural than the 81 without giving up any of the harmonics, even more harmonics than the 81 I think. Dean neck pickup falls short of the 85 tho. The Bill Lawrence makes slightly more noise than my emgs, and it doesn't quite make the lows that the emgs make, but then Dime was all about the highs so what do you expect?
Overall Impression — 10
This is the nicest guitar I have owned, my favorite to play, and the best sounding in my opinion. And that is going up against Jackson and Schecter in the same price range. I am sold on Dean after owning this guitar. I couldn't imagine a reason not to buy this- maybe if you are really small it could be too big or something (the body is 2' from top point to bottom point and the whole guitar is almost 4'). If you really love lows maybe switch the L500XL for a JB. I think it is sweet ass. Overall 9.9 Dime lives on through us!
Reliability & Durability — 10
Seems to be built like a tank. If you have seen the original Dean From Hell you know Dime's guitars had to be able to take a beating, and the replicas seem extremely solid. It is a fairly large guitar, though not uncomfortable to play. Everything seems A+ on it; I've known a few people to have one and I've heard nothing but good things.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I bought it used so action/setup don't really apply here, but it can definately be set up to accomodate anyone. finish looks amazing, love the traction knobs with the two seperate vol knobs. Seems to be built very well, even the licensed floyd is rock solid. I love the V neck, it feels so different from everything else I've played, I like it better than the flat Ibanez neck, though I would like the compound radius fretboard from Jackson on it.