Price paid: $ 960.75
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 10
I play metal and it suits it perfectly from Pantera to Sabbath to Avenged Sevenfold to Trivium the dimebucker is just awesome the only slight downside is the fairly average Dean neck pickup - it's not bad - just average. I use a DigiTech Death Metal distortion and it sounds really crisp - not muddy a tall. It has a really crushing tone perfect for metal the dimebucker is a wee bit noisy but so are most high output passive pickups. the clean sound is really good with the neck pickup for chords and for trebly sounds the dimebucker is really good.
Overall Impression — 9
For metal this is the ultimate V. It is perfectly balanced and has every thing a metalhead needs. I have been playing for 3 years fairly solidly and I own many other guitars - a Strat copy, Les Paul Copy and my last guitar a B\.C\. Rich NJ V with a Floyd Rose speed-loader (keep away from the speed-loader) and this guitar is, by far the best guitar I own and have played (including various Gibsons, other deans, jacksons, ESPs and b.c. riches. if it was stolen I'd hunt the thief down take my old B\.C\. Rich V impale that through his scull then take my prized possession back with me.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar needs locking strap buttons as the stock ones are really poor but apart from that I would gig with this any-day (and will be very soon) the hardware seems like it will stand a good bashing. the finish seems solid enough but after my last experience with a spiky V I wont take any chances with bashing it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was perfect from when I got it and there were (and still are) no flaws with the paint.
Features — 9
I think this was made in 2006 in Korea. It has 22 frets and a 24 3/4 scale. It has a V profile neck which for some is a turn off but it works well with me - gives a nice feel when playing chords and a fast feel when playing leads. I think its a Mahogany Body and rosewood fingerboard. It has a licensed Floyd Rose which. well for lack of a better word. could be considerably better. it has passive pickups (dimebucker and a Dean pickup) It has a three way pickup selector and a single "dime traction" volume knob and a tone knob. It came with a huge Dean ahard-case.