Sunday, June 4, 2017

Dean ML - Chicago Standard Series (Import)

Last year, my band, Spellbound, decided to add an "alter-ego" to the mix. We call ourselves, Save Ferris. It's an 80's Tribute and a lot of fun. With that, I began looking for an 80's style guitar. I have a Kramer Barreta from then but the neck and I don't get along very well so it's rarely played these days. I had thought about a V and began looking at options. It's a timeless design that would fit in great with the band's theme.

One day while the wife was out working, she stepped in to McBride's Music and Pawn in Denton, TX to see what they had. She sent me pictures of 2 different V's and 1 of the Dean ML. I almost went for the Rhoads V but my gut was saying, "No, go for the ML!". She sent me some more pics. I did some research on it to see what it was all about. Surely it was not a U.S.A. model at that price. Sure enough, I found what I was looking for on it. A ML Chicago Standard Series, Made in Korea in 2013, stock with double-creme DiMarzio Super Distortions, 2 volume, 1 tone, 3-way toggle switch, Grover tuners, rosewood fingerboard, neck binding and it even came with Dunlop strap locks and an Ernie Ball strap (my favorite) that were definitely added aftermarket. It's not a V exactly but, it is so beautiful and plays great.

The previous owner either took really good care of it or didn't play it at all. There is no wear on it that I could find. It looks like a brand new guitar. What a steal. It came to be my Valentine's / Anniversary present from the Mrs.and I have been playing it a lot since. What a player. The balance is great, the neck feels fantastic - not too slim either. The tone of the all mahogany body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard is just classic. The look is classic. In fact, this series was a homage to the very first Dean pre-production models shown in a 1977 ad (although the original U.S.A. Standards had a Flame top and the plain tops / solids were the Flame series once production actually hit the market). From what I can tell, the headstock is even the "BFH" from the very earliest days. Now, the Dean web site says they are homage to the first Deans from the 1977 NAMM show but I have read on Vintage Dean Guitars that no production guitars meet these specs so...

Granted, this is not a vintage Dean in any way but it is a solid guitar by Dean that I enjoy playing. The quality is excellent all around. Who knows, maybe I'll be able to find a V from this series down the road. For now, I'm happy with this ML. I contacted Dean about the soft molded ML case on their site and they informed me it would fit the Chicago Series so I picked one up. And now for some pictures taken at the shop before it came home.