V 79 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: 6.6 (41 votes)
Dean: V 79

Sound — 10
This guitar screams with the EMG pickups. I play mostly heavy, chunky rock and this V really suits my needs. I play through an old Danelectro amp and a DigiTech RP200A pedal. This guitar with active pickups was not meant to be played clean. Play it cranked up with gain and distortion and wake up the neighbors.

Overall Impression — 10
I saw this beast at the shop and after I picked up my jaw from the floor I bought it. I've been playing about three years and have two other guitars besides this one. If it were stolen, I'd put a put a hitman on the s.o.b. that did it. I love the neck on this thing. It's a little beefy but still fast. It's hard to play while sitting down, but that's a V for you. If I want to play while sitting down, I've got two other guitars that'll do for that. Overall it's a great looking, great playing guitar that's gonna be in my arsenal for quite some time.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This axe will definately withstand Live playing. It's not too heavy and is really balanced even with the huge headstock. It looks fantastic on stage, too. Hardware seems decent (except for the tuners) and the stock strap buttons were OK although I replaced them with Schaller strap locks. This guitar is dependable, but never, ever gig without a backup.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I bought this guitar used and it was set up really well. I changed the strings to some Ernie Ball Slinky Skinny top/heavy bottom strings (0.10-0.52), adjusted the pickup height to my liking and that's it. No flaws in the beautiful flame top, in fact there are no flaws at all except for the Gibby tuners which, I don't know, are lacking something. I will soon replace those anyway. Oh yeah, I also replaced the battery for the pickups.

Features — 10
I bought this guitar used from a local guitar shop. I'm not exactly sure when it was made. Probably early to mid 2000's. It is stamped "Korea" next to the serial number on the back of the headstock. It's a set-neck, 24.75" scale with 22 frets which I think are medium-jumbos. It's got a mahogany body with a flame maple top in the Standard V shape. Mine is sunburst finish. It's got a fixed Tune-O-Matic style bridge with a string-thru body. New ones come with Dean Zebra humbuckers, but mine came with active EMGs--85 at the bridge and 81 at the neck. It's got 2 volume knobs and one tone knob with a 3-way Switch. Mine came with Gibson Vintage tuners which I will soon replace with Grovers (which come on the new ones).

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    I think it would be an 81 in the bridge and an 85 in the neck, but hey people do weird stuff sometimes...
    Shredder Guitar
    lol. yeah my "dean flying v" review should be in here. mine had that orange brazilia burst finish in that photo of the other review though. these are amazing guitars, playing mine right now
    I'm going to buy a Dean 79 Series V at my local shop in September. The newer 79V now comes in classic white which I will be getting. They also come with stock Dean Pickups and Grover tuning machines. I got a Dean EVO Special in the flame red finish and its awesome and my favorite guitar. I love Dean guitars. I think they are made in Korea now because it is cheaper that way, there are still some American made models though. Go yo www.deanguitars.com to check them out. Dean guitars rocks!