Buddy Blaze ML
BY GERRY GAnAdEn
Dean Guitars began producing instruments over thirty years
ago in Chicago, IL under the supervision of owner Dean
Zelinsky, and was founded on the idea of modernizing the classic designs like the Flying V and Explorer guitars. Aiming to
produce a more original design, Dean combined the shape of
the two guitars—half V and half Explorer—and named the new
guitar the ML (after Matt Lynn, a friend of Zelinsky who passed
away from cancer). The forward half of the body is the Explorer
and the rear half is a V. Among the greatest admirers of this
guitar was a luthier from Arlington, TX named Buddy Blaze.
He aquired a used Dean ML that had once belonged to Darrell
“Dimebag” Abbott and made quite a few alterations to the
instrument, including sculpting a V-shaped neck profile, adding hotter pickups, a Floyd Rose tremolo and a snazzy graphic
paintjob. Blaze gave the guitar to Abbott and the rest is history: Abbott took that guitar into the annals of rock with his
groundbreaking metal band Pantera.