This guitar is definatly a great looking acoustic guitar that will get you noticed (especially the blue one). The sound is different. From my experience, the electonic could be better, but it is a $350 guitar that has most of the cost tied up in cosmetic features.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $349.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Westmoreland Guitar Works
The top, back and sides are flamed maple, and the neck is mahogany with a rosewood fretboard. I believe it has 22 frets, most of which are accessable due to the cut away. It has Dean electonics in it. The controls are 3 sliders (low, mid, and high) and a volume knob. The available finishes are natural or blue on flamed maple, but other exotica models have different finishes. The tuners are by Grover.
The action seems low, which is not too suprising considering Dean is known more for electrics not acoustics. Playing-wise, it is pretty easy to play. The action can only be adjusted with the truss rod.
Unplugged, it sounds very bright due to the flamed maple. It sounds decent with ball end nylon strings. I have only plugged it in to an amp (electric not acoustic) once and was not really impressed with the sound, but it might be better with the right amp. I think the type of music makes or breaks this guitar with respect to sound because it is bright.
With steel strings, it seems to stay in tune well. I haven't really abused it to know how durable it is. It doesn't seem to change much with climate either.