From Dimebag Darrell to Dave Mustaine, numerous guitarists swear by the quality, sound, playability, and style of Dean guitars. Founded by Dean Zelinsky in 1976, Dean Guitars rose to prominence in the late 70’s and early 80’s, but declined when Dean decided to sell the company. Fortunately, the company was eventually purchased by a group that wanted to resurrect the Dean name and return the company to its once-great status. It’s safe to say that they’ve succeeded, with artists such as Michael Angela Batio and Leslie West joining the ranks of Dean guitarists.
Dean is primarily known for its electric guitar models that feature shapes inspired by the Gibson Explorer and Flying V. Such models include the Cadillac, ML, Razorback, Soltero, Vendetta, Split Tail, and the Dean V.
Dean also produces some of the finest Artist-inspired series guitars around, including models inspired by Dave Mustaine, Michael Amott, Michael Angelo Batio, Rusty Cooley, Leslie West, and Michael Schenker. Without a doubt, however, the company’s most popular artist model is the Dime Razorback Series, named after late Panthera guitarist Dimebag Darrell.
As you can see from the list of artists who use Dean guitars, they are heavily favored by guitarists in the hard rock, shred, and metal genre. That is likely because of the guitars’ ease of playability and wonderful sustain. The quality control of both the USA-made and Korean-made instruments is absolutely first rate, and Dean relies upon hardware from such renowned makers as Grover, Dimarzio, and EMG. The company has also started producing its own line of pickups that have received rave reviews.