I loved the guitar from the moment I saw it. It was in perfect condition, with no dings or anything. The only problem was the pickups sucked. I mean, they were bad. So I have made a few changes on the guitar.
The first was to fret dress it. The frets were awful. I admittedly tried to get a little ambitious with the action, but it needed fret dressed in the worst way.
Next, I changed the pickups out. I had quite a time with that. Here's the short version.
1. I bought a Gibson 496R/500T set, but the 496R was broken. That left me with a bridge pickup, but no neck pickup.
2. I bought a GFS Crunchy Pat, and was happy with it. However....
3. I traded a guitar for a number of things, including a Dimarzio Super Distortion.
So I decided to put the Super D in the neck, and the 500T in the bridge. Simply put, it is awesome.
But that's not everything. The one thing that I thought was strange was that the pickup rings were black. I don't know if I have ever seen a Dean ML with black rings. They have always been cream. So I changed them out for cream rings. This is the final product: