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Dean Dimebag Guitar, Black Bolt
Dean Dimebag Guitar, Black Bolt
Price: CDN$ 438.61
5 used & new from CDN$ 387.92

5.0 out of 5 stars DEAN - DIME CUSTOM SIGNATURE "BLACK & BLUE HELL" BOLT ML- GUITAR, 2007 Production Year Model Series, Jan. 1 2016
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The DEAN - DIME BLACK BOLT ML - GUITAR has gone through many changes in recent production year model series and not all of the changes have been for better. In order to keep costs down, DEAN moved production to China, replaced mahogany wood bodies with basswood, went with dual DMT Humbucker pick-ups, leaving out the classic Dimebucker Blade pick-up and finally changing the lightning bolt graphic to a yellow/green color on the solid black background from the original electric blue/silver color in the lightning bolt, on a midnight black background, nicknamed as "DIME - BLACK & BLUE ML HELL"- GUITAR that was stamped "Made In Indonesia". Now I happen to think the yellow/green color graphic does look cool but I do prefer the original electric blue/silver color bolt graphic because as a tribute series to Dimebag Darrell, the electric blue/silver color bolt graphic relates to the graphic specs on the original "DEAN FROM HELL ML" guitar, as seen on the legendary PANTERA - COWBOYS FROM HELL - LP release.

So it was obvious that getting a hold of a brand new 2007 production year model series guitar would be impossible and only available on the used market. So with this knowledge and still wanting a Dime Signature that didn't have Floyd Rose bridge system, I decided to order the 2014/2015 production year model series DEAN - DIME SIGNATURE BLACK BOLT ML - GUITAR

The day arrived for the courier to deliver my guitar to my door, the double boxed Dean packaging with bubble wrap and other stuffing in between the two boxes to prevent any movement, (good call!) let me know preventing any damage during shipping is a concern for all parties involved. As I slowly open the boxes, I was stunned and joyfully surprised to see what lay in the box before me was none other than the: 2007 production year model series DEAN - DIME CUSTOM SIGNATURE "BLACK & BLUE HELL" ML BOLT - GUITAR!! Complete with the mahogany wood body, Canadian maple hardwood neck, electric blue/silver lightning bolt graphic on a midnight solid black background and the DMT Dimebucker Blade bridge pick-up all in brand new mint condition and stamped "Made In Indonesia" with factory sealed packaging. I don't mind telling you that I celebrated this discovery with hoots of joy and a ear to ear smile on my face! After further investigation, Amazon informed that I received the last of this production year model series that they had left in all of their Fulfillment Center Warehouses across North America! A Christmas Wish that has indeed come true!! The guitar is everything i've ever read about this production year model series! Fast neck, amazing tone from the Tune-O-Matic bridge, string thru mahogany wood body all roaring through the Dimebucker Blade bridge pick-up! Just awesome! This is one happy guitarist!!

**Update March 8th 2016**
After having this guitar, the DEAN- DIME SIGNATURE BLACK&BLUE HELL ML BOLT- GUITAR for a few months I can say I'm still very impressed! The tone that this guitar has is truly amazing. With the string thru mahogany body design, this instrument shines with its sustain, single notes or chords come through thick and fat, ringing with clear vibrant sound! The DMT DIMEBUCKER BLADE bridge pick up is a true workhorse. For a non-active pick up it really projects your guitar signal in the best possible way. Crazy thick distortion enables the guitarist to pick out harmonics anywhere on the neck! I've ordered the Seymour Duncan - Dimebucker pick up and will install it in my DEAN - Z EXPLORER - GUITAR, then i'll do a compare test between the DMT vs SD pick ups.
Since this DEAN -DIME SIGNATURE BLACK&BLUE HELL ML BOLT- GUITAR, came into my home it has become my go to axe out of my 7 electric guitars, including 3 DEAN's. I have to say that with this guitar, the money spent to purchase it was worth every nickel!

Update #2 July 5 2016,
This guitar is still putting a smile on my face! It's held up very well after seeing itself during rehearsal, studio & live on stage, no breakdowns or quality control issues. These are rough and tumble playing hours not bedroom practice and so far, so good! I noticed on the DEAN Guitar website that they have this guitar pictured for the 2016 production year and it is now showing the Silver/Blue Lightning Graphic and not the greenish/yellow color style. So DEAN must of heard the people and went back to the most excellent look for this DEAN - DIME SIGNATURE: BLACK BOLT - GUITAR! We love a company that is willing to listen to its customers!

Dean V Dave Mustaine Guitar, Bolt-on Metallic Silver
Dean V Dave Mustaine Guitar, Bolt-on Metallic Silver
Price: CDN$ 426.45
2 used & new from CDN$ 426.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Upon Further Review..,DEAN - Dave Mustaine "SILVER DETH BULLET" V - Guitar, Rocks!, Dec 25 2015
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The DEAN - DAVE MUSTAINE SIGNATURE VEHEMENT V - GUITAR has taken on the nickname: DEAN - DAVE MUSTAINE SIGNATURE VEHEMENT "SILVER DETH BULLET" V - GUITAR thanks to owners posting on MEGADETH. COM message boards. The nickname fits as this guitar has a maple neck that is slick and fast, fluid enough to produce the fastest leads you can throw at it. Although nothing special, the DEAN designed DMT pick-ups are solid humbuckers. I play through a LINE 6 - Spider III 2x12 150w Combo Amp and with the SILVER DETH BULLET it was easy to dial in a "Countdown To Extinction" guitar tone. A real standout are the, In Line 6 Mini Grover Tuners, these machine heads really hold their tune! I play 6 or 7 songs in a row and don't even need to tweak the tuning. One slight issue of concern I found, was some of the fingerboard fret work left a lot to be desired. About 5 crowns were left with sharp edges and those same frets had some uneven wear, I imagine a few of these frets were picked up off the factory floor and inserted into the fingerboard. I must chalk up this problem to the luck of the draw due to the excellent craftsmanship found on every other area of the guitar. Finally, the silver metallic finish is stunning in person. Better than any photos of the guitar seen online. Out of a rating of 5, i'll give this instrument a 4.5, but it's the head of the class in its price range!

Upon Further Review...My 4 Star Review Is Now 5 Star!

After taking the guitar into my local guitar repair shop (Jaxx Guitars: Set Ups & Repairs In Thunder Bay ON CAN) I had a fingerboard fret overhaul. The 5 frets that looked worn and out of shape, not brand new as claimed, well these were replaced and all frets were dressed to my specifications, crowns are now perfect. While the guitar was good to play, the after effect of the extra work done makes this guitar GREAT!, to play! The instrument is no longer fighting the player but showing off its technical grace and power. Adding to the sound output was the Installation of a SEYMOUR DUNCAN SH-4 CUSTOM ZEBRA TREMBUCKER BRIDGE PICK-UP. This was the pick up Dave Mustaine used during his JACKSON endorsement era. With a side by side compare testing between the SEYMOUR DUNCAN DAVE MUSTAINE LIVE WIRES PICK-UPs and Seymour Duncan SH 4, I find the SH 4 has a more warmer tone, Where the Live Wires have slightly more gain and bite.
After informing Amazon Canada of the sharp fret and crown issue and having to take the guitar into my local guitar shop for work that was needed to get the instrument into playing condition, Amazon offered to pay for the bill! Without me having to even ask them to do it! Now that rocks! I feel it's outstanding that Amazon. Canada has stood behind a product they've sold with amazing customer service. All in all this has been a purchase transaction that turned out great and was well worth the extra effort! I pick up this guitar everyday, the Dave Mustaine design "D" neck makes it a smooth, fluid joy to play. GO DEAN!

Dean ZX Bolt On Guitar, Trans Brazilaburst
Dean ZX Bolt On Guitar, Trans Brazilaburst
Price: CDN$ 399.91
2 used & new from CDN$ 399.91

5.0 out of 5 stars DEAN - ZX EXPLORER in a TRANS BRAZILIA WOOD FINISH...Beautiful, Stunning, Amazing! All Of The Above & Then Some!, Nov. 4 2015
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I had this item in my amazon cart for a few months, debating within myself to pull the trigger on this transaction or not. I had never ordered a guitar online before and we've all heard the horror stories of damaged, broken, scratched or plain road rash someone used a guitar as a skateboard! But those stories are several years of distant history, back when amazon was still having growing pains in their US based operation. So one day I checked my cart and the price had reduced down to $223.33ca from $257.99ca, it was now or never at that great price. So I went for it. I Have to say shipping was great! Very classy in the free shipping option I chose with a courier, UPS, that i've dealt with before through the years and always to my satisfaction. The packaging was excellent, 2 layers of thick cardboard with padding in between each layer, finally the guitar was in thick plastic bag and covered from headstock to strap hook on body in a rubber type wrapping, all to protect the finish and prevent any part of the guitar from grinding against cardboard. Not that axe was gonna move anyway, care was taken to make sure everything fit snug by adding extra bubble wrap everywhere inside and between the 2 boxes. I really appreciate the way the instrument was packed, someone who took care in the job. Yes, very thankful dear amazon worker because this guitar had to travel from Delta B.C. to Thunder Bay ON, just look on the map to realize the distance traveled! This guitar made it without a scratch! Perfect! Showroom quality look. Even more? The action was set perfect and after 1000's of kms on the road it was still in tune!!! Amazing service to go with an amazing guitar. DEAN is known for overseeing that their products receive fine craftsmanship construction builds for all their instruments, no matter what price point line each model might belong too. This DEAN ZX EXPLORER Style Guitar plays like a dream straight out of the box. It's a slab of wood that gives out note sustain for days! The Tune-O-Matic bridge along with the string thru body set up really let's out the woods sound wave template, giving a thick muscular tone. I didn't need to dress the frets, no sharp edges to worry about, no fret buzz. All in all, this purchase was an excellent transaction!

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5.0 out of 5 stars CORT - CR 280 CUSTOM LES PAUL STANDARD STYLE GUITAR...Killer Axe!!!, Oct. 13 2015
Having acquired my "CORT - CR 280 Custom Les Paul Standard Style Guitar" in August 2015. Each day I can't wait to plug it in and feel the guitars power & tone. The craftsmanship and construction build of this instrument is amazing! A solid mahogany body and a set in mahogany neck is topped with a flame quilted maple top. Truly a work of beauty! My CR 280 is a cherry red sunrise sun burst with deep mahogany wood grain stain on the back. The quality wood in this build lends itself to the guitars incredible note sustain and the deep warmth of tone. Many pro musicians who have tested the CORT - CR280 Vs GIBSON - Les Paul Standard, leaned toward the CR280 for tone, feel, playable ability and the smooth quickness of the CORT - CR280 neck. This is big news when you consider the price point between the 2 guitars, as the Gibson - LP Standard is several $100's higher. This is one instance where the replica copy out performs the original. As a guitar building company, Cort seems to find a greater guitar player audience in the U.K., Europe, Australia and South America than in North America which is amazing when we find that Cort has been in business for over 50 plus years! The bottom line is, if your a guitarist who values quality workmanship for the hard earned money your gonna pay out for your next axe, I suggest you take a look at this line of guitars: CORT - CR 280 CUSTOM, CR 280 CUSTOM PRO (Seymour Duncan pups & Kluson Tuners), CR 250, CR 100 and CR 50. If you can find one, don't hesitate! Buy It! Your ears, fingers and eyes will thank you!

Heavy Blues
Heavy Blues
Price: CDN$ 12.88
33 used & new from CDN$ 8.51

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4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Electric Blues!!, June 2 2015
This review is from: Heavy Blues (Audio CD)
Yes, HEAVY ELECTRIC BLUES, in the tradition of the late 60's - early 70's power trios such as CREAM, THE HENDRIX EXPIRENCE, BLUE CHEER and ZZ TOP. Other amazon ca reviews are handing out stars due to the guitarists age, suggesting it's a miracle that the man wants to ROCK! Well Randy is showing no signs of retreating to a musical life of tea biscuits and warm milk before a 7pm bedtime! Age is indeed only a number and you really are as old as you feel. Anyone who takes the time to listen to CBC Radio1's "Vinyl Tap" music show, hosted by Mr. Bachman, will hear the excitement in his voice when he gets a chance to spin the sounds of his own self-recognized hero's such as THE WHO or LED ZEPPELIN and DEEP PURPLE. I suspect Randy has wanted to make a recording like this for a long time whether his buddy Neil Young makes challenges to him or not. The songs on this album for the most part show quality in the songs themselves. While not a 5 star product, RANDY BACHMAN has released a album that gives his true fans a much needed breath of fresh musical air.

The Who: Tommy Live
The Who: Tommy Live
DVD ~ The Who
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 41.82
12 used & new from CDN$ 15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars THE WHO - Tommy: Live In Los Angeles 1989 With Special Guests, May 3 2015
This review is from: The Who: Tommy Live (DVD)
Well some purist fans of The Who might poo-poo this extended musicians version of the band, this performance of Tommy should be larger than life and bold. The music of The Who, along with Steve Winwood, Elton John, Billy Idol, Phil Collins and Patti LaBelle (stepping in for Tina Turner as the Acid Queen), that is contained within this disc is a defining statement of rock royalty on display. This is a must have for any music fans collection.

Ray Davies and the Kinks: Return to Waterloo - Come Dancing [Import]
Ray Davies and the Kinks: Return to Waterloo - Come Dancing [Import]
DVD ~ Tim Roth
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 41.48
8 used & new from CDN$ 41.48

4.0 out of 5 stars THE KINKS - Come Dancing: Arista Music Video Anthology /RAY DAVIES & KAST-OFF KINKS - Return To Waterloo, April 22 2015
It's stunning for a great rock band like The Kinks to have so little visual product out in the retail marketplace. This release has long been out of print all over the world. I was lucky to find a copy from a seller based in the E.U. for about $19.50 CAN. Even if the Come Dancing Video Anthology clocks in at a mere 37min it's still worth the price of admission! Great Kinks klassic songs like the rocking "Do It Again", the awesome video story-line in "State Of Confusion", also "Come Dancing", "Predictable" & "Don't Forget To Dance" were all hits on early MTV broadcasts. The rest of the "Come Dancing Video Anthology" feature is rounded out by 3 live tracks "Lola", "You Really Got Me", "Celluloid Heros" all taken from the "One For The Road: Live In Providence R.I. U.S.A. On The Kinks 1979/80 American Tour" - DVD. All in all this a great little production of amazing music videos from THE KINKS! As For "Return To Waterloo", we have a film that leans heavily toward an art house style production, think Andy Warhol's early 70's film output and you'll get a rough idea of the content of this movie short. Ray Davies wrote the script and the songs in the films soundtrack and recorded this music with members of The Kinks past and present. These musicians have billed themselves as "THE KAST OFF KINKS" in the 2000's with Ray Davies joining them on-stage now & then. This is about the only way music fans will see some sort of reunion by The Kinks. As for a reunion of the original members of The Kinks, this sadly will never happen with original members now past away or in serious i'll health. Ray Davies appears to have a love/hate relationship with THE KINKS visual recorded history, refusing to sign off on the PBS production documentary movie "THE KINKS - Do It Again!" for worldwide dvd release. Well we can only hope that he has a change of heart at some point, until then we have this, THE KINKS - Come Dancing: Video Anthology & RAY DAVIES - Return To Waterloo: A Short Film - DVD to hold us over.

Offered by Rarewaves-CA
Price: CDN$ 4.16
9 used & new from CDN$ 4.15

5.0 out of 5 stars ASIA - circa 1990 delivers the goods during this live concert., Sept. 5 2014
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ASIA - Live In Moscow: 1990 - DVD/CD, Eagle Rock/Eagle Vision 2003 Release.

ASIA: Geoff Downes- Keyboards, Vocals
Carl Palmer- Drums, Vocals
Patrick Thrall- Guitars, Vocals
John Wetton- Lead Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitars

Asia as a live concert act in 1989/90 are a tight, well oiled machine. With Pat Thrall stepping into the bands guitar slot for this limited reunion tour after a 5 year plus hiatus, this Asia line up performs with a sharpness and musical skill that would compare to any top hard rock act who have been touring non-stop. Appearing in front of over 40,000 fans over 2 nights in Moscow, Russia at the Moscow Arena, Asia clearly gets a surge of energy from the rabid crowd. This release on both DVD/CD contains the band's sets from both nights. The band performs tracks from its total history of recorded releases: ASIA- Asia, ASIA- Alpha, ASIA- Astra and newly recorded songs in 1989/90 from ASIA- Then & Now. The original Asia members: Downes, Palmer & Wetton always quality musicians, step their performances up a notch. For myself the MVP of this project is the guitar skills of Pat Thrall. His style and tone give the Asia catalog a more aggressive and heavy edge. The guitarists crisp and melodic solos easily compare and elevate any of the recorded studio work by previous Asia guitarists: Steve Howe(asia- alpha), Mandy Meyer(astra) and Steve Lukather(then & now). This release is highly recommended.

Shinedown: Live From the Inside
Shinedown: Live From the Inside
DVD ~ Shinedown
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 22.88
18 used & new from CDN$ 9.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Shinedown on their 1st album tour cycle., June 8 2014
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This is a very enjoyable DVD. Shinedown's original line-up had more of a carefree rock n roll vibe than later versions of the band. Although both versions have excellent musicians in their ranks the original members had more swagger in their steps, free to talk about the benefits and destruction of alcohol & drugs on the touring road as seen in the extra tour document included within the dvd.

Jonas Live As We Roll
Jonas Live As We Roll
DVD ~ Jonas
Price: CDN$ 11.20
21 used & new from CDN$ 10.45

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4.0 out of 5 stars Jonas & Massive Attraction, Keep The Flame Burning Strong For A Hi-Energy Classic Hard Rock Sound, Jan. 7 2014
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After seeing a few videos("Big Daddy","Like A River"and "Edge Of Seventeen") of the band from the 1st Jonas recording in 2005. Jonas was chosen to open all dates on the Van Halen- Greatest Hits Tour with Sammy Hagar. While Van Halen clearly struggled with their on-stage chemistry due to feuding between Sam vs Ed over Eddie's pre-show drinking that was starting to compromise the guitar hero's on-stage performance and Sam vs Alex, Ed's manager. Reviews for the tour were mixed at best but for the amazing shows put on by Jonas as they stormed the stage every night with a confidence of seasoned pros! This live concert dvd filmed at the end of that tour with Van Halen finds the boys in Jonas taking to the stage at a sold out show in Montreal. Lead singer Jonas Tomalty may have the best new hard rock voice to come along in a generation. With a combination of power & finesse, think of Jim Morrison meets Paul Rodgers. Yes its very high praise to associate Jonas Tomalty with those legends but in my opinion, he is just that good. Period. In Corey Diabo, Jonas have a guitarist with skills that shine like a diamond. Catch the emotion he uses in his solo in the live version of "Like A River", its amazing! He shows us his mastery over his instrument, dazzling with stunning licks & riffs! Diabo has the knack of laying down his solos using a guitarists bag of tricks without ever making the listener think he is over playing. Jonas & Massive Attraction give hard rock fans some music they can really sink their collective teeth into as they enjoy the bands strong songwriting and skillful on-stage performances

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