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Dean Exotica FM Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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The Dean Exotica FM Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a beauty! Its top, back, and sides are made entirely of delicately flamed maple and the body is tripl...Read More

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Graceful Exotica body design in gorgeous flamed maple.

The Dean Exotica FM Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a beauty! Its top, back, and sides are made entirely of delicately flamed maple and the body is triple bound. It comes with Grover tuners, inlaid rosette, plus a Dean preamp with tuner, 3-band EQ, and presence control.

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DeanExotica FM Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 49 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice aesthetics for the price

For the price, the Exotica gives you plenty of nice touches. The Grovers and abalone dot markers are upgrades compared to other guitars in this price range. The flame maple looks great. ...Read complete review

For the price, the Exotica gives you plenty of nice touches. The Grovers and abalone dot markers are upgrades compared to other guitars in this price range. The flame maple looks great. However, maple tops are not the best choice for acoustic guitars, especially when laminated. The tone is considerably brighter and colder than spruce-top guitars. So, there is a sacrifice of tone for looks on the FM Exotica. Also, while it may be more of a personal opinion, it seems like the dark brown neck is a mismatch look for the transparent colored bodies. Overall though, you'll be hard-pressed to find this much value in an acoustic-electric for this price range. If your primary usage will be plugged in, then the maple top may be less of a factor for you. If you're looking for more of an acoustic guitar that will be plugged in only occasionally, you may want to consider looking elsewhere for a spruce top guitar.

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Extremely durable... bad tone

This guitar is very, very durable... I have left it outside in freezing weather, it's been dropped on concrete and it has been thrown in the trunk of a car (on many...Read complete review

This guitar is very, very durable... I have left it outside in freezing weather, it's been dropped on concrete and it has been thrown in the trunk of a car (on many occasions). I have taken it on tour before as well, despite the inferior sound this instrument has, and it survived a handful of sketchy situations. It is made out of maple though, and is all laminate... meaning, no solid woods and a poor choice for acoustic guitar wood to begin with. When plugged in it sounds like chunky plastic, essentially nothing like an acoustic guitar. I would not recommend it for the price (or really at all). You may love something about it though, so check it out for yourself. But compare it to any solid wood, spruce top guitar and the difference is painful. Even compared to other laminate guitars this one falls short of anything but thin cheesy tone. It is admittedly easy to play despite it's obnoxious size, so that is a plus for some.I got one of these around 8 years ago, and at the time it's funky look and durable body suited my needs just fine (as i was really still learning). Once I later started to clue in about acoustic guitar tones this guitar was a disappointment to me, and was almost impossible to record with. I ended up borrowing a budget Washburn from my brother and it sounded much better. However the Washburn fell apart in a relatively short time while this Dean is still intact.If you like cheesy thin tone, are into funky looking guitars, are extremely rough on instruments or are really into acoustic electrics, check this out. However, if you are interested in being serious about playing the acoustic guitar and are willing to take care of your instrument, go for a solid wood, spruce top guitar and skip the electronics. Electric guitars were invented for a reason...

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5.0

Great guitar for all skill levels

By Daisey111

from Orlando, FL

Comments about Dean Exotica FM Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have owned this guitar for about 7 years now. It has been the best guitar I have owned and played so far. With some good quality strings this guitar sounds like a million bucks. The pictures of this guitar does not do justice. It is MUCH more beautiful in person. I always have someone saying, "Your guitar is so beautiful". I love that it has a built in tuner right on the top. That makes life easier. The only problem I've ever had with this guitar is when the battery goes dead. It will make feedback and popping noises until a new one is put it. Because I had that happen during a gig, I change my battery out before every other gig. Just make sure you get a hard shell case, and some good strings and you'll be set!

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5.0

My Thoughts

By Kcor7t

from Rather Not Say

Comments about Dean Exotica FM Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The Dean Exotica Is A Great Intrument! I Rcenetly Purchased The Dean Exotica In Transparent Red, And Let Me Say That The Details Shown In The Picture Are Just As Great As The Instrument In Person! The Price Is Just Great! Here On Musicians Friend The Price Is At A Nearby $350, To Buy Brand New From The Dealer Itself You Are Paying Close To A Good $500! The Instruments Electronics Are Great As Well, I Could Not Bealive How Good The Preamp Functioned And Worked! The Only Thing I Do Not Like Is How The Input Jack Is A Bit Bulky Due To The 9V Battery Incert, I Like The Battery By The Pre-amp but it's deffinetly tllerable! I Suggest you buy it, it sounds great!!!

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3.0

Just OK

By MikeSong

from Maryland

Comments about Dean Exotica FM Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've owned the Blue FM for over three years. It sounded pretty good at the store when I bought it, even with bad strings, and I liked the beautiful finish, so I figured with good strings I'd be OK, and it goes with the decor of my living room. From the beginning it was somewhat hard to tune. The built-in tuner never has given me a true tuning. I tried to gig with it, but the electronics are not up to snuff. I found out that I have to change strings quite often to keep the tone bright and keep the strings tunable. The lower tone strings tend to flatten out after a short time. I use the same strings on all my acoustic guitars, Martin SP mediums. I can keep the same strings on my old beat-up Yamaha for a year and never have problems with tone and tuning. Likewise on my Ovation, which I use the most for gigging. I do have a similar tuning problem with my Takamine, but to a much lesser extent. I've kept the action medium to low and don't get buzz. Over the first year or so, I noticed that the tuning slowly became untrue from the Nut to the first fret. So right now I have to capo to get good tuning for playing. Also, it slowly developed an internal "buzz", that I finally figured out was the battery case vibrating. I fixed that by wrapping the battery with paper to put pressure on the battery case when it is latched in. All in all, with attention, I can keep the guitar in working order, enough to goof around in the living room. And it still looks good sitting in the corner. But...we are changing our decor to Green! So now I have to figure out what to do with this guitar! Anyone want to buy it?

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5.0

Exotica FM

By PRSguy570

from Wilkes-Barre , PA

Comments about Dean Exotica FM Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar a little over two months ago and can't put it down. I originally bought this guitar as a "beater" , a guitar I could take camping and what not....but it's so much more. It is so easy to play,the action is great. The strings rest just slightly above the fretboard. It has a very strong construction, and stays in tune amazingly. It's also a very beautful guitar...pictures do not do it justice at all. It sounds great unplugged...very nice medium warm tone. Plugged in it seems to lose it's tone. I have a variety of amps including acoustic amps but it seems to sound it's best if played through a very basic pa system. I won't gig with this guitar....I'll stick to my Taylor's but like I said I can't seem to put it down. Very good guitar for it's price. I think it's worth more than what you'll pay for it. Very good guitar for any range player. If you're looking for a guitar that is strong, looks great, and plays well this is the guitar for you. I would recomend it to anyone.

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4.0

its a pretty guitar

By musicNtheveinz

from atlanta, ga

Comments about Dean Exotica FM Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is a great guitar if you don't have a lot of money to throw around and want a decent sound. When I first bought it, I changed the strings to phosphor bronze and that helped mellow the sound out because it sounded so so so bright, I almost sent it back. Then I had to lower the action a bit, so it is easy to play. I like the grover tuners. It stays in tune fairly well. However, and I was surprised about this....it sounds like crap when its amp'd. Tinny....I had to spend a lot of time to adjust the amp and the eq on the guitar to where I could stand it. So, this guitar has a a better unplugged sound than plugged. The end result? Its my living room guitar and its pretty. My 16 year old Jasmine, which is falling apart, had a better sound from the start....so. Its not a bad guitar, but almost worth the price that I paid for it. I paid for the flame maple, grover tuners, and the ablalone inlays that was the difference.

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5.0

Beautiful guitar!

By @L3X

from Gilbert, AZ

Comments about Dean Exotica FM Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is amazing! I spent a little more $$$ for a nicer finish (the faded denim) and it's one of the best acoustics I've played. When you plug it in to a normal amp it loses a bit of the acoustic sound though. The on board tuner is so convenient. Same with the equalizer. The faded denim came with nicer bindings. It's a beautiful finish! One thing to remember! Changing the strings on this guitar will make all the difference.

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5.0

very good

By kalimoto

from kentucky

Comments about Dean Exotica FM Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

i really like this guitar. i have played some show with it, and it sounds great. the strings are close the fret board, so it's very easy for my little hands to play some tricky chords. i think it's great for the price, of course if money was no object any one would choose something even better, but i couldn't be happier with this one!

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5.0

I'm in love

By Lucasm

from San Antonio

Comments about Dean Exotica FM Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar with my 2007 tax refund just to expand my guitar skills on. I or friends who see it can't get over its very elegant look of the wood. The initial reason I bought this guitar was because it is extremely playable, allowing quick, electric guitar like playing on an acoustic guitar. The strings rest a minimal distance from the frets. Out of all the guitars I tried, I settled on this one because it was the most playable I have ever played. It's perfect for me after over a year of owning it.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Extremely durable... bad tone

By Doby

from Kansas City

Comments about Dean Exotica FM Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is very, very durable... I have left it outside in freezing weather, it's been dropped on concrete and it has been thrown in the trunk of a car (on many occasions). I have taken it on tour before as well, despite the inferior sound this instrument has, and it survived a handful of sketchy situations. It is made out of maple though, and is all laminate... meaning, no solid woods and a poor choice for acoustic guitar wood to begin with. When plugged in it sounds like chunky plastic, essentially nothing like an acoustic guitar. I would not recommend it for the price (or really at all). You may love something about it though, so check it out for yourself. But compare it to any solid wood, spruce top guitar and the difference is painful. Even compared to other laminate guitars this one falls short of anything but thin cheesy tone. It is admittedly easy to play despite it's obnoxious size, so that is a plus for some.I got one of these around 8 years ago, and at the time it's funky look and durable body suited my needs just fine (as i was really still learning). Once I later started to clue in about acoustic guitar tones this guitar was a disappointment to me, and was almost impossible to record with. I ended up borrowing a budget Washburn from my brother and it sounded much better. However the Washburn fell apart in a relatively short time while this Dean is still intact.If you like cheesy thin tone, are into funky looking guitars, are extremely rough on instruments or are really into acoustic electrics, check this out. However, if you are interested in being serious about playing the acoustic guitar and are willing to take care of your instrument, go for a solid wood, spruce top guitar and skip the electronics. Electric guitars were invented for a reason...

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice aesthetics for the price

By Ryan-f.H_c

from Atlanta

Comments about Dean Exotica FM Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

For the price, the Exotica gives you plenty of nice touches. The Grovers and abalone dot markers are upgrades compared to other guitars in this price range. The flame maple looks great. However, maple tops are not the best choice for acoustic guitars, especially when laminated. The tone is considerably brighter and colder than spruce-top guitars. So, there is a sacrifice of tone for looks on the FM Exotica. Also, while it may be more of a personal opinion, it seems like the dark brown neck is a mismatch look for the transparent colored bodies. Overall though, you'll be hard-pressed to find this much value in an acoustic-electric for this price range. If your primary usage will be plugged in, then the maple top may be less of a factor for you. If you're looking for more of an acoustic guitar that will be plugged in only occasionally, you may want to consider looking elsewhere for a spruce top guitar.

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