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Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar Natural 

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Overview
  • Paulownia sculpted body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $210.50
  • Your Savings:
    - $110.51
  • Your Price:
    $9999

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Naked dual-humbucker tone and natural wood for next to nothing.

The Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar has a fabulous looking lightweight string-thru paulownia body with incredible resonance. Dual naked humbuckers pump out huge chunk and searing sustain. Rosewood fretboard on a maple neck with 24-fret access is sweet and fleet.

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

Features
  • Paulownia sculpted body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Open-coil humbuckers
  • String-thru body

You won't find anything near this good at anywhere near this price. Make your move!

 
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DeanVendetta XM Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 306 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (172)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (96)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (15)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (10)
    • Practicing (10)
    • Recording (4)
    • Rock concerts (4)
    • Small venues (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Novice (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    buy a couple

    I bought the brown one about 6 years ago, from MF. I hadn't played in quite awhile and had sold all my gear a few years previous. I bought to see if I...Read complete review

    I bought the brown one about 6 years ago, from MF. I hadn't played in quite awhile and had sold all my gear a few years previous. I bought to see if I had any desire to continue. Great choice. The pickups are fine, the neck is fast, the tuners are solid and the look is pretty cool. It stays in tune very well. I have since bought a few other guitars and this is still in the mix. I've tuned it open and use it pretty much for slide, only. I will say, it's got a good enough tone for pretty much any music. The neck isn't so narrow to make open chords difficult. No fret buzz anywhere on the fretboard. It kind of feels like plastic or like it has a paper finish over some really lightweight wood. It makes it very neck heavy, but if you sling it a little lower while you're standing, it's not a big deal. Two humbuckers and a three way switch actually give you three very distinct tones. That's not always a given on a low end guitar. Neck position is actually a really good rhythm tone with some dirt mixed in. The middle takes the bridge pickup shrill tone down a little bit. I don't use the bridge position alone too much. No shielding in the electronics cavity, but I really don't notice much noise. The humbuckers really keep the unwanted noise down. Even when switching, I don't hear any discernible pops or clicks. I can't say enough about the neck. It's not glossy on the back, so you can really get around pretty quick. I worry about the durability of the body wood, but I can't see any problems where the neck meets the body. The strap buttons do loosen up occasionally, but I'm a bit afraid to really torque them down as I think it may split the wood on the upper and lower bouts. I may just put some superglue in the holes. Overall, just a fantastic guitar for the price point. I think if someone were looking for a guitar to mod out, this would be the one. I think I might play around with the pickups and maybe do some cosmetic things, but it doesn't really need a thing. In fact, I'm gonna get off this computer and go play it, right now.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good for a one night stand.

    The other reviewers commented on how light the body is. What they fail to mention, is how soft the wood is. It's actually softer than Basswood, kind of like Cedar. Which fails...Read complete review

    The other reviewers commented on how light the body is. What they fail to mention, is how soft the wood is. It's actually softer than Basswood, kind of like Cedar. Which fails this guitar for any sort of longevity. Screws strip the wood so easily, that alone rules it out as a contender.
    The Neck is C shaped. Not Schecter or Ibanez thin, but it still feels good.
    The Pickups are great for that Rock, Grunge/ Garage type sound. Not bass heavy, Very raw sounding with lots of bite.
    My other gripes may have been reserved to my guitar alone. It came with the Nut slotted too deeply, lots of high frets, and curved parts of the body seemed whittled by a knife, not a CNC machine.

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    4.0

    Can't beat it for the price!

    By Big P

    from El Cerrito CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Pick Up
    • Good sustain
    • Good Tone
    • Great Tone
    • Light Weight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Performance
      • Practicing

      Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

      Arrived promptly in good shape. After changing strings and setting up the string height,intonation and pickup height it played very well. My blues band mates commented that the tone was even better than my much much more expensive guitar. Had a little problem with the string-thru grommets, but hey, what do you want for a price like this.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Pick!!

      By Guitar Lovers Wife

      from Bainbridge, Ga

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

        I recently purchased this guitar for my husband because he needed one to carry/leave at church. He has his 1964 Mustang Fender, but as soon as he picked this one up and played I can not get him to put it down. He loves the sound. He was impressed that he played ,bending strings as he calls it, for almost an hour and it was still in tune. Great guitar , regardless of money spent.. that is just an awesome bonus...oh and it looks great as well..

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        PERFECT

        By cfowler34

        from Okinawa, Japan

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Beginners
          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar for the amazing price and quality brand. The Satin Natural look was just what I was looking for and the Dean brand never fails to deliver! This is a great guitar and I know I'll enjoy it for quite some time.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great buy

          By JD

          from Bullhead City, AZ

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

            I bought the silver one from another store. I wanted to see if I could buy an inexpensive but quality guitar. This one far exceeded my expectations. Out of the box, after I tuned it, it played pefect. No setup needed. The guitar has no flaws. My weights in at 7lb 4oz.

            The tuners are of good quality and are thin, not trapezoidal. The neck is thin D-shape and about 19mm thick. It feels better than ibanez's rg350 neck. Very smooth. The fretboard is a nice dark rosewood and there is no fret sprout. Intonation was almost dead on. Neck pocket is nice and tight, no gaps. Nice solid three way toggle switch and tone/volume knobs. Metal neck strap buttons. Pickups sound fine to me. It's very loud acoustically. Action out of the box on high e-string is 1.8mm and 2.4mm on low e-string. Not much to else to say except that it's an incredible buy. Would definitely buy again.

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            4.0

            Natural is NOT Natural

            By Guitarfan

            from Old Bethpage, NY

            About Me Novice

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

            CAUTION- Natural color is NOT what is pictured on the MF website. Guitar is a dark wine/light black matte finish. NO WOOD stain.... I confirmed this with Dean. Otherwise, nice budget guitar. Decent action, nice neck, decent tone.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing guitar from a 50+ year guitarist

            By butchmiester55

            from Little Rock, AR

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Stays In Tune Etc

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

            Upon very quick arrival, took out of box and tuned to 440. Could not put the guitar down and after approximately 30 minutes of string bending and regular playing, the guitar was still in tune. I've owned many expensive guitars over the years and I was blown away by the Vendetta. Great action, great pick-ups for being inexpensive, and the feel was awesome. Do yourself or someone else a big favor and get one. Can't go wrong with this baby. And by the way, very easy on your back.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            buy a couple

            By olderthanu

            from Maine

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

                I bought the brown one about 6 years ago, from MF. I hadn't played in quite awhile and had sold all my gear a few years previous. I bought to see if I had any desire to continue. Great choice. The pickups are fine, the neck is fast, the tuners are solid and the look is pretty cool. It stays in tune very well. I have since bought a few other guitars and this is still in the mix. I've tuned it open and use it pretty much for slide, only. I will say, it's got a good enough tone for pretty much any music. The neck isn't so narrow to make open chords difficult. No fret buzz anywhere on the fretboard. It kind of feels like plastic or like it has a paper finish over some really lightweight wood. It makes it very neck heavy, but if you sling it a little lower while you're standing, it's not a big deal. Two humbuckers and a three way switch actually give you three very distinct tones. That's not always a given on a low end guitar. Neck position is actually a really good rhythm tone with some dirt mixed in. The middle takes the bridge pickup shrill tone down a little bit. I don't use the bridge position alone too much. No shielding in the electronics cavity, but I really don't notice much noise. The humbuckers really keep the unwanted noise down. Even when switching, I don't hear any discernible pops or clicks. I can't say enough about the neck. It's not glossy on the back, so you can really get around pretty quick. I worry about the durability of the body wood, but I can't see any problems where the neck meets the body. The strap buttons do loosen up occasionally, but I'm a bit afraid to really torque them down as I think it may split the wood on the upper and lower bouts. I may just put some superglue in the holes. Overall, just a fantastic guitar for the price point. I think if someone were looking for a guitar to mod out, this would be the one. I think I might play around with the pickups and maybe do some cosmetic things, but it doesn't really need a thing. In fact, I'm gonna get off this computer and go play it, right now.

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Amazing guitar and the price is insane

                By stemikger

                from New York

                About Me Novice

                Ask me a question

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

                  I am going to make this short and sweet. I dare you to find a guitar this good at this price. I played my Uncle's Paul Reed Smith 1,500 guitar and this sounds just and good and feels just as good. I can't believe Dean makes such a quality product for such a low price. I am forever going to be a Dean Guitar fan and on a side note, Musicians Friend customer support recomended this guitar and their support staff was amazing over the phone. Thank you guys. I love my new axe!!!

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                  (5 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Guitar not as advertised

                  By Specture

                  from Waco, TX

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Not As Advertised

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

                      I ordered this guitar in black for my wife to learn on. When the guitar arrived I noticed that it was a solid matte black not a black wood grain, also the headstock was damaged. I contacted customer service and the guy on the phone was very kind and helped me dertermine that the guitar sent was the wrong model as it had a whammy bar and the one I ordered does not. He sent me a ups label to send the guitar back and said he would expedite the shipping for the new one since I had been so calm and understanding. He also said I could expect the new guitar on Friday (this was Monday). I dropped the guitar off at ups the next morning. On that Thursday I received an email stating that the wood grain was not as noticeable as it was in the pic. I called in to verify the new guitar had been shipped as the wording of the email made it sound like they were not sending it. I was informed that the new guitar had not shipped because they had not received the first one back. They asked me if I had the ups tracking number because they said they did not see one in their system. Eventually he said I could expect the new guitar by Tuesday (one week and a day after the first one). On Monday (one week)I received another email leading me to believe a new guitar was not coming. I called in again and went through the same confusion of the rep not finding good notes. Eventually he said it would ship out Tuesday morning (the day I was told the second time it would arrive). Tuesday evening I decided to call to check in again this time about ready to try and cancel the order. The gentleman this time was able to find all of the notes and that the new guitar had still not shipped so he placed me on hold to look into it. When he returned he told me it would ship out the next morning (wed. 1.5 weeks after first guitars arrival.). I said ok irritated and in disbelief after the previous calls. The next day I finally received a shipping notice and today, exactly two weeks after the first one arrived I received a new guitar. When I opened the guitar I found it to be un damaged but still not as advertised with the wood grain. It is a solid matte black finish no matter how much light you shine on it.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Vendetta XM Guitar

                      By n/a

                      from Guam

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

                      This guitar was a gift for my little bud back in Kansas. The guitar came in earlier than expected and he loves it, and thats what counts.

                      Thanks.

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