The fate of Dean Guitars hangs in the balance as Armadillo faces demands to surrender all equipment and inventory – inside the Succession-esque drama determining the future of the US guitar brand

Dean Guitars headstock
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The future of Dean Guitars’ producer Armadillo Distribution Enterprises, Inc. has never been more in question, as court documents filed by its lenders reveal the guitar-maker and distributor is being pursued for debts of approximately $10 million.

Armadillo refutes the claims and says it “will be vigorously defending these suits.” However, if the court finds in favor of Armadillo’s lenders, it is hard to see how the firm will be able to continue as the producer of Dean Guitars.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.