Dean Guitars on NAMM Show 2018 going back to the roots and displaying first guitar from the newest series Patents Pending, name anyone interested in this brand should know.
In few first months of their activity in 1977-1978, Dean Guitars presented some new solutions, especially in body and head shape, which look these days was really original. To be sure that their ideas not going to be duplicated, models from three core series — ML, Z and V, produced in 1977-1978 and on beginning of 1979 had mark “Patents Pending” on back of their heads. Today those guitars is really rare instruments wanted by lot of guitar collectors.

After detail research on vintage copies, Dean decided to run new line of Patents Pending guitars, first of them in flagship shape ML — Dean USA Patents Pending ML — it is precise copy of old guitars from 1970 equipped in new Dean additions, not offered before.

Dean USA Patents Pending ML has flat maple top and body and mahogany neck. Fingerboard made from ebony with 22 jumbo frets and abalone markers. Model in classic black color with creamy binding finished with nitrocellulose lacquer exactly like original one. Like in first models, head has “Patents Pending” mark on backside. Instrument is armed in DiMarzio Super Distortion humbuckers, controlled by 3-way switch, tone and two volume pots. Dean USA Patents Pending ML also has nickel hardware, vintage Grover keys (recovered from prototype model) and Tune-O-Matic bridge with brass plate in V shape, functioning as a tailpiece.