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It’s no surprise that this awesome axe comes from Dean Guitars, who are renown for giving guitars that wow factor. And this $199 Custom Zone 2HB, with its striking florescent paint job, will certainly turn heads!
Fact: this is an awesome-looking guitar. Sure, its flashy looks and intense color won’t appeal to everyone, but you have to admire its boldness.
The Dean Custom Zone 2HB is actually very simplistic in design. It comes in either florescent green or pink, and is a color that engulfs both the body and the neck, which is pretty unique in this price range. Talking about the paintwork, I should point out now that it does not glow in the dark – that would just be too cool. The guitar is finished in gloss with all black hardware, which is a nice contrast.
The body itself is solid mahogany with a 25.5” scale length, featuring an asymmetrical curvaceous double cutaway that gives great access to the neck. This is a bolt-on C-shaped maple neck, with a colored maple fretboard that has 22 frets, and no inlays.
There’s a 6-in-line pointed headstock that remains black whatever color the body, and this is a nice way to break up all the color. It’s certainly an extrovert’s guitar, and one that looks like it should cost a lot more than $199.
Despite its ‘Custom Zone‘ tag, this is definitely not a custom model – but did you really expect that for such an affordable price?
Thankfully it has more going on for it than just its looks. There are two stock DMT Design pickups at the neck and the bridge, which are both passive open-coil humbuckers – perfect for heavy rock, punk, metal, and anything else you can throw at it.
You can control your sound with a master volume and master tone chrome dome control knob, and there is a three-way pickup selector switch for a little versatility.
There’s a black vintage tremolo bridge that comes with a whammy bar, along with Grover tuners on the headstock – so your tuning should be precise and pretty stable, unless you abuse the whammy bar.
It doesn’t come with much more than strings out of the box, so you’ll have to buy a gig bag separately.
The two humbuckers produce a good rock sound, which is full and aggressive when played with plenty of distortion, although still retains some clarity. It’s also very playable, with a fast neck and good access to the higher frets – perfect for lead playing and shredders.
With a mahogany body and such a unique color, it gives you a good platform for upgrading. A new bridge, pickups and a locking nut could really make this guitar sound pro.
But for a beginner this well built and durable guitar is perfect as it is – especially for the price. An experienced player will also find use for it, maybe as a second guitar or something a little different to add to their gigging line-up.
A flashy guitar that has a lot more going for it than just bold colors. With decent rock humbuckers, good body, and a very playable neck, the Custom Zone 2HB is a great choice for the extroverted beginner.