Dean Guitars Announces New Trivium Signature Models

March 31, 2008

Matt Heafy Model — MKH
The MKH Signature model is based on the infamous ML series guitar originally designed and introduced by Dean Zelinsky in 1977.  Matt’s model features a 24 fret neck, not seen on a Dean ML for quite some time, a 12” radius fingerboard and a newly designed sculpted tapered heel for clear access to the upper frets.  The frets are medium round crown allowing better intonation at blazing speeds.  The neck is solid maple construction with an ebony fingerboard and is joined via set neck design at the 19th fret for better tone transference and continuity.

The body is a solid mahogany “ML” shape featuring the Rising Sun graphics, paying homage to Matt’s Japanese heritage.  The neck features a pearl inlay Trivium logo at the 12th fret.  The headstock features Grover black 14:1 tuners, the Trivium “T” logo, the Dean Wing logo and MKH on the truss rod cover.

The MKH guitar features another Dean first: it’s loaded with a USA Dean MKH86* humbucker pickup in the bridge position.  It’s hand wound to Matt’s specs in the Dean USA Custom Shop and provides noiseless thick, yet extremely articulate heavy tones. The neck pickup is a standard Dean.  The pickups are controlled by a single volume and three-way pickup selector switch.  Unique to this model, the input jack is on the underside of the upper back wing preventing accidental cable pull-out during high-energy runs.  The bridge is a Floyd Rose® tremolo with corresponding locking nut.

Matt Heafy Model at a glance:
Body Style:                Modified ML – Mahogany
Neck:                        24 fret, ebony/maple, 24.75” scale, 12” radius
Graphics:                   Rising Sun paint, 12th fret Trivium circle logo inlay, Trivium “T” on headstock, Dean Wings Logo, side fret markers, MKH truss rod cover,
Bridge/Hardware:      Floyd Rose® w/ Locking Nut, Black Grover sealed tuners, Black knurled barrel style control knobs
Electronics:                Dean USA MKH86* Humbucker, one master volume, 3-way pickup selector
MSRP:                      $1,689 w/ hardshell case (included)
Availability:                June 2008 worldwide release

Corey Beaulieu Model — CBV
Corey’s model is based upon the classic “V” design and features a few custom cosmetic refinements.  The classic red (CR) body is solid mahogany, and the tail of the ultra sharp “V” design has scalloped beveled cutouts adorned with classic pin striping.  The Trivium circle logo is positioned between the pickups.

The neck is a 24 fret, 24.75” scale, 12” radius neck, featuring a rosewood fingerboard, medium jumbo frets, Trivium “T” logo inlay at the 12th fret, pearl dot fret markers on the fingerboard.  The set-neck design provides a smooth transition to the upper registers.  The utlra-sharp Dean V headstock mirrors the body with custom scallops and pinstriping, and Grover black 14:1 tuners. 

The bridge position is loaded with a Dean USA Custom Shop CD Ascension** humbucker, hand wound to Corey’s taste in the Dean USA Custom Shop.  It provides massively heavy tones with highly articulated clarity, perfect for high speed runs and pinch harmonics.  The neck pickup is a standard Dean.  They’re controlled by one master volume and one three-way pickup switch.

Corey Beaulieu CBV Model at a glance:
Body Style:                      Modified “V” beveled, custom scallops – Mahogany
Neck:                              24 fret, rosewood finger, 24.75” scale, 12” radius
Graphics:                         Classic Red w/ pinstriping, Trivium circle logo centered between pickups, 12th fret Trivium “T” logo inlay on headstock, Dean Wings Logo, CBV
Bridge/Hardware:            Floyd Rose® w/ Locking Nut, Black Grover 14:1 sealed tuners, Black knurled barrel style control knob
Electronics:                      Dean USA CB Ascension** Humbucker, one master volume, 3-way pickup selector
MSRP:                            $1,689 w/ Dean hardshell case (included)
Availability:                      June 2008 worldwide release

*MKH86 Pickup:  Dean USA Custom Shop Humbucker, Ceramic magnet, white bobbins/covers, high-output design wound to 13.1K
**CB Ascension Pickup:  Dean USA Custom Shop Humbucker, Alnico 5 magnet, black bobbins/covers, high-output wound to 15.7K.

Both the MKH and CBV Models ship with deluxe Dean hardshell cases.

For more information on the Dean instruments, please visit the Dean web site,

For more info on Trivium, please visit

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