Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is offering fans the chance to own some of his iconic gear in a once-in-a-lifetime sale on Reverb. The massive mound of guitars, amps, recording equipment and drums used by Mustaine over the course of his career will go on sale beginning Monday in the Official Dave Mustaine Reverb Shop.
“I have a lot, a lot, a lot of gear. I’ve got a lot of double-neck guitars, I’ve got a lot of prototype stuff,” Mustaine says in a statement announcing the shop. “I’ve got absolutely killer collector’s item stuff for the right guy. For me, my job is to put everything I can into this guitar so that when it gets put in somebody else’s hands, I can say, ‘This is the guitar that wrote “Holy Wars.”‘”
Among the spotlight items in the lot are 20 of Mustaine’s signature guitars, including a 1987 Dean Dave Mustaine Signature Holy Grail (No. 1 of 33), a Signature Zero Korina (No. 10 of 50) and a Signature Stealth VMNT used extensively on tour. “I have always believed when it comes down to memorabilia with a band — especially instruments — I want to pass this onto people. I want them to be able to have something that I had,” he says. “When I die, I don’t want a guitar in my coffin. Some of these guys want to be buried with stuff — I don’t want to die. I want to live forever.”
In September, singer/guitarist Mustaine gave an update on his treatment for throat cancer, telling fans that his recovery was going well. “I’m almost through the last round of treatment and my doctors are feeling very positive regarding my progress. I want to thank all of you for the support and well wishes these last few months. I can’t express enough gratitude as it has made this hard road easier knowing you are in my corner fighting with me!” wrote Mustaine, 57, who revealed in June that he’d been diagnosed with throat cancer.
Mustaine’s treatment prompted the cancellation of all the band’s scheduled shows for the rest of the year, with the exception of their Megacruise, which set sail from Oct. 13-18 without the singer, who says he’ll be back on the road with Megadeth when they tour Europe with Five Finger Death Punch in early 2020. Some of the gear in the sale goes all the way back to Megadeth’s founding in 1983 and Mustaine promises that “they’re great instruments and they represent more than 40 years of playing — but I’ve got more than I could possibly use myself. I owe so much to my fans — if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t even have all this gear. I’d rather give it back to them than let it sit and collect dust.”
A few of the other itmes on the list, according to Reverb: several Marshall EL34 100/100 Dual Monoblock amps, including an autographed one, an Akai MPC1000 drum machine used extensively on tour and autographed by Mustaine, several Zoom G2.1DM Dave Mustaine Signature pedals used by Mustaine on tour as indicated by the gaff tape still on the pedals, a Furman PL-8 Power Conditioner amp autographed by Mustaine and last used on the Vimic song “Fail Me (My Temple),” on which Mustaine is featured, a seven-piece DDrum drum kit with art from Peace Sells on the kick drum, as well as several acoustic guitars, multiple effects pedals, kick pedals and crash symbols.
Watch Mustaine talk about the gear below.