IMG_4141 by tinman1 posted Oct 4, 2017 at 2:08 PM Thought it was worth posting my recent eBay acquisition given this model appears to have dropped out of the Dean catalogue. Sold as "new other" as it was part of an unplayed collection, it arrived with the protective film still on the plastic parts. There is some evidence of playwear but nothing more than Id expect from a shop guitar or ex-demo model. Overall the Korean construction appears good and the fretboard binding in particular is worthy of praise- better than many Gibson USA models I've seen recently and on a par with my R8. There are some minor flaws in the (?poly) finish but no deal breakers... in fact it's not entirely clear whether the tiny pock marks under the bridge pickup are from pick marks or tiny bubbles/ imperfections in the clear coat. And its a multi piece body which is quite obvious. Well spec'd for a Korean made Dean though with EMG pickups and a FLoyd Rose 1000. As far as I can tell the main differences between this and the 450 which appears to remain in production are the thru neck (rather than set neck) and fingerboard binding. Nice ebony board (begs the question why Gibson don't use ebony more rather than rosewood which on lower end models is often quite rough. Why richlite rather than ebony on the Custom model?!) I digress though. Bags of sustain and plays as well as any of my other guitars. The EMGs sound great, the closest I've managed to emulating 80s metallica tone.