Dean serial number dating

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In late 1976 he set up a small factory in his hometown of Evanston, Illinois, and at the beginning of ’77 began producing the Dean Z (based on the Explorer), which was followed shortly thereafter by the V (Flying V) and ML (a hybrid of the two designs), all pretty similar except for the shape. It has a solid mahogany body with bound, highly flamed maple cap. The mahogany neck was glued-in with a unique, large winged V headstock. As with other early Deans, this Z sports a pair of early Di Marzio Super Distortion humbuckers, one of the earliest uses of Di Marzios on production guitars.

This example is finished up in one of Zelinsky’s favorite finishes, a robust cherry sunburst.Success led to increasing reliance on offshore sources.Alas, it also led to the demise of Dean’s original idea.The line proliferated with more downscale models, as well as new shapes, and a line of smaller Dean Babies.In the early ’80s Dean was a big player in the emerging metal sweeps, adopting vibratos early on, and with the Bel Aire, a candidate for producing one of the first Superstrats.