The Dean Playmate Evo J is a 3/4-sized electric guitar making it the ultimate instrument for the rocker just starting out. The fast bolt-on maple neck has a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. Dual ... Read More
The Dean Playmate Evo J is a 3/4-sized electric guitar making it the ultimate instrument for the rocker just starting out. The fast bolt-on maple neck has a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. Dual humbucking pickups offer a full range of tones. All hardware is chrome including a fixed bridge, Volume and Tone controls, and sealed tuners. The Dean Playmate Evo J is an electric guitar that is wonderfully easy to play.
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I've playing guitar for quite a while (well since the 80's) when intonation problems with cheaper guitars were the norm. i have a memphis mini strat that i bought for the same price i got this one for that has a mini baseball bat for a neck and a single humbucker. the dean is just a better build and finish. i love kamikaze guitars where you bang em up and they keep going and going, i still have that strat back in hawaii but didn't want to send for it. and now have a new playmate to start adventures with. it plays great out of the box, and yes it might need a slight tweak but that's expected. i've tuned it like a guitalele (A,E,C . .etc) and plan on using it this way just because. it's a little heavy but i can't really tell unless i pick up the vandetta i got last month. which is why i started liking dean. (i remember when sammy used dean)
I got my child this guitar because I wanted her to have a "real" guitar in her size, not a "Toy" guitar in her size. The guitar is great, the pickups sound strong and the knobs and strap pegs feel sturdy. It's everything that I hoped it would be for her. The problem with this thing is that it WILL NOT STAY in tune. and I mean BAD. by the time I get all the strings tuned the thing is out of tune again before I can play one chord. The tuning pegs are literally just wobbly on there and they wont hold tension AT ALL. I couldn't be more disappointed with it. I realize that it is a cheepie guitar, but really? From Dean I would have at least expected that the thing would stay in tune for longer than 30 seconds. I am going to look into my options to see if they will repair it - it needs a new set of tuning pegs, but I want to examine all of my options before I buy a set to put on myself. Once again - the guitar is great, everything is wonderful and plays better than a $100 guitar, everything that is except the tuning pegs. Don't get your hopes up on those.........
My son split this 50/50 with me in December so he could learn. It has a very nice set up, easy to play for short fingers. I ran this thing thru my practice regimen and it stood up well to all of the bends and heavy strumming without losing tune. Out of the box, it was a great sounding guitar. My 9 year old absolutely loves it. For the money, it is the best guitar in this class...I checked out all of the others at GC first. I gave it 5 stars for its quality at $100.
Picked this guitar mostly for two reasons: size and ratings. It had good ratings, many mini guitars don't (usually intonation and going out of tune issues). I needed a small guitar that I can take traveling with me in the army. The problem is that small guitars (in my experience) tend to have troubles with going out of tune, and being frustrating to play as a result. I haven't had that issue with this guitar so far. It keeps tune pretty well. Truthfully, it's not much of a "mini" guitar, it almost full sized, just a little bit shorter with a few less frets than I'm used to (I generally prefer 24 frets). Still, it's playing quite nicely, in fact it's a joy to play. Not sure what strings came on it, but they're decent. I'll switch to super slinkys later when these wear out a bit, but they're pretty good. I bought a used model, black, and it came in very good shape and set up nicely, I haven't needed to mess with it at all, it played fine right out of the box. The sound is nice and for the price it has pretty decent electronics. Overall I'm happy with this guitar. it's definitely not a toy, it's a real guitar in all respects, and plays as such. For the price I couldn't really ask for more. I'm not a great lead player but it has nice action, and for chords and power chords it's really nice. Blues jams seem to fit it quite nicely, it's got good action for smooth, bluesy jams.
I have purchased several "toy" guitars for my son. They have all been just that... "Toys." However, full-size guitars are just too big for an 8 year old. Hence, buying toys. I came across this Dean and it looked pretty solid. And of course, the Dean reputation didn't hurt. The guitar arrived in perfect condition! It sounds looks and sounds fantastic. It does need some minor intonation work, but truly that's a minor issue as all guitars need that out of the box. My son is stoked and this should last him unitl he can handle a full-size axe.... Is suspect it'll last long enough for him to pass it daon to his kids someday.
Just got into playing guitar again recently; bought it at a pawn shop. Sounds great with some heavy strings on it.
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