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Dean Performer Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Aphex  Natural 

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The Dean Performer Koa Maple Acoustic-Electric Guitar is crafted with a beautiful koa top, back, and sides, mahogany neck, and a bound 22-fret rosewo...Read More

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The Dean Performer Koa Maple Acoustic-Electric Guitar is crafted with a beautiful koa top, back, and sides, mahogany neck, and a bound 22-fret rosewood fingerboard. You will be heard in any venue with the Dean guitar's under-the-saddle piezo pickup and Dean DMT I2NR preamp with tuner that's been enhanced with the addition of Aphex electronics.

The Aphex Aural Exciter technology enhances the Exotica's already-full tone by revealing its natural brightness, clarity, and resonance With Aphex, Dean Exoticas are the most massive sounding acoustics available. Other Performer guitar amenities include gold tuners, an abalone rosette, and a gloss natural finish.

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FEATURES
  • Koa body/top
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25-1/4" scale
  • Black NuBone nut and saddle
  • Pearl block inlays
  • Sealed die-cast tuners
  • Gold hardware
  • Celluloid binding
  • Abalone rosette
  • Dean DMT I2NR preamp with tuner
  • Dean DWC-Aphex Aural Exciter & Big Bottom circuitry
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DeanPerformer Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Aphex
 
4.6

(based on 5 reviews)

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5.0

Great budget friendly guitar.

By joseph

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Dean Performer Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Aphex:

This guitar has a really nice sound to it whether playing with or without an amp. There is a built in tuner, which is a nice touch. The detail work around the edges of the guitar is absolutely gorgeous, as well as the fret inlays. The saddle on my guitar is totally different than the one pictured, but I like mine better. The only negative would be that I really love the grain on the one pictured, but since not all trees are the same, you can't expect it to look the same. I still love it, but the pictured one has way better grain

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Well Built - Action is a bit stiff

By Whitefeather

from Michigan

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Dean Performer Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Aphex:

    Ibought this several years ago and was very interested in the Koa wood sound (never experienced it before - used to Spruce, Maple or Mahogany) and I've always found Dean to be a very consistent build. It stays in tune and it sounds great when amped. However, by default the action is stiff. Agree with others, I think the bridge and nut need adjustments to relieve the action. For the money it's a great guitar and my comments are only meant to help others because the beauty of this guitar is obvious with the well designed use of Koa and because it is well built - a little better action relief and this thing would get four stars. Also, because of the Koa and the smaller body the sound will not compare to Jumbo's or Concert/Orchestra. If you're not going to be using this with an amp you might want to look for a different style

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    5.0

    nice but needed work

    Pros

    • Looks really nice
    • Plays Well
    • Sounds good

    Cons

    • Bridge Need Raised
    • Frets Are Rough
    • Nut Needed Adjusting

    Best Uses

    • Playing out
    • Practicing
    • Showing off

    Comments about Dean Performer Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Aphex:

    this guitar needed some adjustments nut, bridge
    frets buffed out and now plays really well.
    if you have other guitars this one pops right
    out what a beauty. to bad other company's don't give more character to their guitars.
    nice wood lighter colors and nice inlays etc.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Amazing Acoustic Electric

    Pros

    • 2 Outputs 1 Being Xlr
    • 2 Outs 1 Being Xlr
    • 2 Strap Buttons
    • Beautiful Action
    • Big Sound When Amped
    • Built in tuner
    • Light
    • Well built

    Cons

    • No gig bag
    • Stock Strings A Bit Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Live Performances

    Comments about Dean Performer Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Aphex:

    This guitar was a gift from my wife to add to my professional playing arsenal... It has now become the only guitar that I use in my arsenal. Right out of the box I noticed that it had 2 output jacks...one standard and the other an XLR....I also noticed the sound was more bolder then the original Dean performer... and once I plugged it in, I was thoroughly impressed. I play it through my PA system and the Aphex enhancement really opens up the sound nicely.... The only drawback: Personally I think if you spend over three hundred and fifty on a guitar they could at least give you a gig bag. But all in all a great guitar....lightweight, great action and the Koa wood looks beautiful. I highly recommend this guitar. It is an exquisite instrument.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Not for beginners

    By BZ

    from Fort Wayne IN

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Nice Action All The Way
    • Plays Well
    • Sounds great plugged in
    • Stunningly Pretty

    Cons

    • Duller Sound Than Spruce
    • Stings Are Crunchy At Fir

    Best Uses

    • Plugged In It Shines

    Comments about Dean Performer Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Aphex:

    This is not for beginners, it doesn't have the classic sound of spruce, of course, and is rather low volume and dull when not plugged in, though finger pickers may love the subdued tone.
    Plugged in though, the treble comes back and it shines with beefy fullness, plenty of treble, and a crisp bottom end! The strings are rather crunchy sounding at first, but a couple of hours of playing makes them settle in and sound much better.
    The Aphex adds a real nice top sparkle, and fat bottom, that enhances nicely if your the only player, but might be too much when playing with others.
    It sounded great on both chords, and bluesy leads, but you might have to adjust your playing style a little to suit the instrument. (I used a vox15 on half wattage clean thru a 12, probably better would be a PA line in)
    It was also great on slide, being semi-damped right out of the gate. Sorry, didn't try open turnings.
    My only defect was a noisy volume slider, but a shot of Deoxit5 cured it instantly.
    I also didn't like the tuner much, and preferred to use my own.
    Otherwise, it arrived flawless, is quite beautiful!!, and once the strings lose their crunch, śounds great. It'll probably never make it into the case!

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    • No

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