Sound — 8
This being a cheep guitar I wasn't goning to spend $125 on a set of Duncans so I got a set of GFS FatPat pickups. They sound great and are coil split through both the vol and tone pots(push/pull). I can get just about any sound I want out of them, warm cleans or heavy distortion and they are still very articulate. The single coils are pretty good, but you loose a little umpf. A great set of pickups for $66!!
Overall Impression — 8
I realy like this guitar now. As it came I would have never even tried one. But after I reworked it it has turned in to a nice guitar. Most people can't belive the finish or sound untill I tell them I modded the hell out of it. If it were stolen I'd get mad then get over it. It's cool cause I redid it, and only spent $200 in parts and finishing suplies. Yes it's a Dean, but now it's a sick sounding Dean.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I wouldn't think twice to play this out live. All the hardware is very solid and should lst for years to come. I use strap locks so I never have anny worries there. I would use this with out a back up. I think the finish should last, but only time will tell.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I have dressed the frets and set the intonation, neck relif and action. This guitar plays and sound way better than I could have hoped for. I pot all the parts and electonics on this from Guitarfetish.com( great company for good cheap parts). I painted it with some ReRanch Nitro spray cans and the finish is amazing.
Features — 6
I don't know what year this is maybe a '06 made in Korea? 22 fret wide thin kind of profile made out of 2 piece maple bolt on. The body is bass wood with a thin mahogany vineer on the top and back of the body. The finish was a crappy transparent sticker thing!!! 2 humbuckers, 1 vol, 1 tone and a 3 way switch. Les Paul style body. The one I have did not work when I got it. I got this as a project guitar and it it pretty god to mod if you can get it for the right price. So this review is based on the mods that have been done.