Dean Bernardini

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Dean Bernardini
Chevelle bassist Dean Bernardini, live in Cleveland 4-12-07
Background information
Born (1973-12-27) December 27, 1973 (age 40)
Deerfield, Illinois, USA
Genres Alternative metal, post-grunge, hard rock
Instruments Bass guitar, drums, vocals
Years active 2005–present
Labels Epic Records
Associated acts Chevelle, Liftpoint

Dean Bernardini (born December 27, 1973 in Illinois) is the bass guitar player and backing vocalist for the hard rock band Chevelle, as well as being a brother-in-law to founding members Pete Loeffler and Sam Loeffler. He joined the band in 2005 after the departure of Joe Loeffler, who had been a member of the group since 1995. The cover of the 2009 album Sci-Fi Crimes was an original 24x48 oil on canvas painting created by Dean.

He's the owner of The Wooden Relic, an online store and gallery in where he can share his art from carvings and furniture to paintings.

In May 2006, he injured his left hand forcing them to cancel 8 concerts (from June 30 to July 26) with Nickelback and Hoobastank.[1]


Dean uses Gibson Thunderbird and Ibanez BTB bass guitars with Mesa Boogie Big Block 750 amplifiers and Mesa 8x10 cabinets for both clean and distorted tones.[2]

In the past Bernardini has also used Ampeg SVT's and matching cabinets with a Boss ODB-3 or Mesa Boogie V-Twin pedal for overdriven tones. In the studio he used a combination of Mesa Big Block 750 and Pete Loeffler's Ampeg V4. A video of the recording of Chevelle's album Sci-Fi Crimes shows Dean using an Ibanez BTB 1305E bass, though he has not played this during live shows.

Currently, Dean uses a SansAmp Bass Driver D1, a DigiTech Bass Driver, a Boss Digital Reverb RV-5, a Peterson VSS-C Stomp Classic tuner, a Boss Equalizer GE-7 for boost, and a Boss DD-7 Delay. He uses a Mesa Boogie Big Block 750 amplifier and footswitch with two 8x10 and 4x12 Mesa Boogie Vintage Powerhouse cabinets.

Dean utilizes two custom made Thunderbirds built by Ryan Loux of Loux Custom Instruments, one black with a 35" scale and Chevelle logo inlays, and a newer white "Picasso" bass that features a custom inlaid fretboard inspired by a Picasso painting, as well as featuring Nordstrand pickups and an extended 35.375" scale length for Chevelle's extensive use of Drop A# tuning.

As of recently, Dean's main basses are Ibanez BTB570s he modified himself by refinishing them and installing hand-made pickguards. Like his custom Thunderbirds, they have 35" scales and have either rosewood, ebony, or maple fretboards.


Before Chevelle, Dean played drums in the Chicago band Liftpoint. Liftpoint opened for Chevelle a few times during Dean's time with the band and also went on several tours with Chevelle as an opening act.

Bernardini taught himself to play bass by playing along to bass lines on albums. The first album he played to was Muse's Absolution.[2] Dean has two kids, a daughter named Lola and a son named Drake. Dean is married to Natalie Loeffler. They have been together since 2004. The couple resides in Chicago, IL.


  1. ^ Mtv News Staff. "For The Record: Quick News On Kanye West, Tool, Cam'ron, Guns N' Roses, Kristen Bell, Three 6 Mafia & More". Mtv News. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b Diane Gershuny. "Chevelle's Dean Bernardini". Bass Player Magazine Online. Retrieved 2008-03-13.