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Dean EVO XM Solid Body Electric Guitar, Trans Black


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Product Description

Dean's EVO XM is a perfect blend of vintage design, old world craftsmanship, and decades of guitar building technology. This affordable yet stylish member of that family has a lightweight basswood body in a mahogany stain for a "high-end" look, making it ideal for the beginning guitarist who wants an attractive model as their first guitar.

Vendetta XMT at a Glance

  • Body wood: Basswood
  • Neck Construction: Bolt-on
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Inlays: Pearl dot
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 24 3/4"
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
  • Pickups: Dual Dean Humbuckers
  • Tuners: Sealed
  • Hardware: Black
  • Finish: Trans Black

Features a Tune-O-Matic bridge and Dual Dean humbuckers.

Dean sealed tuners keep you in tune longer.

The Dean EVO Series: Evolved from Vintage Origins
The EVO is a perfect blend of vintage design, old world craftsmanship and decades of guitar building technology. The Dean EVO is truly the "Evolution of Guitar Design" at its finest. With a deep dished, carved, ultra-thick solid wood top, the EVO achieves incredible sustain and astonishing tones. The EVO also features a neck joined at the body with Dean's exclusive angular neck joint, which was specially designed to attain the optimum in playability and ultimate resonance.

Basswood Body
Basswood is commonly used for solid body electric guitars and basses because of its strong and durable character, desirable tonal characteristics, and how well it takes paint finishes. Basswood has a warm sound, with a strong, cutting mid-range and is an excellent tonal material for both beginner and advanced players.

Bolt-On Construction
The EVO XM uses bolt-on construction, an affordable alternative to set-neck or thru-body designs. The advantage of this design is that if you do have any neck trouble down the line, you can easily replace it.

The maple neck features an ultra-playable 24-fret rosewood fingerboard, with classic pearl dot inlays.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 6.8 x 0.9 inches ; 9.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000HYG5O4
  • Item model number: EVOXM TBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,251 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 20, 2006

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J-Mo on August 14, 2009
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Dean EVO XM (black)

Positive(s): Great look. Great feel. Excellent quality. Sweet sound. Stays in tune a long time. Looks great. Came with 6 foot long cord. Was prestrung (but had to tune it, of course). Totally worth the money!!

Negative(s): When it arrived, the nuts holding the knobs and the switch were a little loose. I tightened them and all was well. It only took me about 2 minutes to tighten them.

Concerns: Does not come with a strap or stand (no big deal, just letting you know).

Delivery Concern: The guitar itself was packed in a "Dean" guitar box with minimal protection around it (no big deal if it were just sitting in a warehouse somewhere waiting to be purchased). When it was delivered to me, Amazon packed it in an additional, larger box but there was only about 2 pieces of packing paper protecting it and keeping the "dean" box from moving around. Luckily my guitar arrived undamaged which was a surprise due to the lack of packaging materials used. Pack your packages better, Amazon!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark F. Roling on August 19, 2009
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I bought this guitar as one of my collection because of the Dean name. I have had other Dean's, and have not been sorry. This time, however, when the box arrived I thought, well, okay, let's see. When I opened the outer box, which I think was packed by Amazon (not sure, had Amazon label that maybe they shop out to warehouses?), there was two skinny pieces of crumpled brown paper protecting the Dean box, so it was rattling around quite a bit. Then what surprised me even more is that whoever packed it from Dean (whoever, not sure of the distribution line here) didn't even tape their box and the guitar fell out of the box into the outer box, then to the concrete, where the bottom strap bracket got scratched and also the bottom transom of the guitar. Send it back, not likely, how do you prove you didn't just drop it, but that ain't so. Amazon, check this quality control issue in a hurry. Besides all that drama, the guitar side of it is very good for the price. It plays nicely, the neck allows quick slides up and down, and the model I got, kind of a flat black, looks pretty damn classic. The pickups sound good for this model in the beginner to intermediate line, but getting past the box issue, it is what I would expect from Dean, a solid, middle-of-the-road option that you would be pleased with if you are not in a mega rock band with a label. I would recommend it, only, if there is a comment section, state that you want it packed properly. Besides that, I'm game with Dean still. They make a good product, never disappointed. :o)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GNINSC on November 5, 2009
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I ordered this a while back from Amazon as the price was good. It's sort of a mixed bag. It's vaguely Les Paul-ish in appearance and setup, but remember that it's very much a budget guitar.

Overall the sound itself isn't bad. The pickups could be a bit better but honestly for a guitar in this price range they sound fine. Most of the build quality looks good - it would be nice if the pickup and control cavities had been shielded, but I can live with their decision not to.

The guitar does fall out of tune a little quickly, so if you're so inclined replacement tuners might be in order.

The main issue I have with the guitar though is fret buzz. The top 2 strings rattle like heck if you pluck them with any intensity. This is an issue that I simply haven't been able to solve and truthfully I think it may take a fret job (which approaches the price of the guitar itself if done professionally) to get rid of.

Also, complete personal preference here, but the matte finish on the neck I don't find as comfortable playing as a gloss neck finish. I've got guitars with both, and it just seems like my hand slides up and down the neck easier on a gloss finish.

Also, almost a completely irrelevant point, but the description of this lists it as "transparent black" - typically any finish described as transparent I expect to see some wood grain beneath. This isn't "transparent" - it's just a flat black painted finish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MC242 on June 30, 2011
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Purchased this guitar as a cheap rig to teach my kids to play.

For the price, I was impressed with the materials quality/hardware of this guitar.
The black finish on the body is very cheap though, and has noticable blemishes.

However, the assembly was HORRIBLE and would be a major concern to someone who did not know how to set up a guitar.

1) All bolts/screws were loose. Including the neck bolts!
2) Fret edges were VERY sharp, spent about an hour filing them down.
3) Neck totally out of adjustment. I would say this is fine, since they should be shipped this way but I don't think it was intentional.
4) Intonation way off, needs a good tuning.

My main gripes are because Dean claims to set these guitars up in the US after they come from the manufacturer overseas.

I think that's total BS to be honest.

But, you get what you pay for and for $85 I got a lot.
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By Brad on March 15, 2013
I have this guitar in the mahogany color and it is ok.It does stay in tune with heavy gauge strings I have 10's on mine.I have had the guitar for six years and have not changed the tuners or anything.I am an adult player the guitar plays well neck is very comfortable and fast.There are no sharp frets or fret buzz ect.I bought mine in store at Guitar Center and had it set up for free. It is a basic beginner guitar not much to say about it.The pickup's are good for classic rock to metal. I still play this guitar and have giged with it a few times for a few solo small gigs I did at a bar.I play my Ibanez and Dean MLX and Les Paul alot more and this guitar will be sold soon but was good to get me started playing and learning on and that is what it is mainly for.Quality is fairly good no problems with mine ever.I wish Dean would come up with more colors for the XM series guitars.Bottom line a good guitar to start with.
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