Legendary guitarist Leslie West was working on a new signature model with Dean Guitars before sadly passing at the end of 2020. The Dean USA Leslie West Tattered N Torn Thoroughbred TBZ guitars are all aged by ex-Fender Custom Shop employee John Cruz, and are strictly limited to a run of 50 guitars in total, with 15 of these signed by West himself.
Dean USA Leslie West Tattered N Torn Thoroughbred TBZ
Mountain was an amazing band and Leslie West’s guitar tone is up there with my favourite guitar tones of all time. The man was an absolute monster tonally and the guitar world will always miss him. Before he passed, he was working on a new Dean USA Leslie West Tattered N Torn Thoroughbred TBZ signature model. 15 of them even bear his signature. So some lucky fans are going to be very happy. The hand-signed editions list for $9,999, whereas the non-hand-signed are available for $5,460.
There are 50 guitars in total, each built to Leslie’s specifications and aged by ex-Fender Custom Shop employee John Cruz. You have a mahogany body with a flamed maple arched top and a set C-shaped three-piece mahogany neck. The neck has an ebony fretboard, a 12″ radius and 22 jumbo frets, and a set of pearl block markers. Hardware includes a set of Grover 18:1 tuning machines and a hardtail Tune-O-Matic bridge and tailpiece.
Mountain Of Tone
Each guitar comes loaded with a set of USA DMT humbuckers, with West’s signature Mountain Of Tone in the bridge and a Nostalgia in the neck position. These are wired up via a three-way toggle switch and a single volume and tone control. I bet it sounds huge. And, if you are one of the lucky owners of one of these 50 guitars, I want you to report back to me and let me know how it plays!
RRP – Signed version USD 9999 / Standard USD 5460