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GIBSON releases MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE 'Songwriter' acoustic guitar

11-05-2022

Gibson has unveiled the latest addition to the Dave Mustaine Collection, Dave’s first acoustic guitar with Gibson, the Dave Mustaine Songwriter. For the new acoustic guitar, Gibson acoustic luthiers in Bozeman, Montana collaborated with Mustaine, the legendary guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and founder of the multi-platinum selling and Grammy Award-winning band MEGADETH. The Gibson Dave Mustaine Songwriter in Ebony is available in a both a standard version and a limited-edition model, signed by the artist. The entire Dave Mustaine Collection is available now at select global dealers and on Gibson.com.

Part of the Dave Mustaine Collection, the new Dave Mustaine Songwriter in Ebony is the first 24-fret neck ever installed on a Gibson acoustic guitar. With a slightly thinner walnut body, the Dave Mustaine Songwriter guitar features a cutaway for easy access to the upper frets. An extremely limited-edition version of the Dave Mustaine Songwriter in Ebony signed by Dave Mustaine is also available.

Gibson is honored to be working with Mustaine, who formed MEGADETH at the dawn of the American thrash metal movement. Mustaine has sold 50 million records worldwide, earned six platinum albums, and is a Grammy Award winner, cancer survivor, and a certified first-degree black belt in Ukidokan Karate, and Songahm Taekwondo, an honorary fourth-degree black belt and Goodwill Ambassador in the World Taekwondo Federation, and he is currently on the way to a first-degree black belt in Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu.
 
Renowned worldwide and synonymous with metal guitar, Mustaine founded MEGADETH in 1984 and less than a year a later debuted with the release of “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!” in 1985. MEGADETH has gone on to sell more than 50 million albums worldwide, earning many accolades along the way, including a Grammy Award for the title track from its most recent album “Dystopia”, along with 12 additional Grammy nominations, as well as five consecutive platinum/multi-platinum albums. MEGADETH has headlined many of the biggest stages in the world and recently played their most successful tour ever, closing every night on the North American amphitheater “The Metal Tour Of The Year”. Also, a New York Times bestselling author and sought after speaker, host, and commentator, Mustaine has remained a standard bearer for metal and heavy guitar rock, combining a musical and technical standard with the punk and rock ‘n’ roll ethos and attitude.

“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,” says Dave Mustaine. “Years later, I’m still that same fan, but now I’ve 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 can’t wait for the world to get their hands on the new GibsonEpiphone and Kramer Dave Mustaine Collection guitars. This is a dream come true for me, don’t #@!# wake me up.”

It’s an honor to welcome icon, pioneer and visionary musician Dave Mustaine to the Gibson family as our brand ambassador“, said Cesar Gueikian of Gibson Brands. “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 as 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.”

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