Ah, the 12-string acoustic guitar. There’s nothing like sitting down with a 12-stringed beauty and letting some big, open chords ring out. A staple for guitarists like Jimmy Page, John Denver, and Lead Belly (SRV and Hendrix were known to strum a 12-er too), these grandiose instruments help to fill out the sound for solo performers and rhythm players alike. Here we’ve compiled a handful of some of the best 12-string acoustics on the market.
Dean Guitars has so many models and shapes that it can be hard to pigeonhole the guitarmaker, something that becomes clearer when you consider the range of artists who play the company’s instruments—from Dave Mustaine to Eric Peterson to Michael Schenker to Leslie West.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario checks out the curvaceous new Dean Custom 550 Floyd, which featues active EMG 81 and EMG 85 pickups along with a Floyd Rose 1000 locking vibrator unit.
Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear- and rain-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the gang at the Dean Guitars booth to check out some new gear. This video focuses on the company's new Chicago Series of guitars, which harkens back to Dean's late-'70s roots. The series includes vintage designs and colors.
Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the gang at the Dean Guitars booth to check out the company's Dave Mustaine series of electric guitars. For more about the Mustaine models, head to deanguitars.com.
Seven-string players generally fall into one of two categories: those who use the low B string primarily to create crushing bass chunk, and shredders like Rusty Cooley, who deftly apply their extensive musical vocabulary and virtuoso technique to the guitar’s full, extended range. Cooley’s contributions aren’t limited to awe-inspiring musical prowess—his recent work with Dean Guitars has advanced the art of seven-string construction and resulted in some of the style’s most playable and tonally balanced instruments. Newest among these collaborative creations is the Dean Rusty Cooley signature RC7X Wraith, an import accompaniment to his USA models that offers custom graphics and inlays, high-end components, effortless playability and a street price under $1,100.
Guitar designer Dean Zelinsky -- the founder of Dean Guitars who has designed models for Billy Gibbons, Dimebag Darrell and Leslie West -- has started a new company, Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars.
In the video below, we check out the new Dimebag Concrete Sledge ML guitar. Actually, you'll notice Dimebag's original ML hanging on the wall; that, of course, was the inspiration for the new model. The new version features an exact rendering of the colorful airbrush job on the original guitar. It's got everything but the Kiss sticker!
One of the new models to be introduced at NAMM this past weekend by Dean Guitars is the limited-edition Dean USA DCR Vinnie Moore Vinman Koa. And by limited, we mean limited; only 15 of these guitars will be produced. Moore was one of many artists present at the Dean booth this past Saturday, and the UFO guitarist was happy to show off his new signature model. The photo gallery below features pix of the guitar and of Moore being interviewed by Curse Mackey of Dean Guitars.