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Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar   

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Modeled after the beautiful USA Hardtail, the Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar has a set mahogany neck with molded heel, mahogany body with solid...Click To Read More About This Product

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Dressed to kill and armed to the teeth.

Modeled after the beautiful USA Hardtail, the Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar has a set mahogany neck with molded heel, mahogany body with solid flamed maple top, rosewood fingerboard, Grover tuners, and nickel hardware. With 2 coil-tappable humbuckers, it sounds as good as it looks.

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FEATURES
  • Solid flame maple carved top
  • Set neck with Dean molded-in heel
  • Mahogany body and neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Abalone 12th fret inlay
  • Grover tuners
  • Nickel hardware
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DeanHardtail Select Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 45 reviews)

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Good Novice Guitar

I got this guitar off ebay (about 1/3 the price) in like-new condition, and it has been a great investment. I've been playing guitar for about a year and needed a decent...Read complete review

I got this guitar off ebay (about 1/3 the price) in like-new condition, and it has been a great investment. I've been playing guitar for about a year and needed a decent ax to give me the ability to do what I want to do and sound passable. This guitar does so, and then some. It comes with all the standards: two humbuckers, 3-way switch, Grover tuners, mahogany body, set neck, rosewood fingerboard, etc. It's very light, which is nice, but it won't give you as thick of a sound as similarly-priced Epiphone LP's. It stays in tune relatively well.The coil taps are bogus. Basically just give you significantly more hum with less clarity. Don't even bother with them. The two pickups do, however, offer a good tonal variety.Had to raise the action, and it needed to be intonated (the guy who owned it before me was a metal noob), but the action is still low and I can fly melodically through my scales.Setup was great, though I can't comment on the finish as I got the coated black version. Binding, frets, tuning keys all well-dressed.Playing through a Peavey Valveking into a Marshall JCM800 1960A cab, I get a lot of bass presence and clarity. It doesn't "sing" like my brother's Fernandes Ravelle, but if you put some Alnico II's in there, you'd have yourself a praiseworthy guitar. While it's by no means perfect, it'll tide me over until I have enough money for an American-made Hardtail or a high-end Gibson ('81 silverburst... drools).

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Killer guitar!

I've owned my Hardtail for almost a couple of years now and I am DEFINITELY getting another one.

This is a GREAT sounding piece of wood. Sounds a lot like a Les...Read complete review

I've owned my Hardtail for almost a couple of years now and I am DEFINITELY getting another one.

This is a GREAT sounding piece of wood. Sounds a lot like a Les Paul except without being so massive. The nut width is slightly wider than most electric guitars, and I absolutely prefer it. Neck feels great with easy upper fret access. Well built. The control scheme is fabulous, with 2 vol/2 tone in a very usable reverse slant pattern, and pickup selector right by the knobs. Push/pull pots for coil splitting.

The stock pickups in mine were JB/59 clones, and they sounded even better than the real deal IMO. Although I have since swapped mine out for Dimarzios and done some mods. Plenty of room in the control cavity for that sort of thing. My one dislike about the guitar was that the frets needed leveling. But after a level and crown job and new pickups, mine plays and sounds just as great as a USA model.

You can't expect everything in a import guitar for this price range. If this instrument had come with brand-name pickups or hadn't needed the fret work, then I would have rated it a 10. But I still give it a solid 9. It sounds, plays, and looks absolutely heavenly, and with a couple hundred in upgrades you can have a guitar to die for.

By the way, the reviewer that said chicks dig this guitar is absolutely right. Perfect size and sexy contours all over. If you have the chops to back it up, this guitar will get you plenty of dates with hotties.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Killer guitar!

By mr_slugworth

from Orlando, FL

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Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

I've owned my Hardtail for almost a couple of years now and I am DEFINITELY getting another one.

This is a GREAT sounding piece of wood. Sounds a lot like a Les Paul except without being so massive. The nut width is slightly wider than most electric guitars, and I absolutely prefer it. Neck feels great with easy upper fret access. Well built. The control scheme is fabulous, with 2 vol/2 tone in a very usable reverse slant pattern, and pickup selector right by the knobs. Push/pull pots for coil splitting.

The stock pickups in mine were JB/59 clones, and they sounded even better than the real deal IMO. Although I have since swapped mine out for Dimarzios and done some mods. Plenty of room in the control cavity for that sort of thing. My one dislike about the guitar was that the frets needed leveling. But after a level and crown job and new pickups, mine plays and sounds just as great as a USA model.

You can't expect everything in a import guitar for this price range. If this instrument had come with brand-name pickups or hadn't needed the fret work, then I would have rated it a 10. But I still give it a solid 9. It sounds, plays, and looks absolutely heavenly, and with a couple hundred in upgrades you can have a guitar to die for.

By the way, the reviewer that said chicks dig this guitar is absolutely right. Perfect size and sexy contours all over. If you have the chops to back it up, this guitar will get you plenty of dates with hotties.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Way Worth the Money!

By Vincent

from undisclosed

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Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

Bought mine new. Unbelievable value for the money. I love this guitar.I own a Gibson Les Paul, But have been looking for a double ct-a-way substitute for the LP for vaariations and weight (anyone whos owned and playeda LP for an entire gig knows what i mean). I have found what i was looking for, Finally! I've owned a Carvin and a Les Paul DC (double cut-a-way) and this guitars got 'EM both beat! That's saying something.I play in a high octane blues band now, but record and play all types, including hard rock and shred and this thing rocks, man!Made in Korea-Lots of quality built in and even the less expensive pups are pretty damn good. I may not upgrade!Yes, I would love to have the Hardtail USA made but $2999. Not gonna happen, and it really doesn't need to happen.Dean did good by this guitar. Beats anything out there in the $650 range and beyond the $1,000 range too!

 
5.0

The Beast

By 3n-out

from San Antonio, Texas

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Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

This gutiar has ballz and lots of it on the low end. When you blunt the E or A for that matter you know the guitar is the real deal. This guitar has a massive neck, nice and beefy is that's what you like this guitar will not disappoint you. Welcome to the dark side! Don't let the classic look fool you, this guitar is a rocker through and through. Ballz to the wall is what this guitar is all about. Excellent sounding clean and mucho crunch.

 
5.0

The greatest christmas present ever

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

it's Mason, i just wanted to say that this is the coolest guitar i have ever played. i have been playing guitars for 6 years playing with an acoustic and a squier strat. to me those weren't good enough. i am 13 years old and i have always wanted to be a famous guitarist. i found out that the only way i could start off with that is to get a Dean Hardtail. all of these things that you told me to rate. they are all 10's to me. thank you dean for making this guitar. since i have a hardtail and found out that dean was a pretty amazing company, i turned my back on a gison and wanted a dean. if i get new guitars they will all be deans. if you ever reccomend a high quality and amazing looking guitar buy a dean. or the coolest a dean hardtail. so once again dean, thank you for making this guitar it is the coolest.Mason,Thank You.

 
5.0

WOW!

By Mr. Mars.

from Indiana

Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

This is a great guitar! I bought this about 9 months ago and it is my favorite guitar. It has a beautiful maple top on it, and great hardware like grover tuners, coil spliting, and Dean pickups that are basically JB and '59 copies. It sounds amazing.

 
5.0

The picture does it no justice!

By Theo

from KS

Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

This guitar is incredible. Looks, sound and quality are over the top. I looked at Fenders, Gibsons, Epiphones, etc., and this just smokes them all. Never thought I would buy anything but a Fender or Gibson and I tell you unless you want to spend a hell of a lot more, you won't find anything even close to this one. Mine isn't near as dark as the one shown and the finish is just amazing. Check Dean out if you're in this neighbor hood as far as price goes. you owe it to yourself to take a look at it.

 
4.0

Not a PRS or Les Paul replacement by any stretch

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

I play primarily strats and was looking for something with a little bit thicker sound. I thought this seemed like a mix between a PRS and a Les Paul (cheap version of course). Before ever playing it I took it to my local guy and had him install a new output jack, knobs, and tuners. I expected the Korean components to be crap, and they were, but the guitar was cheap. The sound isn't bad, for stock pickups they give surprising rich tone, with no absence of bottom end. The coil tap just makes it sound like weak humbuckers, not single coil. My biggest problem though is the playability. The neck is too thick for my tastes, and the fret wire is way too big (especially given the short scale). I gave decent star ratings because this is a great guitar.

 
5.0

The best so far

By Alan W Cargile

from Fultondale

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Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

It's me Alanc. You all should know that I am 52 and have been playing since the 70's. This is about as perfect a guitar as you can get, for the money. I have had it 6 months now and I can't find anything to complain about. I read a review where the guitarist returned it. That's ok. But don't review it just because you chose the wrong guitar for what you play. I hate 24 frets, but I'm not going to review a guitar based on that. Anyway, I own 4 Deans and a Strat, and I love them all.

 
5.0

Best Guitar In Its Class...Period!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

This guitar is the best guitar for under $2000 that I have ever played! It plays and sounds almost identical to a McCarty, but its about a third of the price! The neck is similar to the PRS wide-fat carve and is extremely comfortable and fast. The top on my hardtail is really beautiful, as it has one of the deepest flamed tops I have ever seen. Every aspect of this guitar is virtually perfect: great fret fit and finish, great inlays, great neck, stunning flamed top, independantly controlled coil tapping, and amazing tone. Give one of these amazing instruments a try, I know you will be happy you did!

 
4.0

Solid Guitar

By FatStrat

from Undisclosed

Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

I have played this guitar a few times at my local guitar store. You know the specs. The pickups are extremely dirty, even through a typically clean Fender Blues Jr. The action was low, but not abnormally low, it played fast, but it wasn't anything special as far as guitars these days go. The neck pickup is very warm and muddy, even with the tone on 10, good for rythym. Overall, a solid feeling guitar.

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