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"Dimeуs signature drinkяa shot of Crown Royal whiskey topped with a splash of Cokeяwas coined the Black Tooth Grin, which was a nod to a lyric in Megadethуs рSweating Bulletsс off Countdown to Extinction. Washburn USA built this custom, one-off Dime 3 model as a gift for their red-bearded endorsee. (Sandwiched in between two different endorsements with Dean Guitars, Abbott played Washburns from 1994 to early 2004.) This purple-sparkle axe features gold binding and 24-karat-gold hardware in tribute to Abbottуs favorite whiskey. The guitar even came with a purple drawstring gig bag mimicking Crown Royalуs top-shelf packaging, and each inlay on this axe is a detailed gold crown. Itуs loaded with a Seymour Duncan SH-1 humbucker in the neck and a Bill Lawrence L500 pickup in the bridge. This Dime 3 features a mahogany body, a mahogany neck with an ebony fretboard, and a 24.75"" scale length. "

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Beginner

Beginner

  • Understand the inherent challenges in rhythm guitar playing.
  • Develop new strumming patterns.
  • Cultivate practice strategies to keep yourself motivated.
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