Price paid: $ 125
Purchased from: Pawn Shop
Sound — 7
I play it through a Line 6 Spider 30 and sometimes my Line 6 Spider 15. It sounds real good through these amps like they were made for each other. I play metal and this guitar can really nail it down. I tuned the guitar in drop tunings like C, D and even down to A without any sound problems. The guitar can get real loud and the tone knob will go too a really bright sound to a far beyond driven sound from hell. The stock pickups sound great but I am really thinking of putting some EMGs in there. If not I might put in some Bill Lawrence pickups. This guitar can handle blues music as well as a classic rockish sound like Van Halen or Kiss. I played Running with the devil on it and it couldn't sound better. If I were a beginner I would get this guitar. Its perfect for any level of guitar playing.
Overall Impression — 10
I play metal and they match like twins. This guitar will be suitable for any genre. Maybe not country... But I don't play that stuff. I compared it to my Jackson King V and I really did not stand a chance to this Dean Firecrackle. If it were lost I would try to find it because the guitar is rare. If not I would get a Dean ML with a floyd rose. I love everything about it. The only thing I hate about it is that the guitar is adddicting and I can't put it down (hehe). I compared it to my Ibanez GIO and the GIO failed to compete.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar can withstand live playing and the hardware has lasted since the 80s so I'm sure it will last alot longer. As I said the strap button neede to be tightend but that was easily solved. I would use it without a back up but my band uses two different tunings so I would usually have another guitar in the back in case I need it. The finish looks like it will never come off. But if you don't take care of it it will. This guitar will be my main axe for shows especially since I'm getting emgs for it. I might also get a floyd rose along the way.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The action was at a perfect height, whoever owned it before was good at setting it up. The pickups are at an comfortable height but you can't take the pickup to a low level because the adjustment screw is a little on the small side but it holds the pick up very well. The finish is a white and black firecrackle finish and it will bring many wows. The only problem was that the strap button was loose but that was fixed right away. Also the ground wire needed some soldering which was not a very big problem which I fixed.
Features — 8
It's a 1980s Dean Firecrackle with two single coil pickups and a humbucker. All 3 pickups sound good for stock pickups and I mostly use the bridge pickup. In my 16 years of playing I have to say this guitar works like a charm. It has a basswood body with 22 frets (Jumbo) with a string thru whammy bridge. The guitar has grover tuners on it and it seems to hold in tune well. I went a whole month without having to tune it! The guitar was made in Korea in the late 80s. I got the guitar with a gig bag and a cable with a nice whammy bar even though I don't use them much unless its a floyd rose. One pickup (bridge) was buzzing when I got it but I ended up fixing the grounded wire and there was no more buzz.