DBZ''s lineup is finally unveiled on the new DBZGuitars.com

Chicago, IL (January 9, 2009) -- Since Dean Zelinsky left Dean Guitars and announced his new company, DBZ Guitars, we've been waiting to see what Dean would roll out. Today, we get a first look at the full lineup heading to NAMM, and it is huge.

DBZ Guitars, Inc. founders Dean Zelinsky and Jeff Diamant announced today the official launch of their debut website, DBZGuitars.com. Zelinsky, who also founded and eventually sold Dean Guitars, is taking a decidedly more sophisticated direction with his 2009 guitar designs, while still evoking those edgy, sexy Zelinsky style cues for which he has been world-renowned for more than 30 years. The site premieres Zelinsky’s roughly 68 new guitar models – electrics and acoustics, imports and USA-made guitars produced in DBZ Guitars’ new Chicago area facility – with street prices ranging from $350 to $6000.

Highlights of the new DBZ line are the Cavallo V, with lines and carves clearly inspired by Ferrari, the DBZ Croc Skin Bolero, the first guitar ever to obtain the look and feel of crocodile skin, and the Imperial, with a super-thin body design which Zelinsky claims to be an “acoustically perfect” solid body electric guitar.

A sampling of the new models:
USA Cavallo Premium
Features:
Mahogony body w/ maple top, set mahogony neck w/ ebony fingerboard, Z-Diamond inlay, string thru with DBZ Custom pickups, floating DBZ emblem and nickel hardware
Colors:
Ferrari Red, Lambo Yellow, Black, White, Classic Sunburst, Brazilliaburst
Upgrades:
Black hardware Gold hardware
Original Floyd EMG Pickups (81/85)
Custom finish (choose from Deep Blue Burst, F40 Red, Lambo Titanium, Walnut, Blonde, Natural)
5A Flame top with scrape binding (choose from all standard and custom colors on USA Cavallos, plus Tiger's Eye, and Trans Charcoal)
USA DBZ Croc Skin Bolero
Features: Mahogony body with maple top, set mahogony neck w/ ebony fingerboard, Z-Diamond Inlay, DBZ stop tail with DBZ Custom pickups and gold hardware w/ custom DBZ Croc Body.
Colors: DBZ Croc finish only
Upgrades:
EMG Pickups (81/85)
USA Imperial
Features:
Mahogony body with maple top, set mahogony neck with rosewood fingerboard, Z-Diamond inlay, DBZ stop tail with DBZ Custom pickups and nickel hardware.
Colors: Black, White, Wine Red, Cherryburst, Honeyburst
Upgrades:
Black hardware
Gold hardware
EMG Pickups (81/85)
Scrape binding
Custom finish (choose from Trans Green, Trans Blue, Trans Red, Trans Purple, Vintage Sunburst, Natural, Gold Top)
USA Mondial Custom
Features:
Mahogony body with maple top, set mahogony neck with rosewood fingerboard, Z-Diamond inlay, DBZ stop tail with DBZ Custom pickups and nickel hardware.
Colors: Black, White, Wine Red, Cherryburst, Honeyburst
Upgrades:
Black hardware
Gold hardware
EMG Pickups (81/85)
Scrape binding
Custom finish (choose from Trans Green, Trans Blue, Trans Red, Trans Purple, Vintage Sunburst, Natural, Gold Top)

DBZGuitars.com will link to an equally important DBZ Site, “The Dark Side of Dean,” which exclusively caters to the heavy metal fans who value Zelinsky’s craftsmanship, and will be debuting 21 new guitar designs. Zelinsky stated that this will be an exclusive club. The Dark Side of Dean will be password protected, and only die-hard Dean Zelinsky fans will be admitted. Clues to unlock the mystery of the Dark Side will be located on the DBZGuitars.com site as well as various internet sites. The Dark Side will also host its own DBZ Dark Side guitars forum.

We've been to the Dark Side and made it out alive.. here's a preview:

USA Venom Thoracic X

Zelinsky, along with co-founder Jeff Diamant, launched DBZ Guitars August 26, 2008. Diamant, who founded Diamond Amplification, and Zelinsky will be hosting the DBZ/Diamond Booth #3290, Hall D at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA on January 15, 2009.

For more information:
DBZ Guitars

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