Price paid: $ 299
Purchased from: (Gift)
Sound — 8
With the Right settings this guitar is capable of producing the Crushing sounds of Rammstein, to the Higher Toned Sounds of Static-X. The Dean Mustaine pruduces almost no whines or anything when plugged into your amp and left there. This guitar is best suited for all types of metal but not for anything any less harcore than industrial.
Overall Impression — 9
Yeh this guitar ain't perfect but it's pretty damn close! While having a nice, sleek, sharp looking body for live playing it can deliver a wide range of sounds and tones within itself. It is very comfortable (for a Flying V) as a lot of V's aren't great for playing like. This one is! This Guitar is the perfect fit for if your going to play a song with a deep main riff sound but then go into a high fast solo part-way through the song. Seriously, the sound difference between the different bridges is awesome! You will be able to play a very large range of songs with this guitar. Had tragedy struck, and my Dean stolen, I would definetly buy it again, unless Razorbacks went on sale. Anyways, I highly recommend this to anyone getting their first V, or anyone in need of a stage guitar! I however don't recommend this be your first guitar seeing as how it's $300 and a pretty advanced guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar would be great for either Live playing or practicing. It has a nice slick and strong body and stayes in tune quite well. It's pretty big to be practicing with in a small room but out on the stage this beauty will withstand any riff, verse, or solo you play on it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action on this guitar is great! there are almost no flaws whatsoever. With the Bridge pickup you get a very nice crushing sound but at the neck pickup you get a nice high distorted tone. The wood is great quality and very durable. The controls are loose enough that you can adjust them easily while playing if you have to but not so loose that they will come completely out of their setting when bumped. The only flaws that I found were that the controls don't have labels on them or number dials, and there's no whammy-bar screw. Other than that this is one well built axe!