Dean Razorback

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Dean Razorback
Manufacturer Dean Guitars
Period 2004 — present
Body type Solid
Neck joint Set, Bolt on
Body Mahogany, Maple, Basswood
Neck Mahogany. Maple
Fretboard Ebony, Rosewood
Bridge Floyd Rose tremolo, string thru
Pickup(s) 2 EMG, Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio
Colors available
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, guitarist for the bands Pantera and Damageplan.[1][2] 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.[3][not in citation given]


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 forked 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[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Matt Heafy of Trivium played a white and gold U.S.-made custom Razorback,[4] which was subsequently made as a limited edition import model, with approximately 24-48.

Other players have included Vince Minogue of Wireless Soul, Glen Alvelais, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Nuñez of Black Tide, Edsel Dope, and Jonas Kjellgren.[citation needed]

Abbott never used the guitar onstage, as it was released by Dean posthumously, but had played it in a few recorded videos.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Razorback Series". Dean Guitars. Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dimebag Darrell". Dean Guitars. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dime Razorback NT". Dean Guitars. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Biography - Matt Heafy". Archived from the original on 18 February 2008.