Dean Guitars has big plans for 2020. Its new shredder-style Exile Select guitars have striking contours and sporty necks.
Exile Select Series
Dean Guitars says its Select Series was “designed by musicians for musicians”. It’s a popular range, especially so in the States. Let’s take a look at the new additions.
Quilt Top vs. Burled Poplar
A total of 6 new guitars have been added this year and they cover a variety of different modern styles. Which is right for you? The first question will be: 6 or 7 strings? Then there are two finishes to choose from. One is a striking Poplar Burl top, one of those finishes that seems to be in vogue currently and has found its way into the Dean Guitars catalogue.
Alternatively, there are also instruments with satin finished quilt maple top, with neat binding to complete the look. While the quilt tops are only available with a fixed bridge, the Poplar Burls are available with Floyd Rose or with a Hardtail Bridge.
Wood and pickups
In all variations, the body is made of alder, the neck is three-piece and is made of maple and has a narrow D-profile neck shape. All these guitars have a 16-inch radius ebony fingerboard with the mother-of-pearl block inlays. These necks are super flat and will suit shredders perfectly. They all use mini Grovers, so tuning should be super smooth and stable across all these models.
On the pickup side, you get a set of EMG 57TW / 66TW humbuckers that can be split using a push-pull function. One Volume and once Tone control allow you to dial in your tones as desired.
These guitars are modern shredder style instruments and the finishes will certainly divide opinion. I can’t say that I am a fan of the look, they’re a bit too over the top for my tastes. You may well love them, though, so be sure to check out the video demos below.