Razorback Slime Bumblebee review by Dean

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.4 (124 votes)
Dean: Razorback Slime Bumblebee
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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.

16 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Metalmaster876
    595Metallica595 wrote: good lord, i think im gona whack off to that thing
    Dude! i've heard of being in love with a guitar but thats just sad!
    sebwillis1
    the only thing i dislike , on the 'photoshopped' photo's the.. edge is black and in reality it's sprayed silver....so i think ill go for razorback explosion yeah i've been looking at one of these and i think the one with the black edge, or 'bevel' as dean like to call it, is called the stealth razorback. If you look on a zoomed in pic of the headstock on one it'll say 'stealth' in between 'DIME' and Razorback. The one with the gray bevel is just a standard dime razorback. I could be wrong but i'm pretty sure i'm right. Hopefully this helps people who prefer the black bevelled one, like meself
    sebwillis1
    the only thing i dislike , on the 'photoshopped' photo's the.. edge is black and in reality it's sprayed silver....so i think ill go for razorback explosion
    yeah i've been looking at one of these and i think the one with the black edge, or 'bevel' as dean like to call it, is called the stealth razorback. If you look on a zoomed in pic of the headstock on one it'll say 'stealth' in between 'DIME' and Razorback. The one with the gray bevel is just a standard dime razorback. I could be wrong but i'm pretty sure i'm right. Hopefully this helps people who prefer the black bevelled one, like meself
    fergz101
    sebwillis1 wrote: the only thing i dislike , on the 'photoshopped' photo's the.. edge is black and in reality it's sprayed silver....so i think ill go for razorback explosion yeah i've been looking at one of these and i think the one with the black edge, or 'bevel' as dean like to call it, is called the stealth razorback. If you look on a zoomed in pic of the headstock on one it'll say 'stealth' in between 'DIME' and Razorback. The one with the gray bevel is just a standard dime razorback. I could be wrong but i'm pretty sure i'm right. Hopefully this helps people who prefer the black bevelled one, like meself
    I bought this guitar and mine came with black edges/bevels, and I assumed they had silver ones. Then your comment made sense to me so i checked the pic on the dean guitars website and it did have stealth between the dime and the razorback. So then I checked my headstock and mine did not say stealth so now im really confused.
    sebwillis1
    I bought this guitar and mine came with black edges/bevels, and I assumed they had silver ones. Then your comment made sense to me so i checked the pic on the dean guitars website and it did have stealth between the dime and the razorback. So then I checked my headstock and mine did not say stealth so now im really confused.
    I know, i've been checking some and found one on ebay that had the black edge so i checked the headstock and it just said Dime Razorback on it so i dunno what the difference is between the two =s Its obviously still real though, just you got the better looking one of the two =p
    charliekicksass
    omfg this guitar makes me blow loads all over the place i want it so bad but i play a bunch of guitar in drop c and d so can someone help me out. does a floyd rose mess it up if you tune?so basically can you just tune it down with simplicity or do you need to do some big operation on the guitar???someone plzzzz help me
    BackDoorEntry
    Punk2Guitar wrote: the only thing i dislike , on the 'photoshopped' photo's the.. edge is black and in reality it's sprayed silver....so i think ill go for razorback explosion
    No theres two different types of this guitar. The more expensive USA model has a silver outlining. The lesser expensive one has black outlining
    fellowguitarist
    Just got this guitar.. perfect.. nothing else describes. Heads up if you get this.. always watch the corners.. they hurt
    metalryan666
    i have been playing (well trying to) play guitar for years now but i never used to pick up my guitars...yamaha pacifica and epiphone les paul classic...but now i do pick it up more and i am starting to play metal - would this guitar be too badass for me seens i am new to playing metal?
    thamason69
    i remember the day i actually got to try one of these..... still the best guitar I've held to this day.
    Cannibalhell666
    Man I wont this guitar but I wont it in razor or cematary gates or any razorback but I am saving up for this.
    pantericadeth
    I have to disagree with the fact a guitar can't make you better. I got a dean dixie rebel and i improved a lot. The guitar i previously had i guess just wasn't my style. It won't make you a guitar god but it could make you improve, or even possibly make you worst lol. As for the guitar I played this at guitar center and my friends RB Explosion and they play really nice. The only "flaw" which isn't really a flaw is the large size. It's really easy to bump it into something and maybe chip it. My friend's hasn't chipped though, and he's bumped it a lot. Great for a attention grabbing metal guitar.
    Metalmaster876
    595Metallica595 wrote: good lord, i think im gona whack off to that thing
    my god. i've heard of being in love with a guitar but thats just sad.