Dean Bernardini

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Dean Bernardini
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Bernardini performing at the Hollywood Palladium in 2014
Background information
Born (1973-12-27) December 27, 1973 (age 44)
Deerfield, Illinois, U.S.
Instruments Bass, drums, vocals
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts Chevelle

Dean Bernardini (born December 27, 1973) is the bass guitarist and backing vocalist for the rock band Chevelle.[1] He joined the band in 2005 after the departure of Joe Loeffler, who had been a member of the group since 1995. Bernardini is also a noted visual artist and woodworker; the cover of the 2009 album Sci-Fi Crimes was an original 24x48 oil on canvas painting by Bernardini,[2] and he also supplied an original oil on canvas painting for the band's 2012 album Stray Arrows: A Collection of Favorites.[3]


Before Chevelle, Bernardini played drums in the Chicago band Liftpoint. Bernardini taught himself to play bass by listening to and attempting to copy bass lines on albums. The first album he played to was Muse's Absolution.[4] When Joe Loeffler left Chevelle, Bernardini, who is married to Pete and Sam Loeffler's sister, replaced him.[5]

In May 2006, Bernardini injured his left hand forcing the band to pull out of the first eight concert dates (from June 30 to July 26) with Nickelback and Hoobastank.[6]


In a feature in Bass Player, Bernardini stated that he 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.[4] He is also a featured artist by both Gibson Guitars[7] and Ibanez Guitars.[3]

The Thunderbirds Bernardini plays are custom built by Ryan Loux of Loux Custom Instruments.[8] One is black with a 35 in (890 mm) scale and Chevelle logo inlays, and another is a white bass that features a custom inlaid fretboard inspired by a Picasso painting, and featuring Nordstrand pickups and an extended 35.375 in (898.5 mm) scale length.[8] The Ibanez BTB570s are modified by Bernardini by refinishing and installing hand-made pickguards and Bartonlini pickups.[8]

He uses custom gauge (65-85-115-130) GHS strings.[9]


  1. ^ Jason, Lipshutz (July 1, 2016). "Chevelle's Dean Bernardini on Why 'The North Corridor' Represents 'A Defining Moment'". Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  2. ^ Tarradell, Mario (October 30, 2009). "Band's new 'Sci-Fi Crimes' heads for parts unknown, and without Joe Loeffler". The Press Democrat. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Dean Bernardini - Chevelle". 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Diane Gershuny. "Chevelle's Dean Bernardini". Bass Player Magazine Online. Archived from the original on March 14, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  5. ^ ""That was a big deal," Loeffler says. "It was an amazing..."". South Bend Tribune. October 2, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  6. ^ 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 March 13, 2008.
  7. ^ "Gibson Exclusive: Chevelle's Dean Bernardini on Thunderbird Bass and More". November 3, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c Bohlinger, John (April 30, 2014). "Rig Rundown: Chevelle". Premier Guitar. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  9. ^ "GHS Artist Profile: Dean Bernardini". Retrieved March 4, 2017.