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Hey there Scorpion,
Just a quick question re. the guitar Dave played on Jimmy Fallon.
I was looking for it on Dean's website and couldn't find it. Is this a specific model for Dave that won't be for sale, or what's the thing behind this new model?
Renato from Portugal
Here's what Dave had to say about the guitar:
"At the NAMM show thats coming up at the beginning of next year theyre going to be debuting a brand-new Dean guitar for me. Its called the Zero and I cant really tell you much more than that other than its going to be a workhorse and the people who have seen it already over at Dean, theyve been there for years and theyve seen everything under the sun, that kinda stuff is exciting. Especially when its opening up another area of creativity with the company."
A new photo of Dave playing the guitar is posted in the photo section of TheLiveLine.com.
A while Back Dave Mustaine said he no longer wants to tour with satanic bands, and i thought that was SOOO Cool. The weird thing is that ive noticed hes been touring with slayer alot and correct me if im wrong but slayer IS satanic. So now I am confused
Please help me
Dave addressed touring with Slayer recently in a post on the Megadeth Forums:
"...As I continue to walk out this life, and being a Christian, I have realized so much, and I have grown so much too. In the beginning, I was very cautious, and as I understand more, I am safely adding back into my life all the things that I set aside, because I just didn't know what to do about it.
This is why I am spiritually at peace with being out with Slayer; this is why I have apologized to them and have not been getting baited by journalists that are bringing up, "he said, you said," crap. I also have forgiven them for anything that was or is being said, because I did say some hurtful things in the past.
I have taken this same new attitude into everything I can with my life. I have learned so much over the last seven years that it is mind-boggling. And this is why, and the only reason why, I have changed my mind. My heart told me that I would be doing myself a favor and I would make a lot of people happier if I focused on the "love" part of my new life."
Hey I recently purchased a vintage Megadeth Tshirt from a guy online who assured me it was from 1993. At the bottom of the artwork on the front of the shirt it even says "93' Repka" which suggests the shirt was made in 1993 as promised and also designed by Ed Repka but on the back of the tshirt is something bizarre, it says the words "DR VIC IS IN" which makes no sense to me what so ever. I was wondering if you can find out if this is a fake tshirt, a mistake or generally tell me what it means.
Here is some photos I uploaded of the tshirt:
FRONT OF TSHIRT: http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/6280/s5030204.jpg
BACK OF TSHIRT: http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/9395/s5030205.jpg
(My Friends keep saying it must be fake and it's making me feel abit uncomfortable because I really wanted a retro Megadeth tshirt)
The "Dr. Vic Is In" t-shirt was sold back in 1993, while Ed Repka was still doing artwork for Megadeth. "Dr. Vic Is In" would be the title of the picture (a take on an old American medical symbol, the Caduceus), as all of Repka's old artwork for Megadeth had titles, e.g. "Peace Sells", "Oxidation Of The Nations", "Hangar 18", etc.
Lately there have been bootleg reproductions of old Megadeth shirts sold online and in shops, so to tell if yours is official, check the tag for the Brockum merchandise label. Other clues would be size and coloring- many of the reproduction shirts have very contrasted colors, and the sizing is smaller. A size large shirt made in 1993 would be a lot bigger than a size large made in the last few years, since the style of t-shirts runs more fitted these days. Hope this helps!
Dear Scorpion, I've gotta simple question: will be any books about history of Megadeth and/or about Dave Mustaine? I would like to read it.
Here is the latest from Dave on his autobiography, which is completed and set for release next year:
"I finished approving my autobiography, and that was a labor of love. I got to the last page and I was so amazed as I was nearing the end, that by the time I got to the last page I started to have this amazing sense of completion. I felt like someone had finally gotten me into print, good and bad, with a sprinkling more of bad just for good measure. And by the time I got to the last two words of the book, I started to have an overwhelming wave of emotions; finally I feel like someone has looked into me; what makes me tick; why I am upset about the things that upset me; what makes me happy; why I have upsetting things in my life that I can't seem to shake; how I can continue to come back from the dead, etc., etc., etc..."
Other recent books featuring Dave and Megadeth include Metallica: Club Dayz 1982-1984 by Bill Hale, who is currently working on a photo book documenting Megadeth's early years, titled Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place. Dave is listed at number one in Joel McIver's The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists, and a revised issue of Metallica: The Stories Behind the Biggest Songs, was released this month.
Hey, just a quick question. I was wondering what the meaning was of the song "Lucretia." I know the story of the Roman girl Lucretia, but the lyrics of this song seem to be about a ghost or a haunted house of some kind. Any clarification? Thanks in advance!
Here's a quick explanation from Dave in 1990:
"It's about this guy who happens to be named Dave, and he just has problems, and his friends all think he's crazy and he goes to see this fortune teller. She talks about how he feels, where he's going, how he gets there, and the fact that she knew he was coming and she's been waiting for him for a long time."
Dave is undeniably one of the greatest metal players out there, I was wondering if he was entirely self taught in the early days and what he would consider his influences to be? Finally, how did he develop such speed?
Here's a very cool interview segment with Dave from 1991 where he talks about early/current influences and learning to play. Enjoy!
(Dave) started playing the guitar at age 15. Why?
"Because tuning a guitar is way easier than tuning a piano! Actually, it was down to the husband of one of my three sisters. When she first met him he was in a rock band that covered songs by Kiss, Mott The Hoople, The Stones and stuff like that, and after listening to him twang away and hearing all the power of an amplified guitar, I thought 'Wow, this is a cool idea!'"
So, picking up the acoustic guitar his mother had bought him, Dave set about teaching himself to play - with a few helpful hints from his brother-in-law to be. He wanted to be in a band as soon as possible, and that's exactly what happened...
"Me joining my first band still cracks me up! Believe it or not, it happened about a month after I started playing! I was real stiff when it came to single note stuff but I could do barre chords real good. I also had an ear for music because one of my sisters used to plunk around on the piano, and all three of 'em used to listen to Motown and stuff like that. Even though dance music is not my thing, there's a lot of melody there and I was always picking them out. I can't say that if someone just hits a key on a piano I'll be able to 'name that tune', but my exposure to stuff by Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Al Green definitely helped develop my musical ear."
Being well and truly hooked on the instrument, it wasn't long before Dave moved on to an electric guitar, a Gibson SG.
"The acoustic my mom gave me got broken. My second sister smashed it over my back after I got her into a bunch of trouble! So when I was 16 I got the SG. Then about a year after that, I trashed the SG and started playing a Les Paul. When I first got an electric, pretty much any noise I made on it sounded good to me. Then I started to realize how shitty what I was doing actually did sound, and that's when I got into trying to teach myself something different."
Dave's initial influences were "early Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, and the stuff Mick Ronson did when David Bowie was really happening. I also liked some Mott The Hoople stuff - not all of it, but some of their material was cool. Later on I got into Deep Purple, Montrose and stuff like that. The rock music that was really strong towards the end of the 70's was basically what I listened to. I really liked Kiss back then - Ace Frehley I thought was God-like in the beginning. I also liked what Michael Schenker played, up until he burnt himself out."
Mustaine also drew inspiration from an unlikely source - in view of what Megadeth's own music is like - in Paul McCartney.
"I don't understand him because he's capable of coming up with really great stuff, such as Like A Wheel - Let Me Roll It To You. As soon as I heard that song I had to learn it. Then, the next thing you know, he's doing rubbish with Michael Jackson."
I wonder what Mustaine listens to nowadays...Yngwie Malmsteen maybe?
"Which Yngwie? There are so many of him out there you can't tell them apart. No, I don't really listen to him. I liked what Randy Rhoads did, a lot. I was really into the Blizzard when they first came out. I like listening to music that makes you want to hang out with friends and have a good time - like Fear for example. I'm not into John McLaughlin and crap like that...I mean, I can appreciate it, but I don't really like it. I prefer stuff that's more Motorhead-ish and energetic. I really liked Diamond Head a lot."
I was wondering if Dave ever used an ESP Axxion live? I've looked for videos and pictures but never found anything.
Thanks from Sweden, Viktor
Dave has never played his Axxion live. Glen Drover played one during Gigantour 2006, check out the gallery at Megadeth.com for pics.
I have been trying to figure this out for a long time. I really would like to know the type of Jackson guitar that Dave Mustaine uses in the music video for trust. Thanks.
Hi there, Dave used a Jackson Custom Firebird (color "oxblood") in the video for "Trust". There were only four made by Jackson's custom shop. Dave's was serial number: J6322. He auctioned it off with several other of his Jacksons here at Megadeth.com in December 2003.
I'm looking for a list of all the Megadeth music videos including the ones on Hidden Treasures. Might you be able to help me out?
Here's the list so far. "Head Crusher" has recently been confirmed as the next video.
Wake Up Dead
In My Darkest Hour
Anarchy In The U.K.
Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
Skin O' My Teeth
Symphony Of Destruction
Foreclosure Of A Dream
High Speed Dirt
Train Of Consequences
A Tout Le Monde
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Go To Hell
99 Ways to Die
A Secret Place
Die Dead Enough
Of Mice And Men
A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)
Never Walk Alone
I have been trying to find infromation on these megadeth roadie tapes from around 1990. all i can find out is that they where suspossed to be released as an official 'Life Of..' video but it never happened and copies from the original master and have been floating around and being traded since then. Why has Dave never released this footage I have seen stuff from it and i think people would really pay to see all the cool backstage stuff and soundchecks and all the live performances if it was on a dvd. Hope you get this and can answer my questions.
Some of the footage from the "Life Of" tapes has been released recently. The London Clash of the Titans concert from October 1990 was released in 2007 as disc 4 of the Warchest box set, and backstage footage was released in 2006 on the Arsenal of Megadeth DVD. Hopefully there's more to come!
um my name is Esteban and i'm 14 years old and own every MegadetH cd. A few weeks i discovered my uncle has a original Killing is My Business...And Business is Good! While visiting my grandma I went to my uncle's room as he left when he moved out. Funny i discovered the cd when i dropped my phone under his bed cause i noticed a cd. Curiosity overcame me and checked the cd...I was shocked seeing that cd. The point is...is it rare? and valueable? What do you Think? Thank You!
The original Killing Is My Business cd, meaning the first Combat Records release with "These Boots" included as track #4, is considered rare. It's value is between $30-$40 in good condition.
I was checking out the new Headcrusher art and it looked very familiar to me but I couldn't quite place it.=C 2 Then it hit me. It resembles the art from The Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part I by Helloween. I was wondering if the artists was influenced by that album, if its the same guy, or was just sheer coincidence. Either way, it looks rockin!
Hi Alex, I talked to the artist, John Lorenzi (United Abominations cover artist and more with Megadeth) about this today. This is what he told me:
"The device in the song and the period in which it was used along with some instructions from Dave Mustaine himself was all I used here. I agree the cloaked characters seem similar but only by coincidence and the fact that they all shop at the same "Cloakery" (I don't think that's really a word.). They could be brothers from another mother but they don't know it yet ;)"
Also, Dave Mustaine recently posted this about the art on the Megadeth Forums:
"This is a Head Crusher. The containers in front of his eyes in the image were to catch the eyeballs as they popped from their sockets.
The robed people were John's idea and represent executioners or a tribunal, I dunno?
Any other artwork pertaining to this song, that is not about this specific device and is specifically about a person in the device while it is being cranked down on his head, forcing his brain to squirt gray oozing brain matter out his ears, and his teeth exploding and all of his head splintering and pulverized as the giant screw is turned over and over; sometimes the executioner would reverse the screw to cause twice the torment, and also hit the skull cap with a hammer to cause more pain.
I encourage you all to look up the head crusher online (you know how much I love to show you things and how great it makes me feel to know that I taught you something) and read all of the material that you can on this. I saw a poster when we were in Amsterdam, and there was a poster for the History of Torture. I tried to see if Dick Cheney was the Grand Poobah emcee, but we took off in the taxi before I could finish reading it. That is when the inspiration came, and I had no idea it was going to be for the Head Crusher. I looked up this stuff because I knew Iron Maiden got their name from a torture device."
Hi there Megadeth people!
Just have a question not bad intended: why famous bands make specials versions, extra songs for JAPAN? What made them so honored to have that privilege? I mean, most of all the fans over the world should deserve the same treatment because we go to the concerts, buy the albums, shouldnt we? But anyway, it´s only a question not a criticism.
With kind regards from Germany,
Bonus material is usually included on Japanese releases because of high CD prices in Japan. Extra tracks on the Japanese pressing are an incentive for shops not to import cheaper CD's from other countries.
For all fans interested. is there a place to get copies of the chaos comics for megadeth? i know they went out of business in 2002, but there has to be a secret stash somewhere.
The original four issues, as well as the special edition issues are available on Amazon.com and occasionally on eBay.com. Also, the official Megadeth eBay store often has copies autographed by Dave and the MegaFanClub often auctions off autographed copies to its members.
Hi, i was hearing the instrumental "Absolution" of the Disc "Youthanasia" and I realized that it was equal to the instrumental part of the song "Trust", "Cryptic Writings". Can you explain it to me?
Dave explains this in the liner notes of the Youthanasia remaster CD:
This song is an instrumental piece of music that had the front section cut out of it and used in the hit single off of Cryptic Writings, called "Trust". Marty and I were talking about various song ideas and I told him that I had one idea to do a renaissance type song. There are two versions of this song.
I have heard that Megadeth had a rare ep out called 'Cryptic Sounds: No Voices in your Head'. I'd like to know more info on it.
Thanks, Brett from East Earl PA.
Cryptic Sounds is indeed a rare EP, released in Japan in late 1998, and later as the bonus disc in the Korean version of Cryptic Writings.
It included five songs from Cryptic Writings (Almost Honest, Vortex, Trust, A Secret Place and She-Wolf). All are instrumentals, without Dave singing, and added guitar parts by Marty Friedman. You can find the Japanese CD used on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.jp, or occasionally on eBay.
I was wondering if there are any websites or videos where I can hear or read from Dave talking about working with Vinnie Collaiuta or viceversa in "The System Has Failed"
Jose M Gonzalez
Dave spoke about working with Vinnie in
this 2004 interview with Hard Radio:
Bob Nalbandian: How in the hell did Vinnie Colaiuta come into the fold? Being a huge session drummer for the biggest name bands in pop, jazz, and fusion, I find it surprising he would record with Megadeth!
Dave Mustaine: Do you know how badly he wanted to do this record? He's been performing for artists like Sting and Faith Hill, and he has the chance to come in and belt blazing drum tracks with Dave Mustaine...doing lead drums...I mean, come on. I was so intimidated by him, when I first went in I shook his hand and said "I thought you were black." He started laughing, since he's this large Italian man. I just wanted to clear the air and make things fun from the get-go and let him know I'm a prankster. And then we just started recording, I would play air-drums on certain parts and said "do this", but I still gave him artistic license to do what he needed to do. And it was brilliant, he did the whole record in three days.
We dont get many metal acts in South Africa, was just wondering and hoping if Megadeth will ever come to South Africa. You guys have a huge following here.
Dave has mentioned wanting to play South Africa many times in the past, and commented about playing there last week in an online chat: "That is one place I will not feel good about missing out on playing if I retire."
Hi Scorpion, I read Dave is writing a book. Can you give more details about it?
Dave has been working on a book for some years now. Originally titled "Love And Bruises: Lyrics And Stories: 1981-2004", it was set for release in April 2005, but was never published. Earlier this year Dave mentioned that the book would be coming out in 2010, and went into details about the writing process with Swedens Close Up magazine:
"If you're going to write an autobiography, everything has to be included the good and happy moments, as well as the hard times. You can't leave anything out. As of right now, we have covered everything up until halfway through the Metallica years, so I guess now is when the more delicate stuff will come.
On the other hand, if a musician writes an autobiography and it doesn't include any sexual perversion or debauchery, then it's not an honest story. I think a lot of people are going to by shocked by some of the chapters. But I have no choice - either I write about everything or nothing at all. This is basically a story of human interest; it's much more than just 'Dave from Megadeth.' There have been a lot of people that have tried to stop me, but they can't. Over the years, I have learned to cherish both my friends and my enemies. So it's a story about a guy that has been lifted up and then kicked down again, and I think it will show very clearly that I never give up."
The book is being co-written by New York Times journalist Joe Layden, who also wrote "The Last Great Fight", which takes readers behind the scenes of what is considered by many to be the biggest upset in the history of boxing: James "Buster" Douglas' tenth-round knockout win over Mike Tyson in 1990.
What does 'MSGD!', which Dave regularly uses to sign off on blogs, stand
'MSGD!' is Dave's way of saying goodbye after he posts a message to fans. It means: Mustaine Sez Goodbye Droogies! You can find this info and more trivia in our FAQ section at Megadeth.com.
January, Megadeth performs on The Howard Stern Show. now at the time i really haven't listen to howardstern that much in the 90's because its the same old stuff but still what was he on there for?
Megadeth performed "Trust" and "Use the Man" at Howard Stern's 44th Birthday Bash in 1998. It was held at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, and featured other guests David Bowie, Billy Joel and Van Halen. Dave gave a short interview at the end of the show, which was broadcast on the radio, but edited out of the television episode. Topics included Metallica, sobriety and Dave's new daughter Electra.
I Saw this video on youtube and I was wondering if it was a real track of the new Record...
Can you Tell me?
No, this is not a Megadeth track at all. The song in the link is called "Stepping Outside the Circle" by the band Shadows Fall.
What happened to Dave Mustaine's arm some years ago? I heard the band broke up because of it and that he wasn't coming back, but I see they have been going strong since early 2000. Could you shed some light on what happened?
Hi Jack, an explanation of what happened with Dave's arm is in our FAQ section of this website. We often have this question asked. Here is what happened:
In January 2002, Dave fell asleep in a chair with his arm in an awkward position, which cut off the circulation to the radial ulnar nerve in his left bicep, compressing it. A compressed radial nerve is commonly called "Saturday Night Palsy". This left him unable to feel or properly move his hand, as the brain could not communicate muscle movement through the nerve. His treatment included four months of extensive physical therapy, as well as acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments and weight training. During this time he was able to fully recover from his nerve injury, as well as tendon damage in his finger he had previously suffered from. After being pronounced 100% healed by his doctor, Dave took on the task of relearning to play guitar, with help from guitarist Ric Flauding.
Read more of what Dave Mustaine has to say about it HERE
I'm listening right now to my "That One Night- Live in Buenos Aires" CD and
I'm asking the next question, what does the sentence right after the solo
means in Trust ? What language is it in ?
Hi Mat, Dave is singing the chorus of Trust in Spanish:
Me duele todo el cuerpo por los errores
Presionados por la lujuria
Nos mentimos tanto el uno al otro
Que en nada confiamos
Dios te pido de rodillas ayudame por favor
Presiondos por la lujuria
Nos mentimos tanto el uno al otro
Que ya en nada confiamos
My body aches from mistakes
Betrayed by lust
We lied to each other so much
That in nothing we trust
God help me please, on my knees
Betrayed by lust
We lied to each other so much
That in nothing we trust
Trust was recorded in Spanish and released as a bonus track on the 1997 Argentinean release of Cryptic Writings.
hi scorpion this is chris from ohio. i was wondering what are all the cover songs megadeth have ever done?
Hi Chris, these are cover songs Megadeth have recorded:
These Boots (Nancy Sinatra)
I Ain't Superstitious (Willie Dixon)
Anarchy in the U.K. (Sex Pistols)
No More Mr. Nice Guy (Alice Cooper)
Problems (Sex Pistols)
Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
Never Say Die (Black Sabbath)
School's Out (Alice Cooper)
Strange Ways (KISS)
Out On the Tiles (Led Zeppelin)
And these are some songs Megadeth have covered at live shows:
It's Electric (Diamond Head) performed in 1990 with Diamond Head lead singer Sean Harris on vocals
Auf Wiedersehen (Cheap Trick) performed in 1998 for Tokyo, Japan
Problem Child (AC/DC) performed in Germany on the 25th anniversary of Bon Scott's death (2005)
Hey scorpion, I am a 13 year old Metal psycho, and was browsing the scorpion archives, and saw that THE ORIGIN OF VIC was never answered.
So tell me, what is the origin of vic, and Why did megadeth choose him as their mascot?
Also: Who would win in a fight?
Iron maiden's Eddie
Children of bodom's Grim reaper
Both Daves explain Vic's origin and the song "The Skull Beneath The Skin" in the 2002 remastered Killing Is My Business liner notes.
Mustaine: I saw a cover of a book in a store once and the title was The Skull Beneath The Skin. I designed our mascot around a few religious and pagan symbols, and the lyrics describe someone being sacrificed in a ritual. This is how our mascot became Vic Rattlehead. The guitar riffing is very progressive to reflect the darkness of the song and it's content.
Ellefson: The title and lyrics are the quintessential description of the formation of our mascot Vic Rattlehead. Because of this description we felt it was imperative that the cover art remain true to our original wishes on this new release. Read them now and you will understand our disappointment with the Combat (Records) cover art as it made these lyrics seem almost pointless.
As to which mascot would win in a fight, the Scorpion is a bit too biased on the subject to say!
Here are the lyrics to Vic's song, "The Skull Beneath The Skin".
Mean and infectious the evil prophets rise
Dance of the Macabre as witches streak the sky
Decadent worship of black magic sorcery
In the womb of the Devil's Dungeon trapped without a plea
See thing in agony necrosis is the fate
Pins sticking through the skin the venom now sedates
Locked in a pillory nowhere to be found
Screaming for your life but no one hears a sound
Prepare the patients scalp to peel away
Metal caps his ears he'll hear not what we say
Solid steel visor riveted cross his eyes
Iron staples close his jaws so no one hears his cries
The skull beneath the skin
Now your drawn and quartered your bones will make the x
Symbol stands for poison and it's chained to your head
And as we fold your arms to make the holy cross
We cross the crucifix religion has been lost
The skull beneath the skin
Hey, I just wanted to know what is the current progress in the new
Megadeth album and if any song/cover art demos are available to the
public. Thank you for reading and I can't wait for the new album.
Hi Allan, as of this last week of February 2009, there have been no demos or artwork released yet. This was the latest update from Dave, right before he left for the current UK tour.
"Yesterday, Andy Sneap went back to the UK for a while, as we are preparing to go out on the Priest Feast Tour. This means effectively that the recording has stopped, until we return in March/April.
We finished all of the rhythm and bass guitars, as well as the drums being finished for a couple weeks now, and I think I even heard some acoustic layers.
I want to let ya know that we are going to be taking portable recording devices, like we did last time (that seemed to work out just fine), and finish preparing for the last recordings on "Studio Release number 12."
Everyone is done with their basic tracks, and all of the songs have been arranged. Its just a matter of singing with my voice AND my fingers."
For further updates on the new album, keep checking Megadeth.com for the latest interviews and posts from Dave.
I am writing about the song Amerikhastan. I love the way he wrote it. I don't know what is so cool about it but it is just an awesome song. I was just wondering, what is this song written about? Is it about war in America or what? Thanks!
Sam from Colorado
Here's what Dave told MTV about "Amerikhastan" on Headbanger's Ball in 2007.
"There's a song on United Abominations called "Amerikhastan" and it talks about immigration and fighting in between religions and stuff like that, it's basically part 2 to "Holy Wars", and one of the lines in the songs says (in particular about the Statue of Liberty) "these are your people, Lady Liberty, pull up your dress today, and tattooed is "property of the USA, a subsidiary of Halliburton", and even though that's kinda ugly sounding, it's pretty much the truth and to me I think truth is a lot scarier than fiction, most of the time."
Megadeth is my all-time favorite band and 'Addicted To Chaos' is one of my favorite songs from them, I was wondering what is this song about? The lyrics are really poignant and the entire song is very well-structured.
That's pretty much it, more power to Dave Mustaine and Megadeth!!
Manuel from the Philippines
Here's Dave's response when asked by RIP magazine in 1995 about the meaning of the song:
"The irony of that song is the subject of it is my drug counselor who got me sober. When he said that I would walk alone, it was after counseling me for a period of time, and he said "You know I'm gonna have to cut you loose some day." The finality of it was two puncture wounds in his arm and an overdose on heroin. My drug counselor died. No one's safe from that disease - those who have that disease."
I was just wondering why Dave went for Dean guitars and left his beloved Jackson King Vs. The King Vs were the real metal guitars at that time when he first started and they sounded, looked and played awesomely great! Was it a matter of finances, contracts etc...or was it his own choice? If so, why?
Dave originally left Jackson for ESP Guitars, before switching to his current Deans. Here's an interview from the time discussing why he left Jackson (August 2003 Guitar Word), followed by a press statement from Megadeth.com discussing his departure from ESP.
"Jackson came up for sale a couple times and I wanted to buy it, and then each time the sale was pulled. And then they tried to sell it a third time-I was contacted again by somebody within the company who said they wanted me to buy it, because we'd been friends for such a long time. And while we were positioning ourselves to buy the company, they sold it to Fender, which I thought was a bit disrespectful, knowing that I'm the No. 1 endorser they had. But I let it go.
I contacted Hamer, Gibson and ESP. Hamer is a really small company, so they were going to have a hard time keeping up with what I want for my endorsement, let alone answering the sales orders that people put in because of the guitars I endorse. I talked to Gibson, and they were excited, but they could not configure the guitar to be a 24-fret guitar, so I was kinda handcuffed there.
So I talked to Marsh Gooch, Matt Masciandaro, and Jose Ferro at ESP. They said, 'We have a V, but we discontinued it because no one's endorsing it.' I went into their warehouse and I picked up one of their flying V's - it was called a V350 at the time - and I went, 'Fuck this thing's awesome' and I said, 'Yeah, I'm willing to play this guitar, if you're willing to make a couple of changes on it to make it even better.' So we made some changes with the body, the headstock, some of the inlay stuff, and the knobs and electronic configuration.
They only had 2 knobs, and I wanted to have the separate volume knobs, a tone knob, and a three way position pickup selector. And I wanted to make sure my fingers could reach the volume knobs with my palm on the bridge. Everything is the same as the Jackson Y2KV was - it's the ebony fretboard, 24 frets with the small fret wire, and it's got the basic dot inlay, except that the first fret's got an 8Ball, because the guitar's called the DV8. The pickups are Seymour Duncan's, the Jeff Beck humbucker in the bridge, and the Jazz in the neck. They got it sent back out from their builders last week, and I picked it up two days ago in their office. I was like, 'Fuck this thing's awesome!' I told them, 'If there was any doubt from anybody of why I went to ESP, just hold one of these fuckers.'"
Megadeth.com Press Statement:
"After two successful years, I have decided to leave ESP guitars. This was a business decision and had nothing to do with the guitars or the manufacturing of the guitars, and I wish the staff of ESP, both in the USA and in Japan and Korea the very best of health and prosperity.
Meanwhile, I am taking my Classic Metal V known formerly as a Jackson King V1 or an ESP DV8, and my new guitar design presently known as an Axxion, which was the recipient of the Gold Award from Guitar World Magazine for 2005 for new guitar designs with me.
I will also be re-introducing through my new endorsement many special models, including re-issues of my old models from over the span of my career, as well as some retro V shapes, similar to the formerly known Jackson Y2KV or a Gibson Flying V."