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Dean Playmate Evo J 3/4 Size Electric Guitar  Classic Black 

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The Dean Playmate Evo J is a 3/4-sized electric guitar making it the ultimate instrument for the rocker just starting out. The fast bolt-on maple nec...Read More

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Comfortable size and nice price!

The Dean Playmate Evo J is a 3/4-sized electric guitar making it the ultimate instrument for the rocker just starting out. The fast bolt-on maple neck has a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. Dual humbucking pickups offer a full range of tones. All hardware is chrome including a fixed bridge, Volume and Tone controls, and sealed tuners. The Dean Playmate Evo J is an electric guitar that is wonderfully easy to play.

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FEATURES
  • Bolt-on Construction
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Die-Cast Tuners
  • Two Humbucking Pickups
  • Tune-O-Matic Bridge
  • Single Cutaway Basswood Body
  • Maple Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Dot Inlays
  • 22 Frets

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DeanPlaymate Evo J 3/4 Size Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 9 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)

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4.0

Just a great little guitar!

By Tampa Ted

from Detroit

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Pro gigs and rehearsals

    Comments about Dean Playmate Evo J 3/4 Size Electric Guitar:

    I have been a pro rock/blues guitarist for 50 years. I'm age 66 now and my playing hand is mostly shot due to arthritis, bent pinky finger, etc. caused by the constant bending and soloing of playing electric blues guitar. I beats your finger joint all to heck. So, I figured out that I needed to start to play a serious 3/4 size guitar to take the stress off of my left hand with the shorter scale and thin neck profile. I bought my Dean Playmate Evo J because it was an inexpensive way to test my theory. Well, this little jewel is a seriously excellent guitar right out of the box. It plays and sounds really good and is built well. The fit and finish is excellent, playablity is awesome. The pickups are monsters! The only thing I found cheap are the (4) washers that are under the screws that attach the neck to the body. Those washers are trashy. It makes no difference to the guitar's performance, but they should use some good chromed washer instead of the one that the factory used. I highly recommend this guitar to pros as well as students. It's hard to believe how much fun this little devil is to play.

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    5.0

    Nice

    Comments about Dean Playmate Evo J 3/4 Size Electric Guitar:

    I recommend this guitar. I think it's better than the other humbucker mini guitars on this site. The things I like are: It represents the sound well of the pickups I chose for it (Seymour Duncan phat cat in the neck and custom 5 in the bridge). The neck is shaped well. It's wide enough that you're not cramped and also it's curved nicely, has a good radius to it. The frets are level and don't buzz at all even after I lowered the action. (Yes that will vary from guitar to guitar but I was happy to get one with perfect frets.) And it has a good scale length of 22.7". It's short enough that it's easy to play and you can have 10s or 11s on there and still be able to bend them easily but still not too short where chords will sound out of tune. The pickups are spaced nicely which gives the middle position a good sound. Finally the last of the positives are it came with totally decent D'addario xl 10s.
    There are a few things that are shiesty about it seeing as it is friggin cheap as hell like: The nut is kind of shiesty, the saddles on the bridge buzz some, I had to removed a screw that secured the bridge to the body so I could move the high e saddle forward enough to intonate it correctly, and there was some weird white dust in the control cavity. Hmm don't know what that was about. So despite the few shortcomings I was able to install my pickups and set it up and get it sounding exactly as I hoped. It sounds really good if you put some work into it. The most important things are all there.

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    5.0

    very nice guitar for my little beginner!

    By Joe

    from Media, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Dean Playmate Evo J 3/4 Size Electric Guitar:

      Got this guitar for my 4 year old son....might be a wee bit too big for him but he really liked playing it when we plugged it in. I was very impressed with the tone and tuning for such an inexpensive guitar. Great buy!

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      3.0

      doesn't stay in tune

      By Derek's Dad

      from New York

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Low price
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • spend as much time tuning as playing

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Dean Playmate Evo J 3/4 Size Electric Guitar:

      Bought this for my ten year old. Unbelievable looks, quality, and electronics for the price. Used an electronic tuner the first time that I tuned it, stretched all the strings by hand and it went way out of tune, retuned it, strummed it once, tuned it again, he played for five minutes and it was out again. not sure whether it is the nut or the tuners, I will have the local guitar shop look at it. Still quite a buy unless it cost a lot to get it fixed. (grabbed my two Ibanez to let him practice with the electronic tuner and found both spot on after setting for two months)

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A solid little guitar for the money

      By sdesmo

      from Stansbury Park, UT

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Decent Fit And Finish
      • Doesn't Feel Squished
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Very solid

      Cons

      • Cheap Cord - Didn't Work

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Dean Playmate Evo J 3/4 Size Electric Guitar:

      I was looking for a small travel guitar that would fit in airline overheads and wanted something other than the ubiquitous Squier Mini Strat. I had owned one of those in the past and they felt too small and never sounded that good.
      I bought this Dean based on good reviews and could not be more pleased. I just spent two weeks on the road with it and actually forgot it was a 3/4 size (until I noticed some of the stretchier chords were easier to reach). I carry a little "cigarette box" amp and the combination was great for hotel rooms.
      I own a Fender Strat, an Epiphone Les Paul Studio, an Ibanez AS73 and a couple of Martin acoustics. Generally you get what you pay for but this little Dean is an exception to the rule. It's getting a lot of my playing time.
      Set up out of the box was decent but I put on new strings and personalized a few adjustments. The cord that came with it was too cheap and didn't actually work. I gave it five stars anyway because it is such a fun little guitar.

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      5.0

      This "Playboy" loves his Playmate!

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      By JVMusic

      from Houston, Texas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • "size Matters"
      • Easy To Chord And Lead
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Perfect Fit
      • Solid Electronics
      • Worth More Than Its Price

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • All Of The Above

      Comments about Dean Playmate Evo J 3/4 Size Electric Guitar:

      I have relatively small hands, and on top of that had a biking injury years ago that left me with much pain on the base of my thumbs which prohibited me from being able to play for more than a few minutes without cringing in agony. As a music lover, I found a solution, voila! Enter "The Ukulele". Fun, but not a guitar replacement. Thanks to instruments like this one (7/8 and 3/4 guitars) plus the use of light strings I am able to play again. As I said, this "Playboy" (as in guitar player) LOVES his Playmate (Evo 3/4 size ax).

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      (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Little thought in built plan

      By Streamz

      from chicago

      Comments about Dean Playmate Evo J 3/4 Size Electric Guitar:

      Stay Away
      None really
      Poor quality throughout, tuners junk, intonation impossible, Bridge placement mounted with no thought to intonate. You can almost intonate this guitar but adjustment screws jam into the string. lower strings adjustment needs to be all the way back on bridge and then comes the string jamming with adjustment screw. Fretboard cheap and glued a little to one side. 3 way switch makes noise when used. This guitar could almost be playable with a little more thought from the Einstein's who designed it. Do not buy this guitar for your child's first guitar. Poor craftsmanship, Bad all over. Pass on this one.
      Dean?

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      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      great little guitar

      Comments about Dean Playmate Evo J 3/4 Size Electric Guitar:

      I would have preferred more or better finish on the back of the neck, but thats about the only really obvious thing that seems budget about the guitar.

      I might do a little bit of setup work on it myself, but out of the box its very comfy and playable. No audible string buzz thru the amp.
      2 humbucking pickups, 6 saddle top load bridge, volume and tone controls- I got the black finish model - it looks great, sort of like a mandolin and a Les Paul guitar had a baby!
      Everything looks solid. Neck construction is very well done, fret ends are smooth. Action is low and comfy. There is a tiny bit of fretbuzz, but all in all its extremely well made. It sounds fine thru the amp.

      I also tried the Avalanche guitar (small strat shape guitar) in a store - those are really well made too.
      I considered finding one of those Hofner Shorty guitars, but this one from Dean was a lot easier to find online.

      I got this for myself for travelling, but would not hesitate to get one for a kid or someone with small hands to use as a first guitar.
      So far so good! Down the road I may get new tuners or new nut if there are problems but other than that its doing fine out of the box.

      Dean also sends the allen wrenches to set the height of the saddles, and to adjust the neck truss rod, plus a cable to plug into your amp. They also give you a simple instruction sheet for adjustments. All of that is a really nice touch.

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      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dean rocks!

      Comments about Dean Playmate Evo J 3/4 Size Electric Guitar:

      I bought this 3/4 size for my son age 10. He loves it and went right to work. I looked it over - a lot of times these "student guitars" are more for show than for playing. Not this Evo. It has great action all the way up the neck. The short scale length lets the smaller fingers bend notes with ease. Also, the humbuckers really give out a lot of edgy, sharp attack. This guitar is the one for a serious youth to learn on until they can get the Les Paul!!!

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