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.