The Dean Custom Run #8 ML Switchblade Electric Guitar packs high-end features into an impressive body shape. If you're ready to make a strong statement onstage, then this is the perfect vehicule. It f... Click To Read More About This Product
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The Dean Custom Run #8 ML Switchblade Electric Guitar packs high-end features into an impressive body shape. If you're ready to make a strong statement onstage, then this is the perfect vehicule. It features a mahogany body with a quilt maple top and a gorgeous trans finish that really lets the wood grain shine through. The set mahogany neck has a comfortable slim D contour and an ebony fingerboard with 24 frets and pearl inlays. Depending on the finish, the hardware is chrome or black and includes Grover tuners and a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge. Electronics consist of USA DMT pickups in an HSH configuration all wired to a 5-way switch and push/pull control knobs for extended tonal shaping. This limited-run model comes complete with a deluxe hardshell case.
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Comments about Dean Custom Run #8 ML Switchblade Electric Guitar:
As a Limited Edition or "Run" instrument you have high expectations. This guitar exceeds those and could easily sell for twice what it is going for. First, the tone. Just incredible tone and versatile. You can play any style from blues to death metal on this guitar and it would sound great. It comes in a HSH pickup configuration with a master volume, dual tone knobs for the humbucker's that also serve as push/pull coil split for each pickup along with a 5 way Fender style blade switch that opens options of tone with the coil tapping on the humbucker's that Fender's can only dream about. The front pickup is a DMT Nostalgia that has a very nice and warm sound but can also be over driven and sound great, think a classic PAF pickup. The middle pickup is a DMT SCVH, which stands for single coil vintage hot. It slightly over wound and is hotter than most single coil but still has a fantastic tone by itself or paired with either of the humbucker's, once again very warm sounding and the true surprise to me of this guitar since I didn't think I'd use it very much. But it has no Hum when played alone and sounds really good paired with the others. The bridge pickup is a DMT Baker Act Pickup that is like a Duncan JB on steroids. It's the pickup that the head pickup designer at Dean, Pat Baker designed for himself, it's also available for for resel as an add on to other guitars and I highly recommend it. This was my first experience with this pickup and it is very hot. I had to role the tone down some for the music I was playing. But with it being that hot you can dial in what you want with the tone knob and the leads just scream and still have clarity. Next is playability. It is a 24 fret, 24 3/4 short scale guitar with a very thin Mustaine D neck (I have a Mustaine, same neck) . It's very fast and very playable. Now if you like a thicker neck or are used to a neck with "more" to get your hand around, you may not like it, but I love it. Overall beautiful guitar, sounds!!!
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