Purchased from: Dealer
Sound — 8
It suits well to my metal, blues and hard rock background, I use a Line 6 Spider 2 and it sounds really good hooked up to it, especially in my clean channel very nice sound, and very low static on a high gain channel can make a good feedback noise and is good guitar for pinch harmonics. Only little problems you will find with the sound.
Overall Impression — 8
I play metal, blues and hard rock, it's a pretty good match for my playing it could definitely use a Floyd Rose, I've been playing for three years and it is better than my pawn shop Les Paul, I would have asked for a Floyd Rose. If it was lost I would get something else though but from Dean still though, I love the finish body and sound I hate the loose tone knob but I guess they all can't be winners, I chose this because it looked nice sounded good. And Yes I wish it had (for the last time) a Floyd Rose.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar can be played a long long time. the tuning stays for the most part, the hardware I'm not sure it will last it's ok I guess, the strap buttons hold up nicely, you can surely depend on it on a gig without backup, the finish is awesome it will last forever.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The set up is ok not the greatest. The factory didn't do an outstaning glue job on the neck and body (it holds but you can see the glue), the action is perfect for me though. The pickups I have absolutely have no problem with adjustment wise. The only flaw is the tone knob it's loose. It does have a rather noisy pickup selector.
Features — 9
Made in China. It has 22 fret neck, mahogany neck. My finish was a gloss black. Body style is a Flying V, Tune-o-Matic style bridge, 2 volume knobs and 1 tone knob. Humbucker pickups from Dean, non-locking tuners. I Might suggest to change around the bridge pickup to a Dimarzio or Bill Lawerence (Dime Style) neck pickup has a smooth sound very nice. My tone knob is a little loose but I barely touch it nice looking knobs though, what I love most is the shape of the body and headstock, that signature Dean V headstock totally compliments the body of it. But it could have used a Floyd Rose but it's a overall nice guitar.