DATE: JANUARY 19, 2007
MEGADETH'S DAVE MUSTAINE SIGNS WITH DEAN GUITARS;
UNVEILS “THE VEHEMENT: VMNT” AT N.A.M.M. CONVENTION
Iconic hard rock guitarist DAVE MUSTAINE of MEGADETH and DEAN GUITARS have announced a new guitar line called the “VEHEMENT: VMNT,” and unveiled the new instruments today (January 19) at the N.A.M.M. (National Association of Music Merchants) convention in Anaheim , CA . MUSTAINE and DEAN GUITARS joined forces late last year and are working closely on the specifications of the guitar line.
“The whole process has been surreal,” says MUSTAINE. “It's been dream-like, but is more real than any dream I've ever had. They understand what a guitarist expects out of his gear, and we share a vision, a loyalty and an understanding of guitars. Working with Dean has been one of the greatest thrills for me as a musician.”
“Having Dave Mustaine join the Dean family is a dream come true for me,” says DEAN GUITARS CEO Elliott Rubinson. “We pride ourselves on having the world's greatest players playing our instruments and Dave is certainly the company that we are proud to keep. We think the VMNT series of guitars will be the best playing and sounding guitars Dave Mustaine fans have ever seen.”
The initial model in this exclusive line will be limited to a worldwide run of only 150 pieces. This guitar will be a signature Mustaine V with a heavily flamed top, Dave Mustaine custom Live Wires pickups, ebony fingerboard and gold hardware. Players and collectors can choose from three finishes--Transparent Amber, Transparent Red and Transparent Black. The guitar will include a stenciled hardshell case and a Deth certificate hand signed by Dave Mustaine himself. The second guitar is the Dean Dave Mustaine VMNT import complete with the custom Live Wires pickups, Grover tuners and hardshell case. The guitar is available in Classic Black or Metallic Silver and the first 500 sold will include a Megadeth CD signed by the man himself. Retail price of the Dean VMNT is $1520.
In other MEGADETH news, the group will release a DVD titled That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires March 6 via Image Entertainment. The 90-plus minute film features songs encompassing MEGADETH's career, ranging from their 1986 album Peace Sells…But Who's Buying through 2004's The System Has Failed . MEGADETH is currently putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming Roadrunner CD United Abominations (due out Spring 2007). Earlier this year, in a review of MEGADETH's performance at the New York GIGANTOUR show, Ben Ratliff of the New York Times noted: "Mr. Mustaine was one of speed-metal's originators, and his double-time riffs are propulsive; bending over his guitar, long blond tresses hanging down, he gives his solos the direct feeling of wrestling with the music as he plays it, with some chaos and aggression" (September 30, 2006).