I have a Dean Rusty Cooley RC7X. Not the one with the gay biomechanical wannabe Affliction graphics. Got the White one myself. It shreds. The neck and action remind me a lot of my Ibanez RG prestige. Real easy access to the higher frets due to the super sculpted upper bout/horn. The only gripe I have with it is that it doesn't have a tone knob just a volume. I know someone who has the same exact Guitar but Metallic Black. I personally hate that finish cuz in the light it looks real sparkly. Kinda reminds me of an old 80's/90's Charvel paint job. Mine is tuned to A as well and no problems. Might need to experiment with string gagues though. I think stock is GHS .009-.058. little to floopy on the low side for me. Hope that helps.