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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 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)
  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (10)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Novice (5)

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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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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5.0

Great guitar

By Robert

from undisclosed

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

    Very big bang for the buck!!!! Sound and feel is comparable to guitars well out of this price range.

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    4.0

    Great buy for the money and sounds great too

    By Gospel Den.

    from Secretary, MD

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • great guitar for the money, but no book to help
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • no book on adjustments, had to figure out myself

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

    I play at home, in church and for family gatherings. I plug in to a fender amp and it sounds great with plenty of punch. Wish it came with an adjustment book for setting pickups and string heights. I had to figure out on my own, but once I did it was a good sound. Tunners aren't that great, but you can change them. I mean after all, for this price It is a great guitar for beginners, practice and small gatherings. I would recommend this to anyone.

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    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.

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    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    HORRIBLE

    By Bharat

    from Smyrna, GA

    About Me Novice

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

        I was excited about this guitar. Since I was travelling, I couldn't get to open it until after two weeks. There are marks on the body and the string came of while tuning. I am never buying from this store again.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        awesome for the price!

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        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

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        3.0

        Nice Starter Guitar

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        By Former Garage Bander

        from North Dakota

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good For Young Kids

        Cons

        • Ugly Finish

        Best Uses

        • Gigging
        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

        I ordered the natural finish based on the photo I saw on Musicians Friend, but the finish is not even close. I was hoping it would look stained with the wood grain showing through, like the photo, but instead, it's a dark toffee color and very little wood grain shows through. It looks like a kind of ugly brown. I ordered myself a Dean ML XM in the same finish, and it is also an ugly brown. I would recommend you get the black. Otherwise, this is a nice guitar. It plays well with nice action and no fret buzz right out of the box. Tuned it up and my son started playing right away.

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        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.

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          (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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          (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

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good but damaged when we got it

          By Wicked-six

          from Eureka, California

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Cool Design Well Built 4
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Deal Overall
          • Good Feel
          • Good Price Good Sound
          • Good Tone
          • Guitar Is Light

          Cons

          • Damaged On Arrival
          • Fret Buzz
          • Headstock Came Chipped
          • Needed Action Adjusted
          • Packing Sucked

          Best Uses

          • Good For Jamming
          • Jamming
          • Kid Uses For Practice
          • Long Shows No Problem
          • Practicing

          Comments about Dean Vendetta XMT Electric Guitar with Tremolo:

          This is a very cool guitar for the price you pay. I bought it for my son who already has three others and he loves it. Needed to be adjusted when we got it and the only real complaint I have is the headstock had a very large chip knocked off the top when we got it. Looked through the packing and didn't find the chip-or I would have just glued it on. Must have been shipped that way. Besides that which I have yet to resolve I do like the guitar and would recommend it.

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