Got the Dean mail-out yesterday with info about their NAMM webcast and 35th anniversary celebrations. The graphic at the top of the email looked cool enough – bitchen two-headed eagle thing, NAMM dates, booth number… but then I looked in the bottom left corner, two axes tucked away behind another:
Good lord. It’s a Dean VMNT Dave Mustaine signature with a Peace Sells …But Who’s Buying? graphic, and a version (with a different headstock) of one of Dimebag Darrell’s lesser-known but cooler Dean MLs! In fact, this was the guitar Dime was using in one of the first pics I ever saw of him, in a Randall ad back in the day when Dime went by the name Diamond Darrell publicly instead of Dimebag Darrell. You can see Dime using this axe in this video for “Primal Concrete Sledge,” and that’s what this Dean model is named: the Dime ‘Concrete Sledge’ ML. The original was actually a Washburn neck on a Dean body.
Keep an eye on Dean’s website and I Heart Guitar at NAMM time!
A few weeks ago I posted about being one of the beta testers for the new Dave Mustaine guitar app. Well now it’s here! Dave Mustaine: Guitar Prodigy, from the makers of Rock Prodigy, is available in the app store now. It’s an awesome product which gives you a real insight into Dave’s guitar technique, using full Megadeth songs as source material, and you can then take that information and use it to either become a master of Megadeth riffage, or apply to your own compositions and style.
Check out the app here.
There’s also a contest under way to win a signed Dean Dave Mustaine VMNT guitar! Copy and paste this link http://bit.ly/DM-GP-WD1 to your Facebook wall to enter.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been beta-testing the new, soon-to-be-released Dave Mustaine guitar instructional app by Rock Prodigy. It’s an incredible tool which offers a great insight into Dave’s approach to guitar and songwriting. One of the other testers, 12-year-old Noah Dail, has made this video of him using the app. Nice work Noah!
‘Ssup. Here are my latest news stories for Gibson.com. The Megadeth story has a little unused snippet from an interview I did with Dave Mustaine for Mixdown magazine in November 2010.