I looked at several different brands of guitars before choosing the Dean. I felt that this guitar had a great combination of quality/reasonable cost. I was also familiar with the Les Paul body style, so that influenced my buying decision. I have been very pleased with this guitar and would replace it if necessary. I would recommend it to anyone in the market for a great playing guitar for a reasonable price.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $515.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Wichita, KS music dealer
This Les Paul copy was made in Korea. It plays great with the factory Dean neck and bridge pick ups. Mine has the quilt top sunburst body, which is a nice appearance. I have owned a Gibson Les Paul before, and this guitar has about the same appearance,features,and feel. One exception is that the Dean has only one set of volume/tone controls.
The action is set low, and plays like a Les Paul. I can't identify any particular flaws.
I play through a Marshall MG30FX amp, and get a great variety of sounds. It has good sustain, similar to the Les Paul.
I have found this guitar to be very durable after two years of playing. I have made no adjustments to the factory settings.
I love this guitar. It has the look of a Gibson for far less money. The guitar sounds at least very good when played on any amp or any effect i've used with it. The only thing i'd change is the weight and the thickness. Not so much heavy as thick.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: kansas music shop
No flaws. this guitar was and is everything i want!
(used, had to sell) Marshall 2x12 valvestate good condition. we'll go with that amp. actually it sounded better on my friends Crate amp
I thought about getting a Flying V but I chose this one because it fits better. It's a guitar worth having. My favorite aspect of the guitar is the way it feels. It's a guitar worth getting.
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Lafayette Music - Lafayette, LA
Looked at Epiphone Les Pauls and the new Paul Reed Smith Santana models. I was hesitant to lay out $1800 for a Gibson Les Paul so was looking for a moderately priced guitar. The Epi LPs at this store were set up fine but the tones didn't compare to the Evo. The Santana PRS at the particular store that carried them, were all so poorly set up (action and intonation) that they were totally unacceptable.
The combination of the high quality looks, the playability (even before the minor adjustments, the superior tone & overal sound and the price were what steered me to this guitar.
If lost or stolen would I buy it again?......Hmm? Probably, but I may look at the Evo Premium as it has the Seymour Duncan pickups and is supposedly hand made & not a production model. But, if the funds were not available, I would not hesitate to pruchase another Evo Special Select.
Off hand, I can't think of how to make it better for the price.
Favorite aspect of this guitar is its ease of play and tones. It also isn't anywhere near as heavy as a Gibson Les Paul, I had one years ago and had to go to a very wide strap for playing 5 hours a night in clubs. So it's a fun guitar to play.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $601.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Willis Music, Cincinnati, OH
Made in Korea, Arched Maple top, Mahogany body. 22 frets,
24-5/5 scale neck. Nickel Hardware, Grover tuners. Zebra pickups, ( NOT the Seymour Duncans) Body has contrasting wood binding. Tune-o-matic bridge, Mother of pearl houeglass shaped inlays, quilted sunburst finish.
There was an intonation problem when I got it. It was fixable, but the guitar tech had to invert the three lower string saddles to get the range needed. The neck didn't have enough dip in it, but that was adjusted.
The playability is very easy. I am considering having the nut adjusted (replaced) lower as I am used to a bit closer action on the first fret, but it is just a personal preference.
No flaws that I can detect.
I usually go direct through a Johnson J-Station and use a Peavey Classic 30 for an onstage monitor. I sat out front & used the FOH speakers as a sources to pick my tonal setting on the J-station.
The tones on this are very close if not on the money of a Standard Les Paul. I also have a Fender American Standard Strat, so the tones are very different, which is to be expected.
Shortly after I got it, the Bridge pickup seemed to drop in power. Upon opening the cover to the switch, I found a bad solder joint had given up. I resoldered & the full sound is back.
The Neck pickup is Full-bodied and strong. I usually use the switch in the middle position for Rythm and the Bridge when I want to cut through for some leads. I do sometimes use the neck pick up, depending on the sound I am trying to recreate.
No noise or hum at all, very quiet & efficient.
I only rate this Very Good since I found the bad solder joint ,other wise, listening to just the tones & power, I rate it Excellent.
Reliable enough for steady live playing? Yes, qualified by saying I only play for Worship service for approximately 30 minutes at a time. Rehearsal have gone 2 hours and it's fine. I did change the Grover tuners to Schaller Locking tuners only since I like the easier string changing with the locking tuners.
Since I have only had it for 3 months, I cannot say how often it needs adjusting. I have only made minor adjustments as previously mentioned to the neck.
The hardware seems to be holding up. I installed strap locks rather than the normal hardware.
Climate changes seem to have little effect. I have started practicing in a room with temps around 65 and within 20 minutes, the temp is up to approx. 74. No retuning is needed.
Recommend it to anyone who does solos, especially in 50 through 80s style rock.
Price: $600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Green Laws Music
GREAT GUITAR!!!! Superb sustain, sound, distortion pick ups!!!
I am a soloist, this guitar is so easy to play, it ain't funny. Your fingers and hands slide effortlessly and easily up and down the neck. It is better then any other guitar I have played (including fenders)
I use Marshel stacks. There is nothing better then a Les Paul and a british Stack. The sound is phnominal
Stays in tune well, I use it all the time at concerts. Handles heat well