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Issue #42 'Dave Mustaine'

We've been hoping to track down Megadeth's Dave Mustaine for a long while and finally our man in LA, Steven Rosen, managed it - though it very nearly didn't happen, as you'll find out! Mustaine has a new guitar, which makes the interview even more timely - an astonishing piece of work from Dean USA. They're calling it the Holy Grail and we had one of the very limited edition in our studio to review. Want more? OK, we are giving away a Dean Mustaine V absolutely free in this issue's main competition, too!

We have three interviews for you in this issue because we also meet Nita Strauss and Jakko Jakszyk, both of whom kindly visited us in our studio. Nita is currently holding down one of the toughest jobs in Rock, playing lead for Alice Cooper. while Jakko has a phenomenally demanding role, handling vocals and second guitar duties in King Crimson! Don't miss either of these top professionals explaining how they got there and how they're handling the pressure.

I mentioned competitions earlier. We're also giving you the chance to win a complete TASCAM mini recording studio plus a great book on recording history, so make sure you enter these whatever you do! 

In this Issue


  • Dave Mustaine - Steven Rosen meets the Megadeth mainman and the designer of one of the world's most extravagant signature guitars - the gold leaf covered Dean VNMT Holy Grail.
  • Nita Strauss - Hurricane Nita has a dream job - holding down the lead guitar spot with Alice Cooper. Sam Bell meets a rising guitar star in the GI studio.
  • Jakko Jakszyk - Levi Clay interviews the man handling vocals and second guitar for King Crimson. Check out our Live GI studio performance!


  • All the featured downloads from this issue + exclusive Guitar Pro Lite tab software FREE download!


  • Dean Dave Mustaine VNMT Holy Grail
  • PRS CE24
  • Ibanez RGIF7 Iron Label 7-string
  • Fender American Elite Stratocaster
  • Mesa Boogie Mark V 35 combo
  • Supro 'Black Magic' combo
  • Seymour Duncan Catalina & Palladium pedals
  • Fractal Audio FAS-FX reverb plugin
  • ZVEX Super Hard On, Distortion & Fuzzolo FX
  • Line 6 Firehawk Multi FX
  • Orange Amp Detonator & Two Stroke FX
  • Electro-Harmonix Key 9, Mel 9 & Cock Fight FX
  • MXR EVH5150 Overdrive pedal


  • Tom Quayle
  • Michael Casswell - Pro Concepts
  • Sam Bell - Extreme Shredding
  • NEW Lewis Turner - The Art of Jazz Soloing
  • Andy Wood - Country guitar


Live Sound

  • Peavey PV10AT compact mixer
  • MEE Audio M6 PRO in-ear monitors

Making Tracks

  • Eventide Tverb plugin
  • Roswell Mini K47 microphone

The Quiet Room 

  • Ibanez AELFF10 'multi scale' fanned fret electro-acoustic
  • Larrivee OM-03Z Zebrano Special Edition
  • Tanglewood TW2-E
  • Faith Nomad Mini Saturn & Mini Neptune
  • Guild OM-240E
  • Column: Giorgio Serci's Creative Fingerstyle

The Bassment

  • Vigier Roger Glover signature bass
  • EBS Billy Sheehan Signature Drive Deluxe pedal
  • TC Electronic K-Lite bass cabs
  • Peavey Headliner 1000 bass head
Want more? Check out our other issues.