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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...Read More

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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

Killer looks, killer sound, yet the price won't kill you. Order the Hardtail Select today.

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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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1.0

Killer guitar!

By mr_slugworth

from Orlando, FL

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.

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5.0

Way Worth the Money!

By Gtrsuite

from North Attleboro, MA

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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!

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5.0

Great guitar

By Rick-4aWkb

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

I picked up this guitar a few years ago, because I wanted something that's a bit different (e.g. not a Fender or Gibson). I had read some good reviews on here, and I ended up getting the guitar. I've been playing for about 15 years, and this guitar looks awesome and is really fun to play on. My one critique is that I wasn't a big fan of the pickups (too much low end for my taste). So I swapped out the pickups with some Seymour Duncans. The guitar sounds as good if not better than a lot of Les Pauls. You won't regret this pickup. Plus, the ladies like it.

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5.0

The Beast

By 3n-out

from San Antonio, Texas

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.

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5.0

AWESOME GUITAR!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

bought this slightly used, but it is amazing!! sounds great, and is really beautiful, and doesnt go out of tune. great for the money!!

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5.0

Well worth the money.

By ps150rocks

from Montana - God's Country

Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

This was my first guitar. I picked it up a little over a year ago. Being new to the guitar, the thing that attracted me to it the most was its beautiful style, look, and finish. The tuners are rock solid and the thing hardly ever goes out of tune. I have to admit, the humbuckers are a little weak, but playability is truly awesome. My Gibsons just don't feel as good as this guitar. It has become my preferred electric guitar.

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5.0

Purrrrty little guitar

By Hey.

from California

Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

Great thick neck, cool inlays, and great great finish.Stays in tune quite well, certainly not a concern with this beast.Humbuckers are okay. I DO intend to change them out to maybe Dimarzios, or Seymours but they're not terrible;I could make due.Overall, very good axe. Worth the price easily.

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4.0

Good Novice Guitar

By NateDaTater

from Portland, OR

Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric 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 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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4.0

Looks can be decieving

By Tuck

from South Carolina

Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

When I purchased this guitar, I was very excited. Then when I received it, I was very disappointed to say the least. It looks really nice. However, the hardware is cheap. When I plugged it in for the first time, the bridge pickup did not work. I had to take it to a repair shop the day after I got it. Another thing that bothers me about this guitar is that it has a plastic nut. For the price, it is almost insulting. I had a bone nut installed and the pickups rewired. Now, it is a playable guitar.

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2.0

Guitar craftsman

By Zedd

from Maryland

Comments about Dean Hardtail Select Electric Guitar:

Solid instrument with major visual issues. Plays fine. Craftsmanship was lacking. The binding was cracked and dipped in multiple places. There was glue smear and debris in the top. Over all not my first pick quality wise but still a solid guitar.

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