|Period||2004 — present|
|Neck joint||Set, Bolt on|
|Body||Mahogany, Maple, Basswood|
|Bridge||Floyd Rose tremolo, string thru|
|Pickup(s)||2 EMG, Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio|
|Black, Black with outlines, Rust, Explosion, Slime Bumblebee, Rebel, Metallic Red, Metallic White, Metallic Black, Flametop, Camouflage, Skulls, Shards, Bio Mech, Lone Star, Cemetery Gates and Lightning|
The Dean Razorback is an electric guitar made by Dean Guitars. It is a variation of the Dean ML, and was designed by Dimebag Darrell Abbott, guitarist for the bands Pantera and Damageplan. The Razorback was at first a USA only model, but was subsequently sold as an import model. The "Rust Razorback" model was handmade by Dean Zelinsky, and the finish designed by Stephen Jensen.[not in citation given]
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The Dean Razorback V consists of a standard "Flying V' shape, with the signature points of the Razorback on each of its legs; the Razorback also has an unusual shape of headstock, as with the rest of the Razorback range of Dean guitars.
Abbott asked that a special Razorback should be made in the style of Eddie Van Halen's "Frankenstrat" guitar; this was done, but the standard black, white and red Van Halen style guitar has remained in the company's museum at their headquarters in the US, while the yellow design was given to Van Halen.
In 2007 three new designs were added. The Razorback DB has a lower specification and price, with Dean pickups instead of the EMG or Seymour Duncan and DiMarzio on the Razorback. It does not have a tremolo; it has a bolt-on neck construction instead of the set-in construction of the Razorback, and is not made of mahogany as used in the rest of the range. The Razorback 255 has a 25.5 scale length neck with 24 frets and is designed for easier access to the higher notes. The Razorback 7 has seven strings, normally tuned B E A D G B E, instead of the standard six used on most other guitars. The Razorback has a double edged razor, similar to one worn by Abbott on a necklace, on the twelfth fret of the neck.
On January 19, 2008 three more Razorback designs were announced, one in tribute to the Pantera song Cemetery Gates. Written across the body of the guitar are the words from the chorus: "will unlock my door, and pass the cemetery gates". Another was the 10,000th Commemorative Razorback, with a diamond-plated steel finish. The third was a left-handed version of the Razorback Explosion.
Razorback players include Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde, whose Razorback has the 'bullseye' finish used in many many Gibson Les Paul, "Flying V" and Epiphone Les Paul guitars. Wylde also uses a Dean Split Tail with this design, a cross between the standard Gibson SG and "Flying V" shapes used by other companies.
Abbott never used the guitar onstage, as it was released by Dean posthumously, but had played it in a few recorded videos.
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