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1983 Odyssey Paul Dean

Dave P

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Well, I admit I like weird guitars. Here's something you don't see every day. Paul Dean from Loverboy designed a guitar, so around 1982-83 he contracted Odyssey Guitars which was run by Atilla Balogh of Vancouver, BC to build 50 of these. According to Paul, he sold 25 through local music stores in the Vancouver area, and the others he donated to various charity raffles. He still owns the prototype. They had some unusual features, like a chambered neck (!?!), under the pickguard it is completely routed out to be sort of a tone chamber, no neck plate (unusual for the time). Considering the neck has chamber slots inside, it is surprisingly stable. It has two Dimarzio Super II pickups and a Badass bridge. The pickguard is made of Anvil case covering, I guess they got it through the Anvil case company. It's a real rock screamer. He later took the design to Hondo who built pretty much an identical guitar for a couple of years.
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Tom Wittrock

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My brother Bart had a collection of Paul Dean guitars on display at his shop in Houston. He might still have them.
 

GreenBurst

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My brother Bart had a collection of Paul Dean guitars on display at his shop in Houston. He might still have them.

Cool. I gotta ask, how did that come about? What with Paul Dean not being the first (or tenth) guitar player you think of when talking about guitarists.

Good for him though.
 

Dave P

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I remember when I was a youngin' reading the 3/83 issue of GP, and it had a big picture of that guitar in it, and I thought it looked cool.
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