The Dean Guitar Company was established in 1976 by luthier Dean Zelinsky, who was only 18 years old at the time. Dean Began playing guitar when he was 9 years old and was restoring old beat up guitars by the time he was 16. By the age of 18, Dean opened up the Dean Custom Guitars repair shop in Northbrook, Illinois. Dean was determined to make his guitars stand out from the rest with good quality parts and a huge sound. The first Dean guitars that were released had some interesting design and engineering features. “V-shaped” headstocks and pointy bodies made the Dean guitar easy to identify on stage as well as produce an amazing tone and sustain. Medeiros continued to make great quality guitars and even improved the Dean guitars by introducing the “neck-through-body” construction.

Dean guitars went through another ownership change in the late 90’s when Armadillo Enterprises bought it. The Dean Guitar Company is still to this day creating great quality guitars at a reasonable price. Other guitar players who have used Dean guitars are Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Ozbourne and Quiet Riot), Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill (ZZ Top), Eric Peterson (Testament), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro), Michael Schenker (UFO and MSG), Rik Emmett (Triumph), Rik Ocasek (The Cars), Rudolf Schenker (The Scorpions) and CC Deville (Poison).

By Johnny Stall

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