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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Leaves Dean for Gibson Predictably


Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine leaves Dean and signs up with Gibson guitars. Mustaine tweeted a teaser for what seems to be an official announcement that will come on Feb. 23, captioned “Countdown. 2.23.21.”

Dave Mustaine doesn't work with Dean

The 14-second video clip features the Megadeth mascot Vic Rattlehead walking through a cemetery before drawing a katana to show “Rust In Peace” etched on the blade. The video closes out by showing the viewers to visit Gibson’s website.


Mustaine sold off much of his gear in Nov. 2019, including several Dean prototype signature models that he had used over the years.

Recently, he confirmed that he would separate ways with Dean after spending 13 years with the company.

Mustaine’s Gibson announcement came two months after an American guitar maker accidentally leaked an image of a guitar that some loving guitar fans speculated could be Mustaine’s latest signature model.

The same model was also found in an Instagram post by Gibson CMO Cesar Gueikian.

“I know that this is the right place for me to finish out my career, endorsing their products, and having my guitars made by Dean,” he said.

Dave Mustaine Leaves Dean, Heading Gibson

When Mustaine’s problem with Dean was first announced back in Jan. 2007, he claimed that he chose Dean over other guitar companies and explained that “because they understand the value of Dave Mustaine and Megadeth. And it’s mutual.”

The legend organized this band in 1983, and the band released its first album two years later, in 1985. Dave and his bandmates were proved as pioneers in the thrash metal movement.

This band has since sold 38 million albums worldwide, including five continuous platinum or multi-platinum albums in the U.S., while collecting 12 Grammy nominations. The band also landed a 2017 Grammy for “Best Metal Performance” for its 2016 album title “Dystopia.”

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Dave Mustaine’s Legendary Work with Well-Known Bands

Ranked No. 1 by Joel McIver in “The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists” book, Mustaine godfathered fast-heavy-metal guitar generations, was first as the original lead guitarist for Metallica and after that as the founder of legendary Megadeth.

Megadeth Dave Mustaine has split from Dean
Image source: Ultimate Metallica

The musician was an early member of Metallica. In 1983, before leaving the band, he had co-written a half dozen songs that resemble its first two albums.

During the video game arena, Mustaine composed the Grammy-nominated track titled “Sudden Death” for the release of 2010 “Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock.”

The play also featured two other his composed Megadeth songs: 1990’s “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due” and the 2009 release “This Day We Fight!”

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