So I've been MIA for quite some time on this scene and guitar/music in general. The whole covid thing freed up some time and got me inspired again...got a new band going and hitting things full force! Naturally, GAS ensues...Reverb must've been paying attention to my moves cause I kept getting emails for gear I was looking at years ago. Anyway, figure I'd blast back on here with a NGD!
I play mostly Jackson Vs but had been eyeing Deans for years. Still want a ML at some point, but for now:
Dean Chicago Flame V Trans Brazilia Burst
Korean made 24 3/4 scale 22 frets
Set Mahogany "V neck" Flame Maple top
Grover tuners Ebony fingerboard Abalone inlays
DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups
So, first things to note. Bought this brand new from Dean Johnson's Music (Florida) Reverb shop. Professionally packed. Shipped super fast, took only 4 business days to get here in Houston with standard shipping.
Case seems very sturdy. Lots of compartment space, could fit a laptop in there if I needed to. Velcro neck latch to keep gutar in place, don't think I'll use it but nice touch.
The guitar itself looks great. A few very minor cosmetic flaws that you have to microscope to find. It's gonna get thrashed anyway. Flame top looks great. Per usual, you can see more detail in person.
How does it play??? Well, unplugged...first impression is it plays smooth, setup well from the seller, good low action. Resonates and notes ring out surprisingly well unplugged! Good sign. Gonna get it amped up tomorrow night at practice. I'm sure it'll be fine.
This guitar has a 'V contour" neck, not flat or D/C (I have no idea) shaped Jackson necks. So the middle of the neck kinda protrudes down its entirety. I can't tell yet if this is something I'm gonna hate or if it will help with left hand fatigue. Either way, the V neck is very noticeable.
Also, I've only been playing Floyded guitars for the last 10 years or so. I bought this to have something different and to be able to string up quickly for practice.
So I don't know if this is because of the TOM bridge or smaller scale than my Jacksons, but notice where the edge of my palm rests, behind the bridge. My music consists mostly of fierce and long trem picking runs, maniacal thrashing power chord patterns and occasional palm mutes on cymbal grabs...Where my palm is resting in the picture is where it feels most comfortable for the majority of my playing: trem picking, but when I go to palm mute, it feels like I have to bump up and over the bridge to get where I need to be. It feels like I have to travel much further to catch palm mutes compared to my Floyded guitars. Is this normal for TOM'd guitars? Have I just gotten SO used to Floyds that there's no return to TOMs? Or do I just play in an awkward position? Either way, it feels abnormal to me.
Soo, hopefully the issues i have just work themselves out with time. Gonna leave the Super Distortions in there for now, never tried them before. If I change out the pickups I have a Black Winter bridge, Miracle Man bridge, and a couple EMG sets laying around. Planning to change out most of the hardware to black...couple questions on that note:
Any recommendations for a replacement TOM bridge? Must be BLACK.
Where can I find a replacement V tailpiece? Also must be BLACK. Ebay and Reverb have provided dodgy results searching for these.
Well, it's good to be back at it! Thanks in advance for answers or suggestions.