Dean Guitars Honors Leslie West With New Signature Model – Premier Guitar
Dean Guitars is proud to honor friend and legend, Leslie West, by handcrafting 50 Dean USA Leslie West Tattered N Torn Thoroughbred TBZ limited edition signature guitars. Each guitar is masterfully distressed by legendary master builder John Cruz.
Dean worked directly with West throughout the project before his passing on Dec. 23, 2020. Fifteen guitars were hand-signed by West on the back of the headstock; the remaining 35 guitars have the “LW” insignia on the back of the headstock. West said of his new signature model, “If I can get excited about a guitar when I’m 75 years old, that’s sayin’ something!”
The Dean USA Leslie West Tattered N Torn Thoroughbred TBZ limited edition signature guitar features a two-piece mahogany body with a flame maple arched top, an aged Trans Brazilia nitrocellulose lacquer finish with aged brown mahogany back and sides, and a classic black headstock. The “C”- shape three-piece mahogany neck has an ebony fretboard with a 12″ radius, 22 jumbo frets, a bone nut, pearl block fret markers and Grover 18:1 ratio tuning machines. The body and neck have single-ply cream binding. In addition, the signature model features a USA DMT Leslie West Signature Mountain of Tone Distressed Humbucker bridge pickup, a USA DMT Nostalgia Distressed neck pickup, master volume and tone controls with gold speed knobs, a three-way toggle switch, Tune-o-Matic bridge and