Dean Guitars introduced its first electric guitar of 2022, the Thoroughbred Select Floyd Quilt Maple Natural Black Burst. This new Thoroughbred model offers many tried-and-true features of Dean’s Select Series, such as a satin-finished neck and exclusive Seymour Duncan pickups, as well as a Floyd Rose 1000 Series bridge system for increased tuning stability. Additionally, the Thoroughbred Select Floyd QM Natural Black Burst gives players who prefer an edgier aesthetic an appealing new finish on a tonally versatile instrument.
Beauty and strength combine in Dean’s tonewood selections for the Thoroughbred Select Floyd QM Natural Black Burst. The namesake Thoroughbred body has a solid build of mahogany with an arched quilt maple top, a design that when combined with a Natural & Black finish, creates a rippling light-dark contrast. The visual effect is completed by a five-ply black-white binding — eye-catching features that are replicated on the matching headstock. Players will note the 24 3/4-inch scale length and easy access to high frets, which has the effect of making this guitar feel compact, yet wide-ranging.
Like other Dean Select Series models, the Thoroughbred Select Floyd QM Natural Black Burst is designed by professional musicians for professional musicians. This attention to detail becomes increasingly apparent at the neck and fretboard. The sturdy neck is crafted from three-piece mahogany and is extra comfortable with a C-shape, 12-inch fretboard radius, and 22 jumbo ebony frets with pearl block inlays. The fretboard is satin-finished to assist maneuverability, and single-ply neck binding adds stylistic flair and an extra splash of class.
To further improve the durability of this workhorse, Dean adds a dual-action truss rod into the set-neck construction, enhancing tonal transfer between the neck and body while enabling players to adjust the correct amount of relief. The Floyd Rose 1000 Series tremolo system at the bridge and corresponding Floyd Rose R3 nut (1 11/16-inch width) help keep tuning stable during heavy riffing or blistering solos. Grover 18:1 tuners provide added reliability and facilitate easy string changes when needed.
The Thoroughbred Select Floyd QM Natural Black Burst is equipped with Seymour Duncan TB5 and APH-1 pickups at the bridge and neck, respectively, both in a sandblasted zebra parchment finish. These exclusive pickups are sonically versatile, from cleaner classic rock and blues to deep crunches and blistering clear highs for solos. Dean keeps the controls simple with two volumes and two tones, controlled with black speed knobs.