Dave Mustaine has partnered with Gibson as a brand ambassador and together they have started work on the Dave Mustaine Collection, which will cover acoustic and electric guitars across the Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer range.
Dave Mustaine told MetalTalk: “One of first albums I ever bought was Kiss Alive. On the back of that LP was the Gibson logo, followed by ‘Kiss uses Gibson Guitars because they want the best’. Period.
“Years later, I am still that same fan, but now I have been playing, touring, writing and performing around the world myself and I can say that I could not agree more with that statement.
“As I was looking for a change in my guitars, I met with Cesar and got his perspective on the vision and direction Gibson is taking. I saw passion, respect for the instruments, a focus on quality and a company that is led by guitar players. I feel I am finally at home with Gibson and I am proud of what we’re building together.
“I cannot wait for the world to get their hands on the new Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer Dave Mustaine Collection guitars. This is a dream come true for me, do not #@!# wake me up.”
Cesar Gueikian from Gibson Brands told us: “It is an honour to welcome icon, pioneer and visionary musician Dave Mustaine to the Gibson family as our brand ambassador.
“Dave is one of the most influential Metal icons and riff lords of all time, having paved the way for multiple generations of players to carry the flag for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, from riff writers to shredders and everyone in between.
“Working with Dave is especially gratifying because he is a guitar nerd like me, who gets involved in every aspect of the development of the concepts and ideas we have been designing with him at the Gibson Lab.
“When I was a kid learning how to play guitar, I aspired to play Dave’s riffs and I was one of the fortunate fans who attended their Youthanasia Tour concert at Estadio Obras Sanitarias in 1994, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the ‘Aguante Megadeth’ chant was born over the song ‘Symphony of Destruction’.
“That was an epic night that I will never forget.
“I look forward to bringing this partnership to life and unveiling the first stages of the Dave Mustaine Collection to the world.”