One of many Dimebag Darrell tributes offered by Dean, the Black Bolt ML pairs the classic ML style with a pair of high-output Dean humbuckers, Grover tuners, DBD traction knobs, and a Tune-o-Matic bridge. The icing on the cake? The shocking finish.
Black Bolt ML at a Glance
- Body wood: Mahogany
- Neck Construction: Bolt-on
- Neck wood: Maple
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Inlays: Pearl Dot
- Frets: 22
- Scale: 24-3/4"
- Bridge: Tune-o-Matic
- Pickups: Dean "Blade" and Dean Humbucker
- Controls: 2 Volume, Tone, Three-way Switch
- Tuners: Grover
- Hardware: Black
- Finish: Black With Lightning Graphic
Dean Humbuckers, Tune-o-Matic bridge.
Get your (headstock) wings.
The late great Dimebag Darrell is a serious metal guitar hero, and Dean's series of Dimebag models pays homage. Dimebag started playing Dean ML style guitars in the late '70s, and made it one of the most recognizable shapes today. Dean offers a wide variety of Dimebag MLs to choose from, all boasting Dimebag's distinctive look and tons of mojo and attitude.
Mahogany Body with Flame Maple Top
As with the original ML, Dean uses a mahogany body for the Black Bolt. Mahogany is a common choice for electrics, dependably delivering a warm, full tone with plenty of punch and sustain.
And of course there's the lightning graphics, to help inspire your fingers on the fretboard.
Bolt-on neck construction provides an affordable alternative to set-neck or thru-body designs. The advantage of this design is that if you do have any neck trouble down the line, you can easily replace it.
The Black Bolt's maple neck features an ultra-playable 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, with classic pearl dot inlays.
Dean Humbucker Pickups
These pickups should provide more than enough bite for modern styles, along with plenty of low-end and midrange definition. The standard three-way selector allows bridge, neck, or a combination. Each pickup gets a volume pot, and they share the tone control.
If you play guitar then you know what this means--solid, dependable tuning from the industry standard. These guitar machines are a triumph in engineering and style, with a gear ratio of 14:1, perfect gear meshing, and zero backlash and slippage. The gear box has a special lubricant for lifetime, trouble-free service.
A Tune-o-Matic bridge with string-thru body design provides even more sustain, along with precise intonation for your tuning preference. The classic v-shaped plate mirrors the headstock wings for some nice vintage Dean style.
DBD Traction Knobs
Dimebag always rocked his "traction knobs," which he created by taking a soldering iron to them, for knobs that are grippable no matter how much sweat's pouring off you on stage. Dean faithfully recreates that here.