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Dean Z-X Electric Guitar

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Dean's version of this classic rock guitar features a basswood body, bolt-on neck, V-shaped tailpiece, fixed bridge, zebra pickups, and Grover tuners...Click To Read More About This Product

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A classic that's always been radical.

Dean's version of this classic rock guitar features a basswood body, bolt-on neck, V-shaped tailpiece, fixed bridge, zebra pickups, and Grover tuners. The added string length created by the exclusive headstock coupled with the original Dean neck design provides incredible ease of play. Still offered in it's original configuration, the Z has withstood the test of time.

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

FEATURES
Basswood body 
Bolt-on maple neck
Rosewood fingerboard
22 frets
24-3/4" scale
1-11/16" nut
Zebra humbuckers
Tune-o-matic bridge with string-thu-body
Dot inlays
Grover tuners
Chrome hardware
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DeanZ-X Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 73 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (4)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Dean Z-X I Like It

This is my first Dean guitar and, I am pleased with it. A friend purchased another model of a Dean and, brought it to me and, asked me to check it over...Read complete review

This is my first Dean guitar and, I am pleased with it. A friend purchased another model of a Dean and, brought it to me and, asked me to check it over and, set it up. I thought this would be a good chance to check one out even thought it was a lower priced model. Afew adjustments, new strings and, a good cleaning and, into an amp and, I was quite pleased with the sound,playability and overall function of the guitar. I can't believe that I overlooked this brand of guitar over the years so now I have an Explorer copy that I'm quite happy with and, I'm checking out a MS model of a V and, I may get one of these also. My Grandaughter insisted that she be in the picture, she says it's her guitar and, in years to come it may be!

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DEAN is slacking on quality

This is the second ZX I have owned and I will say there is a huge difference in quality between the two. I understand this is a lower priced guitar but that doesn't mean...Read complete review

This is the second ZX I have owned and I will say there is a huge difference in quality between the two. I understand this is a lower priced guitar but that doesn't mean it should be made as cheap as possible. My first ZX (which I bought in 08) seemed like it was built much better than the one I just bought. The first had Grover tuners, a slimmer neck and just felt like a more solid guitar overall. This new one is not terrible but to say I wasn't a little disappointed with the quality would be a lie. I will still play it and make it my own but it is just sad to see quality taking a backseat to quantity.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

DEANO

By Dick G.

from Louisville KY

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Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

Deano. That's what I call my brazilian burst z. Bought this thing 3 years ago and has been my priamry axe every since. Like any guitar. You have a few bugs to work out when you first get it. Pick up height, play action, little things like that. This guitar has played countless shows and been played the hell out of. A little wear on it is startin to show on it. Think I am gonna put some Seymour Ducans in it maybe a new neck. I feel this guitar is well worth keeping going. This is a great deal for a good guitar. It will do all you want it to. From metal to blues. Highly reccommended.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Dean ZX

By michael breaux

from Texas

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Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar with the full intention of rebuilding it. It was super inexpensive and gave me a good base to work with. Right out of the box it was beautiful. I changed the strings to Nickel Rockers (10s), stretched them, and plugged it in. No problem at all with the electronics. The body is basswood (a softwood). It further proves what some Luthiers have been trying to tell us for years: hardwood is not needed for sustain in a solid body electric. I played notes and chords that seemed to sing forever until I muted them. The tone was great also. I reshaped the headstock to get rid of the excess wood that Dean uses on their V shaped headstocks way past the tuning machines. The neck is off of the guitar waiting for the backside to be painted black fading into red to match the body and then clear coated. If you buy this guitar keep in mind that it will sound great, it has a great neck, but it will need a complete setup before it is completely playable: action at the nut, truss rod adjustment and neck relief, action at the 17th fret (done at the bridge), and pickup height adjustment. None of this is uncommon. You can do it your self or have it done, and you will have a great guitar.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dean Z-X I Like It

By terrygh

from Kansas

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Gig with Band
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

This is my first Dean guitar and, I am pleased with it. A friend purchased another model of a Dean and, brought it to me and, asked me to check it over and, set it up. I thought this would be a good chance to check one out even thought it was a lower priced model. Afew adjustments, new strings and, a good cleaning and, into an amp and, I was quite pleased with the sound,playability and overall function of the guitar. I can't believe that I overlooked this brand of guitar over the years so now I have an Explorer copy that I'm quite happy with and, I'm checking out a MS model of a V and, I may get one of these also. My Grandaughter insisted that she be in the picture, she says it's her guitar and, in years to come it may be!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epic axe!

By Allthatremainsbreedshate

from Lakewood colorado

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • It~'~~s A Dean
  • Looks Beastly

Cons

  • Flat Sound

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

Super awesome to play, sounds beyond amazing! Classic dean quality.
The guitar just looks like a beast, and definitely plays like one too! Can't go wrong gettin this dude

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great guitar

By The Oulaw Squirrel E. Wrath

from cleveland OH

Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar back in 2005 and I gotta tell ya I was blown away. The pick ups in it are very nice for the price range. I also like the tonal quality of the wood. I use this guitar through a crate GT1200H 120 watt head and a fender bandmaster cabinet with EV speakers when I'm on stage and this guitar absolutely screams. I would recommend he dean zx to anyone.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

dean zx

By cody ritchart

from chillicothe,oh

Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

I got my dean zx yesterday and man I was like its so beautiful I plugged it in and the sound was so good, it plays so well I like it better than my gibson explorer. I have a whole collection of explorers and guitars that resemble the explorer and the dean zx defenatly my favorite good guitar and good for the price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Low Down

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

I've plugged into a "Dean Z-X" for many years now.I've used it in the studio for plenty of years, and let me tell you this guitar can do anything.The Zebra pick-ups are made by dean and sound staggering with a sweet distortion.The grover tuners are incredible and are reliable for well over a week.Although the strap buttons tend to slip, it's nothing strap locks cant fix.The neck feels slim when it's sanded.This mighty axe can play anything from the sweet smooth funk of g.love all the way to the gut thrashing metal of slipknot. i would strongly recomend you purchase this guitar if your begining. trust me im a pro

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for the Price

By Chris

from Simi Valley CA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar back in 2000 I needed a new guitar fast and cheap. This fit what I needed and was very pleased with what I got It was a little more expensive back then and the pick up mounts are black and not cream. I played it for years till I sold it to buy a new amp head. It played great stayed in tune and never let me down. I am thinking of buying another one If your looking for a good guitar with a thick metal tone without spending a lot of money here is a good axe to look into

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    the dean zx is junk

    By heavy drop c

    from perryville mo

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    Pros

    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

      I bought the dean zx and when I got it the first time it was nice and balanced but the bridge pick up didn't work and the three way selector switch was bad sent it back and got the same one and the second time was just as bad as the first one selector switch and pick ups did the same thing sent it back and got the epiphone 58 goth explorer and its amazing great look and feel along with amazing sound and quality as well highly recommend a epiphone I have three and no problems with any of them the dean zx is junk

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      OH. EM. EFF. GEE. It's awesome

      By Bryan Francis

      from Austin TX

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      Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar as my fourth (had a Peavy Predator, an Epi Les Paul and a 1958 Yamaha C-40) and I have to say it's on par with many Gibsons I've played, sustain may not be a day long but it's pretty long. Epic playability, but it could come with something more like an Ebony fretboard, but it's a bolt on so I can replace that eventually. Cost to value ratio: 7 of 5, better than a Gibson. Pickups rock, nice throaty roar on the Rhythm and a higher mid roar on the treble, with a mean pinch harm. This is one of the most comfortable guitars I've owned, and looks killer. although, check your intonation when you get it, mine came in a little off.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I love my Z-X!

      By CGord

      from Avondale, AZ

      Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar on looks alone, & with one change, it plays great. I have always loved the classic Explorer shape, & then add on the baddest headstock ever, the chrome V string-through plate, the zebra pickups...it's just too cool. It played OK out of the box; then I put a set of DR High Beam BTR-10 strings on it, & the sound just exploded out of it. I will not use any other strings on it now; they make all the difference. Slap on a set of High Beams, get an Ernie Ball strap so you can drop it down to your crotch, & get your Hetfield mojo workin'.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dean Z X

      By Ziggy Star

      from charleroi, PA

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      Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is worth the money, pickups work great,its loud, does wonderful clean and distorted, neck needed adjusted and bridge. My strings r set average to low for me . I've been playing for 35 years and have played them all and this guitar stands up along side my Les Paul and SG, my friends couldn't believe the sound for the price. The neck is a bolt on and takes alittle getting use too. Buy this if you like the explorer look and you won't go wrong.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dean Z-X Review

      By Lou_Man

      from Rawlings, Maryland

      Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

      I bought this from Musician's Friend about two years ago. When I opened the box I was pleasantly surprised to see the $299.00 I spent was more than worth it. I recieved the black one and it was beautiful. Now, I've had a few guitars over the years and as the cliche' goes "you get what you pay for" just doesn't apply to this guitar. It's truly an awesome guitar for what your paying.I play heavy metal and this guitar was made for it. The bridge pup is crisp with good drive and the neck on mine is just a "touch" muddy but is fine for more bluesier tones. The fretboard is easy to navigate and is relatively fast. The only thing I did out of the box was to set it up to my liking and change strings. I changed them because unfortunately the G string was bent at the third fret. Overall this guitar is a great buy for anyone from the beginner to a seasoned rocker.

       
      3.0

      DEAN is slacking on quality

      By Dean Z Guy

      from Louisville KY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

        This is the second ZX I have owned and I will say there is a huge difference in quality between the two. I understand this is a lower priced guitar but that doesn't mean it should be made as cheap as possible. My first ZX (which I bought in 08) seemed like it was built much better than the one I just bought. The first had Grover tuners, a slimmer neck and just felt like a more solid guitar overall. This new one is not terrible but to say I wasn't a little disappointed with the quality would be a lie. I will still play it and make it my own but it is just sad to see quality taking a backseat to quantity.

         
        4.0

        Good for the price

        By Dick G.

        from Louisville KY

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        See all my reviews

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is good for the price. It is also sometging affordable that you can customize to your own sound.

         
        2.0

        Poor quality

        By Music_matt

        from Wisconsin

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

          The guitar is alright for a beginner but still lacks craftsmanship. Upon opening the guitar, I had to re solder the input jack because it was shorting out. The body of the guitar looks very cool and the paint is very nice. I realize that it's a lower priced guitar but Dean needs to step up their quality control on their products made overseas, it is after all their name on the head of the guitar.

           
          5.0

          killer axe

          By Jake

          from Pocatello ID

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          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

            I bought this axe used with Gibson burstbucker pickups with chrome covers and gibson gold tophat knobs,the brazilliaburst finish looks killer,the neck is super FAST,it's tone is killer,the only negative I found was it's a HUGE guitar! almost four FEET long! you might just knock something(or someone!)off the stage!

             
            4.0

            Good for beginners

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

            Bought this guitar about a year ago and it was one of my rarely good decisions. Plays very well for such a cheap guitar; Definitely worth the price. I play a lot of slipknot which brings me to the negatives. Tuning on this guitar is a big annoyance to me. I constantly have to adjust it when i drop tune. Lets see, the sound is really good when in tune. Sounds awesome when i play along to As i lay Dying or Slipknot songs. It is a big, heavy guitar and ends up hitting the walls when you turn to adjust amp volume but its alright because the wall will take the damage and not the guitar. Be aware that the outlining on the guitar is dark red not black. Even acoustic songs like Bother by Stone Sour or Snuff by Slipknot can be played on this guitar and sound great. If you are a beginner this guitar is perfect for you. This Dean took me a far way from where i started out and I highly recommend it.

             
            5.0

            WOW!!

            By Bobby-UFt60

            from Genoa, IL

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            Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

            I am absolutley in love with this guitar!! My dad just bought it and i have played it more than him...The sound is so pure and its powerfull!

             
            5.0

            Very nice feel

            By Kanigula

            from Montreal Qc

            Comments about Dean Z-X Electric Guitar:

            Very nice guitar got the feel of it quickly, the 2 zebra humbucker are very effective with this kind of body, the fretboard is easily accesible for quick phrasing, this guitar is comfortable and gives you back the feel you give to it.

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