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Dean Announces John Entwistle Signature Series Basses

The line includes three basses, the USA Spider, the USA Hybrid, and the Hybrid. The USA models feature the new Aphex Exciter/Big Bottom/Compression circuit.

Anaheim, CA (January 11, 2011) -- Dean has announced the release of a new signature series of basses honoring The Who bassist John Entwistle. Here's what Dean had to say about the release in a press release:
"According to John's son Chris Entwistle, the estate chose Dean because of their attention to detail plus their willingness and ability to bring the project to market swiftly without sacrificing quality.  

"Steve Luongo, John's drummer and personal friend of 15 years steered the estate to Dean Guitars as he knew company CEO Elliott "Dean" Rubinson is a touring bass player who grew up on John's playing. "Brand was not as important to John as the actual playability and John would let the instrument do the talking"  said Luongo.  "John has been a huge influence on me and I am proud to be on the front line in the development of these instruments, also being able to play and hear them live on stage when playing with the Michael Schenker Group and Cactus" Rubinson said.  

"The first two models in the new Entwistle line are 'The Spider' and 'The Hybrid', both made in Dean's legendary USA Custom Woodshop in Tampa, FL. Both of these USA models will incorporate the new Aphex Exciter/Big Bottom/Compression circuit on board, an industry first. There is also a Hybrid model that sells for under $1000. "I know that if John were here today he would love these basses" said company CEO Rubinson who will join Steve Luongo and Mark Hitt on stage at the Dean Guitars 2nd Annual NAMM JAM party, Fri. Jan 14th at The Grove of Anaheim, where the bass will be played in public for the first time."

USA John Entwistle Spider
• Flame Maple Top & Back w/ Mahogany Body
• Padauk Spider Web, Logo & Cavity Covers
• 34" Scale
• Maple Neck Thru w/ Padauk Stringers
• Ebony Fingerboard/Brass Nut
• Padauk "Black Widow" Inlays
• Pearl "Spider" Custom 12th Inlay
• Grover Tuners w/ Hipshot
• Gold Hardware, Babicz Bridge
• EMG Lo Z Pickups w/Active 3 Band EQ
• Aphex Exciter®/Compressor/Big Bottom Circuit
• Gloss Natural Finish
• Limited Run only 25 Produced Worldwide

USA John Entwistle Hybrid
• Mahogany Top/Body
• 34" Scale
• Bolt-On Maple Neck w/ Dean Custom 4-Bolt Neck Cavity
• Rosewood or Ebony Fingerboard
• Abalone Dot Inlays
• Die Cast Tuners w/ Hipshot
• Black Hardware
• Dual Purpose Die Cast Bridge
• EMG Lo Z Pickups
• Active 3 Band EQ
• Aphex Exciter/Compressor/Big Bottom Circuit
• Metallic Red, Classic Black & Trans Brazilia Finishes Available

John Entwistle Hybrid
• Alder Top/Body
• 34" Scale
• Bolt-On Maple C Neck
• Maple Fingerboard
• Black Dot Inlays
• Die Cast Tuners
• Chrome Hardware
• Dual Purpose Die Cast Bridge
• EMG HZ Humbucker Pickups
• Classic Black & Trans Brazilia Finishes Available

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Source: Press Release, Company Website