Price paid: $ 150
Purchased from: Herried's Music Chico Ca.
Sound — 9
I paly a variety of styles and the EVO hold s up well throughout. For example; the bridge pickup, combined with the guitars huge sustain, makes for searing metal runs, yet the neck pickups creamy tone drips sweet minor reggae grooves as well. I run my Evo through a Fender FM212R and manage to get some great sounding, low-noise tones ranging from Jimi-esque to country twang, despite my deficient honky-tonk chops (oh well).
Overall Impression — 10
Great. Nice sound. Solid and playable. My first impression would be that it is ugly but then you touch the amazing neck and flawless rosewood fretboard and you truly know otherwise. I love it! I'm glad I bought it over the Epiphone SG that I was looking at and I play it every day.
Reliability & Durability — 9
After changing the jack I've had no more technical problems and the guitar stays in tunee well during a performance. The strap pins hold up fine and I would certainly use it at a gig, without a backup. I do it all the time. It came witha small Fender 15G and it outlasted that so far by three years, what's that say?
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action was perfect right out of the store (partly in thanks to an expert staff at the music shop) and the pick-ups were staggerd fairly well all around, though I adjusted them to my tastes.The silver sparkle finish is smooth as ice and along with the unique bolt-on neck junction the guitar holds a sort of surfer aesthetic. The bridge was nice, as was the nut the only problem was a short in the input jack.
Features — 9
Built in 2004, in the USA(mostw Deans are, right), my EVO features a solid, single-cutaway basswood body and perfect maple neck that join at a patented, easy-to-access, bolt-on junction. It has a Tune-O-Matic bridge and Dean humbuckers(one in the neck, one in the bridge) controlled by a 3-way switch. The stock tuning pegs are suprisingly smooth.