Dean ML XM (HH) 6 String Electric Guitar (Discontinued)


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Dean ML XM

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Our rating of 87/100 is based on analysis of 275+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Dean Guitars was founded by 19 year old musician Dean Zelinsky in 1976 and right from the beginning they were making guitars for heavey metal and began making the ML series in 1977.

The unusual body shape is a cross between Gibson's Flying V and Explorer guitars.

Dean rose to prominence when Dimebag Darrell (a founding member of Pantera) began playing the ML and many signature models now carry Dimebag Darrell's name.

The Dean ML XM is their current entry-level version.


  • Body: Paulownia
  • Finish: Trans Black (pictured), also comes in Natural
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
  • Pickups: 2 x DMT Design
  • Neck: Maple
  • Scale Length: 24 3/4" (629mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 14" (356mm)
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43mm)
  • Controls: 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone
  • Pickup Selector: 3-Way Toggle


When I was doing the research for this guide I was surprised that quite a number of experienced guitarists were saying how much they liked this guitar, with all the usual caveats about it being an entry-level model. Beginners and experienced players like its tone and playability.


Apart from a few complaints about damages/shipping issues there were few consistent negatives reported although a few people did say the strings were too high above the fingerboard for their liking.


If metal is your thing and you want something that stands out from the crowd, then this is definitely one to consider.

Here is Dimebag Darrell demonstrating one of his Dean guitars::