Agreed. You need to play the guitar if you're seriously considering buying, but if you buy online this isn't always possible. For me, I can't buy the same guitar locally that I can get online most of the time because I live in the boonies... between Indy and Lousville. Right in the middle of both. This means I have to go to one or more stores in Indy to just see a good Dean, and even then I probably won't see what I want. But, I guess they do have return policies if you get something that's kinda expensive and don't like it.
I know the other older US deans I've played that had that V neck with Ebony board played great to me. I know I just loved playing it. That said, I'm also a huge Gibson fan. I've had several Gibbie Studios and always loved them.. Sold them when I was young or traded for Kramers and the latest pointy things back then.. LOL DUMB!
I'm currently looking at the Gibson Special I think it is with Two Humbuckers and no binding, etc, just Mahagony body and neck, etc.. The newer Gibbies also have the bodies hollowed out a bit for weight reduction and I've played one recently and it gives the guitar a great ES335 type sound to me. I love
it.. I know where I can play these guitars at a dealer that's only about 30 miles from here and he has a couple. I played a yellow one, and it's ugly, but man the frets are done by that machine, can't think of the name of it, and the nut is also;. The guitar weighed nothing compared to older Gibbies and it sounded great. I'd change out the pups to something better and more PAFish such as Dimarzio's PAF Pro's or 36 anniversary models, etc,. and I think I'd be set, and I can get all of that under 850 bucks I think. Guitar, Pups, etc,..
Originally Posted by Death.by.G-string
Ive played a few,both deans and gibsons.
The only thing i can tell is that you have to be damn lucky to find a nice sounding and playing one. Regardless if its a customshop or not.
You will have to play to know.