Dean Guitars Michael Schenker Standard
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Dean Guitars Michael Schenker Standard

Michael Schenker Standard, V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitar from Dean Guitars in the Michael Schenker series.

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Audiofanzine FR 12/08/2008

Dean Guitars Michael Schenker Standard : Audiofanzine FR's user review

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Value For Money : Excellent
(Originally written by philippedeluxe/translated from Audiofanzine FR)


UTILIZATION

Super pleasant neck with a virtually flat radius, which is typical for Flying and Explorer models, etc. Ultra easy upper frets access (normal for a Flying). The guitar is light and well-balanced. The original pickups have a very good output level, they immediately give you the typical big hard rock sound of the 70's we like... Then you can start using the knobs to do as you please.

SOUNDS

This guitar is made for hard rock and heavy metal. It's not really the music style I usually play but I've been taken aback by the quality of this guitar. I own three Gibson Les Pauls, three Telecasters (among them one 68), one Strat reissue 57, several Gretsch models and lots of vintage guitars (Danelectro, Kay, Silvertone, Magnatone, etc.). Good and sometimes expensive instruments... But I am impressed by the quality and ease of use of this guitar. But you must play it with a fat distortion (forget about the clean sound). I play Marshall amps and the sound range is incredible between the sharp bridge pickup and the fat and muddy neck pickup. The guitar sounds great for solos (good sound definition, better than for rhythm parts where it sometimes tends to sound inaccurate). The pickups remind me the DiMarzio we used to use to enhance the sound of Eagle or Hondo Japanese copies.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought it secondhand on ebay one year ago. My main motivation was to have a typical, inexpensive and nice-looking hard rock guitar. I didn't try it out before buying it (nor any other guitar in this category). Exceptional value for money. It's quite simple: it's on the same level as my Les Paul guitars when it comes to the pleasure of playing it.