Price paid: € 420
Purchased from: Caliber22
Features — 9
Dean Zelinsky Private Label Zenyatta Custom. Made in 2013 in South Korea in the same factory as PRS are made - World Musical Instrument. Wide guitar with a wide fat neck. Its unusual shape stroke me. I was in love. Thin body much like S-series Ibanez mahogany body, flamed maple top, wide fat mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, MOP diamond inlays, amazing DZPLG signature humbuckers split coil tapping, 3-way pickups selector, locking tuners, nickel hardware, lovely DZPLG stop-tail bridge. Passive electronics.
Sound — 9
I play all kinds of music from '70s to today indie rhythmic melodic songs. The tones on the Zenyatta were quite good; exceptionally good when compared to any guitar in its price range. As you'll hear from the audio clips, this guitar is an extremely versatile tone machine. It is very percussive and rhythmic when playing open chord progressions and funky clean riffs. Both DZPLG signature humbuckers out of ordinary sounded great, clean or distorted, even for blues and jazz. The distorted riffs blew me away. Sounds amazing for a 420 euros axe.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Visually, the guitar is a perfect 10. The design of the body is a piece of marvel. Low action enough to my fat fingers out of the factory. The guitar I tested had a dark tobacco burnt finish. The guitar profile is unique. Slender and sexy as hell. Like a dish. Perfect design and feel. Very smooth to the touch and attaches to your body perfectly. The beautifully nickel hardware stands out to your eyes. Didn't see anything I didn't like on it. I found this guitar to be medium light, maybe 6 lbs and extremely comfortable to play sitting or standing. Zenyatta it's like a hot girl teasing you and saying: play me, please.
Reliability & Durability — 9
The Zenyatta is a wonderfully crafted guitar, and a perfect compliment to the outstanding sustain this guitar brings to the table is the way it manages to effortlessly stay in tune for hours of non-stop play. The DZPLG bridge is outstanding. Longing sustains result from this type of bridge. The buttons are 100% solid. The chrome hardware bangs, bangs forever. It slick body maybe its more suited to studio. It's my opinion. Out of the ordinary features placed in this guitar, makes me wonder how Dean Zelinsky makes it costs only 400. I never played it live, but played it for hours in studio. Never got untuned even with crunch riffs and hardrock powerchords. Incredible. Amazing price/quality ratio on this baby.
Overall Impression — 9
All in all, this guitar gets a 9 in my book. Not a 10 because that's perfection and it's only my humble opinion. I never played a perfect guitar. Maybe it doesn't exist, like there's no perfect car or plane. But for the several guitars I've played all over the years, this Zenyatta blows me away. If someone tell me it costed 1500 euros I would believe based on the guitar profile, feeling, tone and craftmanship. If you're a novice or professional player looking for a well-crafted guitar that's versatile, attractive and downright affordable, then do yourself a favor and try out one of these babies. They simply look, sound and play amazing and you won't have to miss next months rent payment to own one. Best looking guitar I ever saw. Dean Zelinsky nail it 100% on this one.