Driving down the road my GF spots a sign "Guitar Outlet". Crappy little sign on the side of the road, a few small shops in this little area. But we pulled in to check it out.
Ever hear of Dean Guitars? This is the man. I guess he has a new line of guitars and just happened to park his outlet 10 minutes from my house! Some very nice guitars. A lot of them are "blems" and he had to point them out to me, but compared to what I might expect from China they are nothing.
I didn't see one guitar over $500!!! Most are made in Indonesia and the bodies and necks.. OMG. I fell in love with his Strats. He has one with a split humbucker bridge that I have my eye on. Beautiful. They have a two point floating trem. Just awesome. I'm going to get one if I can swing it. The great thing is, I can go there, play to my heart's content and pick the one I want and walk out. I'm told his internet prices are higher than the outlet prices.
I didn't take many closeup photos this time. Also I played thru his amp which I was just an OK old Peavey tube amp.
If anyone wants to get one of these guitars I'll be happy to go over there an check it out for you personally. Not sure what his shipping terms are, but I don't know why he couldn't accommodate you. BTW... He has a tech on site (the long haired guy on the right.
Not a Chinese seller, but thought some might be interested.