You don't have to spend a fortune to own a great sounding guitar. Just score a Dean tradition AK48 dreadnought. With at spruce top and mahogany back and sides, it delivers great tone. Its rosewood fin... Read More
You don't have to spend a fortune to own a great sounding guitar. Just score a Dean tradition AK48 dreadnought. With at spruce top and mahogany back and sides, it delivers great tone. Its rosewood fingerboard and comfortable neck makes it easy to play, and quality sealed tuners stay in tune to keep your sound sweet. Choose a hip transparent finish and look cool on the street or on the stage. Includes case.
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I have owned my Dean guitar for about 2 years now. I have been using it as my beater guitar to switch off from when I am not playing my Martin. All I can say is what a value! The case is better then cases that you pay $100 for. The guitar itself is great to look at, sounds good (not in the class of the Martin) and I just have grown to love the thing. I recently picked up a Bedell guitar for about 60 dollars less than the Dean. The Dean just feels better to play; it could be because the Dean is a little bigger (a Dreadnaught vs. Orchestra size for the Bedell). Granted the Bedell sounds better, but the fretboard is better quality on the Dean guitar. You really can't go wrong here. To enhance the sound, I restrung my Dean guitar with Martin strings and it helped.
I have a clear/natural finish AK-48 that I purchased used, and I really enjoy playing it as a new/beginner guitarist. The guitar is well made and looks nice. Since the time I purchased and played my AK-48 a few months ago, I have played many entry level guitars as my skills have grown. In my opinion the feel and sound is as good as some more expensive entry/mid level guitars ($300-$400 range) by Fender and Alvarez. Mine keeps tune very well and is easy to play. Make sure you have good strings and a proper setup as with any guitar - or it may play poorly and sound not so great! If I were willing to spend three times as much on a entry level guitar, I would get a Taylor 110 (which is very, very nice), but again it's 3x as much money (the 110 will be guitar #2!). The only negatives to the AK-48 are that I think the bridge has an ugly shape that does not fit the look of the instrument (opinion), and there is no factory installed neck strap button...but other than that workmanship and finish is nice. As a new player, I think the AK-48 is a good buy and a nice entry level guitar. I'll be keeping mine for a long time.
Guitar looks great- pictures don't do it justice. Falls off after that. Wasnt too happy with the sound from the start, but I am just learning and thought it was me. I had the opportunity to play a Yamaha which wasn't much higher in price, and the difference was unbleivable. You can't play this before buying becuase it is online only and you are stuck with it if you don't like it. Try several guitars and buy one in person.
It's amazing to think you'd get this much for such a reasonable price. I've owned my Dean AK48 for only two months now, but so far this seems to be a well made guitar for it's class. Perhaps this company feels they have to go the extra mile to compete with the bigger names in terms of quality. One of the most noteworthy aspects is that I virtually never have to tune this guitar, and I play it every day. It stays in tune better than my friends' expensive guitars. Although aesthetics are subjective and not as significant as sound and playability, to me this is the best looking guitar in it's class. Dean guitars emphasize the rocker look, which I like. That counts, because as a beginner you want every incentive to pick up the guitar and play it. Regarding the more important aspect of playability, this has as good a 'feel' as some of the more expensive guitars I've tried. My only slight knock is that the guitar has good (not great) sound. It sounds fine for it's price range, but my more experienced friends describe it as 'bassy' - better sounding on low tones than high. I also had a veteran player 'set up' the guitar for me, because the action was a bit too high at first. The other improvement was to replace the factory strings with higher quality D'Addarios, which seems to have made a difference. Even considering these imperfections, I didn't have the heart to bring my rating down to four stars because I just enjoy playing this thing too much. And relative to price, this is a five star guitar for sure. That they throw in a hard shell case just sweetens the deal.
Ive been playing the guitar since I was twelve and this is the only acoustic ive owned, put some good strings on it and it will sound great, keeps tune well, great for passing around between friends at a party or get together or just practicing scales at home, just a beautiful decent sounding guitar that can take a beating, for a very reasonable price...
This was the first acoustic guitar that I ever purchsed, I owned a couple electric before it, but decided to give the 'ol acoustic a try. This guitar was, and continues to be for I still own it, a very enjoyable guitar to play. Now, it isn't the best acoustic I've ever played since I bought it, but its very good for its price range. It has a very clean sound to it, and resonates well, its a great guitar to just kick back with and strum out some old chords, maybe a 'lil Nelson or something I dunno.
If your just starting out this is a great guitar for the price. It has decent sound and looks cool. I bought it for my teen daughter and she loves it. It is easy to learn on. Rule of thumb is, you get what you pay for. In this case it is worth it.
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