"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott
Darrell Lance Abbott was born in Arlington, Texas, to country songwriter Jerry Abbott. His father owned a recording studio, Pantego Sound Studios, in Pantego, Texas, where Darrell had seen many blues guitarists play; but it was not until hearing Ace Frehley of KISS play that he wanted to start playing guitar himself. At first, he wanted to play the drums. However, after discovering that he wasn't as good as his brother Vincent, he decided to try the guitar instead. At an early age, Abbott began entering statewide guitar competitions and by the age of sixteen had been banned from entering because he had won too often. He often competed against guitar players who had up to twelve years more experience of playing guitar than him, yet his skills surpassed theirs and he was invited to begin judging the contests in question. It was through the prizes he won including the guitar that has since become his trademark that he was able to start Pantera.
Pantera was formed in 1981 with Dimebag's brother Vinnie Paul on drums. In the band's early days, Pantera could be considered what would later be referred to (sometimes in a derogatory sense) as glam metal, but the band eventually evolved into "true" metal (a term used by many scene purists) often classified under the subgenre groove metal, or, by term coined by the band "power groove". Pantera went on to become one of the most influential and popular heavy metal bands of the 1990s. The band officially split in 2003 due to conflicts between members.
After Pantera broke up, Darrell and his brother Vinnie decided to continue their music careers with a new band, Damageplan, with Patrick Lachman (vocals) and Bob Zilla (bass guitar). Their debut album, New Found Power, reached number 37 on the charts in 2004. The band was effectively ended with Dimebag's murder.
In his early career as a musician, Dimebag used Dean ML guitars (Most notably the "Dean From Hell" that was custom painted in a lightning bolt design) and Bill Lawrence L500xl pickups, which he would install in a reversed position to have the treble blade facing the neck.
As a tribute to the late great, Dean Guitars released the new Dime Tribute line of ML guitars. These guitars come in various models, ranging from lower end ones that have a stop tail piece, a bolt-on neck, Basswood Body, and lower quality pickups, to higher end models with Dimebuckers, a Floyd Rose bridge, and set neck construction. Dean has also produced a unique Dime signature-design guitar, called the "Razorback", (now being used by Matt Heafy of metal band Trivium) reminiscent of Dean's classic ML design, but with a more modern twist.
These tribute models include the USA Razorback Rust Tribute Guitar, the USA Dime Razorback V Two-Tone Guitar, the FBD Dimebag Tribute ML Guitar, the USA Rebel Razorback Guitar, the Dixie Rebel Tribute ML Guitar, the Dean From Hell CFH Cowboy From Hell Guitar, the Explosion Razorback Tribute Guitar, the Dime-O-Flame ML Guitar, the Razorback Slime Bumblebee Tribute Guitar, the Razorback Two-Tone Tribute Guitar, the Razorback Shards Tribute Guitar, the DBD Dimebag Darrel ML Tribute Guitar, the Dimeblade ML Tribute Guitar, and the Dime-O-Flage ML Tribute Guitar.