Sound — 10
The Vendetta 4.0 plays well no matter what I play. From System Of A Down to the Christian music I play at my church to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, it all sounds great on the Vendetta. Very full sound, but also bassey which sounds amazing in drop D/C and with heavy distortion for things like Metallica and SOAD. The frets came in perfect condition, so bends don't tremble or anything. I've played it regularly at the local music shop here (where they are very nice, and let customers play all the guitars and bring their own to test new amps). I myself play it on a small Marshall with a Flanger, a Boss Volume pedal, and a Boss Distortion/Overdrive pedal. There is no noise other than the noise you make.
Overall Impression — 9
If you've bothered to read all my crap and gotten this far, you deserve some brownie points and a cookie. As you can see, I am very fond of this guitar, and it's a great guitar for the price. I love the finish, and it sounds beautiful. I recommend it to anyone Who's looking for a new intermediate-level guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I've never performed with this guitar, but that is going to change soon, and I have a feeling it will do well. The buttons are sturdy and the finish will definately last a good long time. Although I would never perform without a backup guitar (better to have to stop a second and grab the second instead of without a string or not at all), I think it would be fine without a backup.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action was exactly where I personally prefer it (which may have been done by the store I bought it from, since they ordered it from Dean specifically for me), and there was no buzzing on the frets. Everything came perfect except for a small gouge in the finish on the backside of the guitar, but I believe it is from shipping (the roads SUCK here, I wouldn't be surprised). The crack hasn't spread, and the finish is great. I've dropped the guitar, knocked it off the stand, and hit it with my other guitars on accident, and the Vendetta has no signs of it (which I can't say for my Fender, which I've also dropped, etc). The nut was cut perfectly, which seems to be an uncommon with the guitars I've bought. Most other guitars I've owned have ground down my strings as I tune up and down from Standard to drop c to c Standard tunings, and eventually snap them. Also, the neck has a tribal design in mother-of-pearl, which looks badass on the guitar.
Features — 8
I purchased the Vendetta 4.0 in Tiger Eye in September of last year. I am very pleased with the guitar, and it sounds great. It has two good quality humbuckers that produce a good tone and look great on the guitar. With the two humbuckers, there's a 3-way tone switch which is easily accessible between the billeted volume and tone knobs. The guitar has a mounted bridge with a string-through design. The strings are easy to run through the holes, and do not catch. It has 24 jumbo frets, but the 22nd-24th seem to be a little short of being correct tone-wise, but not much is played past the 22nd fret, and it is barely noticeable. The headstock is great looking, and the tuners work without resistance and don't stress the strings like other guitars I've played.