Former PANTERA Guitar Legend DIMEBAG DARRELL Returns to DEAN

Dean Guitars announced Saturday November 13, 2004 that they have signed DAMAGEPLAN guitarist Dimebag Darrell (ex-PANTERA) to an exclusive endorsement agreement with an extensive line of USA-made and imported model "Dimebag" guitars to be introduced in January 2005.

Dimebag Darrell, named by Guitar World magazine as one of the "Top 100 Metal Guitarists of All Time," started his career over two decades ago playing almost exclusively Dean ML guitars. Compared to guitar greats Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads and Jimi Hendrix, Darrell began his rise to fame in the '90s with PANTERA. The group earned several Grammy nominations and went right to the top of the Billboard charts. Dimebag is currently on tour blazing his way across the U.S. on his new Dean Guitars to the delight of thousands of fans with his new band DAMAGEPLAN. The band has exploded into the metal scene with a heavy tour schedule promoting their debut album, "New Found Power".

"Being back with Dean is like coming home to me," Dimebag said in a statement. "It's where I started. I was missing the massive crunch, tone, sustain and effortless playability. Having Dean's back in my hands has put fun back into my guitar playing…like I was driving a car with three cylinders and now I'm back to eight and burning nitro."

Dean Guitars owner Elliott Rubinson commented: "Dime is definitely one of the most influential guitarists of all time. Anyone who has heard him play knows that. In addition this guy has the personality and aura to match. Having him back with Dean is the biggest thing to happen to Dean Guitars in the seven years that I have owned the company. The Dime models we have planned will blow away any Dimebag fan. We look forward to the challenge that an artist as creative as Dimebag Darrell will send our way."

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