52 Guitars, week 25—Dean Guitars Dave Mustaine Zero Classic Black

Dave Mustaine playing something that’s not a V shaped guitar? That piece of information alone drew me to the Dean Guitars Zero range. I’ve been a fan of Dave Mustaine’s guitar playing for decades and I don’t recall him ever really playing something that wasn’t a V (excluding the ESP Axxion signature model—what was that?!)

My current favourite Dean Guitars Zero model though? Classic Black. It’s a guitar that is pure metal.

As with many of the guitars in the Dean Guitars range, the Zero offers extreme pointiness (I am making that a real word). The Zero takes the basic shape of the Explorer (already a sharp guitar) and adds more pointiness to it. The edges are sharper on the body and the headstock design allows for more sharpness again. But it’s not just the edges that are sharp. The features are sharp too. Check them out.

  • 24 fret set D-shaped neck (Dave Mustaine’s specs)
  • Black hardware
  • Dave Mustaine Duncan Live Wire pickups
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Mahogany top/body
  • Mini Grover tuners
  • Pearl Mustaine custom inlays
  • Tune-O-Matic string-through bridge

I’ve already mentioned the headstock and it’s something I really like with all of Dave Mustaine’s signature model Dean Guitars. I’m not a big fan of the standard Dean Guitars headstock design to be honest. This headstock however suits the shape of the Zero perfectly.

Of course, as with most of the guitars in my wishlist, this guitar doesn’t include any excess colour (excess meaning any). The hardware is black and the guitar’s finish is black. There’s not much more I need in a guitar.

Disclaimer: I’ve not played this guitar. I have not experienced the sound or feel of this guitar. That doesn’t matter. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.

Dean Guitars Dave Mustaine Zero Classic Black
Dean Guitars Dave Mustaine Zero Classic Black

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