Sound — 6
The Dean V X is suited for Hard Rock and Metal but if you are planning on going any heavier I suggest new pickups. I am currently using the Dean V X with a Crate GLX1200H 100W half-stack, it can be noisy and is not suited for bright tones. Out of this guitar you can play rock, metal, and blues. There is not much variety with the pickups it comes with and I suggest changing them within 2 months.
Overall Impression — 7
I ussually play hard rock and metal (Smashing Pumpkins, BLS, Trivium, etc). This guitar has been alright for the past year but I am eager to get a new one. I have been playing for seven years and also 2 Fender acoustics, a Gibson Studio, and a Fender Telecaster. I love this guitar because of the looks, it looks cool, sounds alright, and plays pretty good. I hate this guitar because the money you will put into it is more than you will buy it for.
Reliability & Durability — 4
This guitar can stand live playing up to a crowd of about 150. The hardware is well made and seems to last and all strap buttons are solid. At a gig I would recomend this guitars and a backup. If you get this guitar you will realize that it wasn't worth it and end replacing the pickups or getting a new guitar all together.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The Dean V X comes tuned, cleaned, and ready to go. The action is fast and the pickups are descent. If you are serious about guitar I would get the pickups adjusted. It came with no flaws and looks just like would in the pictures. It is however a heavy guitar and hurts your shoulder after a while.
Features — 7
My Dean V X is a 2005 USA model, 22 frets with 24 3/4" scale, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, gloss finish, It is based on the Flying V style and looks very metal with it headstock and humbucker Design. Passive electronics and 3 way selector switch, comes with dual Dean Zebra humbuckers and grover tuners.