Dave Mustaine VMNT review by Dean

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (68 votes)
Dean: Dave Mustaine VMNT
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Price paid: £ 749

Purchased from: www.GAK.co.uk

Sound — 10
In one word - amazing. I bought this guitar on a whim, after starting a band starting out with a couple of Megadeth covers off the Rust in Peace album. For that music, this is (of course) the ultimate guitar. Played clean, the active pups provide a little overdrive to the amp, and when distorted the sound is very rich, with no hum. The pickups really hear each individual string, even when heavily distorted you get a clear sound of every note. This will guitar will never be suitable for the lighter end of rock or pop music, but for its intended market its a beast. I play through a Marshall AVT150 amp, with Boss MT-2, CE-2 and ME-70 effects providing the bulk of my sound.

Overall Impression — 10
Perfect for any metal player. Would work for the heavier end of punk/hardcore etc too. After 16 years of playing, this is the best guitar I've had, including a 1980 Gibson SG. This one is as light as an SG, but with the benefit of good balancing - it sits comfortably on the strap. It took some getting used to the shape, which forces your hands to the left of where they'd be on most other guitars, but I have found this a far more comfortable, natural playing position for myself. It gives you a lot more control over your right hand for picking. For those who don't want the bold statement of the album ART on this particular model, there are other graphic options, as well as plain black or silver versions.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar was MADE for live playing - why would you not want everyone to see it!? Everything is solid. The Dunlop Straplok system is fantastic, although it was quite tricky fitting the component to the strap itself. Once its on, the strap simply fits into the recess in the guitar's body and won't come out for love nor money. The only concern about live playing is the active circuitry, but there's a simple solution - carry spare batteries! This is my first active guitar, but I've read the batteries last months anyway. The finish is fairly tough, though not as tough as my other guitars. The horns are especially prone to chips, given the thin shape of them, but thats just something to live with on such a shape of instrument.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar was set up at the UK distribution centre, not the factory, and came with a little tag saying so. The setup was fantastic, the action lower than I've ever successfully made any of mine. When I emailed the distributor to thank them, they advised me they used Mustaine signature 10-52 strings by GHS. The top 3 strings are Standard 10, 13 and 17, but the bottom 3 are a heavier 30, 44 and 52, which makes for an increased tonal response, as well as the strings feeling more solid under fast picking. There are a couple of flaws in the finish. On a couple of corners, the Rust in Peace graphic doesn't quite match up, showing a tiny amount of bare wood under the clear lacquer. The nut is also badly fitted, although it is even and well glued in place, its not going anywhere! The neck joint also shows beneath the black lacquer. Other than those minor gripes, the guitar is otherwise well finished and well put together.

Features — 10
2009 Korean built Dean Mustaine VMNT Rust in Peace model. 24 jumbo frets. Mustaine-spec D-profiled neck. Mahogany throughout. Ebony fingerboard. Mustaine-spec inlays (sharkfin plus dot). V-shaped body. Tune-O-Matic bridge and solid stop. Mustaine signature Seymour Duncan active pickups - 2x humbucker. Two volume, one tone control. Grover tuners. Dunlop flush-mount straplocks. Came with a custom Dean hard case and a truss-rod sized allen key.

20 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Bananaman1jovan
    Galvatron wrote: 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."
    this+100000
    darthmcliffe
    all this sub-genre sh** is annoying why pile up a guitar review with COB comments, heres my 2 cents.... COB are sh**e metal
    Flight666
    Bananaman1jovan wrote: Galvatron wrote: 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." this+100000
    Eff yah!
    Thrash.aholic
    Children of Bodom is Blackened Neoclassical Thrashy DeathPower Metal....Lols, I'm so cool guise.
    HoddiDarko
    thelordofdarkch wrote: man, i want to make a teenage mutant ninja turtle joke but i cant think of something for v
    VMNT = Vintage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Flight666
    WTF is COB? Megadeth is real metal.(: Dave knows how to customize a guitar, that's for sure. I've played this guitar. It truly is amazing! Anyone looking into purchasing this guitar, I highly recommend!
    OrganicCage
    Man there are some trolls here. Since when has it mattered what genre cob is? As long they sound good yeah? Elitist metalheads like to be seen listening to "troo metals" Have fun with that.
    henkka_potku
    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.
    HAHAHAHA OH WOW. Also why can't people learn that genres are NOT capitalized?!
    Single Foo
    COB (Like Pantera) isnt classified in a sub-genre, they're style is to unique just to be placed in any of the metal sub-genres, also mustaine guitar FTW
    HoddiDarko
    There are twp pictures of this guitar. Except that the pictures don't show the same guitar. The black one is a cheap version of the VMNT. And why are people talking about what genre Cob plays? They play some kind of a melodic death metal. Not really that hard. Metal-archives classes them as Melodic Death/Power Metal. The Power metal influences are mostly in the keyboards so if you take that away they are just plain melodic death metal. They have nothing to do with black metal or some core shit. I'm not a fan of their music btw, I just know their music. Stop talking about them and bring up the old Megadeth vs Metallica feuds! Yeah!
    unnamedplayer
    CoB is Melodic Death, with a lot of other influences including but not exclusively; thrash, black and neo-classical. Alexi likes to refer to his music as 'just metal' or otherwise 'extreme metal'. CoB is NOT power or speed AT ALL. nice guitar
    RC52190
    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.
    Really, who gives a ****? There's way too many subgenres of metal for people to be bitching about what every band is categorized as. Just keep it simple and categorize things as "shit you like" and "Shit you don't like" instead of arguing over pointless things like whether CoB is melodic death metal or melodic black metal... Big ****ing difference.
    DJ2109
    JaimeLeonel wrote: Does it has a whammy bar? Please answer
    Dave thinks that anyone who uses a whammy is a talentless joker, I actually heard him say something along those lines in an interview, so thats why he doesn't have them on his guitars.
    Marley Tokunaga
    EpiExplorer wrote: I hate Mustaine. But not his guitars. Except the Axxion, ugly peice of crap..
    I really thought he was like... good with Metallica but with Megadeth he seems to want to always one up Hammett and Hetfield because he got kicked out, hahaha. He goes overboard on a lot of his riffs and solos, personally, I think Megadeth is an alright band, but Mustaine? ehhh...