Dave Mustaine VMNT review by Dean

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (68 votes)
Dean: Dave Mustaine VMNT
6

Price paid: £ 650

Purchased from: eBay

Sound — 9
As you might have guessed I play Thrash metal, Mainly Megadeth. I also play Melodic Death Metal with this guitar (Children of Bodom) so I go through a range of tunings from E Standard to Drop C. I use to run this guitar through a Line 6 Spider III 75w but now I'm running it through a Spider Valve MKII, Where this guitar really shines is in its Distortion its an axe made for that specific job, it delivers a cutting thrash tone through the Mustaine Livewire Pickups.. These pickups giving a passive feel to the overall tone but being active really helps pack a punch. It gives a wide range of tone but suprisingly does not lack in the Clean department either. The pickups produce no excess noise when idle.

Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is perfect for all you metal heads out there, wether you play Thrash, Death, Heavy, What ever your style you wont be disapointed. I've been playing guitar for just over a year now, this was my second guitar, My Epiphone futura fx being my first. I'm a huge Mustaine fan and nothing could beat this guitar for me except a USA custom version of the VMNT or Zero. Sadly I'm not made of money. Countless times I have considered buying this exact same guitar but in Black, It plays so well and never disapoints. If the guitar was ever stolen I would track it down just to bring it home! I love it to bits and I'm sure you will too, Give it a try before you write it off. You wont be disapointed.

Reliability & Durability — 8
This axe was made for playing live. I've already had it a year (some of you will argue I haven't had it long enough to post a review) there's a little wear on the neck pickup and the tune-o-matic bridge where the paint has been what I can only describe as sweat away (nice I know). I have played this guitar every day for a year up to 5 hours at any given time so what can you expect. The Strap locks are incredibly solid and there's no chance what so ever of your strap coming lose. The wings of the guitar have some very small (barely noticable) scratches but this all comes down to how well you treat and take care of your guitar, as many of you with V guitars you will know the wings do take the most hits. Other than that the guitars finish is just as it was a year ago. It has lasted me this long and I'm sure it will still be playing it for many years to come.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
When I recieved this guitar it had already been set up and was ready to play straight out of the case. Everything was dialed and set in with perfection, as most of you know for a non USA custom guitar its the luck of the draw with quality. Most of the time there's nothing wrong with the guitar but sadly visualy the nut had been cut very poorly, it can't be seen at first glance but the cut away for the nut is splintered like its been cut carelessly. As I said its the luck of the draw and I can see past that flaw. This being the only problem with the guitar it plays extremly well, The neck is so very thin and the 24th fret is very easy to access as its a V shaped guitar.

Features — 9
This guitar is a 2007 beauty made in Korea. -> Mahogany Top/Body -> 25-1/2" Scale -> Mustaine Spec. Mahogany 'D-Shaped' Bound neck -> Ebony fingerboard -> Pearl Sharks Tooth Inlay -> Grover Tuners -> Black Hardware -> Tune-O-Matic Bridge -> Mustaine Duncan Live Wire Pickups This guitar is finished in Silver but also comes in classic black. Its slightly larger scale neck means that the frets are wider apart built exactly to Mustaines Specs. There is a 3-way selector that switches between Neck, Bridge and both pickups. This guitar also comes with a Hard-Case.

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    Rampancy
    slowguitarman wrote: Looks and sounds like a cool guitar. Glad you held off on the review, and it must be pretty solid for this kind of review after actually playing it for a while. On another note, not to be picky about genre, but COB is melodic black metal, not death metal.
    Bodom are Death not Black. Srsly.
    Galvatron
    Dave Mustaine says it best in an interview on his webpage. "And I think what happened is that so many people began to hide under the moniker of metal that it became so fragmented that there were dozens and dozens of types of metal: heavy metal, speed metal, pop metal, thrash metal, death metal, black metal, white metal, hey diddle diddle metal, whatever the f--k. And to me, its silliness. If youre really good, then stand up against your entire genre. Dont start sub-sectioning just so that you can be alone in your mediocrity."
    Sam Wotrey
    ~IzzyInzane~ wrote: I love the Dave Mustaine Vs my friend just get the Angel of Death in September for his birthday and i had a Fender Telecaster (perfect for playing Screamo/Dethcore Eh?) haha so to compete my older brother and my dad bought me a Schecter Synyster Custom. What Do You Guies Think Of That Guitar??? (Personally i LOVE it...Synyster has been my most inspirational guitarist since 2007)
    I say sell it and buy some Opeth CD's.
    EdguyRule_22
    I know a better way to describe a bands sound: that band/song sounds ****ing awesome - or - that band sounds shit, I'll never listen to them again or complain on ultimate guitar about how much I hate them.
    Lucd
    Rampancy wrote: slowguitarman wrote: Looks and sounds like a cool guitar. Glad you held off on the review, and it must be pretty solid for this kind of review after actually playing it for a while. On another note, not to be picky about genre, but COB is melodic black metal, not death metal. Bodom are Death not Black. Srsly.
    /\/\you know your gay when you bitch about whether something is black or death metal srsly
    K4boose
    LEAVE THE FREAKIN GENRES ALONE If a band is good, they have their own distinct sound that no one can match and that you can recognize instantly. You can help DESCRIBE a bands sound with genre but that is all...otherwise it is bollocks and should be ignored. E.g. CoB could be said to sound quite melo death metal, with influences from speed/thrash metal and an undercurrent of neo-classical...in my humble opinion anyway, I'm open to others interpretation On a lighter note, I personally think Mustaine is a douche, and am not a fan of sig guitars, or Deans for that matter.... but this review makes this particular guitar sound quite awesome, I'd almost consider buying one if I had a money tree! Good review, well written
    Metalology
    slowguitarman wrote: Sounds like black metal to me. Death metal is usually cookie monster vocals while black is high-pitched screams. I honestly didn't think it was that big of a deal when I said it. I've always understood that to be one of the main differences between the genres.
    Wrong, listen to Death's 'Sound of Perseverance'. No guttural vocals there and that's pure death metal.
    ~IzzyInzane~
    I love the Dave Mustaine Vs my friend just get the Angel of Death in September for his birthday and i had a Fender Telecaster (perfect for playing Screamo/Dethcore Eh?) haha so to compete my older brother and my dad bought me a Schecter Synyster Custom. What Do You Guies Think Of That Guitar??? (Personally i LOVE it...Synyster has been my most inspirational guitarist since 2007)
    slowguitarman
    Metalology wrote: slowguitarman wrote: Sounds like black metal to me. Death metal is usually cookie monster vocals while black is high-pitched screams. I honestly didn't think it was that big of a deal when I said it. I've always understood that to be one of the main differences between the genres. Wrong, listen to Death's 'Sound of Perseverance'. No guttural vocals there and that's pure death metal.
    I concede that I have been misinformed by more than one person. Can't argue that Death isn't death metal since they kinda paved the way for it. Can someone point me in the direction of an explanation of the differences between black and death?
    MetalMoses x
    Could it be possible that bodom fits into many different sub genres at the same time? I don't think that artists have to be pinned down to one genre... I mean look at In Flames for Christs sake, would you say that Whoricle era In Flames is the same genre as modern in flames?
    EpiExplorer
    slowguitarman wrote: Metalology wrote: slowguitarman wrote: Sounds like black metal to me. Death metal is usually cookie monster vocals while black is high-pitched screams. I honestly didn't think it was that big of a deal when I said it. I've always understood that to be one of the main differences between the genres. Wrong, listen to Death's 'Sound of Perseverance'. No guttural vocals there and that's pure death metal. I concede that I have been misinformed by more than one person. Can't argue that Death isn't death metal since they kinda paved the way for it. Can someone point me in the direction of an explanation of the differences between black and death?
    Black: Repetition, Fast, Lots of Double Drums and Blast beats, but not much else, high tunings (E standard to drop D, sometimes B) high pitched shrieks/screams (CoB doesnt get anywhere near this), a bucketload of distortion, satanic lyrics/themes, usually not very much bass, very few solos or complex guitar work, not very diverse. Death: Usually a bit slower, deep roar-like growls, even more distortion, better recording quality, low tunings (B to G), complex/technical riffing in drums, bass and guitar, themes and lyrics revolve around butchery, undead and generally things like that.. Yeah. Thats a nutshell.
    trendkill-
    slowguitarman wrote: Looks and sounds like a cool guitar. Glad you held off on the review, and it must be pretty solid for this kind of review after actually playing it for a while. On another note, not to be picky about genre, but COB is melodic black metal, not death metal.
    its melo death... but either way, they are over rated kalmah is way better
    BlisteringDDj
    EpiExplorer wrote: slowguitarman wrote: Metalology wrote: slowguitarman wrote: Sounds like black metal to me. Death metal is usually cookie monster vocals while black is high-pitched screams. I honestly didn't think it was that big of a deal when I said it. I've always understood that to be one of the main differences between the genres. Wrong, listen to Death's 'Sound of Perseverance'. No guttural vocals there and that's pure death metal. I concede that I have been misinformed by more than one person. Can't argue that Death isn't death metal since they kinda paved the way for it. Can someone point me in the direction of an explanation of the differences between black and death? Black: Repetition, Fast, Lots of Double Drums and Blast beats, but not much else, high tunings (E standard to drop D, sometimes B) high pitched shrieks/screams (CoB doesnt get anywhere near this), a bucketload of distortion, satanic lyrics/themes, usually not very much bass, very few solos or complex guitar work, not very diverse. Death: Usually a bit slower, deep roar-like growls, even more distortion, better recording quality, low tunings (B to G), complex/technical riffing in drums, bass and guitar, themes and lyrics revolve around butchery, undead and generally things like that.. Yeah. Thats a nutshell.
    Listen to some Norwegian Black Metal and you will never mix those two genres again. Burzum, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Dimmu Borgir... Whatever.
    Schmeg Junior
    Sam Wotrey wrote: ~IzzyInzane~ wrote: I love the Dave Mustaine Vs my friend just get the Angel of Death in September for his birthday and i had a Fender Telecaster (perfect for playing Screamo/Dethcore Eh?) haha so to compete my older brother and my dad bought me a Schecter Synyster Custom. What Do You Guies Think Of That Guitar??? (Personally i LOVE it...Synyster has been my most inspirational guitarist since 2007) I say sell it and buy some Opeth CD's.
    +11111. Couldn't agree more.
    slowguitarman
    BlisteringDDj wrote: Listen to some Norwegian Black Metal and you will never mix those two genres again. Burzum, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Dimmu Borgir... Whatever.
    I've heard most of those bands before. If we were going by vocals...COB sounds very similar to them. This is my last post though. You don't need to try to convince me that COB is death...I already admitted that I was wrong, though vocal style obviously doesn't really have anything to do with the difference between the genres. COB's vocals sound like Dimmu or Mayhem, and they don't sound like Cannibal Corpse, yet COB is apparently more like CC because of lyrical content.
    MegaEgga
    RyanMetalMatthe : Can't touch the DV8. I miss that guitar so much...
    I bought one for christmas, it is probably the best guitar I've ever played. Not only that I got it for about $350, an amazing dea considering when they were around they went for like $2k (Australian). Hopefully there value will only go up in time
    slowguitarman
    Sounds like black metal to me. Death metal is usually cookie monster vocals while black is high-pitched screams. I honestly didn't think it was that big of a deal when I said it. I've always understood that to be one of the main differences between the genres.
    Kear Bear
    tried this thing out at my local best buy and i have to say, it changed the way i think about V shapes.... feels and sounds so empowering \m/
    Savior Airz
    Going to order this and a Jackson KV5FR and have them shipped to Guitar Center, gonna make my decision
    Nicsu
    JaimeLeonel wrote: Does it has a whammy bar? Please answer
    Nope, it doesnt (: tried this down in my local music store.. I'm so going to get it! Awesome guitar.
    blacksunshine13
    the finger board is Madagascar ebony witch is lighter than African ebony as found on hi end Gibsons
    Crozmo
    I've got this guitar and it's a great guitar, dat pickups. I should play it more to make the neck less painted-y
    Amuro Jay
    rhellsten wrote: It's neither, its just Melodic speed metal
    As far as speed metal is concerned, COB is too abrasive to be melodic.
    Spitty33
    slowguitarman wrote: Looks and sounds like a cool guitar. Glad you held off on the review, and it must be pretty solid for this kind of review after actually playing it for a while. On another note, not to be picky about genre, but COB is melodic black metal, not death metal.
    My bad then I heard it was also Pirate metal xD
    --IzuaL--
    COB is a kinda crossover band they have trash,power,speed,death, a lil bit black and the melodic behaviour of heavy metal... for this guitar i must say mustaine's every kinda guitar are best
    khujo1023
    Awesome Guitar!!! I love how everybody wants to add a subgenre to a sub sub sub subgenre and be super picky about it. Pfft, I listen to ultra super black metal... Black metal is for sissys. Haha.
    celticstorm84
    Very nice guitar. I've always liked Deans but the ones I want are pricey. If I go for a V down the road I'll look into this one...seems like a solid axe.
    Spitty33
    I forgot to add in the review that this guitar also stays in tune incredibly well for a fixed bridge. I rarely have to tune it and i can bend the hell out of the strings.
    Hobo69
    slowguitarman wrote: Looks and sounds like a cool guitar. Glad you held off on the review, and it must be pretty solid for this kind of review after actually playing it for a while. On another note, not to be picky about genre, but COB is melodic black metal, not death metal.
    No, melodic death metal. Go listen to the band Death, seriously, your noob is showing.
    Galvatron
    Okay kids lets stop arguing about what genre your favorite meatl band falls into. Nice guitar but not my favorite of any Mustaine sig series that have come out.
    awesomeness
    slowguitarman wrote: On another note, not to be picky about genre, but COB is melodic black metal, not death metal.
    Melodic death metal, for sure. But anyways, nice guitar! And a very good review, at that.
    iceh88
    not a bad guitar but if i get a dean sig it would have to be a eric peterson from testament.
    Amuro Jay
    I've played this before, it's really nice. I also have the same pickups in my guitar.
    Ducky-Kun
    I can agree with the reviewer, this guitar is great, I've got one but in the angel of deth finish, had it about a year and a half now, and it's never let me down, it indeed stays in tune perfectly and it sounds awesome. It does all the drop c madness great too
    St. Fixxxer
    OH, MY GOD!!! S.T.F.U. Does it matter what genre this guitar fits in? No. Besides, all these genres are pretty much the same. I want one of you motherf*ckers to message me so I can stomp you emo b*tches down. Mustaine For President.
    dementiacaptain
    I also agree. subgenres are silly. but bodom went from black ie hatebreeder to more of a death metal thrash tone ie are you dead yet?. its all awesome
    MarkoakaNiggaK
    I don't know why you all are so much upset...all modern metal generes sound pretty much the same cuz they have the same origin...I wish i had the money to buy that guitar but I'm broke...