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Guitars feature Fishman Fluence pickups; EverTune, Floyd Rose or TonePros bridges, ebony fingerboards, 24 stainless steel frets and glow-in-the-dark side markers

TAMPA, Fla. (March 2, 2021) – Dean Guitars® is proud to announce its Vengeance and Zero models are back with a vengeance thanks to new player-demanded features, including Fishman Fluence pickups and push/pull pots; EverTune, Floyd Rose or TonePros bridges, 24 jumbo stainless-steel frets and glow-in-the-dark side markers.
Vengeance models feature Dean’s aggressive “V” shape mahogany body, flame maple tops (trans finishes), three-piece slim-“C” shape maple set-thru necks, ebony fingerboards complete with 12” radius and pearloid ultra diamond inlays, Grover Mini tuners with 18:1 tuning ratios and black dome knobs.
The Vengeance Select EverTune Fluence Black Cherry Burst comes with two Fishman Fluence pickups and an EverTune bridge; the Vengeance Select Floyd Fluence Charcoal Burst also features two Fishman Fluence pickups with a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge; the Vengeance Select Fluence Black Satin has a single Fishman Fluence bridge pickup, TonePros Tuneomatic bridge and single volume knob.
Zero models share the same specifications and options as their Vengeance counterparts, but feature “Z” shape mahogany bodies with flame maple tops. The Zero Select EverTune Fluence Black Cherry Burst features an EverTune bridge and the Zero Select Floyd Fluence Charcoal Burst has a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge. The Zero Select Fluence Black Satin has a single Fishman Fluence bridge pickup, TonePros Tuneomatic bridge and single volume knob
“We’re extremely pleased to offer these new Vengeance and Zero guitars,” said Dean Guitars Vice President of Products, Eric Stewart. “For years, we’ve been asked to build them with these features and specifications, and here they are – pairing performance, aggression and class!”
Dean Vengeance and Zero guitar prices are to be determined and are available with a variety of case options at authorized Dean Guitars dealers. For more information, go to
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Dean Guitars Unveils Kerry King V Limited Edition Signature Guitar

TAMPA, FL — Dean Guitars presents the USA made Kerry King V Signature Guitar, an eye-catching and sonically captivating electric guitar that honors one of the most respected players to walk the planet. As founding guitarist of the band Slayer, Kerry King has written some of the most brutal and revolutionary music ever created. With the Kerry King V, Dean celebrates the culmination of King’s career with the pinnacle of craftsmanship in an all-new guitar handmade in the Dean USA Custom Shop. Limited to only 50 pieces, this signature guitar arrives with a custom leather-bound Certificate of Authenticity signed by the man himself, along with a customized hardshell case. From every edge and angle, the Kerry King V Signature Guitar is a legacy instrument worthy of the artist, the dedicated player, and the serious fan.

“I’m super stoked to be part of the Dean Guitars family. This has been an insane long time coming!” said Kerry King celebrating the official launch of his model, the latest addition to Dean’s renowned Artist Series. “Together we’re going to create some amazing guitars that Dean, Slayer, and Kerry King fans will be as excited as I am to play them. It’s gonna be a wild ride for years to come!”
Designed with a unique V-shape cut with remarkable precision, the Kerry King V Signature Guitar pairs an instrument-grade mahogany body with a beveled North American maple flat top. The guitar is painted in a stunning satin black finish with a powerful gloss red Kerry King sigil. The contoured heel allows for easy neck access during blistering solos, while the 3-piece maple neck-thru design with dual-action truss rod provides added stability. The C-shape neck (12-inch radius) at 24 5/8-inch scale length has been sculpted to King’s specifications. The ebony, 24 jumbo-fret fingerboard is detailed with handcrafted pearl, stone, and ebony custom inlays, accompanied with ultra-vibrant LED fret markers along the side.

Electronically, Dean takes the already amped-up design of the Kerry King V to the next level with an intense Sustainiac neck pickup and an EMG 81 with PA2 preamp booster bridge pickup that’s ideal for volume-boosted solos and overdrive. This powerful combination has excellent articulation that’s further enhanced by King’s own signature Kahler KFK Tremolo System with vibrato arm. This one-of-a-kind bridge is paired with the Floyd Rose R2 nut at 1 5/8-inch width for added tuning stability reinforced by Grover tuners.

Whether maniacally shredding or passively riffing, players have all the control they need, including on/off switches for each respective pickup, a 3-way toggle switch, and a Sustainiac mode switch, along with volume and tone. Dome black knobs and black hardware polish off the edgy esthetic, complete with Dean’s distinct logo on the V-shaped headstock.
The 50-piece limited edition Kerry King V Signature Guitar is now shipping and available at MSRP $8666. Learn more and behold the beast at

Ultra Rare Chance For Buddy Blaze-Modded Dean ML

From Buddy’s Facebook: “About 30 years ago, I bought this ’79 Dean ML from my good friend Eugene at the Arlington Guitar Show… I started restoring it in ’87. I got very busy with Kramer and Vivian Campbell at the time, so I put it in its case, in its present state. It has been there ever since then… I have pulled it out a couple of times since then, once to show Dimebag Darrell when Pantera was in New York touring with Prong. He was always looking for used MLs back then… Anyway, it’s time for me to finally finish it and find a new home for it. Who wants a genuine vintage Dean ’79 ML restored by Buddy Blaze? Call 818 620 6445 to put your name on it. Serious only please…”
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INTERVIEW: Morbid Angel’s David Vincent

David VincentNot that it’s a competition, but if it was, Morbid Angel are one of the most significant bands in death metal history. They already would have earned that title on the strength of their songs, their musicianship and their attitude, but their status as legends was solidified with the release of their third album Covenant in 1993. For Covenant was the very first death metal album to be released by a major label, selling over 130,000 copies in the United States alone and breaking the door down for heavier genres – and also achieving the rare feat of packing a major label album full of occult and satanic lyrics (and without the sense of theatre that accompanies bands like Ghost BC). To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this landmark album last year, Morbid Angel hit the road for a few months to play Covenant from start to finish, followed by a selection of classic cuts. And now they’re bringing the show down here to Australia, playing a handful of dates in April. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine

Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 2.23.00 pmIt’s safe to say that metal as we know it simply wouldn’t be the same without Megadeth. The other ‘big four of trash’ bands contributed certain elements to the form – Anthrax brought the humour, Slayer brought the evil and Metallica brought the gruff manliness. But Megadeth contributed intelligence, social awareness and instrumental virtuosity in a consistent and incredibly assured way. Megadeth’s lineups have changed throughout the years but the one constant is Dave Mustaine. In many ways he is Megadeth – he’s the band’s songwriting anchor, and his rhythm guitar style defines the whole band’s approach. Megadeth are returning to Australia for Soundwave 2014, and their performance is sure to be a highlight of the festival. How could it not, with classics such as “Holy Wars …The Punishment Due,” “Hangar 18” and “Symphony Of Destruction” to draw from, as well as material from latest album Super Collider, which sees the band returning to the more melodic vein previously explored in albums like Youthanasia and Cryptic WritingsRead More …

REVIEW: Dean Cadillac Straight-Six

cadillacThe Cadillac is one of Dean Guitars’ oldest designs, originally surfacing in 1980. On the surface it could be viewed as ‘Oh, that’s just the front half of an Explorer stuck to the back half of a Les Paul,’ if you wanted to get all basic about it, but Dean have always put their own spin on things, so of course you’re getting Dean’s own approach to crucial things like neck profile, fretwork and electronics: we all know that a guitar is about much more than just the shape. The Cadillac Straight-Six is one of Dean’s newest models, members of the Straight-Six series which adds a six-in-line headstock and classy gold hardware to one of four classic Dean shapes: the ML (think Dimebag Darrell), the V, the Z (think Explorer) and of course the Cadillac.

[geo-out country=”Australia” note=””]Buy the Dean Cadillac Straight Six from Guitar Center[/geo-out]

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REVIEW: Dean Custom 550 Floyd

DeanThe story of Dean Guitars has had plenty of ups and downs over the years, starting as a small operation in Chicago in 1976. Currently owned by Armadillo Enterprises in Tampa, Florida, Dean is going pretty strong at the moment with artist signature models for the likes of Leslie West, Dimebag Darrell (see my review of the Dean From Hell here), Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine (and man oh man I want me a Dean Zero or VMNT), Michael Schenker, Michael Angelo Batio and Michael Amott – not to mention iconic shapes like the ML and Cadillac.  Read More …

REVIEW: DMT Tyrant Michael Amott humbucker

Michael Amott knows a thing or two about tone. Whether it’s vintage death metal with Carcass, hard rock with Spiritual Beggars or his main job in Arch Enemy, Amott has the ears, hands and sense of sonic taste to craft the perfect sound for whatever musical situation he finds himself in. After flings with guitars like the Ibanez RG550 and his former ESP signature model the Ninja, Amott is now a Dean endorser, with his own line of signature guitars. And central to the tone of this imposing axe is the DMT Tyrant, Amott’s signature humbucker from Dean’s pickup division, Dean Magnetic Technologies. Amott was kind enough to arrange for a Tyrant humbucker to be sent out for review after I interviewed him recently.

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