Left Handed Dean Guitars & Basses That Kick Ass! 2021

Left Handed Dean Guitars and Basses - Body of a lefty Dimebag Dean From Hell guitar
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Last Updated on May 9, 2021 by Chris

Left Handed Dean Guitars

Dean guitars are pretty good when it comes to catering to left handed guitar players. In the current lineup there are ten different instruments from across the different Dean range. So, let’s check out which models from Dean Guitars are offered to us left handed folk.

If you like, you can go straight to the electric guitar section.
If you’d prefer, you can go and see the acoustic section.
Or you can go straight to the bass guitar section.

Who Are Dean Guitars?

A wall, mounted with 22 Dean guitars

Dean Guitars was founded in 1976 by Dean Zelinsky, a guitar luthier from Chicago, Illinois.

He already had experience of building and repairing guitars, and had wanted to create a new guitar design that wasn’t yet available. So after taking some Gibson factory tours to find out what machinery was needed, Zelinsky was able to set up his own guitar company.

The first guitars Dean began making were V-shaped and pointed, which Zelinsky believed would enhance his guitars’ tone. A number of bands and artists started using his guitars, including Heart, Kansas, and The Cars.

Zelinsky sold the company in 1986 to Oscar Medeiros of Tropical Music, who focused on selling overseas, until Dean Guitars were largely absent from the US market.

It wasn’t until 1997, that Elliott Rubinson and his company Armadillo Enterprises, then bought the Dean trade name. Rubinson himself was a touring musician having played bass with the likes of Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker, and Michael Angelo Batio.

Dean Guitars went on to provide guitars for a huge roster of artists such as Kerry King (Slayer), Michael Schenker (Michael Schenker Group), Michael Amott (Arch Enemy), and Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), among many others.

In December 2016, Elliott Rubinson’s son, Evan Rubinson, took over as President and CEO at Armadillo Enterprises.

Sadly, after battling long and hard with brain cancer, Elliott “Dean” Rubinson passed away on 5 February 2017.

What Do I Think of Dean Guitars?

John Connolly, guitarist with Sevendust

I first became aware of Dean Guitars, when I first saw some live concert video of Pantera on TV back in the early ’90s. Their guitarist, who I later found out was Dimebag Darrell, had a very unusual looking and eye-catching guitar, and later still, I found out that he played a Dean ML.

There are three things that come to mind when I think of Dean Guitars; first of all, is the shape of that ML range that Dimebag liked to play. They have such a distinctive look, unlike anything else out there!

Secondly is their V-shaped headstock on many of their guitars. Again, so different from everything else, that it stands out and sticks in the mind.

Finally, the Dean logo; the winged emblem, which is, again, very memorable, looks like a bird of prey soaring through the sky!

Ever since, I’ve always associated Dean with rock and heavy music, and I just love the combination of those three things, which perfectly align themselves with aggressive heavy music!

Different Types of Dean Guitars

Electric Guitars

  • USA Series
  • Artist Series
  • Select Series
  • Classic Series
  • Standard Series

Bass Guitars

  • USA-Bass Series
  • Select-Bass Series
  • Standard-Bass Series
  • Acoustic-Bass Series

Acoustic Guitars

  • AXS Series
  • Bluegrass Series
  • Espana Series
  • Exhibition Series
  • Exotica Series
  • Flight Series
  • St-Augustine Series

If you’ve deeper pockets that the average Joe, then you could always build your own.

Left Handed Dean Electric Guitars

At present, there are six left handed Dean electric guitars. Take a look below to see which ones are available in lefty configuration.

Dimebag Dean From Hell ML Lefty

Left Handed Dean Guitars - Dimebag Dean From Hell ML Lefty

Made in China
MSRP – $799.00

Specs:

  • SCALE: 24 3/4″ (629mm)
  • TOP: Mahogany
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • BODY FINISH: Dean From Hell CFH Graphic
  • NECK: Set-Neck Mahogany with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • PROFILE: V
  • FINGERBOARD: Pau Ferro with Pearl Dot inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″ (305mm)
  • NUT WIDTH: 1 11/16″ (43mm)
  • NUT TYPE: Floyd Rose R3
  • FRETS: 22
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Black Chrome
  • TUNERS: Grover
  • BRIDGE: Floyd Rose Special
  • NECK PICKUP: DMT Design
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan SH13 Dimebucker

ML Select Classic Black Lefty

Left Handed Dean Guitars - ML Select Classic Black Lefty

Made in Indonesia
MSRP – $849.00

Specs:

  • SCALE: 24 3/4″ (629mm)
  • TOP: Mahogany
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • BODY FINISH: Classic Black
  • NECK: Set Thru 3 Piece Mahogany with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • NECK FINISH: Satin
  • PROFILE: V
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony with Pearloid Block inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″ (305mm)
  • NUT WIDTH: 1 11/16″ (43mm)
  • NUT TYPE: Polymer Black (Plastic)
  • FRETS: 22 Jumbo
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Black
  • TUNERS: Grover
  • BRIDGE: Tune-O-Matic (With V Plate)
  • NECK PICKUP: Seymour Duncan APH-1 Custom Zebra
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan SH-5 Custom Zebra

V Select Classic Black Lefty

Left Handed Dean Guitars - V Select Classic Black Lefty

Made in Indonesia
MSRP – $849.00

Specs:

  • SCALE: 24 3/4″ (629mm)
  • TOP: Mahogany
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • BODY FINISH: Classic Black
  • NECK: Set Thru 3 Piece Mahogany with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • PROFILE: V
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony with Pearloid Block inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″ (305mm)
  • NUT WIDTH: 1 11/16″ (43mm)
  • NUT TYPE: Polymer Black (Plastic)
  • FRETS: 22 Jumbo
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Black
  • TUNERS: Grover
  • BRIDGE: Tune-O-Matic (With V Plate)
  • NECK PICKUP: Seymour Duncan APH-1 Custom Zebra
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan SH-5 Custom Zebra

Z Select Classic Black Lefty

Left Handed Dean Guitars - Z Select Classic Black Lefty

Made in Indonesia

MSRP – $849.00

Specs:

  • SCALE: 24 3/4″ (629mm)
  • TOP: Mahogany
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • BODY FINISH: Classic Black
  • NECK: Set Thru 3 Piece Mahogany with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • NECK FINISH: Satin
  • PROFILE: V
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony with Pearloid Block inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″ (305mm)
  • NUT WIDTH: 1 11/16″ (43mm)
  • NUT TYPE: Polymer Black (Plastic)
  • FRETS: 22 Jumbo
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Black
  • TUNERS: Grover
  • BRIDGE: Tune-O-Matic (With Z Plate)
  • NECK PICKUP: Seymour Duncan APH-1 Custom Zebra
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan SH-5 Custom Zebra

MLX Classic Black Lefty

Left Handed Dean Guitars - MLX Classic Black Lefty

Made in China
MSRP – $299.00

Specs:

  • SCALE: 24 3/4″ (629mm)
  • TOP: Basswood
  • BODY: Basswood
  • BODY FINISH: Classic Black
  • NECK: Bolt-on Maple with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • PROFILE: C
  • FINGERBOARD: Jatoba with Pear Dot inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 14″ (356mm)
  • NUT WIDTH: 1 11/16″ (43mm)
  • NUT TYPE: Polymer (Plastic) (OEM)
  • FRETS: 22
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome
  • TUNERS: Sealed Die Cast
  • BRIDGE: Tune-O-Matic
  • NECK PICKUP: DMT Design BK/CR
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: DMT Design BK/CR

VX Classic Black Lefty

Left Handed Dean Guitars - VX Classic Black Lefty

Made in China
MSRP – $299.00

Specs:

  • SCALE: 24 3/4″ (629mm)
  • TOP: Basswood
  • BODY: Basswood
  • BODY FINISH: Classic Black
  • NECK: Bolt-on Maple with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • PROFILE: C
  • FINGERBOARD: Granadillo with Pearl Dot inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 14″ (356mm)
  • NUT WIDTH: 1 11/16″ (43mm)
  • NUT TYPE: Polymer (Plastic) (OEM)
  • FRETS: 22
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Black
  • TUNERS: Grover
  • BRIDGE: Tune-O-Matic
  • NECK PICKUP: DMT Design
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: DMT Design

Left Handed Dean Acoustic Guitars

At the time of writing, there are two left handed Dean acoustic guitars available. Check ’em out below!

Exhibition A/E Black Satin Lefty

Left Handed Dean Guitars - Exhibition A/E Black Satin Lefty

Made in China
MSRP – $549.00

Specs:

  • SCALE: 24 1/4″ (616mm)
  • TOP: Mahogany
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • BODY FINISH: Black Satin
  • NECK: Set-Neck Mahogany with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • PROFILE: D
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony with Pearl Diamond inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″ (305mm)
  • NUT WIDTH: 1 11/16″ (43mm)
  • NUT TYPE: Graph Tech NuBone
  • FRETS: 21
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome
  • TUNERS: Grover
  • BRIDGE: Ebony
  • PRE-AMP: DMT G05 with Built-in EQ and Tuner

Exotica Quilt Ash A/E GN Lefty

Left Handed Dean Guitars - Exotica Quilt Ash A/E GN Lefty

Made in China
MSRP – $349.00

Specs:

  • SCALE: 24 1/4″ (616mm)
  • TOP: Quilt Ash
  • BODY: Quilt Ash
  • BODY FINISH: Natural
  • NECK: Set-Neck Mahogany with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • PROFILE: D
  • FINGERBOARD: Balsamo with Pearliod Dot inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″ (305mm)
  • NUT WIDTH: 1 5/8″ (41mm)
  • NUT TYPE: Daeil Chemical (Plastic)
  • FRETS: 21
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome
  • TUNERS: Sealed Die Cast
  • BRIDGE: Balsamo
  • PRE-AMP: DMT I2NR 4 Band EQ with Tuner

Left Handed Dean Basses

There are two left handed Dean bass guitars available at the time of writing, as shown below.

Acoustic/Electric Bass CAW Lefty SN

Left Handed Dean Guitars - Acoustic/Electric Bass CAW Lefty SN

Made in China
MSRP – $319.00

Specs:

  • SCALE: 34″ (863mm)
  • TOP: Select Spruce
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • BODY FINISH: Satin Natural
  • NECK: Set-Neck Mahogany with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • PROFILE: C
  • FINGERBOARD: Rosewood with Dot inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″ (305mm)
  • NUT WIDTH: 1 5/8″ (41mm)
  • NUT TYPE: Urea (OEM)
  • FRETS: 24
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome
  • TUNERS: Die Cast
  • BRIDGE: Rosewood
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Piezo
  • PRE-AMP: DMDean Preamp with Built-In EQ

Edge 09 Classic Black Lefty

Left Handed Dean Guitars - Edge 09 Classic Black Lefty

Made in China
MSRP – $209.00

Specs:

  • SCALE: 34″ (863mm)
  • TOP: Basswood
  • BODY: Basswood
  • BODY FINISH: Classic Black
  • NECK: Bolt-On Maple with Dual Action Truss Rod
  • PROFILE: C
  • FINGERBOARD: Walnut with Pearl Dot inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 16″ (406mm)
  • NUT WIDTH: 1 9/16″(39.7mm)
  • NUT TYPE: Polymer (Plastic) (OEM)
  • FRETS: 22
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Black
  • TUNERS: Sealed Die Cast
  • BRIDGE: Die Cast
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: DMT Design

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. Ten left handed Dean guitars in all. Not too bad a selection for us lefties!

What do you think of Dean guitars? Let us know in the comments below.

Image credits: deanguitars.com

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