MKH review by Dean

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.2 (27 votes)
Dean: MKH
2

Price paid: £ 900

Purchased from: PMT

Sound — 9
The sound is amazing a sharp in the bridge position and sounds great even when heavily destorted. The neck gives a great sound when in clean and when both are on they give an amazing clear sound. Though mainly a heavy metal stlye guitar in the neck position you can get an ok country sound. I use it with a Boss Metal Core which gives off a good sound with some feedback, also it's all through a Marshall stack amp which provides an amazing tone with it. It has an amazing range from Johnny Cash To Metallica. An all round good tone

Overall Impression — 10
I play a lot of Ryhthm such as Metallica, Megadeth, Bullet for My valentine And some lead such as Trivium and G'N'R. This is my most expensive peice of equipment and I am in no doubt as to why it is. It far surpasses my other instruments such as my Schecter Synster Standard and My LTD EC-50. If it was lost or stolen I believe I wouldn't want to replace it because as much as I am a fan of this instrument I bought it mainly on the fact that it was a bargin. I love that it has such a powerful sound and feel to it however I do prefer the Les Paul shape to the ML and that is the only thing I'm not a huge fan of (even thought I love the ML shape) The only thing I would actually ad would be a kill-Switch but that is mainly a feature I would enjoy to have since my main infulence in writing is Buckethead Who uses a kill-Switch quite often. On the whole the guitar gives a stunning impression and did from the moument I saw it. I have enjoyed playing it ever since.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I don't play Live but do use it a lot and it has so far done nothing wrong it keeps in tune no matter how much you play with the floyd and the strap buttons are very secure considering how heavy the guitar is. I have actually knocked the guitar against many things and the paint hasn't even chiped yet and seems to be very strong. I have heard of many problems such as the head stock's spliting or the neck breaking and have as yet to see any signs of any problem on this guitar.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action on the guitar is one of the best I have ever played, the only I have seen better is on the Gibson USA VOS. The pickups are perfect and allow easy dive bombs on the floyd. The guitar had no flaws when I bought it and still doesn't it has kept perfect. The Paint looks truely amazing aswell and I am impressed by how easy it is to clean and keep shiny.

Features — 9
It's A US08 model of the Dean mkh designed by Matt Heafy Of Trivium (and as a plus it used to belong to him! And it's singed) it has a 24 fret beautiful neck 24 3/4 scale mahogany neck and a stunning ebony fingerboard with the Trivium logo over the 11th, 12th and 13th frets. The body is a sold mohogany with an amazing rising sun japanese graphic on it. The bridge is an orginal Floyd Rose which I must say is much better then my licenced floyd. It has only 1 knob for master volume and a 3 way toggle Switch. The pickups are a Dean USA Nostalgia pick up in the neck and Matt Heafy's signature pickup the "MKH86". The tuners are not really a big deal on a Floyd Rose because of the locking nuts. I got a Dean fitted ML case with it.

30 comments sorted by best / new / date

    lespaulisgod
    I think it looks pretty cool. Wouldn't gig with it but maybe just to mess with around the house
    Menzaine
    That guitar is ugly.REALLY. Probably plays like a dream but i wouldnt buy it myself.
    aeroledtallica
    eastern_riffs wrote: the only dean thats truly worth buying is the razorback 255,its one of the best guitars ever designed and made in terms of sound and playability, but it still faces serious competition from USA made Jacksons,which,IMO,are at the epitome of all metal guitars. the dean MKH is just a guitar made for publicity purposes,not to mention that it's pretty horrible looking and has mediocre PuPs.its sad that a good guitarist like heafy has such a sh*tty signature model.sorry bro,you should've just gotten an american Jackson for the money you shelled out for this.
    I'm with you bud. American Jacksons=Metal.. Dean is dying away steadily.. Almost any Dean guitar I pick up at the shop to play is put back in its place within 5 minutes...
    eastern_riffs
    the only dean thats truly worth buying is the razorback 255,its one of the best guitars ever designed and made in terms of sound and playability, but it still faces serious competition from USA made Jacksons,which,IMO,are at the epitome of all metal guitars. the dean MKH is just a guitar made for publicity purposes,not to mention that it's pretty horrible looking and has mediocre PuPs.its sad that a good guitarist like heafy has such a sh*tty signature model.sorry bro,you should've just gotten an american Jackson for the money you shelled out for this.
    Number_7
    Plarx wrote: Holy crap you have it signed by him?! so its used? by him? Ill tak it off ya hands if u thinkin bout selling it... or ill trade you my Razorback 7? hahha Ive played this at my guitar store and it is an awesome guitar congratulations on such a wonderful instrument.
    How much did you pick the Razorback 7 up for? I cant find them anywhere in the city i live in...
    Brad_Bassist
    decayingdave wrote: Quarbon wrote: why do people buy this Damn' right. The only good thing about deans is that they don't stoop to making cheap-o guitars, but the expensive ones are still tremendously lame for the genre(s) they cater for.
    I agree but also don't agree. Dave Mustains guitars are awesome. Liek the Angel of death guitar. That is PERFECT for metal
    Necrotise
    againsteternity wrote: Wow you're saying down with a guitar company and up with dragonball z?
    Hahahhaahahaa idiot. DBZ does not stand for Dragonball Z in this instance.
    JadeX-N7A
    To be quite honest, i have a dean vendetta 4.0 with an LFR, its by far one of the best guitars ive played, i play it more then my gibson les paul studio for the simple fact, it tears the bitch apart in all aspects. 1.Sustain. 2.Looks 3.Maple top with mahogany body, thru body neck construction. 4.Dean usa (DMT time capsule) pickups are way better for getting down and dirty over the gibsons, While still being able to provide really sweet cleans. 5. It's sexier 6.Cat's eye inlays pwn the trapezoid inlays 7.Slimmer neck profile 8.Came with strap locks Grand total. Dean > Gibson Dean vendetta 4.0 with LFR $719.56 with overnight shipping Gibson Les paul studio with absolutly nothing but the satisfaction of owning the name, $1423.78
    jack hate crew
    LeVeL-27 Freak wrote: Hey this is my guitar, i forgot to login when i wrote the reveiw
    lucky shit
    Liam616
    againsteternity wrote: St. Fixxxer wrote: Down with the new Dean, up with DBZ!!! Wow you're saying down with a guitar company and up with dragonball z? Wow you're cool...
    You're even cooler for not knowing what you're talking about. DBZ is a new guitar make of guitars made by dean zelinsky. http://www.dbzguitars.com Do your research.
    againsteternity
    St. Fixxxer wrote: Down with the new Dean, up with DBZ!!!
    Wow you're saying down with a guitar company and up with dragonball z? Wow you're cool... on the other hand this is pretty sick guitar wish it wasn't so expensive
    metalheed
    I would say the only dean worth getting would be the dean cfh just cos it was dimebags none of your trivium shite
    busted_hater
    those people slaging off dean clear have no clue about guitars. i work in a store and this is our biggest selling model, learn peopl!
    guitarsftw
    i remember when dean were starting to become popular again. when Dime died, they at first showed appropriate tribute. then they kept using his name for everything, and half of their many guitars were dime models of some kind. it got really ridiculous. now, it seems like they are selling their association with Dime rather than their guitars, i don't blame Dean Zelinsky for leaving
    Shinozoku
    decayingdave wrote: Quarbon wrote: why do people buy this Damn' right. The only good thing about deans is that they don't stoop to making cheap-o guitars, but the expensive ones are still tremendously lame for the genre(s) they cater for.
    And they have poor quality hardware.
    SuperFlyinMonke
    The only Dean worth getting is an american one and they're ridiculously overpriced. I even played a Korean ML and it displayed very shoddy workmanship. I'm not a bandwagon jumper, but I don't know why people boast the Korean workmanship being so great when the finish is releasing off the neck joints on brand-new guitars. I played one and thought it was crap, looked at the rest they had and will never bother again.
    decayingdave
    Quarbon wrote: why do people buy this
    Damn' right. The only good thing about deans is that they don't stoop to making cheap-o guitars, but the expensive ones are still tremendously lame for the genre(s) they cater for.
    Plarx
    Holy crap you have it signed by him?! so its used? by him? Ill tak it off ya hands if u thinkin bout selling it... or ill trade you my Razorback 7? hahha Ive played this at my guitar store and it is an awesome guitar congratulations on such a wonderful instrument.
    Ne0Assass1n
    SuperFlyinMonke wrote: The only Dean worth getting is an american one and they're ridiculously overpriced. I even played a Korean ML and it displayed very shoddy workmanship. I'm not a bandwagon jumper, but I don't know why people boast the Korean workmanship being so great when the finish is releasing off the neck joints on brand-new guitars. I played one and thought it was crap, looked at the rest they had and will never bother again.
    My made in South Korea SCHECTER is of top-notch quality.
    ~IzzyInzane~
    Trivium_Child wrote: where can you get the 7 string version?
    Matt Heafy bro the 7 string models werent released...if you want go and get a seven string ML invest in some new pickups and get a guitar builder to make it a matt heafy 7 string
    ~IzzyInzane~
    decayingdave wrote: Quarbon wrote: why do people buy this Damn' right. The only good thing about deans is that they don't stoop to making cheap-o guitars, but the expensive ones are still tremendously lame for the genre(s) they cater for.
    i think you guies need to stop playing your ****ing peices of shit Epiphones and actually pick up an American or High End Dean Or Schecter
    ldnovelo
    IDK why people buy these guitars. I wouldnt like having a guitar that says "trivium" all over it, unless i wanted to look like a lame fanboy (and i dont like trivium, but w/e band it said, it just looks lame)