Dave Mustaine Guitars - Guitars Collector

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David Scott "Dave" Mustaine was born in September 13, 1961. When he was 13 (1974) he started playing guitar and writing music. When he was 15 (1976) he wrote his first song: "Jump In The Fire", and his next songs were "Hangar 18" and "Rust In Peace". He started using Flying V shapes guitar due to Michael Schenker. Panic was Mustaine's first band. In 1981, Mustaine left Panic to join Metallica as the lead guitarist. On April 11, 1983, after Metallica had driven to New York to record their debut album, Mustaine was officially fired from the band because of his alcoholism, drug abuse, overly aggressive behavior, and personality clashes with founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, an incident Mustaine refers to as "no warning, no second chance". Fallen Angels was the name of the short-lived band that Mustaine founded after his departure from Metallica in 1983. After a series of unsuccessful vocalist auditions, Mustaine elected to take on vocal duties himself in addition to playing lead guitar. In 1984, Megadeth cut a three-song demo. In May 1985, Megadeth released their first album, Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!

1981 - (simil explorer?)

Mustaine used B.C. Rich guitars early in his career (and for his entire duration with Metallica), most notably a B.C. Rich Bich 10 string with just the regular six strings. First the guitar started in a natural finish, but Mustaine painted it black around the time 'Peace Sells' was released.

1981 - B.C. Rich Bich Natural (painted Black in 1985)

1985 - B.C. Rich Warlock Red
1985 - B.C. Rich Villain Black
1985 - B.C. Rich Mockingbird Red

1986-2003 JACKSON GUITARS thanks to "Mastermind"
In 1986, after recording Killing Is My Business..., Mustaine approached Jackson Guitars for a custom-built guitar. Jackson modified their existing Jackson King V model (Jackson King V model was 1985, before there was the "Double Rhoads" with 2 wings more big than the King V) for Mustaine by adding 2 more frets to the standard 22 fret King V. In the 1990s the company began mass-producing a Dave Mustaine signature series Jackson King V, which continued into the early 2000s. This model uses Seymour Duncan SH-4 pickups, also known as TB-4 pickups.

1986 - Jackson King V Black --> Silver in 1990/1991

1986 - Jackson King V Custom "Megadeth-2"
1988 - Jackson King V Custom "Megadeth-3" (NO "made in USA")
1988 - Jackson King V DoubleNeck
1990 - Jackson King V Custom "Megadeth-4" (toggle)(J57xx)
1990 - Jackson King V Custom "Megadeth-5" (Anarchy)

1993 - Jackson King V Pro Mustaine Signature

1993 - 1995 - Jackson King V Player's Choice [40]

04 - DM010 Dave's Number One

05 - DM002-92 Custom King V
07 - Jackson Player's Choice King V
08 - White String-thru King V Custom

09 - Korina Anarchy Inlay King V Custom
10 - Arizona Flag King V Custom
11 - Mirror Top King V Custom
12 - Black Doubleneck King V Custom
13 - Figured Maple Doubleneck King V Custom
14 - Jackson KV1 Dave Mustaine signature
15 - Grover Jackson King V Mustaine signature
16 - Y2KV
17 - Jackson Y2KV Dave Mustaine signature
18 - Jackson Custom Shop Y2KVs
19 - Jackson Doubleneck Y2KV

2003-2006 ESP GUITARS

In 2003 Mustaine left Jackson guitars unveiled his new ESP model at the NAMM convention. The company released the DV8 signature model in the 2004 NAMM convention also at which time Mustaine announced his ESP endorsement deal. In 2005, Mustaine and ESP teamed up to release the ESP Axxion, (pronounced Action), in order to celebrate Megadeth's 20th anniversary.(the XX in Axxion and the fretboard inlays being the number 20 in Roman numerals) The ESP Axxion and ESP DV8 were both successful and cheaper models such as the LTD-DV8 R, LTD DV200 and the LTD Axxion were released to target a bigger market.

2007-2015 DEAN GUITARS

On December 6, 2006, Mustaine announced that he was leaving ESP and shifting his endorsement to Dean Guitars. His new signature guitar was revealed during NAMM Show on January 19, 2007. The signature guitar is called the Dean VMNT. The V-shaped guitar is very similar to his earlier Jackson and ESP Signature models. The release campaign of the VMNT had a limited copy of only 150 in the world and are signed by Mustaine.


B.C.RICH (Made in USA)
late 70s - B.C.Rich Bich 10 Supreme (repainted black in 1986)
In 1987 he switched to Jackson guitars.

JACKSON Dave Mustaine
1987 / 2014 - Jackson King V (KV2 after 1996) "Made in U.S.A."
1992 / 1995 - Jackson King V Pro Mustaine (Black, Sparkle Silver)
1993 / 1995 - Jackson King V STD (Standard)(dot inlays, rosewood)
1993 / 1997 - Jackson King V PRO (Professional)
1998 / 1999 - Jackson KV3
2000 / 2002 - Jackson Y2KV (Black Pearl, Mahogany)
1999 / 2001 - Jackson KV4
2001 / 2006 - Jackson KVX10 (made in India)[BO]
2004 / 0000 - Jackson KV-J2; KV-J2E (Japan Only)
2005 / 0000 - Jackson KV-J1; KV-J1K; KV-J1E; KV-J1EK; KV-J2; KV-J2K; KV-J2E; KV-J2EK; KV-03; KV-04; KV-05B
2006 - Jackson KV2T
2006 - Jackson JS30KV (made in Indonesia)[BO]
In 2003 he switched to ESP guitars.

ESP/LTD Dave Mustaine

2004 / 2006 - ESP DV8 Custom Shop Dave Mustaine Signature
2004 / 2006 - LTD DV8-R Dave Mustaine Signature
2005 / 2006 - ESP Axxion Dave Mustaine Model
2005 / 2006 - LTD DV200
2005 / 2006 - LTD Axxion

In 2007 Dave switched to DEAN guitars.

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