NAMM 2023: Dean reveals Kerry King’s latest lux signature, the USA Custom Shop Overlord – and it is heaving with top-notch components and clever circuitry

Dean Guitars USA Custom Shop Kerry King Signature Overlord
(Image credit: Dean)

NAMM 2023: Dean USA’s Custom Shop has been busy in the metal mines crafting a new signature guitar for thrash legend Kerry King. The Overlord is the brand’s second collaboration with the Slayer guitarist and features a wealth of high-end components and custom appointments. 

The electric guitar build is based around a viciously carved mahogany body and maple top, complete with set-thru neck of three-piece maple. It has a 24 3/4” scale-length, C-shaped neck profile that has been developed to King’s personal specifications.

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Matt Parker
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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.