Ironically enough, now in Jesus Land
- Oct 26, 2007
- Reaction score
- Wellington, New Zealand
I played one of these in about 2005-2005 as an, ahem, much younger man. First thing I noticed was how cheap the photo finish was.I must admint that I've been secretly GAS'ing for a Dime-o-flame for quite some time. Have been close to buying one on a few occasions, but I doubt that it'll ever happen. Being exclusively a bedroom musician and doing a fair bit of demo recording means that I've been gravitating towards super strats the last couple of years for practical reasons. Mainly that it's easier to sit with a super strat in a comfy chair in front of the computer.
Looking back these guitars were so incredible over-priced, at least in New Zealand. The Korean Dean From Hell guitars were the same price as an ESP Alexi Laiho standard series guitar ($2,500 NZD c. 2005). Look, I still LOVE the Dean From Hell design, but I'm so glad I didn't have wealthy parents who would have wasted their money on that guitar because it wasn't worth it.
To answer OP's question: that's just business, baby. Shit happens - companies experience ups and downs. The exact same thing is happening to B.C. Rich. Djent or no Djent there are always going to be boomers and Pantera-heads who will buy these guitar (and that's no slight on them), so you can't chalk it up to the times/trends changing. I think it comes down to weak links in the business itself. I also think they milked Dime's legacy too much.