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Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar Natural 

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The Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar has a fabulous looking lightweight string-thru paulownia body with incredible resonance. Dual naked humbuckers p...Read More

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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 308 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (174)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (96)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (15)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (13)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (12)
    • Practicing (12)
    • Recording (6)
    • Rock concerts (6)
    • Small venues (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

    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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    5.0

    Vendetta XM - You can't beat the value.

    By Goomba22

    from Old Town, ME

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Insane value
    • Light
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

      I bought one of these when they first came out however many years ago. I've used at practice, at jams, live, and for recording and through the course have beat the snot out of it and years later it still never lets me down. I liked it so much I bought a Vendetta Revenge for around eight times as much and while I loved that guitar, in overall value the XM takes it hands down. I actually like the pickups in the XM better too, it sounds a bit crazy but I've never played through better pickups. I've played through plenty of stock pickups via Ibanez, Gibson, Fender, LTD, Jackson, Peavey, Dean, and others including the Dimebucker and Dimarzio dual rail pickups but I still prefer the ones on my XM. I play a wide range of styles from classical-ish to jazz to pure metal and I can't make this thing sound bad for the most part. I've played it through Marshall, Peavey, Vox, First Act (lol), even the TBX150 that the salesman laughed at me for buying and this thing just sounds good. For the money it's an absolute no brainer, BUY IT. I have seen a few negative comments about this guitar and it's mostly about the finish. I can't swear that they still make the natural finish but it does exist, I have one. That being said, if they sent me a pink one I'd just paint it myself. For this price how can you complain about the finish?? If you want to hang something on the wall hit a yard sale, if you want a guitar worth playing for as near free as they get buy an XM. As for the fellow that gave it a con of poor quality because the action was too high, please just go google "how to adjust my guitars bridge" or better yet take it in and pay a guitar tech a few to set it up the way you like it. You can't get better for the money, but you can easily get worse for more money.

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      5.0

      pretty nice guitar

      By dan

      from radcliff KY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Action A Tad High

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

      i just traded for a used one of these deans. man it is actually pretty good. light weight, good sustain, plays really smooth..... and the tone is actually good. i was very surprised. if you got a good pedal and amp, this will sound good for recording, for stage, jamming etc.

      i have a bunch of guitars (dean, esp, jackson, schecter) and this is definately one of my favorites.

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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

        (2 of 2 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..

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          (3 of 3 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.

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            (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.

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              (4 of 4 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.

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              (3 of 3 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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