Dean Michael Batio Guitar, Armored Flame Graphic with Case Review

Posted by Sherrie Kearney on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Dean Michael Batio Guitar, Armored Flame Graphic with Case
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Alder body and neck, ebony fretboard, big square abalone inlays, reasonably light, excellent build, finish is impeccable, not one tiny spot of paint missing or misplaced, which is quite a feat for such a complex paintjob. And what a paintjob ! no one is indifferent to its design and armored flame graphics ! I personally love it, agressive, unusual, and the amount of detail is impressive !
Dean MAB1 comes with Floyd Rose original bridge and tuning locks, in chrome, top quality items, made to endure years of abuse, and with chrome tremolo. Tuners are Grover, also known to be excellent, and this guitar has 3 pick-ups, in HSH (humbucker-single-humbucker) configuration, with 5-position selector for flexibility (Bridge, Bridge+Middle, Middle, Middle+Neck, Neck). The Bridge humbucker is a EMG-81, a classic, active high-gain pick-up widely used for lead sounds in Rock and Metal. The middle single pick-up is a EMG SA, very clean with Strat-like sounds. The neck humbucker is a EMG-85, another classic, very warm sounds, full of middle, great for rhythm guitar playing. If you play Rock, Hard Rock or Metal, this configuration is hard to beat ! Top-quality and great-sounding !
I ordered it from Amazon despite the other review, however fortunately my Dean MAB1 arrived perfectly set-up and playable right out of the box ! Action is reasonably low, and neck finish is smooth, both summing up to high playability.
I have it for a month now, playing every day (not for long periods though since music is not my professional activity, far from it), and it is still in tune !
A few things I don't like : the jack for the 1/4" guitar cable is in a weird position, but fortunately it doesn't really disturbs too much; the pins for the strap are also a bit different from what I am used to, and did not fit very well with my strap, but this is manageable, just got a new strap, as long as the guitar is safe and does not fall ! 8-O
Not a cheap guitar, but a lot of value for the money, with fantastic sound, top-of-the-line components, and great build. Should last a lifetime, and I will review it again here if it doesn't ! ;-)

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Michael Angelo Batio, one of the greatest guitars on the face of the earth, designed his signature MAB1 "Armorflame" to handle the punishing leads that he is known for the world over. Featuring a fast thin maple neck, 24 fret ebony fingerboard, 3 EMG active pickups with a 3 way switch for many versatile tones and a Floyd Rose locking tremelo, this guitar is not just an instrument, its a weapon that unleashes your true potential!Michael Angelo Batio MAB-1 Signature~Alder Body~25 1/2" scale~Slim Fast Maple Neck~Ebony Fingerboard~Abalone Block Inlay~Grover Tuners~Nickel Hardware~Armorflame Graphic~Floyd Rose Trem. Bridge~EMG 81, EMG 85 & EMG SA Pickups~Hardshell Case Included

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