Dean EVO XM Solid Body Electric Guitar, Mahogany Finish Review

Posted by Sherrie Kearney on Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dean EVO XM Solid Body Electric Guitar, Mahogany Finish
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I bought this Evo because I wanted a cheap non tremelo guitar around to play with alternative tunings, and I really like the looks of it. My other guitars are a Fender Strat and a Fender Lead 1, both equipped with Floyd Rose systems so the Evo was a nice change of pace.

On to the guitar! The first thing I noticed was the weight. At 5.75 lbs. it's probably the lightest guitar I've ever played. Right out of the box it wasn't set up, which didn't really surprise me for a $100 guitar. After setting up the guitar (adjusting the bridge and truss rod) it turned out to be a very nice player. The stock pickups sound great and the solid mahogany body has decent sustain. The good tone surprised me considering how light it is. I have only one complaint. The cheap tuning keys. They're cheap and it's obvious when you turn them and feel varying amounts of play from each of them. That being said, they seem to stay in tune pretty well. The bottom line is that the Evo is an EXCELLENT value! The only thing keeping it from getting 5 stars are the tuning keys. I would highly recommend this guitar to beginners as a first electric or experienced guitarists who want something cheap to play around on. The guitar should be set up properly for best results. If you don't know how to do it, take it to your local guitar shop and pay to have it done.


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Dean's EVO XM is a perfect blend of vintage design, old world craftsmanship, and decades of guitar building technology. This affordable yet stylish member of that family has a lightweight basswood body in a mahogany stain for a "high-end" look, making it ideal for the beginning guitarist who wants an attractive model as their first guitar.
Vendetta XMT at a Glance

    Body wood: Basswood
    Neck Construction: Bolt-on
    Neck wood: Maple
    Fretboard: Rosewood
    Inlays: Pearl dot
    Frets: 22
    Scale: 24 3/4"
    Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
    Pickups: Dual Dean Humbuckers
    Tuners: Sealed
    Hardware: Black
    Finish: Mahogany

Features a Tune-O-Matic bridge and Dual Dean humbuckers.

Dean sealed tuners keep you in tune longer.

The Dean EVO Series: Evolved from Vintage Origins
The EVO is a perfect blend of vintage design, old world craftsmanship and decades of guitar building technology. The Dean EVO is truly the "Evolution of Guitar Design" at its finest. With a deep dished, carved, ultra-thick solid wood top, the EVO achieves incredible sustain and astonishing tones. The EVO also features a neck joined at the body with Dean's exclusive angular neck joint, which was specially designed to attain the optimum in playability and ultimate resonance. Basswood Body
Basswood is commonly used for solid body electric guitars and basses because of its strong and durable character, desirable tonal characteristics, and how well it takes paint finishes. Basswood has a warm sound, with a strong, cutting mid-range and is an excellent tonal material for both beginner and advanced players.Bolt-On Construction
The EVO XM uses bolt-on construction, an affordable alternative to set-neck or thru-body designs. The advantage of this design is that if you do have any neck trouble down the line, you can easily replace it.The maple neck features an ultra-playable 24-fret rosewood fingerboard, with classic pearl dot inlays.

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