IF YOUR EXHAUSTIVE search over the dizzying plethora of modern hot-rodded superstrats has proven to be overwhelming, I hear you. Once you dig deep into the multitude of guitars outfitted with higher-output pickups, premium double-locking tremolos and jumbo frets on a fast neck, you’ll find that the biggest dealbreaker may come down to price. And if that’s your hangup, allow me to point you toward the streamlined superstrats in Dean Guitars MD Series, which tick all the aforementioned shred-tastic boxes without forcing you to cough up Bezos bucks. Dean Guitars has often been pigeonholed for their axes shaped in the pointy, elongated V, Z and Razorback varieties, but don’t let that overshadow the fact that Dean also offers killer guitars in more traditional shapes, and the excellent MD24 Floyd Roasted Maple reviewed here in this eyecatching vintage orange finish confirms it’s a banging superstrat that combines knockout looks with contemporary upgrades at a price guaranteed to make you “shred” tears of joy.
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