Price paid: £ 750
Purchased from: www.Gak.co.uk
Sound — 10
I play metal, from thrash to heavy, and this guitar suits it perfectly. The low end especially has an incredible tone (symphony of destruction is perfect on this). The Seymour Duncan Dimebucker lives up to it's name, playing almost any style with a really good sound.
Overall Impression — 9
An incredible guitar, Dimebag obviously knew exactly what he was doing. The only thing sharper then the body is the tone (and a knife, maybe). This can be sat down with like a V, or a Standard shaped guitar, so every's preference is seen to. The only bad things I can really say about this are. The massive price, but that's to be expected from a signature guitar from one of the greats. The strap button next to the fretboard could have been pushed back a bit as it restrics access to the upper frets slightly, but as long as you bear that in mind whilst playing it shouldn't be too much trouble. The obvious point about changing tuning, but seeing as you should already have another guitar (this is not a guitar to buy before you can play) that shouldn't be a problem either. Find a place that has one, and try it for yourself!
Reliability & Durability — 9
This is really well balanced, and lighter then it looks. I have No Doubt it would survive any Live playing, and destroy any competition. I would want a back up guitar however, but only to change to a different tuning mid-gig. I have accidently knocked it a few times (doorframes etc) and I can barely notice any difference in the paint job. In short, this guitar seems to have no drawbacks apart from the ones that any floyd'd guitar has.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This came perfectly set up in Standard tuning. I have recently changed it to drop D, and the brige is still level enough to not need ajusting. If you plan on dropping to D Standard or below, you'll need to ajust the bridge, but that's the same with and guitar with the floating tremelo. There were no flaws whatsoever with this guitar.
Features — 9
This Korean built Dean screams metal. Pointy body, pointy head, even a pointy V shaped neck. 22 jumbo frets, rosewood fretboard, neck-tru (not bolt on, two passive pickups, 3-way toggle switch, 3 knobs (neck volume, Bridge volume, master tone, licensed Floyd Rose bridge, Grover tuners. Everything a metal musician needs (except for the extra two frets the razorback 255 has).