A lot of guitar series put themselves out there for your consideration. A lot of them try to adhere to the standards, traditions and principles of the mainstream guitar demand for which is high. Although sometimes guitar manufacturers will think to themselves “to hell with common conventions” and come out with a guitar series that is more or less. The Dean Dimebag guitar series was, I think, one of these ideas. So let us take a closer look at one of the models from the series and see whether it was actually worth the trouble.
Let us get started with the body design of the guitar. When you look at it, you will recognize a familiar shape that, while not seen too often, is popular enough among guitar owner circles. The design is slightly glam, slightly punk and all over divergent from the mainstream strat and les paul designs. I love it. What kills the design is some of the poor decal choices that the manufacturers thought of – the fire decal on the front is especially cheesy. I do not know of many people who would actually enjoy having a guitar like this. Other coloring choices are rather decent though.
The body of the guitar is constructed out of mahogany. The choice of this wood seems especially surprising since the guitar is as affordable as it is, but it is actually a great choice. The design of the guitar means that the wings are in constant danger of easy denting, but the sturdiness of the mahogany allows you to not worry about that. The beauty of the low tone resonance is also highly appreciated. The weight might become a problem for some player, but as long as you keep practicing, it is easy to get used to.
The neck of the guitar is made of mahogany as well. This continuation of the hardwood’s use into the neck of the guitar results in an extremely sturdy instrument, even if a little on the heavy side. The neck of the guitar is set into the body, allowing for further sturdiness, a long lifetime guarantee and, most importantly, great alignment. The fretboard of the guitar is made of rosewood.
The guitar comes with a licensed Floyd Rose Tremolo Bridge. It overloads the slim body of the instrument with its bulkiness, but does a great job of providing some nice action and string stability. A worthy tradeoff, I guess.
The nut of the guitar is made out of plastic. This is my least favorite material for a nut to be made of, but it does a decent job here. Still, a little bit of string buzz persists.
The tuners of the guitar are decent, without too much to report issue wise. I would appreciate a bit more stability, but as it stands, I do not have a problem with the instrument.
The guitar comes setup for a person who loves themselves powerful, heavy sound. The two humbuckers installed on the guitar do a great job of cleaning the string buzz out. The Seymour Duncan SH 13 Dimebucker and the DMT design pickup are powerful, especially the Seymour Duncan. The two passive humbuckers have detailed sound, powerful output and are overall rather fun.
The controls on the guitar are rather simple. You get one knob for the volume of the guitar and two knobs for the individual tones of the pickups. Good times.
Let me start off by saying that the guitar sounds good. The string buzz is mostly cleaned out by the humbuckers strapped onto the instrument. The mahogany and the nature of pickups does a great job at providing a great low tone sound. Overall the guitar does a good job at sounding as if it is perfect for metal, though I would enjoy some more flexibility in sound.
If you have been paying attention than you will know that most the complaints I have for the guitar are cosmetic. The sound is adequate, if a little limited. Recommended for the metalhead in you.