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Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo  Satin Natural

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A well-made entry-level guitar with all the features you'll need to start rockin'.

The Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar undeniably is crafted from components and features beyond what you expect from instruments in this price range. The Vendetta XMT features a double cutaway Vendetta style body made of Paulownia wood with a bolt-on maple neck. The 25-1/2" scale maple neck is topped with a 24-fret rosewood fretboard. Dual Dean humbucking pickups pump out plenty volume with all the great tones you'll need. The electric guitar's Vintage Tremolo bridge lets you have tons of fun producing cool rock effects.

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

FEATURES
  • Style: Double Cutaway Vedetta
  • Body: Paulownia
  • Neck: Bolt-on Maple
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • Neck Profile: "C"
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • No. Of Frets: 24
  • Fingerboard Inlays: Dots
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Neck Pickup: Dean Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: Dean Humbucker
  • Controls: Master Volume and Tone, 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector
  • Hardware: Black
  • Tuners: Cast
  • Bridge: Vintage Tremolo
  • Finish: Satin
  • Case: Not Included
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DeanVendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo
 
4.1

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Solid electronics (9)
  • Good pick up (7)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Novice (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fairly Mediocre Guitar

This is an okay guitar. I would recommend this guitar to someone who is just looking for a decent affordable guitar.This guitar is INCREDIBLY light. The body and neck of the guitar resonate very...Read complete review

This is an okay guitar. I would recommend this guitar to someone who is just looking for a decent affordable guitar.This guitar is INCREDIBLY light. The body and neck of the guitar resonate very well with each other. This Dean also has slight internal reverb. The tremolo does stay in tune fairly well. I can dive bomb it and it comes back to "zero" perfectly. I really like the neck on this guitar, it has a thin neck profile with a rosewood fretboard. The fretboard is very smooth and easy to play on.My main problem with this guitar is the pickups. The stock pickups in the guitar are sort of muddy, I recommend switching out the pickups. The guitar lacks sustain, the note usually just dies out after maybe 3 seconds.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Lowest priced, lowest quality Dean

Out of box - guitar was not color pictured (natural satin)- this one is more dark cherry matte finish, can't see woodgrain, guitar had no scratches or dents, however plastic parts...Read complete review

Out of box - guitar was not color pictured (natural satin)- this one is more dark cherry matte finish, can't see woodgrain, guitar had no scratches or dents, however plastic parts (pickup holders, etc)very thin with sloppy untrimmed edges, toggle switch very loose, low quality, often fails to connect to neck pickup, tone and volume pots (adjusters) very low quality - tone adjuster is noisy, action ok, but buzzed on 13th and lower frets EAD strings, many frets have sharp edges. All guitars need some adjustments right out of the box, but if you took this guitar to a shop to be fixed, would cost you at least 150.00 USD. I do my own adjustments (set up), so after about 8 hours (change strings,adjust truss rod, file frets, clean toggle switch and pots with contact cleaner, adjust bridge) this guitar is almost ready to play. Final assesment - if you want a cheaply built guitar as a hobby to fix up, you might like this - but if you are a beginner with little repair / maintenance knowledge, buy a better guitar, you will save yourself money and fustration

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fairly Mediocre Guitar

By StratMan420-myT6c

from NYC

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Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

This is an okay guitar. I would recommend this guitar to someone who is just looking for a decent affordable guitar.This guitar is INCREDIBLY light. The body and neck of the guitar resonate very well with each other. This Dean also has slight internal reverb. The tremolo does stay in tune fairly well. I can dive bomb it and it comes back to "zero" perfectly. I really like the neck on this guitar, it has a thin neck profile with a rosewood fretboard. The fretboard is very smooth and easy to play on.My main problem with this guitar is the pickups. The stock pickups in the guitar are sort of muddy, I recommend switching out the pickups. The guitar lacks sustain, the note usually just dies out after maybe 3 seconds.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Guitar

By tstout55

from Huntington, UT

Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

Well got this guitar with some birthday and thought that it was a pretty good deal. right out of the box it was pretty well set up. i tuned it and went right to playing. the action was low but thats the way i like it. it is extremely easy to play. i recommend this guitar to whoever is looking for a great deal on a great guitar

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Lowest priced, lowest quality Dean

By Bleikr

from Konnarock, West Virginia

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Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Pick Up
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Return It

Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

Out of box - guitar was not color pictured (natural satin)- this one is more dark cherry matte finish, can't see woodgrain, guitar had no scratches or dents, however plastic parts (pickup holders, etc)very thin with sloppy untrimmed edges, toggle switch very loose, low quality, often fails to connect to neck pickup, tone and volume pots (adjusters) very low quality - tone adjuster is noisy, action ok, but buzzed on 13th and lower frets EAD strings, many frets have sharp edges. All guitars need some adjustments right out of the box, but if you took this guitar to a shop to be fixed, would cost you at least 150.00 USD. I do my own adjustments (set up), so after about 8 hours (change strings,adjust truss rod, file frets, clean toggle switch and pots with contact cleaner, adjust bridge) this guitar is almost ready to play. Final assesment - if you want a cheaply built guitar as a hobby to fix up, you might like this - but if you are a beginner with little repair / maintenance knowledge, buy a better guitar, you will save yourself money and fustration

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

The Dean Vendetta XMT w/ Tremolo

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

I bought this electric about two years ago from, you guessed it, musiciansfriend.com. It was a decent guitar... at first, but then I noticed a slight crack on the end of the neck. I returned it and got another one, this one had a damged headstock, but I decided I was tired of waiting for another guitar and kept it. This one played alright for a couple of months. Since then, however, it has become slightly aggravating. About a year ago it started to buzz (All 6 strings) and the way it is set up, in order to turn the truss rod you have to take the strings off. The sound is decent, but if you aren't such a metal fan, DON'T BUY IT. If you like to play rock, funk, etc. you should probably find a good Yamaha, Epiphone, or Squier for a couple bucks more. Me? I'm going to sell this and buy an Ibanez Hollowbody. Hope this helps!

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Dean Vendetta XMT

By Peter Sprague

from NY

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Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

Great guitar for the price!!
4.5 stars. The guitar is a great deal, very lightweight and plays great after a minor set-up. Bought it for my son for christmas. Own another one and it plays great.
Good Buy!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All this at around $100.00

By Winsch

from Palm Bay, Florida

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Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

Playing this guitar about 3 months. I found no fret buzzing and push pulling the dual humbuckers I was able to create a wide range of sustain to sharp bell sounds from the strings.This is my 4th guitar and I play this one all the time. I have a 10 watt amp and a 25 watt amp I do recommend using 25 watt amp or higher with this guitar, that way you get all. Replacing the original strings with bullet ends is also a plus.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great back-up with a little work

By SwissArmySpork

from Elk River MN

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

This is a double digit pricetag guitar, You aren't buying a Fender Custom Shop instrument here. Great for beginners. Might need a little work to be a good back up instrument. From the previous reviews it sounds like Quality Control is all over the place on these.

I have been playing for 28 years, and have played plenty of high end guitars (Fender, Gibson, PRS, Jackson, ESP).

The Good: Looks great, satin finish natural wood grain, a little darker than advertised but not an issue. It also plays pretty nicely, with some caveats which I will get to in a minute. I will say that (in my case) the action and playability is equal to any of my Fenders that get used daily.

The "Meh": Had about 4 high frets causing some string buzz. Had a tech friend fix the high frets with a little filing/crowning. The nut is cheap plastic and in my case needed to be filed wider (not deeper) because the strings were pinching in the nut. Best to replace the nut with a decent quality one. Also once the strings were off, the neck was a little loose. A couple of turns of the screwdriver resolved.

The Bad: Tuning machines are cheap, I play a lot of blues, i.e. a lot of bending. This thing goes out of tune in under 5 minutes. Replace the machines with decent ones, possibly even some locking machines, problem resolved.

Summary: A decent guitar overall with some minor annoyances. All of which can be fixed relatively cheaply. If you're willing to invest in the inexpensive price tag and then spend that amount again on updated nut/tuning machines plus a little one on one time with the instrument you will have a back up stage guitar that rivals most guitars that cost 5 to 6 times the price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

awesome for the price!

By lickmycrit69

from north Carolina

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

Switch out thise pickups for some duncans or emg, s and its just as good as any esp but much cheaper

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Poorly made. 3 returned damaged.

By jmcsetz

from Texas

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

    Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

    This was a gift guitar to a child. Unfortunately, each of the guitars I received were damaged. I sent back 3 guitars total. Of course, MF was very easy to work with on this. The damage was always a cracked or broken headstock. that being said, the guitar felt nice in my hands and had a nice look. Poor craftsmanship.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Decent guitar but could be improved

    By Con

    from Texas

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good sound
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Finish Not As Described

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

    The overall finish of the guitar was not as advertised by the picture. The pickup is not in the best place either. The overall sound quality was decent for the price of the guitar but could be improved

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