Since the company's founding by Dean Zelinsky in 1976, Dean guitars has produced some of the best-known hard rock instruments of the past 40 years. Perhaps best known for the hard angles and exotic look of their ML series, the company has expanded into the four-string market with their Edge bass series and even into folk with their Backwoods banjo line. Boasting a roster of players including Dave Mustaine, Eric Peterson, and the legendary Dimebag Darrell, Dean is one of the most bona fide names in metal.