Some of Rocks' greatest players played Dean, including ZZ Top, Pantera, Kansas, Iron Maiden, Heart, The Doobie Brothers, Triumph, The Cars, Def Leppard - and that list goes on.
STRONG OF HEART
For many, it's the outstanding looks, fit and finish that seal the deal. But Dean himself stood ever ready to create artist-personalized versions as needed - he is at heart a custom guitar builder, after all. However, almost without exception, these requests have been at best minor tweaks to what is already considered by many to be strong design in the perfect recipe.
The Dean ML, V and Z models share a very natural standing balance created by their body shape that raises the fingerboard upwards, into what is virtually a "classical" position, were you seated. This has freed many the Metal guitarist and other rockers from the cramped hand style holding their technique captive. It ends now.
FUZZY ON TOP
You're already familiar with the audio pyrotechnics and paint jobs to match paint jobs he did for Dimebag in Pantera or Dave Mustaine of Megadeath, or perhaps the gorgeous - if more straightforward - models used by Dave Murray of Iron Maiden.
You may also know Billy Gibbons played his Dean ML to record ZZ Top's best known Eliminator album - but his Dean love didn't stop there. What you may not know is for the tour, Dean Zelinsky constructed a matched pair of Zs for them by request - a Z guitar and Z bass - which he then covered in the sheepskins Billy gave him, then painting everything else white, fingerboards and all, with only a path left up the center for the pickups, tailpiece and strings. The rest, as they say, made fluffy history.
THE VIEW FROM BEHIND
The original Dean guitars were first unveiled at the 1977 NAMM show to music dealers and musicians. These guitars embody the high quality materials and craftsmanship usually limited to custom instruments. It has the sort of finish and appointments you would more usually find on more expensive models- and THAT is exactly what put Dean Guitars solidly on the map.
This one is New Old Stock - this means it is an unsold new stock model and no longer being built. This dealer inventory has therefore been reduced in price for sale purposes. It represents an excellent value. It will be in play-ready saleable condition - if unboxed prior to sale for demonstration purposes, it may potentially show minimal scuffs on either the guitar or the bag/case; however, this is always considered in establishing a fair price for that particular instrument. Please contact one of our Guitar Experts with any questions.