Acoustical Guitar Review: Dean Exotica Nomad


Dean Exotica Nomad Acoustic Guitar - Review

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Model: Dean Exotica Nomad Acoustic Guitar

No. Strings: 6
Body Type: Small Auditorium Style 3/4 Size Singe Cut-Away
Top Material: Sitka Spruce - Solid
Back & Sides: Mahogany - Laminated
Binding: White Plastic
Neck Material: Tropical American Mahogany 14 Frets To Body
Neck Shape: Standard
Fretboard Inlay: Pearloid Dots
Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
Fretboard: Indian Rosewood - Solid
Soundhole Trim: Wood and Abalone
Total #Frets: 21
Nut Width: 1-11/16" Finish: Body Satin, Neck Satin
Bridge: Ebony
Bracing: "X" Bracing
Tuners: Enclosed, Die cast Chrome Plated
Electronics: Yes


MSRP $431.63
Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Dean Exotica Nomad Dean Exotica Nomad Acoustic Guitar

The Exotica Nomad by Dean Guitars is the ultimate travel guitar. The Nomad features a small auditorium-style cutaway body made with a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Appointments include maple biding on the neck and body, and a wood and abalone rosette.

There is no substitute for beautiful woods utilized to greatly enhance the look and tone of an acoustic guitar. With the Nomad you don't need to sacrifice tone when you hit the dusty trail!

MSRP $431.63

Dean Exotica Nomad Acoustic Guitar
    Small Auditorium-Style Cutaway Body
    Solid Spruce top
    Mahogany Sides and Back
    Rosewood fingerboard with Dot Inlays
    Spoked Ivoroid and Wood Rosette
    Rosewood Headstock Overlay
    Multi-ply Binding
    Sealed tuners
    21 Frets
    Styled Rosewood Bridge
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Dean Exotica Nomad
Dean Exotica Nomad

Features: 6.5

The Dean Exotica Nomad is an ideal starter guitar for young children and adults on the go as well. The solid Spruce top on this guitar bring you great tone from the price

The chrome tuners appeared to have a bit of play in them and did not give me a good impression.

Sound Production: 5.5

The Dean Exotica Nomad does have a very nice tone for such a small-bodied guitar. As in all small-body guitars, this one is quite thin on tone as well, not much in the mid-tones, but plenty of treble and a surprising amount of bass response for a small guitar.

Understand I give it only a 5.5 rating as compared to ALL other guitars and when you compare this guitar to a Martin D28, well there is no comparison. But compared to other guitars in this price range it is better than average.

Action: 7.0

I thought the action on the Dean Exotica Nomad was good and I did not detect any intonation problems on the guitar I tested. I would get this guitar on the bench and adjust the nut and saddle a bit.

For a young child you certainly want a guitar to play as easy as possible. Adjustments are needed to virtually all guitars in this price category.

Durability: 8.5

Having the Mahogany Laminate back and sides makes for a durable guitar, at the price of some tone. But, that is the trade-off we face.

I believe the Dean Exotica Nomad guitar will give you a long service without a lot of repair as long as its not abused.

The Dean Exotica Nomad guitar was put together in a humidity controlled atmosphere and you should keep it in that same type of atmosphere to minimize cracking or wood movement. A good humidifier for your room or home and guitar case is essential to minimize repair bills.

Be sure to visit our page on Guitar Humidity Control for detail information of keeping your guitar in tip-top shape during the dry winter months.

Customer Service: 10.0

Warranty Coverage:

The Dean Exotica Nomad is warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship from the date of purchase to the original purchaser when purchased from an authorized Dean MI dealer. Dean Musical Instruments will repair or replace, at its option, any Dean instrument or part thereof which is found by Dean MI to be defective. Dean MI reserves the right to use materials regularly utilized at the time of repair in the event that original materials are no longer available. Warranty service requires a copy of the original sales receipt to be presented at time of service request.

This Warranty Does Not Cover:

  • Any Instrument modified after original shipment from the Dean MI Factory.
  • Any Instrument that has been altered or modified in any way or upon which the serial number has been tampered with or altered.
  • Any instrument that has been damaged due to misuse, neglect or accident.
  • Any instrument that has been subjected to extreme humidity or temperature conditions.
  • The subjective issue of tonal characteristics.
  • Any instrument that has been serviced by unauthorized persons.
  • Shipping damages of any kind.
  • Normal wear and tear (i.e; worn frets, worn machine heads, worn plating, string replacement, scratched pickguards, damage from accessories (straps, etc.), or damages to or discoloration of the instrument finish for any reason).
  • Freight charges to and from the factory or authorized dealer for customer owned goods.
  • Claims by anyone other than the registered owner.
  • How To Obtain Warranty Service on the Dean Exotica Nomad Guitar:

    In the event of malfunction of your Dean instrument, you should notify your nearest Authorized Dean MI dealer. The dealer will contact Dean MI for information and authorization to return the instrument to the Dean MI Headquarters. The dealer or owner must ship the instrument, freight and insurance pre-paid. No instrument may be returned to Dean MI without prior return authorization. Service performed by unauthorized persons will void this warranty. When returning an instrument a copy of the sales receipt establishing proof and time of purchase must be sent with instrument.

    Overall Score: 7.5

    The Dean Exotica Nomad is the ultimate travel guitar. The Nomad features a small auditorium-style cutaway body made with a solid spruce top and laminated mahogany back and sides.

    Appointments include maple biding on the neck and body, and a wood and abalone rosette. There is no substitute for beautiful woods utilized to greatly enhance the look and tone of an acoustic guitar.

    With the Dean Exotica Nomad you don't need to sacrifice tone when you hit the dusty trail!

    If you are searching for a guitar to start a young child on their musical experience, the Dean Exotica Nomad would be a guitar you should give serious consideration. With the solid Spruce top and great looks, it will last a beginner student for many years. When they grow out of it, it can be used as an excellent travel guitar or a banger they can use at college.