Build and features
The Cemetery Gates design that adorns this guitar - produced by Dean’s Tampa facility and applied to the standard Razorback body prior to the final finishing process - is a tribute to the Pantera song of the same name from their breakthrough Cowboys From Hell album.
Up close, the chilling design works perfectly, and the faux granite outline, not to mention various Dimebag touches hidden within the picture itself, make this as classy as such an instrument is likely to get: the poignancy of the design isn’t lost on any DD fan either.
Pickups include Dimebag’s signature Seymour Duncan SH-13 in the bridge with Dean’s own HB-1 in the neck. The latter is, as you’d expect, swathed in black tape a la Dime’s original ML and the two volume pots bear the ingenious high-grip Traction knobs.
Admittedly, the numerous body points make any Razorback a guitar to contend with, but we’re happy to report that the neck here bears the gorgeous soft ‘V’-profile akin to those lauded Deans of the late seventies: lovely.