I have 15 guitars, and none were made in China, nor do I own any Dean guitars. I took a chance ordering this one (quilt ash natural), because the specs matched what I was looking for. As expected, the guitar wasn't playable out of the box. The action was very high and needed a setup. Sam Ash includes a setup when you buy a guitar, and the guitar technician did a fantastic job reducing the saddle height. I also had him put on a set of extra light GHS Silk and Steel strings and now it feels and plays like an electric, very smooth and easy to play. The fit and finish looks great with the black binding, the rosette is cool, and I love the ebony fingerboard. It has plenty of volume unplugged considering the thin body (2.75" upper bout, 3.25" lower), and the Fishman electronics rock plugged in. There are only 2 things I would change; the first is the chrome tuning machines with black buttons…they would look much better all black. The second change would be to add a clear pickguard. Both are minor and I have already ordered the pickguard. Overall, I'm very happy with this guitar and it's now my go to acoustic.
San Diego, CA