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

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  • Bolt-on Construction
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Die-Cast Tuners
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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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  • 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

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


A solid little guitar for the money

By sdesmo

from Stansbury Park, UT

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


  • 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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


This "Playboy" loves his Playmate!

By JVMusic

from Houston, Texas

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


  • 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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(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


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.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


great little guitar

By Ken R

from Virginia , USA

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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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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


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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