Dean Guitars has unleashed another guitar honoring the legacy of late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN axeman "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. This time, it's the Cowboy from Hell (photo), an exact reproduction of Dimebag Darrell's customized Dean ML which was pictured on PANTERA's 1990 release "Cowboys from Hell". Dimebag referred to this guitar as the "Dean from Hell".
In November of 2005, Dean produced a limited edition of 150 USA-made Dean from Hells, which sold out immediately.
What makes the Cowboy from Hell special is the amazing story behind this guitar. As a kid, Dimebag won the instrument (originally a USA Flame Series ML) in a Dean shredding contest. Later he sold it to buy a car, and years later he miraculously ended up with the guitar again, but only after his friend, Buddy Blaze, had it painted with lighting bolt graphics which reflected Dimebag's dangerous and powerful style. The guitar became a metal icon when Dimebag was pictured with it on PANTERA's album cover.
"Dime and PANTERA started the modern metal movement," said Dean B. Zelinsky, founder of Dean Guitars. "The stuff that redefined the word heavy in heavy metal! He did all of this on his Dean, 'Dean From Hell'. Dime inspired modern-day metal and this is the guitar that inspired Dime!"
The Cowboy from Hell features a set neck, mahogany body, fully bound mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, custom lightning bolt paint job, licensed double-locking Floyd Rose, Grover gears, Dean neck pickup, Bill Lawrence XL500 bridge pickup, and DBD traction knobs. The Cowboy from Hell lists for $1,625.00 and includes a Dean hard shell case.
"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was the co-founder of the band PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN. He was tragically killed by a crazed fan during a DAMAGEPLAN concert in Columbus, Ohio on December 8, 2004.
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