Dimebag Darrell’s 1979s Dean ML Standard “Far Beyond Driven”

This 1980s Dean ML was used by Dimebag around 1992, and more prominently later on during the Far Beyond Driven era. The guitar was basically used as a second to the Dean from Hell, most often on the songs in alternate tunings.

My main guitar is still my blue ’81 Dean with the Kiss stickers. That guitar just can’t be topped. I use that on all the songs that are in standard tuning. When we tune down to D, I use my brown tobacco-burst Dean.

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Dime playing the “Far Beyond Driven” Dean in the “Walk” music video.

As far as specs, “Far Beyond Driven” Dean ML featured a tobacco sunburst finish on a mahogany body with a maple top, and it was of course fitted with a Floyd Rose tremolo. As far as pickups, the bridge pickup is an original DiMarzio, while the neck pickup was changed a few times before Dimebag settled on a Seymour Duncan Distortion pickup.


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1 year ago

I don’t think the pickups in the tobacco burst that you have listed are correct. In the “Walk” video, the bridge pickup has blades so this is a Bill Lawrence pickup. The USA made Dean guitars Dime was buying would have come from Dean with DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups. The tobacco burst at the 2009 NAMM show is on a youtube video with what appears not to be a Seymour Duncan Distortion (as the pole pieces are different). The bridge pickup in 2009 is a Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker. The neck pickup has holes in the pole pieces in 2009 so this is also a DiMarzio Super Distortion.

I’ve started to wonder why so many people call this the Far Beyond Driven guitar when it was featured in the “Walk” video before FBD was released.

7 months ago
Reply to  Raymond

It was largely used for the recording sessions on the Far Beyond Driven album, which is where the name comes from