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I have now sold all of the guitars I had advertised on here at various times (the blue Gibson LP, the ESP Strat and the Ibanez Giger RG) and so I had the change to buy a new guitar.

I went for a Dean USA DFH which is a limited edition Dimebag tribute model. It's a replica of his 'Dean From Hell' 1981 ML with Lightning Bolt graphic. This is VERY much a love it or hate it guitar so just say it if you really don't like the finish/shape/whatever. It plays so well and sounds so great that the look of it doesn't matter to me. I just happen to love that too! :up:

It is number 80 of 150 worldwide and only 6 in the UK. It was difficult sourcing it but I did my best and was very lucky to succeed!

Plain and simple, it's the best guitar I own. Fretwork is perfect, amazing tone (no EMGs for this one - Dusty will be proud of me for going passive for once!), attention to detail and just general quality of construction is simply incredible.

My benchmark guitar to which I compared all others I tried was my ESP KH-2 Neck Thru. Not anymore. I feel that overall - despite the fact that it IS a completely different beast thanks to the tonewoods and electronics - the Dean is superior to the ESP. The KH is a Custom Shop ESP so it's one of the top quality models they do. The Dean is a Custom Shop affair aswell, I simply think slightly edges it.

If anyone wants a great high gain pickup for the bridge position: Bill Lawrence L500XL! Keeping in mind that there are infact two slightly different versions as there was some big feud with the Bill Lawrence company and so they have two seperate groupings making the same thing - both are fantastic and tonal differences are very slight between them.

I'm back to the old combination I grew to love before the days of my ESP which is Mahogany body, Mahogany set neck and rosewood fingerboard. Such a fantastic combination. This guitar just sounds huge!

This model has the 'V' neck profile. Very comfortable and easy to get used to. Very different to the neck on my Explorer (which I modelled on an old Firebird) and the KH (which is a 'thin U shape).

The killer for most is the fact that it has an Original Floyd Rose on it. This was the one spec I was 100% in need of for the next guitar I bought prior to this purchase. Holds tune very well. I'm gonna keep this one in E. Every so often I'll drop it by a 1/4 tone if playing along to Vulgar Display Of Power (A=436 on your tuner if interested ;)) but otherwise this one is keeping in E.

In short (thank god you're saying! :laughing:) - Dean USA has impressed me very much. This is certainly not my last guitar from them. I'd recommend them without a doubt!

Right, that's about it for a review for now. Here are some pictures:

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Sonds like a nice guitar. Heard someone play a dimebag signature Dean in bruce millers, great sound. Weighs an absolute ton.

Every so often I'll drop it by a 1/4 tone if playing along to Vulgar Display Of Power (A=436 on your tuner if interested ;)) but otherwise this one is keeping in E.

This is the first I heard of anyone doing this. Why? Wont it just annoy the hell out of anyone with perfect pitch?

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Very cool, congrats!

Who's signature is it on the back of the headstock?

By the way, I don't remember dissing active pickups, but I can't remember what I did yesterday so I guess it's not outwith the realms of possibility.

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This is the first I heard of anyone doing this. Why? Wont it just annoy the hell out of anyone with perfect pitch?

Dime did it on the album 'Vulgar Display Of Power'. I'd do it to play along to that. Playing along in E to it is horrible. It didn't seem as bad when my ears didn't work though!

I can imagine it would annoy people with perfect pitch though, but... shame! :up:

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Very cool, congrats!

Who's signature is it on the back of the headstock?

By the way, I don't remember dissing active pickups, but I can't remember what I did yesterday so I guess it's not outwith the realms of possibility.

Thanks man :)

It's Dimebag's. I've heard rumours that he had signed them (all 150) as they were made before his passing. It's a Dime sig whether genuine or a print that Dean applied. I'll look into it.

You didn't diss actives, but I know that you'll prefer passives. It may have just been for resale when talking about getting the EMGs off the LP, but I know tonally, you'd prefer a nice set of BurstBuckers or 496R/498T or Duncans or whatnot :up:

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You're probably right, although Knopfler does use a Pensa with EMGs, or at least he used to, I'll get one someday.

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Ordered some new TV Jones pups for my Gretsch today!

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Nice axe James.

Should sound El Bizzo thru my Trilogy :up:

Dime's in the music/guitar press so often, you forget what a shit deal he and the other victims got :down:

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Nice axe James.

Should sound El Bizzo thru my Trilogy :up:

Dime's in the music/guitar press so often, you forget what a shit deal he and the other victims got :down:

It'll sound something else through that H&K dude! I've not put it through the Powerball yet. I'll do that tonight. :up:

You can definitely play it through the Trilogy, but there's no chance I'd ever sell you this one! I've probably already racked up more time on this than I did on that Les Paul. I played the LP enough aswell. That lets you know how much I've already played this one!

Yeah I agree man - sucks about what happened to Dime :( I watched the Pantera: Behind The Music programme again the another night. ;(

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Saw somebody playing one of these the other day in Bruce Miller's, sounded very impressive.

You REALLY didn't ;)

That would be either the Baby ML (small bodied crap interpretation of the graphic version) or the Korean £969 import version. I guarantee it wasn't one of these :up:

Well done on getting one of 150 of them as well!

Thanks man! 6 in the UK - to know one of such a small number is in my possession is great!

Dan - which Dime is it you have/had? The 333?

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You REALLY didn't ;)

That would be either the Baby ML (small bodied crap interpretation of the graphic version) or the Korean 969 import version. I guarantee it wasn't one of these :up:

Thanks man! 6 in the UK - to know one of such a small number is in my possession is great!

Dan - which Dime is it you have/had? The 333?

Im sure Dan had a Washburn Dime Slime, I could be totally wrong though;)

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Notice the image with laptop. It is obviously logged onto a porn site.

Ha!

Check out this, it from Danish TV a couple of weeks back. It was a show about music downloading so they got this IT guy to come on and download something live on air, look what was on his laptop.

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http://www.dr.dk/Forms/Published/PlaylistGen.aspx?qid=293278&postingGuid=%7B24C0C62C-FA47-48D8-AFDF-D9C5CABC26E2%7D

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hey dudes. I had the dime 2ST - it was my favourite out of all the dime models, and one that dime played in his latter washburn years I think - wasn't anywhere near as deluxe as James' though, but was still a pretty decent 500 quid guitar.

James - your geetar look sweet as hell man, well done on tracking one of them down!

I sold mine because I realised I wasn't dimebag. The guitar looked bloody amazing until I strapped it on and it totally didn't suit me. So then it kinda got left in it's case... I'm disappointed to say I don't miss it in the slightest, which is a shame cos I was so delighted when I got it 4 years ago.

However I spent the cash I got for it on a quarter of my new guitar which came today! I ordered it nine months ago and got it custom built to my own specifications :D

It's a blackmachine - Devin townsend plays an 8 string model, although I only wanted a 6 string. Here's effectively what it looks like:

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I don't have a camera handy to take photos of my own one, but mine looks pretty much exactly like that but with EMG's :)

It is ridiculously beautiful in every way.

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Nice guitar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You sure Dev has played an 8 string?

Yep... it was in total guitar a couple of months ago, the one with kirk hammett/trivium and stuff on the cover. Meshuggah play them too now I think...

Black Machine

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When you say the Dean website I assume you are referring to their forum? I'm a member there too and shared my pictures with them also.

I also posted a video on this forum and that one of me playing my guitar so...

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