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    Default Dean Acoustic-Electric Guitar

    I'm looking at buying a new acoustic guitar after 15 years. Currently, I have a Yamaha that was inexpensive when I bought it, and is just warn out; plus no pick-up for playing at church. A friend is willing to sell me his lightly used Dean Exotica Spalted Maple for under 50% of new, and I'd play it before paying up, but have no experience with Dean acoustics. Anyone owned one long term? Had an issues with quality?

    I appreciate any thoughts and feedback!

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    Looks nice, I have a telecaster made from the spalted maple and I really like the look of it. No experience with the Dean brand name, have you checked for any reviews on Harmony Central ?

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    "Worn out"?? How so? Worn, flat or pitted frets can be repaired or replaced rather cheaply. A warped neck can be straightened very easily. And Dean Markley makes some excellent pickups.

    Personally I would look at Ovation, Takamine, Taylor, Alvarez or Godin.
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    I've played a dean before but it's been years and I can't testify to longevity. I agree with halo. If you like the yammie get it worked on and put a pickup in it for a $100 or so. If you are looking to upgrade I would keep looking. I love my larrivee. I also tend to really like Taylors. If you walk into a guitar center with cash 50% off list is well within range for something new.

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    Dean makes horrible acoustics.
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    Don't forget good ol' C.F. Martin guitars... above anything else mentioned except maybe Taylor, depending on the model. If you have been playing for 15-20 years, and that guitar was a cheap one to begin with, my opinion is to upgrade and buy a better guitar.
    If that was a sub-$200 acoustic and you got 15 years out of it, that is great. But, unless is just sounds so fantastic or just plays the perfect way you like, it might be time to have something with better tone and playability, especially if you are now performing...
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    Go sit in the acoustic room at Guitar Center. Give yourself a few hours and just keep picking guitars up and playing them. Let people go in and out and just stay in there.

    And make sure to play a few Taylors.
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    or head to my town and have one custom made by our local luthier...

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    Thanks for the input! I'm going to check out the Dean guitar tonight as it seems to fit my needs a few different ways:

    -My 15 year-old Yamaha was $150 at the time, and is not worth restoring (strap pin broke off 10 years ago and was replaced with a drywall screw, tuner knobs are loose and need replacement, body has many scratches/gouges/nicks), nor does it sound like anything special

    -I need something acoustic/electric to avoid using a mic; plus the built-in tuner would be nice

    -I'll play this guitar before buying it tonight, and I've played around at the shops with different models/brands lately, and felt that many guitars in the $400 range were a good step up from my current guitar, and should meet my needs for the next 15 years

    -The seller is asking $160 for this guitar including next strings/capo/case, which seems like a good deal if it sound decent

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    Thanks and I agree there are a lot of nice options, but I also need a specific feature set, and don't really want to spend over $200 right now... By no means am I a great guitar player, nor do I play every day, so I thought one step up from my current guitar would fit my needs.

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    If it plays well, looks nice, sounds good to you and fits your budget then everything else doesn't matter. If it makes you happy than its worth it. I have several fine players (guitars) that most guys would diss or not even bother with. Happy strumming. Cheers.

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    Well... I ended up buying the guitar! The sound is nice, not dreadnought big and full, but a nice poppy tone with all the electronics that will let me do a few things I can't go now. It's is very good condition, came with the original receipt and a bunch of accessories, so I'll be happy for the next 15 years.

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    Sweet looking guitar!!

    I'm guessing you won't be able to put it down for at least a few weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zingo View Post
    Well... I ended up buying the guitar! The sound is nice, not dreadnought big and full, but a nice poppy tone with all the electronics that will let me do a few things I can't go now. It's is very good condition, came with the original receipt and a bunch of accessories, so I'll be happy for the next 15 years.
    Audio gear and guitars.... what matters most is the owner's happiness. And that is a really nice looking guitar. Congrats!
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    What's the deal with 15 years? lol I am 43 and been playing since I was 16. I still have the 2nd guitar I ever bought in my collection. Other than fret levels and once a refret job. It has not worn out. Been a solid player for all these years.

    Anyways...glad you like the Dean.

    I've had this one (Peavey Tracer Custom I) for around 22 years I guess. Shows some wear but still a fine guitar.



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    Nothing specific about 15 years. :) That's just how long I've had my first guitar and seemed like a round number.

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    A quick praise for Dean as I had lost one of the little slider caps on my EQ, and they sent me a few for free!

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    Great looking guitar, Congrads man.
    I'm a Martin Kinda guy when it comes to acoustics. I never played a Dean Acoustic, but have their Electric models which I thought where pretty cool.
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    Thanks Dan! It has a bright sound (I might try different strings in the future), but I like how much pop it has, and it's fun to listen to.

    I have used it at church a few times now, and the XLR output is great for not having to run a direct-box to the snake.

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    That's a nice looking piece.

    And with Halo above, I have my father's Martin which he bought in the '40s. Now that's OLD! It's had neck and fret work, of course, and some refinishing of the top sides, etc--done at the Martin factory as I grew up within miles of it. But I believe it cost him over $400 back then. I'm not particularly gifted on this instrument either, completely self-taught (I believe that is the problem, lol).

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