Designed by company CEO Dean B. Zelinsky, the custom built guitar features a one of a kind, engraved body with a portrait of Dio, the Dio logo, ornate leaf work and is inscribed with “In Loving Memory of Ronnie James Dio.” The guitar itself is made up of a mahogany body, maple top, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard, nickel plated hardware and a Floyd Rose Bridge.
All of the proceeds from the event benefit the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up and Shout” cancer fund. The monies go to cancer research, screenings and programs. In addition, funds also go to helping families that have loved ones suffering from the disease. Along with the DBZ Guitar, other items for auction were donated by Fender Musical Instruments, KISS, Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, and Sierra Nevada.
Zelinsky founded Dean Guitars at the age of 19 and for the last 35 years, has been making guitars. Zelinsky quickly became a driving force in the music industry by building instruments that were not simply based on ease of manufacturing, but for playability, stage appeal and most importantly, tone. Guitarists in some of the biggest bands in music history (ZZ Top, Pantera, Sammy Hagar, The Cars, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Mountain, and Heart) have played his designs. In 2008, Zelinsky founded DBZ Guitars to fill new voids he saw in the market. The business provides him complete control of design, production and quality creating the opportunity to implement advances in production technology that have been ignored by the guitar industry. In its first two years, DBZ Guitars has established itself around the world with over 20 international distributors and has been the recipient of accolades throughout the industry. Most recently, DBZ Guitars was awarded Best in Show at the 2010 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Summer show in Nashville.
Ronnie James Dio
The career of musician Ronnie James Dio spanned over 50 years fronting bands such as Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio and Heaven and Hell. In 1985, Dio founded the charity project Hear’n Aid with an ensemble of heavy metal all stars, to raise money and awareness for famine relief in Africa. The Hear’n Aid album generated over $1 million within its first year. Dio’s influence reached far beyond the world of heavy metal and included cameo appearances with legendary crooner, Pat Boone and even appeared on the big screen as himself in the 2002 film Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny. Born July 10, 1942, Dio past away from stomach cancer on May 16, 2010.
About DBZ Guitars
DBZ Guitars is the new creation of master guitar builder Dean Zelinsky and Jeff Diamant, President and CEO of Diamond Amplification. DBZ Guitars is taking guitar building to the next level by embracing modern technology, new design concepts and 30 plus years of Zelinsky’s experience as an innovator and guitar designer for the stars. The company has a USA facility in the Chicago, IL suburbs, offshore manufacturing and worldwide distribution. DBZ Guitars offers an extensive line of electric and acoustic guitars ranging from $ 299 to $6,000. http://www.dbzguitars.com
About the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund
The Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was formed to bring awareness and education about cancer with the understanding that cancer screening and prevention is of vital importance in avoiding this deadly disease. The philosophy stems from the notion that knowledge equals power. The fund s committed to providing free cancer screening programs and testing to all people regardless of their ability to pay. The goal is to reduce the risk of developing life threatening cancers by offering access to preventative medical services. To learn more about the fund or to make a donation, please visit http://www.ronniejamesdio.com
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DBZ Guitars is the new creation of legendary guitar maker Dean Zelinsky and Jeff Diamant of Diamond Amplification. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company has a USA facility in Chicago as well as offshore manufacturing with worldwide distribution.