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Dean Vendetta XM Solid Body Electric Guitar, black satin

4.2 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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  • Paulownia body with trans black finish and bolt-on construction
  • 25.5-inch scale, 24-fret maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and dot inlays
  • Dual Dean humbuckers with volume and tone controls, three-way toggle
  • Tune-o-Matic bridge with string-through-body design
  • Dean diecast tuning machines
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Product Description

Dean's Vendetta XM offers the budget-conscious a solid Vendetta option, with a bolt-on neck, a pair of Dean humbuckers, Dean diecast tuning machines, and a Tune-o-Matic bridge.

Vendetta XM at a Glance

  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Neck Construction: Bolt-on
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 25.5"
  • Bridge: Tune-o-Matic
  • Pickups: Dean Humbuckers
  • Controls: Volume, Tone, Three-way Switch
  • Tuners: Dean Diecast
  • Hardware: Black
  • Finish: Trans Black

Tune-o-Matic bridge with V-shaped ferrule pattern, Dean humbuckers.

Dean diecast tuners.

The Dean Vendetta Series
With four models to choose from, the Vendettas have string-through-body design, classic Dean V Ferrule pattern, dual Humbuckers, a 25.5-inch scale, and solid mahogany bodies with a maple neck. The Vendetta 1.0 and 2.0 are bolt-on models with black hardware. The 2.0 model features a solid flame maple top. The Vendetta 3.0 and 4.0 sport neck-through construction with the Pearl Evil Eye inlay running the length of the fretboard. The 4.0 version has a beautiful quilted maple top and is available in an all too popular "Tiger Eye" finish.

Paulownia Body
Paulownia is an increasingly popular substitute for mahogany in more affordable guitar models. It's a fast-growing, hearty tree native to Japan and Southeast Asia, and has traditionally been used for Asian string instruments.

As a lightweight, porous body wood, Paulownia is somewhat similar to swamp ash in its sonic signature: very resonant, with plenty of chime and a nice, tight low-end.

Bolt-On Construction
The Vendetta 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 dot inlays.

Dean Humbucker Pickups
To capture the biting tones of vintage Deans, the company includes two humbuckers. These pickups should provide more than enough bite for modern styles, along with plenty of low-end and midrange definition. The standard three-way selector allows bridge, neck, or a combination, and volume and tone controls are provided.

Dean Diecast Tuners
Dean's sealed diecast tuners offer solid tuning and mechanics, for a long lifetime of dependable performance.

Tune-o-Matic Bridge
A Tune-o-Matic bridge with string-thru body design provides even more sustain, along with precise intonation for your tuning preference. The classic v-shaped ferrule pattern adds some nice vintage Dean style.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9.5 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.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0018TBECU
  • Item model number: VNXM TBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,489 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: April 13, 2004

Customer Reviews

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I was shocked at the price that this model was being sold for. I added EMG pickups on the neck and bridge of this light weight power house. It plays equal to my Schecter which cost me over seven hundred dollars. I will buy out the supply that is left within Amazon and Musicians friend and duplicate and sell the same guitar that I have made out of this solid performer.
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First of all, it arrived sooner than I expected. Once it did, the box was obliterated in the unwrapping process. This guitar sounds absolutely outstanding for the price. And its impossibly light in weight. I'm sure if you replaced the pickups with something premuim, this guitar would sing like a diva. But it sounds great for what it is now. Paying the price I paid, I was not expecting it to sound so good. Whether your starting out, or a guitar god, this one should be in your arsenal!!
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its a solid beginner guitar, very good sound if you have the right strings, very light compared to most electric guitars amd just plain cool, the dean headstock is always very cool and the rest looks sweet aswell, if you want a guitar and you want it to be cheap get hte dean vendetta its about the best cheapest guitar out there
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I own several guitar brands; Jackson, Ibanez, ESP, and BC Rich which have run me into the $1000 range; I needed a guitar that i wouldn't mind banging around and use as a warm up instrument..It was a toss up between a fender squier or the Dean...I settled for the Dean since I never owned one before....

For the price it is not bad, I first noticed the weight, this guitar is incredibly light infact the neck seems to off set the weight a bit so it hangs toward the neck direction. The hardware is standard so there is nothing special about that...the paint finish is chool because it has not gloss sealant so no worries about fingerprints.

Sound wise it's not bad; I run a Randall Full Stack with a few extra gadgets on a rack and it sounded nice. For stock pick ups they don't have that twang sound but they do have a lot of hum since they are not all that well shielded which of course adds to the feedback. But this is easily fixed with an electronics upgrade.

Performance wise the neck is Ok, the spacing is nice so my fingers didn't cramp up unlike the BC Rich warlock bronze series so that's a plus. Moving up and down the neck is ok but the weight offset will get in the way unless you have a good grip on it. Other than a couple of issues and a good pickup upgrade it's a nice guitar for the price.
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Honestly I am very satisfied with the guitar I have received. It sounds decent and feels quite sturdy, and the tuning pegs are easy to use. The guitar at first would not stay in tune, but now that I have played it for a while it has gotten better, and I have gotten better at tuning ;)
The only thing that I have to warn fellow costomers is that the colors on my guitar do not look like the colors on the picture provided. I cannot see any wood grain in the body, and it is not at all shiny. It is more of a matte dark grey. Also the neck is two different types of unvarnished wood, the fretboard is darker mohogany and the back is light. The only shiny part on my guitar is the head, which looks like the one in the picture. I love the way my guitar looks, but i feel like I have to warn other people about this. This is also the reason I cannot give this guitar more than 4 stars. If I could I would give it 3 1/2 stars.
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I was looking for a cheap electric guitar to use to get good enough to warrant a better one. I also wanted a platform on which to try my hand at modifying. The Vendetta XM was pretty well rated and fit the budget so I got it. Overall I'm happy with the guitar but I used Amazon points, not real money, so maybe I'd feel differently otherwise. My only other electric guitar experience comes at around a $300 price point so I don't know what to expect for $118.

Mine is definitely the "Trans Black" finish but it is darker with less wood grain than in the main photo and has a very high gloss finish. At certain angles it becomes a greenish-black. Gets tiny scratches pretty easily.

The Good:
- light weight body without sitting wonky
- sounds good for a cheapy
- well dressed frets
- neck is straight and easy playing
- intonation was almost perfect (only the A string needed a touch)
- action was good for me (but I'm not picky)
- decent value I think

The Bad & The Ugly:
- Mine came with the bridge pickup mounted out of whack, on an angle relative to the neck pup. I unscrewed it and found that one screw was stripped. After popping it out I could see that it was due to the misplacement of the pickup such that the screw was inside the cavity and not secured into wood. With the screws out the pup could be put back where it should go so it's just a matter of unstringing, taking out the pup, filling the holes, and moving everything over. Fortunately because I am planning on modding this ax it doesn't bother me too much, but if I were to give it as a gift I wouldn't dig it.
- Lots of little cosmetic quality service things: The ring inserts through which the strings pass weren't seating all the way/evenly.
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