Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: Sound Source Music
Sound — 8
I play metal and that's about it. It is a pretty suitable guitar for metal and rock. I use it with a Roland Microcube, which is a great practice amp that complimets the guitar well. I use it on a model based on the Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifir. The biggest problem I have with sound is the pickups have a pretty noticeable hum. The guitar was obviously designed for rock/metal but it can pull of cleans pretty well.
Overall Impression — 8
The guitar was designed for metal, and it has become very useful for my style. I've been playing for about three years, and this guitar has lasted. I would probably buy a different guitar if this were stolen. My favorite feature is the neck, I have done a little sanding to make it better fit to the way I play. I didn't really have a clue what I was doing buying this, as it was my first guitar, the finish is basically why I bought it. I had a choice between this and a Jackson Dinky. I bought this because I hated the finish on the Jackson (blue with Orange flames). If the Jackson had been black or white/maple I probably would have bought the Jackson. I have always been a fan of Jackson guitars, and I plan to buy one as my next guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar can take a serious beating and not have problems. My biggest complaints are about the nut and bridge.The first time a tried 11s, a piece of the nut chipped. Also, whenever I change the strings, the bridge falls off, it could definitely use a Tonepros locking bridge, those are my only complaints. The finish on the guitar can NOT be chipped. I have a few very deep scratches and still, there is no visible wood. After I made a few adjustments, I have not had any problems, I would no feel comfortable playing this guitar without a backup.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was set up well, and I have only had to make slight adjustments to the guitar. The neck pickup is a little bit too far from the strings an the saddles needed some adjusting. I have no other complaints about the original setup though. Even the neck was set up well, which surprised me on a low end guitar.
Features — 8
I purchased my Dean Vendetta 1.0 in th spring of 2005. It was made in China in (likely) 2004. It features 24 frets, has a 25.5 inch scale, a rosewood fretboard and a two piece maple neck. The rosewood fretboard is very dark, but slightly on on the "grainy" side. The neck is a bolt on. The guitar is a solid top with a Mohangony body. My guitar has certainly taken a beating and has no chips in the paint job. It has a beautful black finish, I have gotten a lot of compliments on it. The body style is almost identical to a Jackson Dinky/Soloist, commonly known as the "Standard" shape of the electric guitar. It has a string-through body. It has passive electronics. It has a 3-way toggle switch to Switch between the two stock humbuckers. It has Standard Dean tuners, which are pretty decent. Mine came with no accesories.