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At  last year's NAMM Convention Dean Guitars, the preferred guitar for many  of today's top hard rock, metal and shred guitarists and bass players,  announced an agreement with Aphex to create a new line of  acoustic-electric guitars. As the first musical instrument ever to  integrate Aphex technology, the flagship Aphex Enhanced guitars have  been a runaway success for both companies. A growing number of Dean's  high-profile endorsers have been making it their go-to acoustic, and  dealers everywhere have reported having trouble keeping these unique  instruments in stock.

Based  on the success of the Acoustic-Electric line, Dean and Aphex have once  again teamed up to create the new John Entwistle Bass. Modeled after the  legendary Who bassist's favorite axe, the Aphex-equipped Dean Entwistle  Bass is expected to be as popular with bassists as the  Acoustic-Electrics have been among guitarists

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At this year's NAMM Convention, Dean Guitars  introduced two new Aphex-enhanced John Entwistle signature basses, christened the Spider and the Hybrid. Both models  feature integrated Aphex Exciter/Compressor/Optical Big Bottom  circuitry. 

While  the Hybrid is a standard model that will be widely available in stores,  the Spider will be a limited edition collectors' item featuring an  active three-band EQ, spider-web inlays and a strikingly unique angular  design. The Hybrid bass features a similar body style with more  rounded  edges, and  includes several upgrades from the  standard, such as the  bump up to a Mahogany top and body from Alder,  rosewood or ebony  fingerboard instead of maple, and the addition of the  Aphex Exciter/  Compressor/ Big Bottom circuit. The Hybrid also features EMG  Lo Z  pickups versus the standard's EMG HZ humbuckers. Both models are   available in several finishes.

"Licensing  Aphex technology and partnering with other industry leaders has been a  priority for us since acquiring the company," says Aphex CEO David  Wiener. "Our partnership with Dean has been one of our most mutually  successful relationships to date, and we're certain the new John  Entwistle bass will be as popular as Dean's Aphex-enhanced  Acoustic-Electric guitars have been."  

"It's   an exceptional honor to be building John's basses, and I'm proud to   have been the first person to play this exquisite instrument in public,"  added  Elliott Dean Rubinson, CEO of Dean Guitars. "John would have  loved  this Aphex-enhanced instrument."

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