Dean Vendetta XMT Review

Dean Vendetta XMT Review

The Dean Vendetta XMT is a nice entry level guitar, particularly for anyone interested in playing metal. There are two different models of the XMT available — one with the tremolo bar and one without — and I highly recommend the one with the tremolo. You will normally spend between $130 and $140 for this guitar; however, guitar center IS selling this guitar for $99 in the natural satin finish (it also comes in black).

The body of this guitar is made from Paulownia, which is a south-east Asian wood with good resonant properties that is typically used in Asian stringed instruments, but it is less expensive than Mahogany. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the sound from this particular wood, but I was pleasantly surprised. The XMT also features a bolt-on maple neck with a 25-fret rosewood fingerboard. I would be lying if I didn’t mention the tremolo as one of the biggest highlights of this guitar for me. For anyone looking to play metal, the presence of a tremolo bar is almost required, and I don’t know of many guitars that cost ~$100 that come with a tremolo.

The Paulownia body is really light, so the overall weight of this guitar is incredibly low. I was shocked at how light this guitar was. The sound was comparable to other guitars that are in the $150-$250 range, and I was glad that Dean didn’t cheap out on things like the humbuckers and hardware. I feel like most of the cost savings for Dean came from using a different wood on the body, which makes this guitar quite a bargain for the price.

Dean Vendetta XMT Verdict

Overall, I was very pleased with the sound and playability of the guitar. The construction was good, the hardware was good, and the pickups were much better than I would have expected on a guitar this price. The tremolo bar is pretty standard and it is definitely an entry level guitar; however, it is easy to play, and it isn’t something that you will need to upgrade right away. This guitar is perfect for someone just starting out, for kids because of the extremely lightweight body, or for someone looking for a cheap but good practice guitar that can take a few hard knocks.

Buy The Dean Vendetta XMT

Guitar Center: Buy for $99
Amazon: Buy for $128

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Buy The Squier Bullet Stratocaster

Guitar Center: Buy for $100
Amazon: Buy for $119

My Review Of The Squier Bullet Stratocaster Electric Guitar

There are almost no guitars out there that come in under $100. Typically, if you do manage to find an electric guitar that is less than 100, you are probably going to be getting a giant piece of junk. To say that I was pleasantly surprised with this Squier Bullet Stratocaster is a massive understatement. Quite simply, I was shocked that you can get a complete electric guitar from Squier for this price. It isn’t a great electric guitar, but it is a phenomenal guitar for the price.

The first thing to know about this guitar is that it isn’t completely setup out of the box. It is an “assembled kit” so you’re going to need to make some small adjustments or take it to someone who can make those adjustments for you which will probably run you about 20 bucks. This guitar has a dual humbucker setup and this little guitar can actually put out some decent tone. The overall fit and finish on this guitar isn’t great — the neck was a bit rough and the paint seems to chip pretty easily — but you’re getting a lot for your 100 bucks. This guitar has a solid maple neck with a 21 fret rosewood fretboard. The body is a wood composite, but it gives a surprisingly nice sound. This guitar also has a tremolo bar which I found pretty surprising. One of the problems with this guitar is that tuning it is a chore. The tuning knobs that come with this guitar just aren’t that easy to manipulate and left me frustrated, but picking up some new ones are cheap.

The Verdict

This guitar is the perfect guitar for a number of people. Total beginners who are on the fence about whether they are going to play for very long will be very happy with this. It is more than adequate to start playing and if the guitar isn’t for you, you’re only out 100 bucks. This is also excellent for kids as it has a composite wood body making it much lighter than most other electric guitars. With that said, I believe you’re much better off spending an extra $40 or $50 to get a superior instrument.

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