Razorback Skulls review by Dean

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 7.1 (22 votes)
Dean: Razorback Skulls
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Price paid: $ 989

Purchased from: Gearhounds

Sound — 10
I play metal and this beast sounds as badass and Killer as it looks. If you are into hazz or country better read another review. I'm playing through a Dunlop crybaby from hell wah and a Zoom G9.2tt multi fx all going into a Marshall jcm2000 tsl and/or Marshall 100 watt valvestate amp. The Bridge pickup is fairly noisey but am using a noisegate and produces some sweet dimebag tone which suits any type of metal but I also get a really full on sounding Slash gnr tone with a little tweeking. Sounds good through clean channel but don't expect perfect clean tones. Was thinking of replacing the dmt neck pickup but was pleasently surprised with the stock pickup so will leave in (for now). This will also give you effortless pinch harmonics and togethet with the Floyd Rose you can getcha pull on.

Overall Impression — 10
I have always wanted a razorback now I own 2. If it is lost or stolen would absolutly replace. Love the skulls graphic on it, the Floyd Rose takes lots of punishment yet stays in tune. This is a metal guitar made for that purpose alone however can get some good clean blusey sounds to if you like to mix it up. So thats my review now get off your ass and try one out for yourself!

Reliability & Durability — 10
Havn't played live yet have only had it a short while but everything seems solid and well constructed. The graphic on it should last as long as you wipe your sweat off after using. Have fitted Dunlop strap locks on it. This guitar is big and pointy so will probably be easy to ding until you get used to the size but is surprizingly comfortable to play standing or sitting. Anyways I am confident that I wouldn't need a back up and the guitar should outlive me with a bit of looking after

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Right outta the box I can honestly say no flaws at all. Set up needed minor and I mean minor adjusting but was perfectly in tune I believe that even the korean made deans go through to the florida factory for final inspection so yea top notch. Probably worth mentionig that I live in Australia and purchased this online from a USA store so it travelled acrosd the pacific and still arrived in perfect condition. Finish looks AMAZING the pictures on the web give it no justice at all.

Features — 10
This is a review for the new for 2011 Skulls Razorback, Korean made featuring 24 3/4 scale 22 fret, mahogany body and set neck this one has an ebony fingerboard, Dimebag traction knobs, Grover tuners, Original 1000 series Floyd Rose bridge, Seymour Duncan Dimebucker SH-13 Bridge pickup, Dean DMT Dimetime neck pickup, V shaped neck, All black hardware and of course the incredible Custom skulls graphic with blood splatter and matching headstock, also comes with a Dean Hardcase.

25 comments sorted by best / new / date

    celticstorm84
    I dunno, I like the Razorback guitars. Pretty solid and play well. I don't get how everyone is so wrapped up in the numbers when the numbers really don't mean anything at all no matter how you look at it. It's personal, subjective and there's a written review that carries more weight. *derp*
    DimeForever
    animemetalhead wrote: I prefer ESP, but this does not mean all the people ragging on this guitar that have never played it have the right to put down this reviewer. PLAY THE GUITAR BEFORE YOU RAG ON IT!!!
    +1
    TheBlackening91
    This guitar is not a perfect 10. Can it do blues/would it look good in a blues bar? There are only 24 frets There are cheaper alternatives, you just paid for the shape and name There is no such thing as a perfect guitar, I get that you just paid $1000 for it and you want to 'prove' that it was money well spent, but please - be realistic Oh and if that's new for 2011 don't you think you should wait a while before you do a review? Who knows, the floyd might corrode real quickly, or the body might break, anything can happen
    Pazz91
    24 frets makes a guitar more versatile and with metal songs its required often,and neck thru guitars are also preferred to give you greater access and also sustaine, still nice guitar the grafic looks really cool but i still think there are more metal orientated guitars out there for the same price that give you a higher versatility when playing, by the way how much thin is the neck because i cant understand the V shaped
    K4boose
    I'm sorry, but you've said the bridge pickup is quite noisy, and it doesn't get good clean tones, yet still gave it a 10? You've only had it a little while, never played with it live, yet it got a 10 for Reliability and Durability? I've never really played a razorback, and I'm not here to pass judgement on the guitar itself...but I'm finding it hard to take this review seriously :\ I mean, if a guitar truly got 10's in every category, I'd want it to sound OUTSTANDING for one style of playing, maybe decent in others, have good clean tones as well, have no feedback, I'd need to know it can be trusted for use at gigs, and it would have to be able to make sandwiches on demand. Sorry to ramble, but my point is I don't think it's possible for any guitar to ever get straight 10's :\
    ajsingle7270
    lifetaker1000 wrote: i think id rather have a really good esp or ibanez instead, for this money I expected more but your paying for the dimebag name
    Of course you pay for the name just like everything .Im proud to be a Dimebag fan.However if it sounds like shit you just wouldnt pay for it at all.I am also a big fan of ibanez guitars and will be my next purchase next year maybe hopefully something from the JEM steve vai series they sound amazing a little more expensive but guess what?you also pay for the name
    ajsingle7270
    Pazz91 wrote: 24 frets makes a guitar more versatile and with metal songs its required often,and neck thru guitars are also preferred to give you greater access and also sustaine, still nice guitar the grafic looks really cool but i still think there are more metal orientated guitars out there for the same price that give you a higher versatility when playing by the way how much thin is the neck because i cant understand the V shaped
    The neck is pretty much same size as my espltd however ithas a v shape as opposed to a c shape at the back which i think is easier to shred with.It is a subtle v shape not a hard pointy one.Dont get me wrong i love my esp it also has a very good neck but over here I payed nearly $2000 for it
    ajsingle7270
    TST2469 wrote: I really like the design on the guitar and the shape looks wicked to but i havn't tried a dean before if i get 1 hopefully the sound is great!
    You wont be dissapointed but try one in store before buying and try to use same gear you have at home when trying out if possible
    ajsingle7270
    Thanx for your comment however did you read the review?this is a metal and metal only guitar not blues jazz or country also these guitars cost over $2500 in my country so im not trying to justify anything I gave perfect 10s because of the features suit me and my playing.I also own a espltd kh602 which has 24 frets and i hardly need to use the extra 2 have a look on australian music sites and see what you get for $1000 then you will understand
    TheBlackening91 wrote: This guitar is not a perfect 10. Can it do blues/would it look good in a blues bar? There are only 24 frets There are cheaper alternatives, you just paid for the shape and name There is no such thing as a perfect guitar, I get that you just paid $1000 for it and you want to 'prove' that it was money well spent, but please - be realistic Oh and if that's new for 2011 don't you think you should wait a while before you do a review? Who knows, the floyd might corrode real quickly, or the body might break, anything can happen
    TST2469
    I really like the design on the guitar and the shape looks wicked to but i havn't tried a dean before if i get 1 hopefully the sound is great!
    animemetalhead
    I prefer ESP, but this does not mean all the people ragging on this guitar that have never played it have the right to put down this reviewer. PLAY THE GUITAR BEFORE YOU RAG ON IT!!!
    lifetaker1000
    i think id rather have a really good esp or ibanez instead, for this money I expected more but your paying for the dimebag name
    K!!LsWiTcH
    TheBlackening91 wrote: TheBlackening91 wrote: There are only 24 frets I mean there are only 22 frets
    22 frets isnt a mark down on points. if you want the extra two great if you dont and you have 22 whats the difference?
    TheBlackening91
    iamjinkazama wrote: K!!LsWiTcH wrote: TheBlackening91 wrote: TheBlackening91 wrote: There are only 24 frets I mean there are only 22 frets 22 frets isnt a mark down on points. if you want the extra two great if you dont and you have 22 whats the difference? you're right. although i am currently looking for 24 frets only, and turning down all 22 frets guitar. it's really that much of an option, though: sweeter neck pickup sounds (22 frets), or greater sonic range (24 frets)?
    A Seymour Duncan Dimebucker in the neck won't sound very different whether you have 22 frets or 24
    iamjinkazama
    K!!LsWiTcH wrote: TheBlackening91 wrote: TheBlackening91 wrote: There are only 24 frets I mean there are only 22 frets 22 frets isnt a mark down on points. if you want the extra two great if you dont and you have 22 whats the difference?
    you're right. although i am currently looking for 24 frets only, and turning down all 22 frets guitar. it's really that much of an option, though: sweeter neck pickup sounds (22 frets), or greater sonic range (24 frets)? if you're looking for a metal-like guitar, you should be thinking 24-frets-wise, not 22. but it does go down to personal taste.
    sheppo
    TheBlackening91 wrote: TheBlackening91 wrote: There are only 24 frets I mean there are only 22 frets
    thats all dime needed
    Pazz91
    ajsingle7270 wrote: Pazz91 wrote: 24 frets makes a guitar more versatile and with metal songs its required often,and neck thru guitars are also preferred to give you greater access and also sustaine, still nice guitar the grafic looks really cool but i still think there are more metal orientated guitars out there for the same price that give you a higher versatility when playing by the way how much thin is the neck because i cant understand the V shaped The neck is pretty much same size as my espltd however ithas a v shape as opposed to a c shape at the back which i think is easier to shred with.It is a subtle v shape not a hard pointy one.Dont get me wrong i love my esp it also has a very good neck but over here I payed nearly $2000 for it
    Ye esp are really good guitars, i have a PRS with a really thin C shaped neck and its exelent to shred
    austhrax
    ive got a razorback explosion,great guitar,the only down side is u need plenty of room when your playing otherwise u will keep knocking points on guitar,i mainly got a razorback in tribute to dimebag,hes the ****ing man!
    ajsingle7270
    K4boose wrote: I'm sorry, but you've said the bridge pickup is quite noisy, and it doesn't get good clean tones, yet still gave it a 10? You've only had it a little while, never played with it live, yet it got a 10 for Reliability and Durability I've never really played a razorback, and I'm not here to pass judgement on the guitar itself...but I'm finding it hard to take this review seriously :\ I mean, if a guitar truly got 10's in every category, I'd want it to sound OUTSTANDING for one style of playing, maybe decent in others, have good clean tones as well, have no feedback, I'd need to know it can be trusted for use at gigs, and it would have to be able to make sandwiches on demand. Fair enough i understand where u coming from.I based my review on my expectations and bang for buck.This has exeeded all my expectations it has a high output passive pickup which u should know are typically noisey some guitarists actually prefer it but it wasnt as noisey as i expected.I didnt expect it to have a good clean signal but its good enough for say metallicas nothing else matters or fade to black.As for reliability it is made to the same standard as the explosion and cemetary gates models in fact the difference between those and this one is the skulls has a original floyd rose and usa dmt neck pickup as opposed to the dean stock pickup and licensed floyd rose and they both just missed perfect 10s because of that reason.If u r serious about getting one these online reviews are just a guide go try one out for yourself c wat u think. Thanx anyway all feedback welcome Sorry to ramble, but my point is I don't think it's possible for any guitar to ever get straight 10's :\
    TheBlackening91
    ajsingle7270 wrote: Thanx for your comment however did you read the review?this is a metal and metal only guitar not blues jazz or country also these guitars cost over $2500 in my country so im not trying to justify anything I gave perfect 10s because of the features suit me and my playing.I also own a espltd kh602 which has 24 frets and i hardly need to use the extra 2 have a look on australian music sites and see what you get for $1000 then you will understand
    If it only does one thing, it doesn't deserve a 10 on everything I'm sorry, but that's just how it should be