NAMM 2020 Video: Dean updates its Exile Select Series with new tops and a slimmer neck

The Exile Select Series now features burled poplar and quilt tops.

NAMM 2020: Dean Guitars has revealed a series of updates to its Exile Select collection of guitars, designed for maximum playability with shred guitarists in mind.

The updated Exile Select Series (pictured above) now comes with a choice of either a burled poplar top or a satin-finished quilt maple top. Both variants feature a high-access alder body and a three-piece Slim D-shape maple neck. The ebony fretboard is carved to a flat 16-inch radius for easier scale runs and string bends, and comes with 24 jumbo frets. The body also features a beveled edge designed for player comfort.

In the terms of electronics, the Exile Select Series features a complement of EMG 66 TW and EMG 57 TW pickups for the neck and bridge positions, respectively. Both pickups are splittable via the push/pull volume and tone pots, and can be used in conjunction with the five-way pickup selector switch for a plethora of sounds.


Rounding out the features is a set of Mini Grover tuners and a tune-o-matic bridge. The Exile Select Series is also available as a Floyd Rose version which comes equipped with a Korean Floyd Rose 1000 (burled poplar top only), and as a seven-string guitar.

Also announced were the new Cadi Select Quilt Top and MD 24 Select Series. The Cadi Select features a similarly detailed quilt maple top as the Exile Select, including the ebony fingerboard. However, it features a mahogany body and a matching three-piece mahogany neck, along with a pair of Seymour Duncan APH-1 Custom and TB-5 Custom zebra-bobbin humbuckers for the neck and bridge, respectively.

The MD 24 Select Series is a collection of S-style guitars with a twin-humbucker set-up similar to the Cadi Select Series, but features a basswood body paired with a three-piece maple neck instead.

All three series are made in Indonesia and come with a set of D’Addario EXL120 guitar strings.

Pricing and availability of the new Dean Select Series TBC. For more information, click here.

Find out more about NAMM 2020 here.