Price paid: £ 730
Purchased from: Billy Bowmans
Sound — 10
Does it suit my music style? Baring in mind I bought it for the playability and how well it plays metal, yes, it suits it fantastically. I played my Razorback straight through to a Marshall 15 watt VR, with no effects, and it still sounded amazing. Is it noisy? Well when I turn up the volume, yes, and even when the volume turns up and it sounds like it's going to break up, the Razorback holds it all together, and releases some savage noises. Disturbingly, what I thought was a metal maniac, can also produce some very convincing mellow blues, luscious jazz, or sleazy rock 'n' roll, as well as balls to the wall metal.
Overall Impression — 10
Absoloutely fantastic. I would buy it again, I would play it forever. It is gorgeous, and brutal, in one twisted slab of mahogany. I compared it to the Dean ML, and decided this was better as it had a thinner neck, and sounded better when plugged into something.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I have played Live a few times, and it plays fantastically well in a gig situation, because of its lightness I can thrash it around a bit while firing off songs. The hardware does seem to last, except the actual whammy bar itself, which seems to erode the gun metal finish quite a bit from sweat. The strap buttons are very solid. Snapped a string once while playing though, which obviously as it's a Floyd Rose, put the whole thing completely out of tune!
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action was perfect as soon as it came out the factory, no problems there. The pickups were ready to be played, and they played well. It was everything you'd expect a 730 quid Dean razorback to be, everything was perfect from day one, except changing strings, which is a bastard on a Floyd Rose. The only flaws mine had, was for some strange reason, I was missing the 19th fret marker on the side of the neck, it looked like someone had gone to add it, slipped, scratched it off, and quickly painted back over it before anyone noticed.
Features — 10
Purchased in early 2008, I believe this was made around late 2007, it came with a Dean hard case, which is very useful for lugging the beast around. It's got 22 frets on a gorgeous rosewood fingerboard which makes playing it a dream. The first thing you notice as you take the spiky creature out the case, is how big it is, an how luscious it looks, suprisingly, it weighs less than my squire Telecaster. As the razorback was out of tune when I got it out the box, I tuned it using the very nice grover tuners, and plugged in to my trusty Marshall. The thin neck fitted perfectly in my palm, which slid up and down it with ease. The razorback comes with two seymour duncans, the bridge being the famous dimebucker, but it was the neck which I played through first, clean it gave a really nice smooth tone, perfect for some Deep Purple style soloing, and when I crank up the gain, perfect for some old blues, it sounds even better when playing fast. But the gem in this extreme piece of kit, is the bridge humbucker, with the gain down, it provided a dirty rock n roll tone, that set me grooving for a while, but I decided I should treat it the way it begged to be treated, and whacked up the gain to full, and to quote total guitar "headed straight to dimesville". It gave the best metal tone I have heard in a long time, and Pantera classics such as mouth for war, and cowboys from hell, sounded realistic, and devilishly brutal, pinch harmonics squealed the way they do in fairy tales, and the upper frets screamed as I shredded up the fretboard with some "domination". Whammy bar theatrics were easy thanks to the lovely Floyd Rose. The middle of the 3-way pickup selector takes the clean pearl like subteltys of the neck humbucker, and the dirty unbridled violence of the bridge humbucker, to produce some lovely twisted noises. All in all this is a brutal machine, capable of providing mass slabs of wicked distortion, or dream like clean sounds, or a combination of the two, even when plugged into an old cheap 15 watt Marshall, this still annihialated my front room.