Sound — 10
The sound is absolutely amazing. No matter what style of music you are playing, the XMT delivers a bright, full, rich sound every time. I can play rock, punk, metal, blues, you name it and the XMT blows me away! The most surprising thing to me so far was when I was playing some old classic Beatles songs (Eight Days a Week, I Want to Hold Your Hand, etc.). I always thought you had to buy a specific type of guitar, or upgrade your axe with special pickups, but with the right ammount of tone, the XMT can sound exactly like the old 60s guitars. Even without effects, this guitar really sounds better than the price you'll pay.
Overall Impression — 10
I mostly play punk rock, and this guitar can dish out strong rhythms and clear solos like nothing else. I've been playing guitar for almost 4 years, adn I have 4 guitars in total. The only one that can stand up to the quality of my XMT is my over 30 year old Yamaha acoustic that was my dad's (also a magnificent guitar). I use my XMT with a Zoom G1X effects pedal, and I don't think I could find a more perfect match. If I could go back in time, I would buy this guitar all over again. Everyone Who comes over always asks if they could play it, and after they do, they are blown away! They are always shocked to hear the price I paid for it too. ("It was only $130?!")I bought mine in metallic blue, and I have never seen a more beautiful guitar. I love the look, the sound, and the envy on all my friends faces! Don't waste your money on a Strat when you can get the Dean Vendetta XMT for less.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar sounds like so much more than it is. It can stand up to a lot of name brand guitars. Out of the 12 guitars I've played, this one is absolutely the best. I don't have a case for my XMT, and I admit there have been some times where I've banged it up pretty bad, but it doesn't even has a scatch. It is definatly a durable guitar that I would and have put all of my Faith in. I haven't had any problems with it what so ever.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The XMT has low action, which is really nice. The dual humbuckers were a smart move for a low budget guitar. The neck pickup has a deep, thick, and emotional sound that works great with pick throughs and arpeggios, whereas the bridge pickup has a warm, happy ringing that is perfect for chords even if your playing a sad song. There were no mistakes with the construction of this guitar.
Features — 10
The Dean Vendetta XMT is a solidbody electric guitar with a string-through design for great sustain and less weight. A solid choice for beginners and veterans alike, this version of the Dean Vendetta now features a Vintage tremolo bridge so you can make this axe howl while you note bend like a maniac. Also features classic Dean V ferrule pattern, dual humbucker pickups, 25.5 scale, and a solid mahogany body with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. Bolt on-neck and black hardware complete the Dean Vendetta XMT.