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The Dean Palomino Electric Guitar has a look straight out of the '40s and a triple P-90 tonal attack. The Palomino is a unique electric guitar built ...Read More

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Powerful P-90 punch and smooth hollowbody vibe.

The Dean Palomino Electric Guitar has a look straight out of the '40s and a triple P-90 tonal attack. The Palomino is a unique electric guitar built for blues and rock. The archtop body is dressed up with a classy-looking chrome bridge and tailpiece. The P-90 pickups combine with the resonant body to deliver the ultimate tone: smooth and creamy with plenty of punch. The Dean Palomino has a comfy 24-3/4" scale length, 5-way pickup selector, master volume and tone controls, and a 20- fret rosewood fingerboard.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Set neck
  • Archtop
  • 16" lower bout
  • 3 P-90 pickups
  • Master volume and tone controls
  • 5-way pick-up selector
  • Chrome hardware
  • 24-3/4" scale length
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DeanPalomino Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Different

This is a very unique guitar. Basically an ES-175 body with the function of a Strat, that is a five way switch and 3 pickups. I find this very cool. Electronics seem...Read complete review

This is a very unique guitar. Basically an ES-175 body with the function of a Strat, that is a five way switch and 3 pickups. I find this very cool. Electronics seem to function very well, the 3 way switch is very solid feeling. It was playable out of the box but I like my action a bit lower than factory setup. A few quick turns of the bridge thumb wheels brought the action down nicely. Checked relief for the neck, a little too much so removed the truss rod cover to tighten a bit. The truss rod nut was completely loose which is common when shipping a guitar. A small adjustment and was good to go. This brought the action at the nut to just about perfect, just needed to cut the high E string slot a hair to get it where I like it. I had a slight buzz at the 10th fret. I did a fret level and polish and that took care of any buzzing. Please be aware that any new guitar needs a set-up, if you can't do it yourself find a good tech. All in all this came set up better than most new guitars I have purchased. Intonation was very close, just remember this is a floating bridge so either change strings one at a time or mark the position, I use a couple pieces of tape to mark it. Also be sure to check all screws and tighten as needed. This is a fairly heavy guitar, mine weighed in at 8 lbs even. As far as looks it really has a great vintage vibe to it, mine is the seafoam green and is a real attention getter. After the previous mentioned adjustments it play very well. The neck has a nice feel to it, not too chunky but not skinny, just right for me. The P-90's sound good, maybe not boutique quality but for this price very good. I like the tail piece, it has plenty of retro bling, I have several other hollow-bodies with tremolo's and am tempted to add a Bigsby but really hate to alter the look. Unplugged it has a very nice acoustic quality, not loud but for practice without an amp very nice. Plugged in it is a different animal, the configuration makes it much different from typical hollow bodies making it possible to get Tele/Strat sounds out of it. The neck pick-up can yield some nice blues and jazz sounds as well. It handles over-drive well, you will get some feedback if you over do it but not as much as most hollow bodies I have do but I wouldn't try heavy metal. I've never been interested in Dean guitars before, most are geared to the death metal crowd, but this one is different. Because of the uniqueness this one will be a keeper.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Possibly Defective?

I ordered this guitar last December, and have problems rating it. The fit and finish was very good. Frets were nice and level, and such. But plugged into my amp, this guitar...Read complete review

I ordered this guitar last December, and have problems rating it. The fit and finish was very good. Frets were nice and level, and such. But plugged into my amp, this guitar produces a huge low range feedback on all of my amps channels and settings -- jazz, classic rock, and metal. I cranked out this feedback with my graphic EQ and then noticed that the pickups squealed on any amp setting. I cranked out the squeal, and was left with no tone. I called my luthier who said the guitar probably had some structural components of the body missing, and clearly had bad pickups. I returned the guitar the next day. But I have asked a friend who is a manager at a music store that sells Dean to call me if they get one of these in, so I can check it out. I really think (and hope) that the individual guitar I got was defective, and that a proper one might have some promise.

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4.0

Nice enough guitar, Dean support doesn't exist

By gregmo

from Orlando, Fl

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Dean support

Best Uses

    Comments about Dean Palomino Electric Guitar:

    I swapped out the P90's for some SD humbuckers. Lost the pickguard when I moved somehow. Does Dean want to sell me a pickguard to replace it? No. They won't even return my calls to say "no." So, if you think you might ever need any parts or anything, forget it, once it's sold to you, you aren't a concern of Dean's.

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    2.0

    Well...It's a pretty color....

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    By Happyguy

    from MI

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Dean Palomino Electric Guitar:

    Ordered this guitar based on the reviews and unique look. The guitar look great feels good, heavy, but good, however...the frets are a disaster. Uneven, marred, rough at the ends. Also there seems to be an alignment issue with the tailpiece and the nut/fretboard.

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    5.0

    Extremely satisfied.....

    By Rondo

    from San Jose Ca

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    Pros

    • A Beautiful Instrument
    • Fits Like My Dreadnought
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Toneresonance
    • Plays Any Style
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Dean Palomino Electric Guitar:

      The feature of three pickups, a 5 way switch, tone and volume control knobs only, give this beautiful instrument the simplicity and ability to play whatever style you want.

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      5.0

      Great for jazz

      By Jazzer123

      from Nashville, Tennessee

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Dean Palomino Electric Guitar:

          Great for jazz! Great for Rockabilly! Looks and playability are a 10.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice Sound at a Great Price

          By Chris

          from Freehold NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Dean Palomino Electric Guitar:

            I wanted this guitar for a long time finally bought it and I love it. The P90 pick-ups are awesome

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good Guitar, Bad Pickups

            By just some guy

            from San Francisco

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Craftsmanship
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Bad Pickups
            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Jazz
            • Old School Rock 'n Roll

            Comments about Dean Palomino Electric Guitar:

            A sturdy, well made guitar. I found the pickups to be terrible- Overpowered, noisy ceramics. The one position I liked was the combination of neck and middle- basically, like a humbucker with a moderate output. Since I don't really need a 5-way hollow body, I wired the neck and middle together, put a good alnico P90 in the bridge, and switched out the 5 for a 3 way switch. Now I switch between a smooth, jazzy humbucked neck, bright crunchy rock and roll bridge, and a thin, almost acoustic sounding middle position (using all three pickups). While doing the mod, I noticed high quality switch and pots.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great ax 4 price and tax

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            By rubenrivera49

            from East Chicago Ind

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good 4 Jazz
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • 4 Jazzing Around
              • Big Venues As Well
              • Jamming
              • On stage
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Dean Palomino Electric Guitar:

              this ax 4 price is worth it. the sound is great and perfect 4 jazz and other styles. just dial in the right sound 4 what ever style of music u play and vuala u r in business. If u like metal the is not the ax 4 u. it is 4 jazz (mainly) blues rockabilly country styles big band stuff 2. It is great to add if u don't have one in you collection of axes. get a good amp a fender blues jr. or a peavey or what ever u prefer my is afew like my wholetone 80 jazz amp ,fender 212 dps fender mustang III acoustasonic 150 by fender ... u no the deal. 4 the price it is a good ax get it u wont go wrong.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good cheap guitar

              By Reverbrocket

              from NYC, NY

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Cool Fat Neck
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Cheap Pots And Pup Switch
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rockabilly Surf Heaven

              Comments about Dean Palomino Electric Guitar:

              If you're after that clean warm 50s sound then this guitar is good for you. I've added a Bigsby to it and I'm living in rockabilly surf heaven. Knobs and pots are cheap. In the future I would replace pickups with fralin replacements. Can't go wrong with 5 way pickup system.

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Dean Hit This One Out of the Park

              By Trip Hunt

              from Rockport, TX

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Recording
                • Small Venues
                • Variety Of Tones
                • Versatile

                Comments about Dean Palomino Electric Guitar:

                I don't write reviews often. But I'm inspired to share this with those experienced guitarists who are tired of lugging multiple guitars to gigs. I own several arch tops: Alvarez, Hagstrom, Gretsch, and Epiphone. Each one has pros and cons. The Dean Palamino arch top is much more gig functional than any arch top in this price range ($500-1000). Why? It's all in the Dean electronics. Plain and simple. None of my current arch tops (all have 2 pick-ups) can match the variety of tone colors available from this triple pick-up with tele-style switch... One volume, One tone, and 5 pick up combos. Very simple design. Combine that with a full-size hollow body sustain and you can use this one guitar on the gig and play just about any style, from jazz, blues, classic rock, country, et all. The neck is great, craftsmanship excellent, and it's a very beautiful guitar all the way around. Trash the light strings that come with it and put some 12-53s on to make the top resonate. I had to do a set up and slight neck adjustment to balance the higher tension strings. My band members were blown away when I played this through a Roland Chorus. It's a keeper!

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Different

                By Jerkowitz

                from St. Louis, Mo

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Dean Palomino Electric Guitar:

                  This is a very unique guitar. Basically an ES-175 body with the function of a Strat, that is a five way switch and 3 pickups. I find this very cool. Electronics seem to function very well, the 3 way switch is very solid feeling. It was playable out of the box but I like my action a bit lower than factory setup. A few quick turns of the bridge thumb wheels brought the action down nicely. Checked relief for the neck, a little too much so removed the truss rod cover to tighten a bit. The truss rod nut was completely loose which is common when shipping a guitar. A small adjustment and was good to go. This brought the action at the nut to just about perfect, just needed to cut the high E string slot a hair to get it where I like it. I had a slight buzz at the 10th fret. I did a fret level and polish and that took care of any buzzing. Please be aware that any new guitar needs a set-up, if you can't do it yourself find a good tech. All in all this came set up better than most new guitars I have purchased. Intonation was very close, just remember this is a floating bridge so either change strings one at a time or mark the position, I use a couple pieces of tape to mark it. Also be sure to check all screws and tighten as needed. This is a fairly heavy guitar, mine weighed in at 8 lbs even. As far as looks it really has a great vintage vibe to it, mine is the seafoam green and is a real attention getter. After the previous mentioned adjustments it play very well. The neck has a nice feel to it, not too chunky but not skinny, just right for me. The P-90's sound good, maybe not boutique quality but for this price very good. I like the tail piece, it has plenty of retro bling, I have several other hollow-bodies with tremolo's and am tempted to add a Bigsby but really hate to alter the look. Unplugged it has a very nice acoustic quality, not loud but for practice without an amp very nice. Plugged in it is a different animal, the configuration makes it much different from typical hollow bodies making it possible to get Tele/Strat sounds out of it. The neck pick-up can yield some nice blues and jazz sounds as well. It handles over-drive well, you will get some feedback if you over do it but not as much as most hollow bodies I have do but I wouldn't try heavy metal. I've never been interested in Dean guitars before, most are geared to the death metal crowd, but this one is different. Because of the uniqueness this one will be a keeper.

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