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Raw twin-humbucking tone and gorgeous natural wood body for a mere pittance.Dean™s Vendetta XM Electric Guitar is constructed with a lightweight paul...Read More

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

Raw twin-humbucking tone and gorgeous natural wood body for a mere pittance.Dean™s Vendetta XM Electric Guitar is constructed with a lightweight paulownia body and string-through bridge for enhanced resonance. Two naked humbucking pickups provide fat, meaty tones with soaring sustain. Bolt-on maple neck with 24-fret rosewood fingerboard for effortless shredding over two full octaves. Incredible axe at an incredible price. Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

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 321 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (182)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (100)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (15)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (25)
  • Good tone (24)
  • Fun to play (23)
  • Good pick up (17)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (24)
  • Practicing (24)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Recording (9)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Novice (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Vendetta XM - You can't beat the value.

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...Read complete review

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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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

Decent guitar for the money

By fordfreak8

from Tucson AZ

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar for my wife as a birthday present for her. She wanted a purple electric guitar. The only decent purple guitars out there other than an Ibanez gio were in the 2000 or higher price range which I couldn't spend. I bought this guitar and as soon as it arrived, I took it all apart and then painted the body a dark grape purple. After putting it back together and adjusting it, I was impressed with how nice it played and stayed in tune. Really a good guitar for an amazing low price. When my wife opens her birthday present and finds this guitar inside, she will just love it I'm sure.

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    5.0

    Better than I expected

    By Rob

    from Lutz, Fl.

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Pick Up
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming

      Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

      I read quite a few negatives on this but decided to try one anyway. My guitar came in flawless condition. The set up was almost dead on. All I had to do was some tuning and lower the action only a hair. The electronics are solid and the pups sound decent for a hundred buck guitar. I'm playing this through a Peavey Vypyr with heavy distortion and it crunches!!!! The neck was straight and I had no fret buzz at all. I'm very pleased with this purchase and would not hesitate to buy another.

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      4.0

      Jury is still out

      By The Expressionless Rockstar

      from Texas

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 24 fret bolt on neck
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Pick Up
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Organ donor for project guitar
      • Practicing

      Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

      I bought a Dean Vendetta XM due to a sale price. My principle objective was to buy a guitar from which I could build my own, and a 24-fret bolt-on neck was a key driver. I had budgeted a much larger sum to build a solid-body using some 2" ash planks milled by a neighbor...but then financial woes set in and the project got held up. Receiving the Dean I was skittish, having read many very positive reviews, as well as some very negative ones. My story: Good news, bad news. The bad first...the neck pickup had been pushed in, I guess, stripping out one of the adjustment screw holes. Not fatal, as I could deform the sheet metal in some Vise-grips enough to make it work, so didn't even consider returning it. Little stuff beyond that...loose screws and hardware, easily fixed; no pickup pocket shielding, but fixed with some foil...and will do a more permanent job if I decide to keep it in original form. Since this was to be an organ donor for a self-built guitar, I wasn't too worried, and it really didn't take a lot of work to fix the oversights. Then I noticed a much larger issue, and one not covered in the reviews, that I can remember. The neck pocket was not machined parallel to the body, tilting the neck far out of alignment. Shimming it with about .070" put it right, and I could set it up properly. Again, not a big deal, as I am pretty handy with woodworking, but this would be a show-stopper for one less capable. Good news: Once I shimmed the neck with a custom, hand-fitted walnut wedge, tightened things up, set the action and bridge, it sounds really good for a low-cost experiment. I'm playing it in as it adjusts to the new set-up, and will decide in fairly short order if I keep it as is, or if I cannibalize it for the project guitar. At this point, it's a toss up, but both options are pretty positive. For anyone else considering this guitar, it can be a real treat if it's given a chance to get correctly set up by one with patience and some woodworking skills.

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      5.0

      Excellent bang for the buck

      By scruffyeagle

      from Eagle River, WI

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

        I've played guitar >30 yrs., and needed an electric for practice & stage. I've owned Dean electrics before, & prefer them; primarily, for the quality of the necks & playing characteristics (low, fast, & expressive). This very inexpensive guitar is a good choice for anyone (any skill level) who's strapped for cash. The only 2 shortcomings of the one I bought (IMHO) are the placement of the output jack, and the fret ends. The output jack is near the wide point of the body, which is too far forward to be completely out of the way when playing sitting down. The fret ends were slightly long, and abraded my index finger while doing bar chords. Also, the top E was getting caught under a fret end at 5th fret. I fixed this by running a sanding block w/ fine sandpaper along the neck edge; took 'em right down flush. I'd expected marring, and wasn't too concerned about it on a guitar this inexpensive - but, surprisingly, it still looks nice. I've taken this out a couple of times to open stage events, and everyone who tries it is amazed at what a great guitar it is for the price.

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        5.0

        Great for the price!

        By ScottCW63

        from Patton, PA.

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

          Excellent guitar for the price! Plays well has good tone, very solid, seems well made and sounds great played through my line6 Spider IV amp! I reccomend this guitar to anyone just learning or even anyone who has been playing for years! Great buy!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice guitar

          By Strackman

          from GA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Good Value Great Action
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Ugly Brown

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

          Good value, playes great out of the box. Pickups are better than expected at this price. Down side is the color. MF showes pic of nice natural finsh, Guitar came with a ugly opaque brown paint job. If you want this model get it in black. You won't go wrong.

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          3.0

          5 or 6/10

          By Imnottheauthor

          from Malvern, AR

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

            Firstly this is a great "bang for your buck" guitar, but it may be a better deal to snag an Epi or Squier Bullet for the same price.
            Neck: Feels pretty good. Between a Strat and an Ibanez. No complaints.
            Tuners and Headstock: 8/10 one tuner bushing vibrates and the nut needed filing.
            Frets: 9/10 Pretty good. I polished them a bit anyway.
            Bridge: Needs replaced. Cheaply made ABR TOM. Intonation screw for G string slides out of place. The string thru ferrules should be a little further back, but not a huge problem. Despite this it does stay in tune relatively well.

            Overall, it's good for the money, but to make it better there would need a hardware overhaul. New nut, tuners, and bridge. And at least on mine, the pickups' pole to pole barely matches up with the strings, especially on the bridge pup, which is actually installed a little croooked.
            I will say i like the sound of the pups and the guitar plays well after a quick setup.

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            4.0

            Great guitar !!!

            By Darren

            from Blum, TX

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Inexpensive Customization
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

              Tip of headstock splintered during shipping.
              Modified headstock to get rid of splintered part.

              Wow! How could Dean make a guitar this good, for this low price. I guess the thin finish helps to save manufacturing costs. But, it's a great guitar, anyway.

              I like it so much, that I bought a matching EVO model the very next week, and I build guitars !!!

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              4.0

              Pretty nice guitar!

              By gtrman226

              from Windsor, CA

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              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garage band
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

                Let me start by saying that I thought it would be fun to have a collection of low priced guitars. I have been pleasantly surprised overall,and this guitar pretty much blows me away. The overall quality is quite good. The neck is thin and flat (large neck radius), which is exactly what I like. The sound is good, pickups seem pretty nice. If I had one complaint, it's that it didn't seem to be set up at all - the string action was crazy high. But that was easy enough to fix! I thought back to my first electric guitar from 50 years ago - some unknown brand Japanese wonder that cost more than this - and am truly amazed at the overall quality of this guitar. This could easily be your ticket to garage band heaven!

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                5.0

                Don't be fooled by the price.

                By Awal

                from Colorado

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar:

                Great guitar for the price. Bought many brands over the years and this plays as well right out of the box than other more expensive ones I have owned. Bought this for my daughter but would have no problem buying one for me. Would recommend it.

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