DBZ Venom..
A Heavy Metal Weapon

DBZ USA Venom Snakeskin DBZ USA Venom Snakeskin

The DBZ Venom from the Darkside of Dean series is a fabulous take on the classic V design. Available in a number of materials, color and graphics combinations there is definitely a version to satisfy every taste. The DBZ Venom is definitely a no holds barred, take no prisoners Heavy Metal weapon. Like its Darkside brother, the Bird of Prey, the Venom has pointy, yet flowing lines. Its design allows easy access to all 24 of its frets.

The Venom is impeccably balanced, is available in a range of solid colors, as well as available with two graphics finishes (Thoracic-X and Watchers). The DBZ Venom electric guitar is available with EMG pickups or DBZB/DBZ5 on the Venom II. All Venom electric guitars come with original Floyd Rose tremolo systems, 24 frets, DarkSide inlays on an Ebonized rosewood fret board, volume/tone/three-way switch and Grover Tuners in either black, nickel, or gold hardware.

For 2010, the DBZ Venom comes in 9 killer versions:

  • USA Venom Snake Skin

    USA Venom Snake Skin

  • USA Venom FM Trans Green

    USA Venom FM Trans Green

  • USA Venom Red Flame

    USA Venom Red Flame

  • Venom Matte Black

    Venom Matte Black

  • Venom


  • Venom Thoracic X

    Venom Thoracic X

  • Venom Watchers

    Venom Watchers

  • Venom White

    Venom White

  • Venom Gunmetal Metallic

    Venom Gunmetal Metallic

Most of the DBZ Venom models are relatively affordable. Typically, they can be had online for prices ranging from roughly $900 to about $1100. However, there are Custom and USA versions of some of the models that you are going to have to have deep pockets to buy. Either way you decide to go, you are going to get your money's worth.

DBZ Venom Specifications...

If you are like me, you want to know exactly what a guitar is made of and what kind of neck and bridge construction is used before you even consider buying the guitar. You also are going to want to know what kind of pickups are used. If you are an experienced player, you know that all of these factors determine how a guitar sounds and plays. There is a bewildering array of specifications for all 9 models, so I spent a good bit of time going back and forth between the models to determine what specs go with which model. I think I finally got it all straight and this will hopefully save you some time if you're interested in one of these babies.

I pulled all these specs from the official DBZ Guitars site and I hope I got them all right. If I've goofed somewhere along the line, please don't shoot me. Check out the site and you'll see what an undertaking this was. Anyway, here we go.

Thoracic X, Watchers, Venom White, Venom Gunmetal Metallic, Venom Red Flame...

  • Construction/Scale: Set Neck 25.5"
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Mahogany/Ebonized Rosewood
  • Frets: 24
  • Inlays: Dark Side Series
  • Pickups: EMG81/EGM85
  • Electronics: Vol/Tone/3-way
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Hardware: Black(Gold with White finish)
  • Bridge: Original Floyd Rose Tremolo

Venom, Venom Matte Black...

  • Construction/Scale: Set Neck 25.5"
  • Body: Alder
  • Fingerboard: Mahogany/Ebonized Rosewood
  • Frets: 24
  • Inlays: Dark Side Series
  • Pickups: EMG81/EGM85
  • Electronics: Vol/Tone/3-way
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Hardware: Black
  • Bridge: Original Floyd Rose Tremolo

USA Venom Snakeskin, USA Venom Trans Green...

  • Set Neck/25.5"
  • Mahogany Body
  • Maple Top
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • 24 Frets
  • 12th Fret Arrow Pearl Inlay
  • EMG-81/85 Pickups
  • Sperzel Tuners
  • Nickel Hardware
  • Floyd Rose Original Bridge
  • Floating DBZ Emblem

USA Specs - Venom, Venom Red Flame...

  • Features:
    • Mahogany body
    • set maple neck w/ ebony fingerboard
    • 12th Fret Z inlay
    • EMG pickups
    • nickel hardware
    • floating DBZ crest emblem
    • Original Floyd Rose Tremolo
  • Colors:
    • Black
    • Matte Black
    • Midnite Blue
    • Red
    • White
  • Upgrades:
    • Black hardware
    • Gold hardware
    • DBZ Custom Pickups
    • Graphic (Choose from all Graphics currently offered on Venom)
    • Custom finish (Call DBZ Guitars for Custom Colors)
    • Flame maple top (with scrape binding standard)
    • Choose from F40 Red, Trans Black

For the USA Thoracic X the features are the same as above but the only available color is the Thoracic X graphic and the only upgrades are black hardware and DBZ custom pickups. For the USA Watchers everything is the same as for the Thoracic X except for the color which is limited to to the Watchers graphic.

Finally, the USA Snakeskin and Trans Green have the following custom options:

  • Custom FM:
    • Adds 5A Flame Maple Top
    • Transparent Finish
  • Finishes:
    • Amberburst
    • Cherryburst
    • Faded Denim
    • Fireburst
    • Tiger's Eye
    • Tobacco Burst
    • Trans Black Burst
    • Trans Green
    • Trans Teal
    • Trans Wine
    • Vintage Natural
    • Vintage Sunburst
  • Metallic Finishes:
    • Black Metallic
    • Dark Blue Metallic
    • Ferrari Red Metallic
    • Gold Metallic
    • Gunmetal Metallic
    • Lambo Yellow Metallic
    • Pearl White
    • Sapphire Blue Metallic
    • Titanium Metallic
    • Topaz Metallic
  • Snake Skin:
    • Adds Custom Etched Snake Skin Finish (Gold Hardware Included)
  • Upgrades:
    • Exotic Top Quilt Maple
    • Burled Maple
    • Burled Redwood (Available for Custom FM only)
    • Dean B. Zelinsky Signature Pickups
    • Black Hardware
    • Gold Hardware
    • String Thru Body
    • Matching Headstock - Custom FM or Exotic Top (No Charge for Metallic)

WHEW! Like I said, a bewildering array of options. Anyway, I hope this list will save you some time and confusion if you're looking to buy one of these beauts.

Now that I've sprained your brain with all the technical stuff, relax and enjoy this cool video of a Darkside Venom:

Credit: Farm TV, The Music Farm

To close out, let me just say that no matter which version of the Darkside DBZ Venom you choose you will have yourself an incredible guitar.

DBZ Venom Models Currently Available From Amazon...

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