Dave Mustaine – Megadeth – 2004


A detailed gear diagram of Dave Mustaine's 2004 Megadeth stage setup that traces the signal flow of the equipment in his guitar rig.

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Dave and his guitar tech, Shaun Erbland, were interviewed for this setup.

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    1. GTPawinGEEK says:


    2. Gnarkill2k6 says:

      Hmm, I wonder if they swapped out the stock speakers of those Marshall cabs… Since Celestion V30′s are not stock, the ‘Marshall’ G12 Vintage speakers are (and yes, there is a difference!).

    3. The Gray Ghost says:

      Negatory, negatory there, good buddy. The Marshall 1960BV does indeed come stock with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers. You must be thinking of the 1960BX which comes with the G12 “Greenback” speaker and has a salt n’ pepper grill cloth.

    4. GuitarGeek GuitarGeek says:

      These are custom BV cabs loaded Vintage 30s – Info is straight from Dave’s tech.

    5. Gnarkill2k6 says:

      @ The Gray Ghost
      Not to be a d*ck… but do some research on V30′s, you’d be surprised how many versions there are. Not many people on the interwebs (pro’s included) seem to know this.
      The Marshall 1960BV (or AV) does not have regular V30′s. I own this cabinet, and stock it has 70watt Marshall Vintage speakers (V30′s are 65 watt). This speaker is the first V30-like speaker Celestion made for Marshall somewhere in the 80s. Later Celestion modified them a bit and labeled them V30′s. The Marshall Vintage speaker still is a different sounding speaker. You could say they sound very similar, but if you compare them side by side (which I did) they sound very different.

      So, I wonder if Dave Mustaine uses Marshall Vintage speakers or Celestion V30′s. :-)

    6. GuitarGeek GuitarGeek says:

      From my notes, it looks like Celestion Vintage 30s.

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