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Dean Z-X Electric Guitar  Black 

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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
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DeanZ-X Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 71 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Dean ZX

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...Read complete review

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.

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the dean zx is junk

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...Read complete review

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

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epic axe!

By Allthatremainsbreedshate

from Lakewood colorado

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

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

About Me Experienced

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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

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    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'.

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