In order to coordinate giveaway drawings to the Supporting Members there will be a new alignment in the naming of the tiers. (Note: Non-Supporting (Basic) and Monthly Supporting Members can get into the drawings by mailing a postcard. Details on that will follow with a giveaway starting soon).
The pricing for each Supporting Membership level remains the same though the naming of them will change. The privileges remain the same as current but with the new name. If you are a current Supporting Member, you will be upgraded automatically for the existing term of your Supporting Membership. We are introducing a new tier with new perks.
All memberships will now have the option to remain as non-recurring memberships or choose reccuring memberships moving forward. *Note: current memberships will NOT be changed to recurring memberships.
I have a USA “V” Time Capsule. I love the V neck and every time I play it I think about how good it sounds. I have to agree, Dean has some low end Guitars that people confuse with there high end stuff. Believe me, there is a BIG difference.I've owned a couple of USA deans (Cadillac E'Lite and Hardtail) and they are great guitars. I actually just bought another Hardtail as a project. Like with most manufacturers if your experience is with the low end budget models then your opinion will be skewed towards the negative. The first Dean I ever played was an early 80's USA V, while I sat in with a band. It was an amazing player and it weighed practically nothing. I found one recently and it took all I had for me not to buy it.
Unless you're buying stuff from the custom shop, it's hit or miss...
There are some great Dean guitars, particularly those built before 1983 and from the USA Custom Shop.USA made Dean Guitars are fine instruments. The quality and craftsmanship is on par with any of the usual suspects. In fact, I think they sound and feel better than most.
Unless you're buying stuff from the custom shop, it's hit or miss; as it is with most manufacturers. I currently own a Cadillac and an ML, both of which are Imports. Ironically, I like these better than the two USA models that I had previously owned. The Cadillac is one of my main go to guitars.
I have a South Korean 35th “Z” that is pretty damn amazing. You would think it was a USA “Z” if it did not say made in Korea. Some of the high end Korean made Deans are very nice.
These pretty well cover it. As far as I can tell, most, if not all, MIK Deans are at least decent and some are really good. But you can pretty well forget the Chinese made ones.As has been stated, the USA Deans from the late 70s through the 80s are quality instruments. After Zelinsky sold the company quality dropped a bit but they still had very nice instruments made in Korea, specifically the EVO series and the V, Z, and ML guitars. Once the Dime thing started they really began pushing out some bottom of the line stuff and unfortunately that's the stuff most people know these days. They killed the Korean line years ago if I remember right. I've owned probably 25 Deans but haven't had any of the recent crap ones. The latest one I did own was made in China but it was one of their DOA (Dean Owners of America) models so it was pretty nice.
I have several USA Deans and just love them. However, my Korean 35th Z is a very serious contender. If I did not tell you it was Korean and you know anything about Dean guitars, you would absolutely think it was USA Custom shop. There is a video review on YouTube where one of the major USA only Dean Dealers swears by them. In fact, that review is why I ended up with one. If you can find one, buy it, buy it now!There are some great Dean guitars, particularly those built before 1983 and from the USA Custom Shop.
I have two Custom Shop korina Deans, a V and a Z. Both are exceptionally well built guitars, among the best I've ever played. They were built to my specifications back in '06: Korina body, ebony board, graphite nut, tone pros bridge, transparent amber finish. Locking tuners, a push/push neck pickup coil tap volume knob, and Fralin pickups on the "one-of-a-kind" Z. I also have a maroon '81 Z that has the best neck I've ever held.
As I understand it, the imports are hit and miss but if you get a good one they are really a bargain. Personally, I prefer the USA models and mine, vintage and recent, are on par with the best guitars I've ever encountered.