The Dean ’79 Series ML is built to the original specs of the 1979 Deans, boasting a mahogany body with maple top, a set mahogany neck, a pair of Dean zebra humbuckers, Grover tuning machines, and a Tune-o-Matic bridge. Get the vintage tone without the vintage wear and tear, and forget about that boutique price tag.
’79 Series ML at a Glance
Get your wings.
Dean zebra humbuckers, Tune-o-Matic bridge with thru-body design.
The Dean ’79 Series
1979 was a great time for Dean Guitars. Some of Rocks’ greatest players played Dean to include: Kansas, ZZ Top, Heart, The Doobie Brothers, Triumph,The Cars, Pantera, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard–the list goes on.
Dean Guitars builds these beauties to the original specs of the original 1979 Deans, which are now collectibles on the open market. The ’79 series uses the Series 2 headstock, larger than the time capsule, and has the same look and feel as their predecessors of the seventies.
The ’79 series is available in finishes originally offered in the 1979 Dean catalog, including: Cherry Sunburst, Braziliaburst, and Black with white binding–and the prices are just as striking.
Mahogany Body with Maple Top
As with the original models, Dean uses a mahogany body for its contemporary ’79s. Mahogany is a common choice for electrics, dependably delivering a warm, full tone with plenty of punch and sustain. The maple top focuses the mahogany tone, imparting clarity to your notes/chords, and a little extra high-end bite.
Set Neck Construction
The ’79 ML features a set mahogany neck, which imparts all the well-known advantages of that style: a warmer overall tone with extended low-end response, wicked sustain, and easy upper-fret access (enhanced even further by the ’79s cutaways). The 24-3/4-inch scale neck features a rosewood fingerboard with abalone dot inlays.
Dean Humbucker Pickups
To capture the biting tones of vintage Deans, the company includes two of its standard humbuckers, in black-and-white “zebra” style for looks as good as the sounds. And what to expect tonally? These pickups should provide more than enough bite for modern styles, along with plenty of low-end and midrange definition. The standard three-way selector allows bridge, neck, or a combination. Each pickup gets a volume pot, and they share the tone control.
If you play guitar then you know what this means–solid, dependable tuning from the industry standard. These guitar machines are a triumph in engineering and style, with a gear ratio of 14:1, perfect gear meshing, and zero backlash and slippage. The gear box has a special lubricant for lifetime, trouble-free service.
The ’79’s Tune-o-Matic bridge with string-thru body design provides even more sustain, along with precise intonation for your tuning preference. The classic v-shaped plate mirrors the headstock wings for some nice vintage Dean style.
Mahogany body with maple top, classic black finish and white binding
24-3/4-inch scale, 22-fret set mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and abalone dot inlays
Dual Dean zebra humbuckers with separate volume, shared tone and three-way toggle controls
Tune-o-Matic bridge with string-thru-body design
Grover tuning machines