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Dean Deceiver F with Floyd Rose Electric Guitar  

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    Seductive dark looks and top-flight appointments ensure maximum playing enjoyment.

    The Dean Deceiver F Electric Guitar's tone-sustaining single-cutaway mahogany body is finished in classic black while the set-mahogany neck is topped with a 24-fret ebony fingerboard embellished with pearl Deceiver inlays.
    The Deceiver F has a fast 24-3/4" scale length and 3-on-the-side Dean headstock design with a winged "Dean" logo. This beauty is guaranteed to deliver sonic mayhem with a USA Dean DMT Time Capsule humbucking neck pickup and a USA Dean DMT Baker Act humbucking bridge pickup. Black nickel hardware on the Deceiver F includes a Floyd Rose Special tremolo bridge and Grover tuning machines.

    Features

    • Mahogany top and body
    • 24-3/4" scale
    • Set mahogany C-shaped neck
    • Ebony fingerboard
    • Pearl deceiver inlays
    • USA Dean DMT "Baker Act" bridge humbucker
    • USA Dean DMT "Time Capsule" neck humbucker
    • Master Volume/Master Tone
    • 3-way pickup selector
    • Floyd Rose Special trem bridge
    • Grover tuners

    You'll really dig this what this guitar offers - order your today.

     
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    4.8

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    First Dean, highly impressed

    This is my first Dean. I have played one of the V's before and thought that it was well made and sounded ok, but I couldn't get over how you couldn't play sitting down...Read complete review

    This is my first Dean. I have played one of the V's before and thought that it was well made and sounded ok, but I couldn't get over how you couldn't play sitting down without it wanting to leave your body for the floor and to be honest it was pretty tacky looking. This is a completely different animal and like I said earlier it hints towards tradition, but adds enough unique styling to be quite handsome on it's own.

    Will I sell my LP? Probably not because it's a different animal all together. But if I had to choose just one it may actually be a bit tougher than you would think. If I can get the tone dialed in a bit with the stock pickups or a swap this could probably be my #1. Of course I treat all my guitars like their my # it's like kids, you love them all equally.

    I've been through a lot of guitars the last 15 years after having been a one guitar guy for a long time. What I've noticed is that most guitars either do one thing well or a bunch of things really mediocre. For my money the proven designs still hold up the best and most of the time if something new comes out you can find flaws in the implementation. My impression of the Deceiver is that a lot of careful thought went into the design and the execution to make it happen was well done. Most of the import guitars I've owned have long since been sold off or given away. I have a strong feeling that this one is going to stick around for a while. It's not the best guitar I've ever owned or played, but it's unique and does it's own thing well enough to take a spot on the rack.
    All right, this isn't a honeymoon review, I've been playing long enough to know that value can cloud judgment and the new car smell can make you think something is better than it really is. This is as objective as I can be.

    I bought this guitar because I was kind of interested in a floyd rose equipped LP and the Axcess is a bit out of my budget right now. Actually I can't find one locally to try out and I'm not going to spend that kind of money without touching it in person. This was close enough to it and the price was right to take a chance.

    From a 'what you get for the money' perspective this guitar kills and I rated it from that viewpoint. The floyd rose special was kind of the question mark here, but it's very solid and holds tune and operates smoothly. Is it as good as an OFR? No. But it's better than about 90% of the other import trems out there and it won't need to be replaced. It's actually very nice to be honest.

    I'm not really sure about the fretboard being ebony even though it's smooth and very closed pour as well as being dark. Just seems a bit too good to be true for the price. Feels great though.

    The pickups are kind of a question mark right now. I'll get into that later.

    Upper fret access is stupid. Seriously it is ridiculous how easy it is to get up there. Great neck joint design.
    Very well built, no flaws anywhere. Frets are nice and even with no high spots or fret sprout. One of the few guitars that out of the box all I had to do was a quick setup and it probably would be fine. However I did go ahead and polish the frets with some Never Dull to get the grime from sitting in a warehouse in a box and probably just funkiness from being on a ship. They felt good before, but they feel amazing afterwards. And by setup I mean changing the spring tension for the trem because I changed string gauges to girly .09's.

    One other thing about the frets. I am not a big fan of super tall monster frets that are on just about everything coming out today. They're like speed bumps and I tend to fret sharp with them. These are nice and small and it plays fast. It's very similar to my Axis in that regard. Actually the neck profile is pretty close that too; maybe that's part of why I like it. It's not baseball bat, but it's not a Wizard II or even close to it, it's substantial and probably closer to a Gibson 50's profile. The radius is a bit flat, but it works for the guitar, I have no problem fretting chords. Single notes and soloing is a breeze. It plays a lot easier than I expected.

    The finish looks great to me. I was set to buy the FMT version because of the EMG's and the fact that it's 'better', but I couldn't get over the way that it looked vs the black F version. I love the way that this thing looks. I'm not a superficial person, but one of the selling points was the fact that it is a LP style guitar without just being an exact copy (or worse a really bad copy) and the things that they did differently don't seem gawdy or silly. It's slim and lightweight and kind of hints to being a LP, but it's got it's own thing going on.

    Anyway, from the binding to the fretwork to the finish to the parts used it's all put together well and makes a very good, complete package. Nothing seems out of place or feels like it needs to be upgraded.

    With all that said it does feel like a Korean guitar. Nothing wrong with that, but I think that's partly the poly finish they use. If you expect this to feel and even sound exactly like a Gibson you are only going to be part of the way there. A pickup change may get me closer, but for now it's got it's own thing going on and is pretty good as is.
    The only thing that I'm not 100% sold on are the pickups. They don't sound bad, as a matter of fact they best most of the competition coming from overseas pretty handily IMO. But I'm not sure if they are going to do what I want them to do. The bridge pickup (to me anyway) is more of a JB type flavor and while that's great for cutting through the mix it's a bit too sterile for my liking. But to be fair I usually have trouble cutting so I may have to give them some time to grow on me. The neck pickup is nice and clean, but it definitely doesn't have the typical neck pickup thing going on where it gets borderline muddy. It's got some of the bell like qualities like on a good LP, but it's a bit weak. I will say that in the middle position though they mix very well. I'm still messing with the pickup height though so I may be able to dial them in better.

    So basically in terms of value it's a homerun on every front except for maybe the pickups. That's all subjective anyway.

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    Good Looking Guitar With Bad Tone

    Let me start by saying this guitar gets a 10 for looks and features but thats where it ends. The setup was horrible like they didnt even try just put it together and put...Read complete review

    Let me start by saying this guitar gets a 10 for looks and features but thats where it ends. The setup was horrible like they didnt even try just put it together and put it in the box. The neck was off the action was high and intonation I could never find. I tried making the proper adjustments and it sounded ok untill you got past the 12th fret and then it was just flat with no tone. I feel that even for $350.00 there are better guitars. Maybe I got a lemon or needed to spend another $75.00 to get it setup by a pro. Either way I sent mine back and Musiciansfriends gave me a full refund.

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    5.0

    Great Price with Great Features

    By Darren Littlepage

    from Phoenix, AZ

    This is a great deal! It has great features for this price point (inlays, binding, pickups, Floyd Rose, hardware) It plays really nice. After setting it up right it plays and feels more like a Jackson than a Les Paul. I was hoping it would feel like an AXCESS LP but instead it's more like a Dinky. That's not a knock because they're both great. I was just hoping that it would feel more like a Les Paul. The Floyd Rose is awesome once you tweek the set up to your liking. I set the action very low. It's nice having 24 frets and you can play them all without buzzes. I'm not sure what guage of strings is on the guitar and it's not on Dean's site so I emailed tech support there...feels like 9's but I'm no expert. They are D'Addario strings. The PU's are very hot and almost sound active because they are so loud. I would say this is great for Blues to Metal but could probably swing Jazz at lower volumes. There's not a lot of room in the pots for playing quietly...it goes from nothing to loud very quickly. What's great is this fits in a Musicain's Gear LP Case perfectly. So you don't have to buy a $100 case for this one.
    Floyd Rose, inlays, binding, black chrome hardware, fretboard, USA pick ups (very hot). Two pots isn't enough...need three or better yet four. PU selector switch is in the right place.
    Parts quality is good...the set up was terrible. Action was way too high and intonation was off. I had to set it up myself but it only took a few minutes.
    Bang for the buck! This is an awesome value for the pice...and add any sale and it's a steal. To get these features in any other reputable brand you would be spending way more.

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    5.0

    Lean and Mean for not a Lotta Beans

    By Joe Combs

    from Chitown

    Sure, there are fancier guitars out there, but this one is packed with features, well built, has amazing tone, and is a spectacular value.
    Made in USA pickups, Floyd, Grovers, set neck, awesome pearl inlays, mahogany, ebony, binding on the shapely body, 24 frets, and made in Korea (not China)- this is one for the books. The greatest feature is the price. Quality guitar, well made, great tone, and UNBELIEVABLE value.
    Great setup, intonation is on- the action is perfect. The inlays are great. The finish is flawless. These pickups RAWK! As good as Japenese and even American instruments, I have several...
    Really, do you think you will ever see a name brand guitar with American electronics and a Floyd this cheap again? Even when they were charging twice the price, this guitar was a good deal. At this price, you would have to have rocks in your head to not see that there's nothing out there that can touch the features and price. I got one, I am thinking about getting another...

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    5.0

    First Dean, highly impressed

    This is my first Dean. I have played one of the V's before and thought that it was well made and sounded ok, but I couldn't get over how you couldn't play sitting down without it wanting to leave your body for the floor and to be honest it was pretty tacky looking. This is a completely different animal and like I said earlier it hints towards tradition, but adds enough unique styling to be quite handsome on it's own.

    Will I sell my LP? Probably not because it's a different animal all together. But if I had to choose just one it may actually be a bit tougher than you would think. If I can get the tone dialed in a bit with the stock pickups or a swap this could probably be my #1. Of course I treat all my guitars like their my # it's like kids, you love them all equally.

    I've been through a lot of guitars the last 15 years after having been a one guitar guy for a long time. What I've noticed is that most guitars either do one thing well or a bunch of things really mediocre. For my money the proven designs still hold up the best and most of the time if something new comes out you can find flaws in the implementation. My impression of the Deceiver is that a lot of careful thought went into the design and the execution to make it happen was well done. Most of the import guitars I've owned have long since been sold off or given away. I have a strong feeling that this one is going to stick around for a while. It's not the best guitar I've ever owned or played, but it's unique and does it's own thing well enough to take a spot on the rack.
    All right, this isn't a honeymoon review, I've been playing long enough to know that value can cloud judgment and the new car smell can make you think something is better than it really is. This is as objective as I can be.

    I bought this guitar because I was kind of interested in a floyd rose equipped LP and the Axcess is a bit out of my budget right now. Actually I can't find one locally to try out and I'm not going to spend that kind of money without touching it in person. This was close enough to it and the price was right to take a chance.

    From a 'what you get for the money' perspective this guitar kills and I rated it from that viewpoint. The floyd rose special was kind of the question mark here, but it's very solid and holds tune and operates smoothly. Is it as good as an OFR? No. But it's better than about 90% of the other import trems out there and it won't need to be replaced. It's actually very nice to be honest.

    I'm not really sure about the fretboard being ebony even though it's smooth and very closed pour as well as being dark. Just seems a bit too good to be true for the price. Feels great though.

    The pickups are kind of a question mark right now. I'll get into that later.

    Upper fret access is stupid. Seriously it is ridiculous how easy it is to get up there. Great neck joint design.
    Very well built, no flaws anywhere. Frets are nice and even with no high spots or fret sprout. One of the few guitars that out of the box all I had to do was a quick setup and it probably would be fine. However I did go ahead and polish the frets with some Never Dull to get the grime from sitting in a warehouse in a box and probably just funkiness from being on a ship. They felt good before, but they feel amazing afterwards. And by setup I mean changing the spring tension for the trem because I changed string gauges to girly .09's.

    One other thing about the frets. I am not a big fan of super tall monster frets that are on just about everything coming out today. They're like speed bumps and I tend to fret sharp with them. These are nice and small and it plays fast. It's very similar to my Axis in that regard. Actually the neck profile is pretty close that too; maybe that's part of why I like it. It's not baseball bat, but it's not a Wizard II or even close to it, it's substantial and probably closer to a Gibson 50's profile. The radius is a bit flat, but it works for the guitar, I have no problem fretting chords. Single notes and soloing is a breeze. It plays a lot easier than I expected.

    The finish looks great to me. I was set to buy the FMT version because of the EMG's and the fact that it's 'better', but I couldn't get over the way that it looked vs the black F version. I love the way that this thing looks. I'm not a superficial person, but one of the selling points was the fact that it is a LP style guitar without just being an exact copy (or worse a really bad copy) and the things that they did differently don't seem gawdy or silly. It's slim and lightweight and kind of hints to being a LP, but it's got it's own thing going on.

    Anyway, from the binding to the fretwork to the finish to the parts used it's all put together well and makes a very good, complete package. Nothing seems out of place or feels like it needs to be upgraded.

    With all that said it does feel like a Korean guitar. Nothing wrong with that, but I think that's partly the poly finish they use. If you expect this to feel and even sound exactly like a Gibson you are only going to be part of the way there. A pickup change may get me closer, but for now it's got it's own thing going on and is pretty good as is.
    The only thing that I'm not 100% sold on are the pickups. They don't sound bad, as a matter of fact they best most of the competition coming from overseas pretty handily IMO. But I'm not sure if they are going to do what I want them to do. The bridge pickup (to me anyway) is more of a JB type flavor and while that's great for cutting through the mix it's a bit too sterile for my liking. But to be fair I usually have trouble cutting so I may have to give them some time to grow on me. The neck pickup is nice and clean, but it definitely doesn't have the typical neck pickup thing going on where it gets borderline muddy. It's got some of the bell like qualities like on a good LP, but it's a bit weak. I will say that in the middle position though they mix very well. I'm still messing with the pickup height though so I may be able to dial them in better.

    So basically in terms of value it's a homerun on every front except for maybe the pickups. That's all subjective anyway.

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    5.0

    Well Balanced, Well built guitar!

    By jdad1206

    from Alabama

    This was the 6th Dean Guitar I've purchased, and I've never been disappointed.
    Get Your Wings! You won't be sorry
    Dean Guitars Deliver! The Time Capsule/Baker Act pickup configuration is an outstanding combination. They scream. The guitar is well balanced and comfortable to play. I would like to see a coil tap for the Time Capsule pickup.
    Excellent workmanship
    The bang for the buck is unsurpassed

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    5.0

    Decent Guitar, Good Deal

    By Josh Rowson

    from Winnipeg, Canada

    Aside from a few minor issues that were easily taken care of, I have nothing bad to say about this guitar. It plays really well, sounds and feels good. I know that with MF's customer service and free shipping I can confidently buy instruments and accessories knowing that I'm getting a good deal and help if i need it. Thanks, Musicians Friend!
    Only has a volume and tone control, pretty simple but it's good enough
    the control pots inside seem pretty cheap and the connections at the switch needed to be re-soldered because I was getting a huge drop in sound. Aside from that though, everything seems great quality-wise. Better than I would expect for what I paid for it at MF
    Can't beat the price for what you're getting

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    5.0

    Pleasently Surprised Great guitar

    Thsi is the first Dean Guitar I have purchased and I have to say I really like it. Took a chance and picked it up off clearance. Set up out of the box was great, I did some minor tweaking but has great action and plays well. Pickups sound good but as mentioned neck pickup is quite bassy and will require further exploration. I was immediately attracted to the look of this guitar as the mini LP sytle kind of reminded me of a Gibson Nighthawk which I always wanted but after playing left feeling unsatisfied. Now this is most definately a different animal than the Nighthawk but is very comfortable to play. Details are clean with maybe very minor issues with binding but not enough to complain about. The voicing is more on the modern sound of things but not over the top modern, I can still dial in some classic tones very easily. At regular price this guitar is worth it, at clearance its a steal. I had never really considered Dean before but the Deciever has changed my opinion. Nice job guys.

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    5.0

    Great Potential

    By Notoriou

    from Toronto

    like many people seem to have already pointed out, this guitar straight out of the box leaves a lot to be desired.Con wise, set up was bad (action was way too low), resulting in fret buzz and a dead note 19th fret of the bottom EHowever having said that, the low set up merely teased at the potential of this beast.the Ebony fingerboard (yes it's ebony some ppl seem to think its not) feels incredibly smooth and fast.So one quick trip to the local music shop and a pro set up later (and it's definitely worth it considering how cheap it is compared to other options) and it plays like a beast.once again it is slightly top heavy but it's just a blast playing the damn thing it's so smooth.the set neck and mahogany body provide good sustain and i rather enjoy the Time Capsule and Baker Act pickups which were a pleasant surprise which imo are more versatile than the standard EMG 81 85 combo in this price/material range.But that's the catch it has quality parts way out of it's current price range (where can you find a set ebony fingerboard neck for [ got this used for roughly $275]?).Bottom line it's worth considering this guitar because it looks good has great materials, and is cheap enough to get it and just get it properly set up for a nominal fee.Trust me I didn't regret itPS: floyd rose was pretty cool too just add's to the good deal factor

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    5.0

    Impulse Buy That Turned Out Well

    By Fizz

    from Delmarva

    I had been looking at the ESP EC-401 and the Washburn WI66 for a while, interested in a Les Paul-style guitar, but this Dean came up as the Stupid Deal one day, with a Floyd, something else I'd been wanting to try, so I couldn't resist. Looks really sharp, and I hadn't been sure about the all-black deal. Setup out of teh box was lousy, not even close to being in tune, adn with the D string way loose. As it was my first experience with a Floyd, I took it to my local music shop and let a pro do it. Now it plays very well, great action and fret access. The body seems very light, which makes the neck want to droop, but not as much as my ESP Viper. Just get a heavy leather strap and you're set. The bridge pickup is perfect for '80's metal (sound makes me think of L.A. Guns for some reason). Neck pickup is a little bassy, but great for blues. The Floyd seems to work pretty well, but dive responsibly anyway. Overall, I'm a happy feller.

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    3.0

    Good Looking Guitar With Bad Tone

    Let me start by saying this guitar gets a 10 for looks and features but thats where it ends. The setup was horrible like they didnt even try just put it together and put it in the box. The neck was off the action was high and intonation I could never find. I tried making the proper adjustments and it sounded ok untill you got past the 12th fret and then it was just flat with no tone. I feel that even for $350.00 there are better guitars. Maybe I got a lemon or needed to spend another $75.00 to get it setup by a pro. Either way I sent mine back and Musiciansfriends gave me a full refund.

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    5.0

    Nice Guitar

    By Josh Rowson

    from Winnipeg, Canada

    Very nice guitar. Looks, feels and sounds amazing. Its my first electric guitar but i've owned many acoustics and played some bass over the years. Bought this on sale to expand my collection and am very pleased with the purchase. Still learning a few things and getting used to the subtle differences. The tremolo is nice, never really played much of anything with a floyd rose on it before and that was a little tough to figure that out. For some reason the Low E string likes to slip when get too agressive on it, although thats probably some mistake i made putting the strings on or tuning it because like i said, i'm sorta new to this.

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