Dean Exile Select review

This sumptuous S-style is a timely reminder that we can always count on Dean to grab our attention in a crowded guitar store

Dean Exile Select review
(Image: © Dean)

Guitar World Verdict

If you’re looking for an eye-catching shred machine that plays as good as it looks, the Dean Exile Select delivers on both fronts along with aggressive, classic-voiced tones courtesy of its EMG pickups.


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    The EMG 57-TW/66-TW active humbuckers make a stunning debut.

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    Versatile shred guitar.

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    Excellent value for money.

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    Great neck – it's quick and it's solid.


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    Poplar burl maybe a little ostentatious for some? Not us!

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There are so many different models of solidbody electric guitars on the market these days that it can be pretty challenging for a new model to stand out from the crowd. 

Dean has specialized in making eye-catching guitars for more than four decades, so it’s little surprise that their new Exile Select series instruments are already generating a buzz, particularly since there’s much more to Dean’s Exile guitars than their looks. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.