Review: The Dean Exotica FM 12-String Guitar

Dean Guitars is an American manufacturer founded in 1976 in Chicago, Illinois by Dean Zelinsky and is currently owned by Armadillo Enterprises in Tampa, Florida.

The Dean Exotica FM 12-String Guitar features a flamed maple top that is an eye catcher!

Off the rack

The first thing that caught my eye was the flamed maple top. The cutaway gives you full access to all frets for maximum playability. The built in tuner was very handy and simple to use. The sound is fairly bright with warm undertones making it very versatile. The Dean FM is light weight and comfortable being well balanced in every way. The rosewood fretboard is fast for a 12-string, I was very impressed. It has a big sound that you will enjoy set after set.

The Specs

  • Flame Maple Top, Back, & Sides
  • 25.5″ Scale Length
  • Grover Tuners
  • Dean Electronics
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Abalone Sound hole Inlay
  • Built-in digital tuner
  • Tiger Eye finish

The Low Down

All in all this is a great 12-string at a great price offering great sound and a beautiful look. Also, it sounds great plugged in. As an acoustic, it’s very responsive and plays very easily. This would be a great addition to anyone’s guitar collection. From beginner to professional and everything in between, this is one sweet axe. At $499.00 it is well worth the price. The Dean FM 12-string will measure up to guitar’s double the price. If you have a chance, try one out to see for yourself. You might just come home with one!

Pros: Fair price, lightweight, great tone, eye catching to say the least.

Cons: N/A

MSRP – $499.00

Till next week thanks for reading and keep on shredding!


Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email: nick@sharemyguitar.com

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  • John

    I don’t want to sound like a dick, but how can this get 9 overall when the individual scores were, 7,8,7,9?

  • Nick

    I don’t average my scores. Each category is it’s own entity. The overall is what i think it deserves as a whole. Not as a whole based on the other scores.

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