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     Welcome to my Dean Guitar Arsenal. On this page you'll find pictures and descriptions of my Dean guitars. For more information about Dean Musical Instruments, visit them at www.deanguitars.com.

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     This is the centerpiece of my Dean collection. Without a doubt, the finest guitar I've ever owned. Visit Dean Guitars to see more HardTails. I predict you'll find one that's perfect for you.


Dean USA Hardtail

  • Carved flame maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 24 3/4" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut
  • Grover tuners
  • Nickel hardware
  • Seymour Duncan pickups (JB in bridge, Jazz in neck)
  • TonePros bridge
  • Set mahogany neck (quarter sawn)
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Custom abalone inlays
  • 22 jumbo frets
  • Flame amberburst finish

     I have always wanted this shape, and now I have it!

     The mahogany is warm, organic and feels great to my hands. It has a very light, satin finish. This guitar has the shorter 24 3/4" scale length, which makes string bending easy.

Dean USA Mahogany Z

  • Mahogany body/Neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Grover tuners
  • Black hardware
  • Original Dean V neck profile
  • Black binding
  • USA Dean "Time Capsule" pickups
  • Natural, open grain finish

     None More Black. This USA made Soltero 1000 is thick and heavy, and sounds thick and heavy. Mine is totally stock and plays great! It has Dean's slight v-profile neck and nice, big jumbo frets. I was able to set the action really low, and it just screams.

Dean USA Soltero 1000

  • Mahogany body
  • 22 fret set mahogany V profile neck
  • 24 3/4" scale
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Black hardware
  • Grover tuners
  • Dean DMT Time Capsule pickups

     Dean single coil goodness! I also like the Wilkinson vibrato system; very smooth. As you can see from the picture the guys at Dean moved the volume far enough away from the pickups that I don't bang my hand on them when playing. Everything is in a good place :)

     I changed out the pickups on my USA 74 to Dimarzio Area 58 pickups in middle and neck, and an Area 61 in the bridge. did this because I often play at very high gain and needed hum cancelling pickups. I should mention that the USA DMT pickups that come stock with the guitar are quite good too, and hum cancelling in the 2nd and 4th positions.

Dean USA 74

  • Alder body
  • 25.5 scale
  • Bolt-On maple neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Sperzel tuners
  • Brushed aluminum hardware
  • Wilkinson trem. bridge
  • Dimarzio pickups (this is non-stock)

     Dean shred machine! This guitar is so easy to play I get spoiled. Super stable neck with nice big fat frets. Excellent recording guitar too. The guitar has a stain finish, so you can feel the grain of the lacewood top. Nice, organic feel, reminding me a bit of my mahogany Z.

Dean USA 84 Lacewood

  • Alder body, lacewood top
  • 25.5 scale
  • 5 piece laminated neck, 24 frets
  • Bolt-On maple neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Original Floyd Rose
  • Black hardware
  • Dean DMT pickups
Dean Palomino

     And now for something different. This is my jazz box. It's big, and sounds fat with it's 3 P90 style pickups. Quite a versatile guitar actually. It sounds so good acoustically, that I'm using it my new album; I just stuck a mic in front of it and hit record. Plugged in, you get a diverse set of tones from the 5-way swtich. This jazz box sounds killer.


Dean Palomino

  • Set neck f-hole archtop
  • 16 " lower bout
  • 24.75" scale
  • 3 P-90 pickups
  • Master volume - master tone
  • 5-Way pickup selector
  • Chrome hardware
Dean Evo Special Seven Quilt Amberburst

     Here's my primary 7-string electric guitar. It plays great, looks great, and has a wide variety of tones. The pickups are pretty hot, but not overly loud. They give the guitar a balanced sound--you get an equal amount of lows, mids and highs. For tonal variation, I make extensive use of the three-way switch, and the volume and tone controls. This guitar is very sensitive to changes in pickup combination, volume level, tone level, and playing dynamics. Altering these simple elements gives me a wide array of tones.


Dean EVO Special 7

  • Arched, quilted maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 25 1/2" scale
  • 1 7/8" nut
  • Mini grover tuners
  • Nickel hardware
  • Dean pickups
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Glued-in mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Dot inlays
  • 22 frets
  • Quilt amberburst finish

 

Dean EVO Special Seven

     This is my backup seven string guitar. I use both EVO's for recording and performing. When recording rhythm guitar parts, I'll often double track using my two EVO's. The tone on these two guitars is subtly different--just enough that panning the two guitars hard-left and hard-right creates a 'wide' and 'fat' stereo image. If you want to create a wall-of-guitars sound, I recommend this technique.


Dean EVO Special 7

  • Arched top
  • Mahogany body
  • 25 1/2" scale
  • 1 7/8" nut
  • Mini grover tuners
  • Nickel hardware
  • Dimarzio Blaze pickups (non-stock item)
  • Tune-O-Matic Bridge
  • Glued-in mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Dot Inlays
  • 22 frets
  • Classic black finish
Dean Colt

     This guitar is fun to play, easy to play, sounds excellent, and meets my early Rush Alex Lifeson emulation needs. It has a piezo bridge too, for some acoustic sounds. Plus it looks cool!


Dean Colt Hollowbody

  • Arched maple top
  • Maple body
  • 25 1/2" scale
  • Grover tuners
  • Nickel hardware
  • Tune-O-Matic Bridge
  • Glued-in maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Dot Inlays
  • 22 frets
  • Classic black finish

     The mighty 12! Shredder of callouses, this bass is hard (for me) to play, and it sounds awesome! It's a 12-string bass, with 3 courses (strings) for each note: E, A, D, G. The bass sounds huge, with a hi-fi, piano-string sound. It also sounds good with a little overdrive, like my bass hero Dug Pinnick from Kings's X uses. And actually, it's not that hard to play -- you just flatten your fretting fingers a little so you catch all three of each string set.

Dean Rhapsody 12

  • 12 String
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 34" scale & 2 1/8" brass nut
  • Black chrome bridge
  • EMG HZ Pickups w/ Dean 3D Preamp
  • Dean two piece anchor bridge system
  • Bolt-on maple and walnut neck
  • Rosewoord fingerboard
  • Abalone dot inlays
  • 24 frets

     Last but not least, I have a Dean Performer 7-string acoustic guitar. Pretty unusual instrument, I must say. Sounds cool, especially that low B string!

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