Dimebag Darrell (1966-2004 r.i.p.)
Abbott's first guitar was a Les Paul copy by Hondo, and he began playing Dean Guitars in the early 1980s. His father bought him a cherry sunburst 1979 Dean ML in 1981 and later that day he won a burgundy ML in a guitar competition. He later sold this guitar to purchase a car. The guitar was subsequently heavily customized; the neck was re-shaped, a lightning bolt paint job was applied and a Floyd Rose tremolo system was installed. This guitar was later returned to Abbott as a gift, and became known as the "Dean From Hell", which he used from 1988 until 1994. He also played a sunburst ML customized to his own specs on Vulgar Display of Power and Far Beyond Driven. When Dean temporarily closed down, he collaborated with Washburn to recreate the ML body style. When the Washburn contract ended, he made arrangements to be the sole endorsee of the re-opened Dean. Abbott's death came shortly before the Dean contract was set to begin. Some of Abbott's other guitars included a blue Hamer ML, a white 1984 Dean ML and a red ML for the "This Love" video, and two Jackson Rhoads guitars.
1979 Dean ML cherry sunburst
1981 Dean ML burgundy --> 1988-1994 Dean ML "Dean From Hell"
1984 Dean ML white
Dean ML red
Hamer ML blue
1994-2004 Washburn ML
2004 Dean Razorback
2015 - DEAN USA DIMEBAG COMMEMORATIVE ML LIMITED RUN 100 PC - $3999
2009 - DEAN USA DIME ML RUST FROM HELL LIMITED RUN 100 PC - $3699
USA DIME ML FAR BEYOND DRIVEN LIMITED RUN 100 PC - $3599
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